Russian Team Championships in Loo, Sochi

4/12/2013 – Eighteen teams are competing, with 88 grandmasters, 26 of whom sport ratings of 2700 or higher. Top players are Karjakin, Caruana, Mamedyarov, Grischuk and Morozevich. Last year's winners Tomsk, however, did not make it, for financial reasons. The women's section has six teams and in a round robin. Big illustrated report with pictures by Maria Fominykh.

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Russian Team Championship 2013 in Loo, Sochi

The 20th Russian Team Championships is taking place from April 7th to 13th 2013 in Loo, which is part of the city of Sochi, one of the southernmost places of Russia.


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The teams include some very strong GMs, like Sergey Karjakin, Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Grischuk, Alexander Morozevich, Vassily Ivanchuk, Peter Svidler, Peter Leko, Gata Kamsky and Dimitri Jakovenko. After five rounds the teams of the SPb Chess Fed and Malakhit Chess Club share the lead with nine points each.

Rankings after Round 5

Rk. SNo Team
Pts 
1 4 SPb Chess Fed
4
1
0
9
2 1 Malakhit Chess Club
4
1
0
9
3 7 AGU - Belorechensk
3
1
1
7
4 3 SHSM "Nashe Nasledie" Moskow
3
1
1
7
5 5 Yugra
3
1
1
7
6 6 PGMB Rostov
3
0
2
6
7 9 Kazan-2013
3
0
2
6
8 2 Economist-SGSEU
2
1
2
5
9 11 Zhiguli
2
1
2
5
10 12 Politekhnik
2
1
2
5
11 8 Navigator
1
2
2
4
12 10 M.I.Chigorin Chess Club
2
0
3
4
13 14 Rakita Chess Club
2
0
3
4
14 15 Yamal
2
0
3
4
15 13 EGU-Perspektiva
1
1
3
3
16 16 Atom
1
1
3
3
17 17 Tverskaya obl.
1
0
4
2
18 18 Kaluzhskaya obl.
0
0
5
0

Pictorial impressions by Maria Fominykh

For the second time Russian team championship in held in Loo – small town near Sochi

The playing hall is located behind this blue door

Alexander Morozevich playing for Economist Saratov

Lenier Domingues playing Saint-Petersberg Chess Federation

Baadur Jobava playing for PGMB-Rostov

Gata Kamsky, playing for Kazan

Fabiano Caruana and Ian Nepomniachi playing for SHSM-Nashe Nasledie Moscow

Daniil Dubov, also playing for SHSM-Nashe Nasledie Moscow

The young Russian star Aleksandra Goryachkina playing for a men's team Yamal

Navigator vs Belorechensk, with Maxim Vachier-Lagrave vs Emil Sutovsky on board one

Bare-chested chess in the balmy spring climate of Sochi

Women's ranking crosstable after four rounds

Only six teams are participating in the Russian Women's Team Championship 2013. They are playing a round robin tournament, with four matches completed so far.

Rk. Team
1
2
3
4
5
6
 TB1 
 TB2 
1 Ugra
 * 
2
3
2
3
6
10.0
2 SHSM "Nashe Nasledie" Moskow
2
 * 
2
3
6
9.5
3 M.I.Chigorin Chess Club
1
2
 * 
2
4
7.5
4 Economist Saratov
1
2
 * 
2
4
7.5
5 Ladya Kazan
2
 * 
2
2
7.0
6 AGU - Belorechensk
1
2
2
 * 
2
6.5

The Women's section match Economist Saratov vs Belorechensk in progress

IM Valentina Gunina in one of the strongest teams, SHSM-Nashe Nasledie from Moscow

World Women's Champion Anna Ushenina on board one for Ugra (Khanty-Mansijsk)

Our reporter WIM Maria Fominykh, European U16 champion in 2003


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