St. Petersburg wins Russian Team Championship

by Alex Yermolinsky
5/11/2018 – Peter Svidler won eight Russian Individual National Championships and in 2000, 2001, and 2013 he became Russian Team Champion with St. Petersburg. At this year's Russian Team Championships Svidler won his fourth naional team title for St. Petersburg. Alex Yermolinsky analyses highlights from the event. | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

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The last four rounds didn't bring any change in the tournament standings. As I mentioned in my previous report, the key match for the gold medals between The Bronze Horseman and Legacy Square took place earlier in the tournament leaving the Muscovites to play catch up. Legacy Square did their best by winning all of their remaining matches, but so did the team from Saint Petersburg, with only exception of the 3-3 tie against Molodezhka.

That team from from Tyumen, which can be called “Ivan Bukavshin's Legacy” confidently coasted to third place. Joining with the medal winners is the new look Siberia team, which has also earned a spot in the European Club Championship, to be held later this year.

Final standings

Rk. Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  TB1   TB2   TB3   TB4 
1 "Медный всадник" (Санкт-Петербург)  *  3 4 4 17 36,0 0 8
2 "ШСМ Legacy Square Capital" (Москва)  *  4 4 16 33,5 0 8
3 "Молодежка" (Тюменская область) 3 2  *  4 4 4 3 14 33,5 0 6
4 "Сибирь" (Новосибирская область)  *  3 3 4 10 29,0 0 4
5 "СШОР по шахматам и шашкам" (Санкт-Петер 2 3  *  2 4 5 9 28,0 0 4
6 "Московская область" 2  *  3 5 7 27,0 0 3
7 "Ладья" (Республика Татарстан) 4 3  *  4 7 25,0 0 3
8 Шахматный клуб "СИМА-ЛЭНД" (Свердловская 2 2 3 2  *  3 6 6 27,5 0 2
9 "Южный Урал" (Челябинская область) 2 2 3 2 2 3  *  4 4 22,0 0 1
10 "Жигули" (Самарская область) ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 2  *  0 8,5 0 0

Tie Break1: Matchpoints (2 for wins, 1 for Draws, 0 for Losses)
Tie Break2: points (game-points)
Tie Break3: The results of the teams in then same point group according to Matchpoints
Tie Break4: Matchpoints (variabel)

Let's look at best individual performers

“Yuzhny Ural”'s Pavel Ponkratov, rated only 2601, took the top honors on Board One with the score of 5.5 out of 8. His last round win was rather bizarre.


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Also, noted are solid scores of 5.5 out of 9 by Vladislav Artemiev (Ladya) and Vladimir Potkin (Molodezhka”). The former won arguably the most visually striking game of the tournament against his fellow talent and recent entrant into the 2700 club, Legacy Square's Daniil Dubov.


On Board Two best were Gata Kamsky and David Paravyan. White the veteran scored his wins in the first half of the event, the 20-year-old Molodezhka star won important games in Rounds 6 and 7.


Dmitry Bocharov didn't have a good tournament, only scoring 2.5 out of 9 for Siberia, but his younger teammate Ivan Bocharov (are these guys brothers?) lit up Board Five by posting 7 out of 9, the most points scored among all participants, and only bested by percentage points of Mikhail Antipov (6.5 out of 8). The swashbuckling affair between these two was really a feast for the eyes.


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In this chess gone wild atmosphere it's pretty hard for rating favorites to keep away from upset. The following is one of the rare losses by the Bronze Horsemen.


I apologize for not providing written notes, but the time for this report has already run out.

One more for the road.






Yermo is enjoying his fifties. Lives in South Dakota, 600 miles way from the nearest grandmaster. Between his chess work online he plays snooker and spends time outdoors - happy as a clam.


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