Russian Individual Championship starts in Kazan

9/1/2005 – It doesn't have Kasparov or Kramnik, but there are 66 strong players, 20 over 2600. They are gathering together in the Tatar city of Kazan for the semi-final phase of the Russian Individual Championship and a prize fund of $100,000. The seven top players proceed to the Super-Final in December. You can watch the games on the official site and on Playchess.com.

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58th Russian Individual Championship (Semi-Final)

The Russian Championship Qualifier will be staged in in Kazan from September 2nd – 12th, 2005. The event is a nine-round Swiss tournament. The first round is on September 3rd, the last on September 11th, with the games starting at 15:00h Moscow time (13:00h CEST, 7:00 a.m. NY). The final round begins two hours earlier.

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.


Kazan is in the Republic of Tatarstan, approximately 700 km east of Moscow.
The population of Tatarstan is close to four million. of which more than 50% are ethnic Tatar.


Downtown Kazan is divided in two by Bolaq channel and the Qaban lake


Petropavlovski Cathedra dates back to 18th century

There are 66 players in the Kazan Semi-Finals. The first seven will qualify for the Super-Final, which is scheduled to take place from December 2nd – 16th, 2005 and will include Svidler, Morozevich, Grischuk and Dreev.

The participants

1 Bareev Evgeny 2688
2 Motylev, Alexander 2675
3 Sakaev, Konstantin 2669
4 Timofeev, Artyom 2661
5 Zvjaginsev, Vadim 2659
6 Khalifman, Alexander 2653
7 Rublevsky, Sergei 2645
8 Smirnov, Pavel 2635
9 Jakovenko, Dmitry 2627
10 Tkachev, Vladislav 2625
11 Alekseev, Evgeny 2625
12 Volkov, Sergey 2622
13 Filippov, Valerij 2621
14 Kharlov, Andrei 2619
15 Inarkiev, Ernesto 2618
16 Kobalia, Mikhail 2614
17 Najer, Evgeniy 2614
18 Tregubov, Pavel V. 2607
19 Korotylev, Alexey 2604
20 Epishin, Vladimir 2600
21 Riazantsev, Alexander 2599
22 Tseshkovsky, Vitaly 2599
23 Galkin, Alexander 2598
24 Belov, Vladimir 2596
25 Shariyazdanov, Andrey 2592
26 Dvoirys, Semen I. 2589
27 Lastin, Alexander 2583
28 Khismatullin, Denis 2583
29 Bocharov, Dmitry 2574
30 Popov, Valerij 2570
31 Sorokin, Maxim 2567
32 Magomedov, Magaram 2565
33 Grigoriants, Sergey 2562
 
34 Yakovich, Yuri 2560
35 Lugovoi, Aleksei 2556
36 Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2555
37 Vorobiov, Evgeny E. 2552
38 Kurnosov, Igor 2549
39 Bezgodov, Alexei 2548
40 Kosyrev, Vladimir 2540
41 Khairullin, Ildar 2538
42 Yevseev, Denis 2537
43 Savchenko, Boris 2534
44 Novikov, Stanislav 2534
45 Shaposhnikov, Evgeny  2533
46 Iljushin, Alexei 2531
47 Yemelin, Vasily 2530
48 Loginov, Valery A 2527
49 Vitiugov, Nikita 2519
50 Chebotarev, Oleg 2517
51 Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2516
52 Yandemirov, Valeri 2515
53 Kabanov, Nikolai 2508
54 Iljin, Artem 2500
55 Nevostruev, Vladimir  2490
56 Bryzgalin, Kirill 2480
57 Chuprov, Dmitry 2477
58 Balashov, Yuri S 2469
59 Gavrilov, Alexei 2464
60 Galliamova, Alisa 2453
61 Shabanov, Yuri 2451
62 Grebionkin, Vladimir 2438
63 Obolenskikh, Dmitry 2437
64 Feoktistov, Alexey A. 2424
65 Pokazanjev, Nikolai 2410
66 Bragin, Alexander 2396
  • Official Web Site
    This has links prepared for live coverage and games, but thes are not active yet. A selection of games will also be broadcast on Playchess.com.

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