Russian teams: "Bronze Riders" defend title

by Klaus Besenthal
5/13/2019 – On Friday, the Russian team championships wrapped up in the Black Sea city of Sochi. In the "Premier League" the St. Petersburg team "Bronze Riders" defended their title. Two points behind were "ShSM Legacy Square Capital" (Moscow) and the Sverdlovsk team "Sima-Land" by ex-world champion Anatoly Karpov (in the left part of the picture, with microphone). In the women's team competition, "Yugra" won the title for the third time. | Photos: Vladimir Barsky

ChessBase 15 - Mega package ChessBase 15 - Mega package

Find the right combination! ChessBase 15 program + new Mega Database 2019 with 7.6 million games and more than 70,000 master analyses. Plus ChessBase Magazine (DVD + magazine) and CB Premium membership for 1 year!


Russian Team Championships 2019 

The Russian team championships are traditionally held in Sochi, and played over just as compared to the whole year-long leagues of other countries.  

The highest division, in which many internationally known grandmasters play, is the "Premier League": ten teams play here over nine rounds to determine the champion. In addition, there is the "Higher League" (a class below the "Premier League" settled), a women's championship, a senior championship and youth championships in three different age groups.

After five rounds, the Bronze Riders were undefeated, and they rode their lead all the way to the finish line.

Final table of the "Premier League" after 9 rounds

Rk. Team  TB1 
1 Bronzener Reiter (St. Petersburg) 17
2 ShSM Legacy Square Capital (Moscow) 15
3 Sima-Land (Sverdlovsk region) 15
4 Guards of Law and Order (Saint Petersburg) 11
5 Molodezhka (Tyumen region) 10
6 Ladya (Kazan) 9
7 Siberia (Novosibirsk) 7
8 Moscow region 4
9 SShOR (Saint Petersburg) 2
10 Men's Movement (Saint Petersburg) 0

Even though the team names do not have as much international recognition as in the German League: the names of the players are indicative of the star power the Russian leagues bring in. A small selection: Nikita Vitiugov (Elo 2734) played top board for St. Petersburg, the fabourites. He was joined by Leinier Dominguez Perez (2750), Maxim Matlakov (2697), Maxim Rodshtein (2699) and Evgeniy Najer (2674). In "ShSM Legacy Square Capital" Ernesto Inarkiev (2691) occupied the top board, while in "Sima" featured ex-world champion Anatoly Karpov (2616) — although he played only one game, in which he could contribute a draw to towards the third place finish of his team.

On Round 9, "Bronze Rider" (right: Leinier Dominguez) played "Molodezhka" with David Paravyan and Andrey Esipenko on the top boards

A heated competitive atmosphere: "Ladya" (right) with Vladislav Artemiev and Gata Kamsky

These boys and girls also fought for honors in their age group

All games (Premier League)


"Yugra" took the women's team competition, edging out SShOR from St. Petersburg by a narrow margin of 1½ board points, despite the fact that SShOR won the direct encounter between the two teams.

Olga Girya was the top scorer for the winning team, undefeated with 7 points from 8 games. Here's an unusual and dominating position from her final effort in round eight:


Girya won after 29.e6 e7 30.f2 c5 31.d5 xb2 32.xf8+ 1-0

Final standings (Women)

Rk. Team  TB1 
1 «Югра» (ХМАО – Югра) 16
2 «СШОР по шахматам и шашкам» (г. Санкт-Пе 16
3 «ШСМ Legacy Square Capital» (г. Москва) 13
4 (Истра-а.лв) (г. Москва) 12
5 «Московская область» (Московская область 11
6 «Ладья» (Республика Татарстан) 8
7 «Южный Урал» (Челябинская область) 8
8 «ФШНО» (Нижегородская область) 7
9 «Букавушки» (Самарская область) 7
10 «Экспромт» (г. Москва) 6
11 «Девятая горизонталь» (г. Москва) 6
12 СК «Толпар» (Республика Башкортостан) 5
13 «Алтайский край» (Алтайский край) 2

All games (Women)


Translation from German: Macauley Peterson


Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.
Discussion and Feedback Join the public discussion or submit your feedback to the editors


Rules for reader comments


Not registered yet? Register

royce campbell royce campbell 5/14/2019 02:52
Exactly! Very many of us do. The coverage of womens events here is usually very poor. I expect more from the candisates tourney.
badbishop 4 badbishop 4 5/14/2019 02:54
Sorry, royce, but I care about the women's leagues and games. And individual championships of the ladies!
royce campbell royce campbell 5/13/2019 05:54
This reads like an "Oh, by the way we better post something about this tournament since we neglected it so much. I'll just use the google translation from the Russian site. There its done. No worries about typos. I don't have to mention anything else about the women because I dont care and no one else does."

You might go back and fix the typos and sentence syntax to make this comment obsolete, but it is still a poor example for the standards Chessbase used to adhere to. And if you think I'm being overly critical, it's because I LIKE Chessbase, not because I don't.