Russian Team Championships in Dagomys

4/6/2010 – These championships are taking place from April 1–10 in Dagomys, Sochi, close to the Russian border with Georgia. The area is famous for its botanical gardens, tea plantations and spectacular scenery, with Caucasus Mountains overlooking the Black Sea. Ten teams are competing in the Premier League, eight in the Higher League and seven in the Women's section. Report after round five.

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Russian Team Championships

The Russian Team Championships are taking place from 1st–10th April 2010. There are three competitions: the Premier, Higher and Women's Championships. Top seed in the Premier is Economist-SGSEU-1 with Wang Yue, Eljanov, Tomashevsky, Alekseev, Ni Hua, etc., SPb Chess Fed with Ivanchuk, Svidler, Vitiugov, Movsesian, Zvjansev, etc., and ShSM-64 with Gelfand, Karjakin, Wang Hao, Caruana, etc. The teams of Yugra and Ural also bears watching, as do the defending champions Tomsk-400 with Ponomariov, Motylev, Bologan, etc.

For the Premier and Higher Leagues the rate of play is 100 minutes for 40 moves, 50 minutes for twenty move and ten minutes + 30 seconds increment for all the remaining moves. In the Women's League the time controls are 90 minutes for 40 moves and 30 minutes + 30 seconds increment for the rest. There are nine rounds in the Premier League, seven in the Higher League and seven for the Women's (according to the official site, athough there are only seven teams).


The venue is the the district of Dagomys, which is 18 km from the centre of the city of Sochi

Dagomys-Sochi is very close to the Russian border with Georgia. It is famous for its botanical garden, tea plantations and factories, as well as for its spectacular scenery, with the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus Mountains overlooking the gentle shores of the Black Sea. The resort has a temperate climate and boasts many sanatoria and mineral baths.


The hotel and playing venue in Dagomys


Players arriving at the hotel


A view from the top – a city covered in fog


A view of the Black Sea


Players warming up for the event by practising the fine art of stone skipping


Players in the heated circular swimming pool of the hotel...


...which can be viewed from hundreds of miles up in this Google Map


The temperature in Dagomys: 10° Centigrade = 50° Fahrenheit

Current standings

Premier League (five rounds)

1
SPb Chess Fed
9.0
2
ShSM-64
9.0
3
Economist-SGSEU-1
8.0
4
Yugra
6.0
5
M.Chigorin Chess Club 
6.0
6
Ural
4.0
7
Tomsk-400
3.0
8
Economist-SGSEU-2
3.0
9
Etude-Contact
2.0
10
BelGU
0.0

Higher League (four rounds)

1
Narzan
8.0
2
SC MEPhI
8.0
3
Polytechnik
5.0
4
Perspektiva
4.0
5
Amateurs
3.0
6
Center Corporation 
2.0
7
Atom-EGU
1.0
8
DVGTU
1.0

Women's League (five rounds)

1
Giprorechtrans
8.0
2
SPb Chess Fed
6.0
3
AVS
5.0
4
ShSM
5.0
5
Economist-SGSEU
4.0
6
Dvorets
2.0
7
M.Chigorin Chess Club 
0.0

Individual results, standings,
tables are available here.

Individual results, standings,
tables are available here.

Individual results, standings,
tables are available here.

Top scorers

Premier League (five rounds)

1

Eljanov,P

2736

 4.0/5

2

Kobalia,M

2637

 4.0/5

3

Rublevsky,S

2697

 3.5/5

4

Movsesian,S

2709

 3.5/4

5

Caruana,F

2680

 3.0/5

6

Motylev,A

2705

 3.0/5

7

Alekseev,Evgeny

2700

 3.0/5

8

Potkin,V

2606

 3.0/5

9

Nepomniachtchi,I 

2656

 3.0/5

10

Sjugirov,S

2602

 3.0/5

11

Riazantsev,A

2660

 3.0/4

12

Karjakin,Sergey

2725

 3.0/4

13

Najer,E

2665

 3.0/4

14

Vitiugov,N

2710

 3.0/4

15

Efimenko,Z

2640

 3.0/4

16

Moiseenko,A1

2668

 3.0/4

17

Zvjaginsev,V

2643

 3.0/4

Higher League (three rounds)

1

Ismagambetov,An

2508

 3.0/3

2

Bukavshin,I

2427

 3.0/3

3

Popov,Iv RUS

2589

 2.5/3

4

Turov,M

2609

 2.5/3

5

Nikolenko,O

2534

 2.5/3

6

Geller,J

2534

 2.5/3

7

Nechepurenko,R

2527

 2.5/3

8

Filippov,An

2598

 2.5/3

Women's League (five rounds)

1

Munguntuul,B

2428

 3.5/5

2

Zhukova,N

2492

 3.0/5

3

Cmilyte,V

2485

 3.0/3

4

Paikidze,N

2322

 2.5/4

5

Kovalevskaya,E 

2438

 2.5/4

6

Pogonina,N

2496

 2.5/4

7

Iljushina,O

2356

 2.5/4

8

Ushenina,A

2452

 2.5/3

9

Stefanova,A

2555

 2.5/3

10

Vasilevich,I

2324

 2.5/4

11

Bodnaruk,A

2384

 2.5/3


Links

A selection of games are being broadcast live on the official web site and a selection on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download the free PGN reader ChessBase Light, which gives you immediate access. You can also use the program to read, replay and analyse the PGN games.


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