Spartak wins Russian Women's League – narrowly

4/10/2009 – The women's section is over. Spartak, which had been coasting, suffered a big setback by losing in the final round. Their main rival AVS drew their match, leaving both teams tied for first. But Spartak had 18 board points to AVS's 17 and so took gold. IM Tatiana Kosintseva scored 6.0/7 on board two with an incredible 2750 performance. Pictures and statistics.

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Russian Team Championship and Leagues

The Russian Team Championship is taking place from 4th–10th April 2009. The Higher League, one level below, and Women's League take place from 2nd–10th April 2009.

In round five Tomsk lost an important match against ShSM-64, with Inarkiev and Tiviakov losing to Najer and Caruana. This put ShSM-64 into the lead with eight out of a possible ten match points. SPbChFed won its match (against TPS) to join Economist-SGSEU-1, which drew against Ural. The best scorer and highest performers so far are Fabiano Caruana with 4.0/5 and a 2843 performance, Alexei Shirov with 3.5/4 and a 2833 performance, Vladimir Belov and Andrei Volokitin with the same score and 2831 and 2805 performances respectively.

In the women's section Spartak beat SPb Chess Fed to reach 11.0/12 and AVS beat M.Chigorin CC to get 10.0/12 , with Economist-SGSEU-1, who beat ShSM, to stay a point behind at 9.0/12.

Premier League (five rounds)

1
ShSM-64
8.0
2
Tomsk-400
7.0
3
SPbChFed
6.0
4
Economist-SGSEU-1
6.0
5
Ural
5.0
6
TPS
4.0
7
Eurasia-Logistic
4.0
8
M.Chigorin CC
0.0

Higher League (seven rounds)

1 Polytechnik
12.0
2 BelGU
10.0
3 Yugra
10.0
4 Perspektiva
9.0
5 Economist-SGSEU-2
9.0
6 Etude-Contact
8.0
7 SC MEPhI
5.0
8 ZAO "OMZ"
4.0
9 Grifon
3.0
10 Gostinaya Dvorkovicha
0.0

Women's League (six rounds)

1 Spartak
11.0
2 AVS
10.0
3 Economist-SGSEU-1
9.0
4 SPb Chess Fed
7.0
5 AFGANVET-PetroDom
6.0
6 ShSM
3.0
7 Economist-SGSEU-2
2.0
8 M.Chigorin CC
0.0

On the penultimate day Economist-SGSEU-1 drew ShSM-64, while Tomsk-400 beat SPbChFed, which meant that Tomsk caught up with ShSM-64 (please don't blame us for these not exactly catchy names). Ural crushed Chigorin and joined Economist-SGSEU-1 in 3/4 position, two match points behind the leaders. On the final day, Friday, ShSM-64 plays SPbChFed, while Tomsk plays Eurasia-Logistic.


GM Fabiano Caruana, of Italy, rated 2649, beat Sergey Tiviakov in round five and Ni Hua in round six, with a total of 5.0/6 points on boards two, three and four for ShSM-64, and a rating performance of 2896. Fabiano is sixteen.

Premier League (six rounds)

1 ShSM-64
9.0
2 Tomsk-400
9.0
3 Ural
7.0
4 Economist-SGSEU-1
7.0
5 SPbChFed
6.0
6 TPS
6.0
7 Eurasia-Logistic
4.0
8 M.Chigorin CC
0.0

Higher League (eight rounds)

1 Polytechnik
14.0
2 Yugra
12.0
3 Economist-SGSEU-2
11.0
4 BelGU
10.0
5 Perspektiva
9.0
6 Etude-Contact
9.0
7 ZAO "OMZ"
6.0
8 SC MEPhI
5.0
9 Grifon
4.0
10 Gostinaya Dvorkovicha
0.0

Women's League (seven rounds)

1 Spartak
11.0
2 AVS
11.0
3 Economist-SGSEU-1
10.0
4 SPb Chess Fed
9.0
5 AFGANVET-PetroDom
6.0
6 ShSM
5.0
7 Economist-SGSEU-2
4.0
8 M.Chigorin CC
0.0

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The Women's section is over after seven rounds (the other two groups have one more round each). Spartak, which had been coasting (they won the first four matches, drew the fifth and won the sixth), suffered a big setback by losing in the final round to ShSM (Stefanova and Lahno lost their games, Tatiana Kosintseva won her's), while AVS drew against Economist-SGSEU-1. That left Spartak and AVS tied for first, but Spartak had more board points and therefore took first place:

Rank Team Match Bboard
1 Spartak 11.0 18.0
2 AVS 11.0 17.0
3 Economist-SGSEU-1 10.0 18.5
4 SPb Chess Fed 9.0 16.0
5 AFGANVET-PetroDom 6.0 14.0
6 ShSM 5.0 11.5
7 Economist-SGSEU-2 4.0 11.5
8 M.Chigorin CC 0.0  5.5

Portraits from the Women's League

Photo report by WGM Irina Sudakova and Elena Mikheeva


Board one of the winning Spartak team: GM Antoaneta Stefanova, BUL,
2549, who scored a disappointing 2.5/6, with a rating performance of 2382


Board two of Spartak: IM Tatiana Kosintseva, who scored a win on
board one and 5.0/6 on board two with an incredible performance of 2750


Board three: IM Nadezhda Kosintseva, RUS, 2491, sister of Tatiana


Board four: GM Kateryna Lahno, UKR, 2478. She scored 1.5/2
on board three and 3.5/5 on board four with a 2498 performance


IM Muzychuk, Anna SLO 2533, socored 5.0/6 on board two of
Economist-SGSEU-1, with the second best performance of 2706


GM Zhao Xue, China, 2531, scored 5.5/7 on board one for
Economist-SGSEU-1, with the third best performance of 2655


WGM Baira Kovanova, RUS, 2398, scored 4.5/6 for Economist-
SGSEU-1 on board three for the fourth best performance of
2607


IM Elisabeth Paehtz, GER, 2459, Economist-SGSEU-2, performance 2495


IM Anna Ushenina, UKR, 2478, Economist-SGSEU-1, performance 2467


WGM Natalia Zdebskaja, UKR, 2438, AFGANVET-PetroDom, performance 2389


WGM Tatiana Grabuzova, RUS, 2348, AFGANVET-PetroDom, performance 2344


IM Irina Vasilevich, RUS, 2350, Economist-SGSEU-1, performance 2346


IM Elena Zaiatz, RUS, 2362, AFGANVET-PetroDom, performance 2417


IM Svetlana Matveeva, RUS, 2410, playing for ShSM, performance 2228


The team of M.Chigorin CC, with WIM Olga Ivkina, WFM Elizaveta Bronnikova and
WIM Valentina Solovjova, did not win or draw a single match and scored just 5.5 board points


The Black Sea at Sochi-Dagomys


Spring is in full bloom in this southern-most part of Russia


Some very special flowers greet the new season


Dagomys Hotel, where the Team Championships are taking place

Video reports by Europe Echecs


Once again we have video reports, produced by GM Robert Fontaine for the French magazine Europe Echecs

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