Kobalia and Volkov lead in Russian Championship

9/8/2005 – The Russian Championship Qualifier, a nine-round Swiss, is being held in Kazan. After five rounds two players are in the lead with 4/5, followed by ten with 3.5 each. We bring you games, results and pictures. There are two ladies in this "men's" tournament, and one of them, Alexandra Kosteniuk, takes us on a tour of Kazan.

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58th Russian Individual Championship (Semi-Final)

The Russian Championship Qualifier is being held in Kazan from September 2nd – 12th, 2005. The event is a nine-round Swiss tournament, with the games starting at 15:00h Moscow time (13:00h CEST, 7:00 a.m. NY). Time controls are 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves and 10 minutes for the rest of the game. There is a 30 seconds increment after each move, from the first move on. The prize fund is US $100,000.

After five rounds GMs Mihail Kobalia and Sergey Volkov are in the lead with four points each. Both won two black games and one white, with two games ending in a draw. Kobalia defeated Bareev with black.


GM Mihali Kobalia, 2614, Russia


GM Sergey Volkov, 2622, Russia

The drawing average of all 165 games was 52%, with 33% white and 15% black wins. The shortest draw given was in the official bulletin was Shaposhnikov-Popov(3), which went 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e3 Bb4 ½-½. But there are 15 games given with no moves, only results, so it is possible that the organisers are having dificulty getting complete gamescores.

Standings after five rounds

1

Kobalia,M

2614

4.0/5

2

Volkov,S

2622

4.0/5

3

Rublevsky,S

2645

3.5/5

4

Inarkiev,E

2618

3.5/5

5

Zvjaginsev,V

2659

3.5/5

6

Motylev,A

2675

3.5/5

7

Bareev,E

2688

3.5/5

8

Chuprov,D

2477

3.5/5

9

Tkachiev,V

2625

3.5/5

10

Kharlov,A

2619

3.5/5

11

Timofeev,Arty

2661

3.5/5

12

Jakovenko,D

2627

3.5/5

13

Shariyazdanov,A

2592

3.0/5

14

Korotylev,A

2604

3.0/5

15

Grigoriants,S

2562

3.0/5

16

Najer,E

2614

3.0/5

17

Khalifman,A

2653

3.0/5

18

Lastin,A

2583

3.0/5

19

Bocharov,D

2574

3.0/5

20

Vitiugov,N

2519

3.0/5

21

Alekseev,Evgeny

2625

3.0/5

22

Smirnov,P

2635

3.0/5

23

Khismatullin,D

2583

3.0/5

24

Sakaev,K

2669

3.0/5

25

Kurnosov,I

2549

2.5/5

26

Galkin,A

2598

2.5/5

27

Khairullin,I

2538

2.5/5

28

Tomashevsky,E

2555

2.5/5

29

Bryzgalin,K

2480

2.5/5

30

Yakovich,Yur

2560

2.5/5

31

Novikov,St

2534

2.5/5

32

Riazantsev,A

2599

2.5/5

33

Epishin,V

2600

2.5/5

 

34

Dvoirys,S

2589

2.5/5

35

Belov,Vl

2596

2.5/5

36

Chebotarev,O

2517

2.5/5

37

Sorokin,M

2567

2.5/5

38

Magomedov,Ma

2565

2.5/5

39

Gavrilov,Al

2464

2.5/5

40

Tseshkovsky,V

2599

2.5/5

41

Shaposhnikov,E

2533

2.5/5

42

Balashov,Y

2469

2.5/5

43

Tregubov,P

2607

2.5/5

44

Lugovoi,A

2556

2.0/5

45

Obolenskikh,D

2437

2.0/5

46

Bezgodov,A

2548

2.0/5

47

Vorobiov,E

2552

2.0/5

48

Savchenko,B

2534

2.0/5

49

Kosteniuk,A

2516

2.0/5

50

Kosyrev,V

2540

2.0/5

51

Yandemirov,V

2515

2.0/5

52

Pokazanjev,N

2410

2.0/5

53

Kabanov,N

2508

2.0/5

54

Popov,Val

2570

2.0/5

55

Bragin,Alex

2396

2.0/5

56

Filippov,Va

2621

2.0/5

57

Yemelin,V

2530

1.5/5

58

Yevseev,D

2537

1.5/5

59

Iljin,A

2500

1.5/5

60

Iljushin,A

2531

1.5/5

61

Loginov,Va

2527

1.5/5

62

Galliamova,A

2453

1.5/5

63

Feoktistov,A

2424

1.5/5

64

Grebionkin,Vl

2438

1.0/5

65

Nevostrujev,V

2490

1.0/5

66

Shabanov,Y

2451

0.0/5

Picture gallery

By Pufichek


Statues of Lenin can still be found in Kazan in 2005, 14 years after the fall of communism


... alongside statues of the great poet Alexander Pushkin


The main street of the city, with lovely fountains, is lively and restricted to pedestrians


Some streets are being redone entirely – here the continuation of Bauman street


Russian women's champion Alexandra Kosteniuk in Kazan. Alexandra is playing in this "men's" event and fighting out each game against strong male GMs. She has taken time off to give us these pictures.


Alexandra points out the famous Kul Sharif Mosque for us


That is not a bat, it is Alexandra in the belfry (actually a viewing tower)


The city is full of churches and coupolas


The Soviet-style Hotel Tatarstan, where the participants are logded


Soviet-style statues adorn the city and go well with the hotel


GM Evgeny Bareev, 2688, Russia


GM Alexander Motylev, 2675, Russia


GM Vadim Zvjaginsev, 2659, Russia


GM Sergei Rublevsky, 2645, Russia


GM Ernesto Inarkiev, 2618, Russia


IM Alisa Galliamova, 2453, Russia


GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2516, Russia

All pictures were provided by Pufichek.
You can see many more on the Alexandra Kosteniuk web site.



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