Rublevsky wins 58th Russian Championship

12/30/2005 – With a draw in the final round Sergei Rublevsky, Elo 2652, clinched the title and a $40,000 prize. The 32-year-old grandmaster did not lose a single game and finished a point ahead of the field. Behind him were Dmitry Jakovenko and Alexander Morozevich, who won a fine game to share second. We bring you games and results in our final report.

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58th Russian Championship Superfinal

The final stage of the Russian Championship is taking place from December 19-30, 2005, in Moscow, with rounds starting each day at 15:00h local time. It is a 12 player round robin, with time controls of 100/40, then 50/20, 10/rest, with a 30 seconds increment from move one. The total prize fund is US $130,000, with $40,000 going to the winner

Round eleven report

Round 11: Friday, December 30, 2005
Zvjaginsev, Vadim
½-½
Rublevsky, Sergei
Morozevich, Alexander
1-0
Motylev, Alexander
Volkov, Sergey
½-½
Jakovenko, Dmitry
Khalifman, Alexander
½-½
Kramnik, Vladimir
Dreev, Alexey
½-½
Svidler, Peter
Bareev, Evgeny
½-½
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
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The winner: GM Sergei Rublevsky

The 58th Russian Championship was won in the Superfinal stage by GM Sergei Rublevsky, 32, who finished a full point ahead of the field. Rublevsky didn't lose a single game and displayed a performance of close to 2800 Elo points in the event. He takes home $40,000 for his undivided first place.

23-year-old Dmitry Jakovenko has been playing the tournament of his life, and in round eleven he had a theoretical chance of catching the leading Rublevsky (who would have had to lose). So Jakovenko played for a win, and didn't did so even after Rublevsky settled for a 17-move draw against Zvjaginsev. When Sergey Volkov gave up a pawn Dmitry really went to work, but the herculean 80-move effort to turn it into a full point did not work out in the end. So Dimitry Jakovenko ended equal second, a point behind Rublevsky and with about $19,000 in prize money.

Alexander Morozevich needed a win to share second with Jakovenko. Playing an English Four Knights against Alexander Motylev, "Moroz" was soon on the attack. He completely outplayed his opponent very nicely and needed just 33 moves to clinch victory, share second and increase his share of the prize money by about $6500.


The pariticipants: Bareev, Svjaginsev, Rublevsky, Kramnik, Tomashevsky, Jakovenko, Volkov, Morozevich, Svidler, Motylev, Dreev.

Final standings

Previous Results

Round 1: Monday, December 19, 2005
Rublevsky, Sergei
1-0
Bareev, Evgeny
Svidler, Peter
1-0
Kramnik, Vladimir
Jakovenko, Dmitry
½-½
Zvjaginsev, Vadim
Khalifman, Alexander
½-½
Volkov, Sergey
Motylev, Alexander
½-½
Dreev, Alexey
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
½-½
Morozevich, Alexander

Round 2: Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Svidler, Peter
½-½
Motylev, Alexander
Zvjaginsev, Vadim
1-0
Khalifman, Alexander
Morozevich, Alexander
½-½
Rublevsky, Sergei
Dreev, Alexey
½-½
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
Kramnik, Vladimir
1-0
Volkov, Sergey
Bareev, Evgeny
½-½
Jakovenko, Dmitry

Round 3: Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
0-1
Svidler, Peter
Motylev, Alexander
½-½
Kramnik, Vladimir
Rublevsky, Sergei
1-0
Dreev, Alexey
Jakovenko, Dmitry
1-0
Morozevich, Alexander
Khalifman, Alexander
½-½
Bareev, Evgeny
Volkov, Sergey
0-1
Zvjaginsev, Vadim

Round 4: Thursday, December 22, 2005
Svidler, Peter
½-½
Rublevsky, Sergei
Motylev, Alexander
½-½
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
Jakovenko, Dmitry
½-½
Dreev, Alexey
Morozevich, Alexander
1-0
Khalifman, Alexander
Bareev, Evgeny
1-0
Volkov, Sergey
Kramnik, Vladimir
½-½
Zvjaginsev, Vadim

Round 5: Friday, December 23, 2005
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
0-1
Kramnik, Vladimir
Rublevsky, Sergei
1-0
Motylev, Alexander
Jakovenko, Dmitry
½-½
Svidler, Peter
Khalifman, Alexander
½-½
Dreev, Alexey
Volkov, Sergey
0-1
Morozevich, Alexander
Zvjaginsev, Vadim
½-½
Bareev, Evgeny

Round 6: Saturday, December 24, 2005
Kramnik, Vladimir
0-1
Bareev, Evgeny
Dreev, Alexey
0-1
Volkov, Sergey
Morozevich, Alexander
½-½
Zvjaginsev, Vadim
Svidler, Peter
½-½
Khalifman, Alexander
Motylev, Alexander
0-1
Jakovenko, Dmitry
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
½-½
Rublevsky, Sergei

Round 7: Monday, December 26, 2005
Volkov, Sergey
½-½
Svidler, Peter
Khalifman, Alexander
½-½
Motylev, Alexander
Bareev, Evgeny
1-0
Morozevich, Alexander
Zvjaginsev, Vadim
½-½
Dreev, Alexey
Rublevsky, Sergei
½-½
Kramnik, Vladimir
Jakovenko, Dmitry
1-0
Tomashevsky, Evgeny

Round 8: Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Rublevsky, Sergei
1-0
Jakovenko, Dmitry
Svidler, Peter
½-½
Zvjaginsev, Vadim
Kramnik, Vladimir
½-½
Morozevich, Alexander
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
½-½
Khalifman, Alexander
Dreev, Alexey
1-0
Bareev, Evgeny
Motylev, Alexander
1-0
Volkov, Sergey

Round 9: Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Khalifman, Alexander
½-½
Rublevsky, Sergei
Bareev, Evgeny
1-0
Svidler, Peter
Zvjaginsev, Vadim
½-½
Motylev, Alexander
Jakovenko, Dmitry
½-½
Kramnik, Vladimir
Morozevich, Alexander
1-0
Dreev, Alexey
Volkov, Sergey
1-0
Tomashevsky, Evgeny

Round 10: Thursday, December 29, 2005
Rublevsky, Sergei
½-½
Volkov, Sergey
Motylev, Alexander
1-0
Bareev, Evgeny
Svidler, Peter
½-½
Morozevich, Alexander
Jakovenko, Dmitry
½-½
Khalifman, Alexander
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
1-0
Zvjaginsev, Vadim
Kramnik, Vladimir
½-½
Dreev, Alexey

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