Kievchess wins the Ukrainian Team Championship

6/8/2008 – There was no real battle for first place. The team Kievchess from, you guessed it, Kiev, took first place after a half-hearted challenge by the youngsters of a team called "Lviv University named by I. Franko”. One member of the victorious Kiev team is remarkable: FM Illya Nyzhnyk, rated 2397, who holds his own in blitz against grandmasters. Illya is eleven. Pictorial report by Anastasiya Karlovich.

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Kievchess wins the Ukrainian Team Championship

Pictorial report by Georgiy Arzumanian and Anastasiya Karlovich

This year the Ukrainian team championship was held in Alušta (Alushta), which is a little town on the Crimean peninsula in the northern part of the Black Sea.

The town was founded in the sixth century AD by Emperor Justinian. It is located amongst the most romantic Crimean mountains: Roman-Kosh, Chatyr-Dag, Demerdji. Alushta is a unique climatic health resort with mild subtropical climate, great number of sunshine hours (2250 per year) and a long swimming season (from June till October). A number of Ukrainian tournaments have been taken place there.


A view of Alushta from the surrounding mountains

Nine teams from different Ukrainian regions were fighting for medals. The struggle for first place didn't take place. Nobody was able to stop the champion of 2007, "Kievchess".

 Teams  City
TPts
BPts
1
 PVK – Kievchess  Kiev
15
39.5
2
 Law Academy  Kharkiv
14
36.0
3
 Lviv University I.Franko  Lviv
12
34.0
4
 Bisons from Rivne  Rivne
10
26.0
5
 Etud  Cherkasi
9
24.0
6
 Podillia  Hmelnickiy
6
17.5
7
 Donetsk region  Donetsk
4
20.5
8
 Burevesnik  Simferopol
2
12.5
9
 Crimea  Simferopol
0
6.0

The players from the team "Lviv University named by I. Franko” made a desperate attempt but lost with a 5:1 score. “Law Academy” from Kharkov didn't want to tempt fate and make a draw with team from Kiev, which brought them to the second place.


The match between "Kievchess" and "Law Academy" ended peacefully with a 3:3 score, as GM Sergey Karjakin (who picked up the baton from Ruslan Ponomariov this year) drew against GM Moiseenko Olexandr on the first board


The happy captain of “Kievchess” GM Vladimir Baklan, 2647


WIM Vita Chulivska, the only women participating in Ukrainian team championship. There is no separate woman's team championship in Ukraine, and not even a women's board as in France, Turkey and Greece.


The youngsters from “Lviv University named by I. Franko” took third place


IM Vladimir Onischuk of “Law Academy” is no relative of Alexander, but also plays solid chess


IM Nazar Firman, rated 2494, of “Law Academy”


GM Eduard Andreev from the team with dangerous name “Bisons from Rivne”


Eleven-year-old Illya Nyzhnyk, who plays successfully for “Kievchess”. Here's a sample game:

Nyzhnyk,Illya (2397) - Chos,Alexey (2406) [A55]
Ukrainian Championship Club's Teams Alushta (2.4), 22.05.2008
1.d4 c6 2.c4 d6 3.Nf3 Nd7 4.Nc3 e5 5.e4 Ngf6 6.Be2 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Re1 Re8 9.Bf1 Qc7 10.Rb1 a5 11.b3 Nf8 12.d5 Ng6 13.g3 Bg4 14.h3 Bd7 15.Qd3 c5 16.a3 Qc8 17.Kh2 Nxe4 18.Qxe4 Bf5 19.Qe2 Bxb1 20.Nxb1 f5 21.Bg2 h6 22.Nfd2 e4 23.Bb2 Bg5 24.Qh5 Kh7

25.h4 Bxh4 26.gxh4 Nf4 27.Qf7 Re5 28.Bxe5 dxe5 29.Rg1 Kh8 30.Bxe4 g6 31.Rxg6 Nxg6 32.Qf6+ Kh7 33.Bxf5 Qg8 34.h5 Qg7 35.Bxg6+ Kh8 36.Qxg7+ Kxg7 37.Nc3 Rf8 38.Nde4 b6 39.d6 Rb8 40.Nd5 1-0. Can we have any idea what this thrashing felt like for IM Alexey Chos, 23, rated 2407? Eleven years old, for heaven's sake.


The lad scored 1:1 in blitz games against GM Evgeniy Miroshnichenko – not a bad result!


A view of the Black Sea on the beach front of Alushta

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