Tomsk-400 wins the Russian Premier League

4/11/2009 – This team won the highest Russian Team Championship in 2007, but did badly last year. Now they are back with a convincing two-point victory, with ShSm-64 and Ural taking silver and bronze behind them. The second-level "Higher League" was won by Polytechnik, ahead of Economist-SGSEU-2 and Yugra. We bring you a closing report of the tournament with portraits of the players.

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Russian Team Championship and Leagues

In the Premier League ShSm-64, which yesterday was in the lead lost its last-round match against SPbChFed on the last board (Boris Savchenko, 2655, lost to Zahar Efimenko, all other games were drawn). Co-leader Tomsk-400 defeated Eurasia-Logistic on board five (Farrukh Amonatov, 2648, defeated Andrey Rychagov, 2530, all other games were drawn). This put Tomsk in clear first, two points ahead of the rest. Since Ural trashed TPS – which has Ivanchuk, Volokitin and Tregubov on its team – and Economist-SGSEU-1 did the same to M.Chigorin CC. three teams finished equal second on match points: 9.0/14. The board points decided, and there ShSM-64 was half a point in front of Ural, which iteself was half a point better than Economist.

In the Higher League Polytechnik, which was leading by two points before the final round, lost its match against ZAO "OMZ". But since its nearest rival, Yugra, drew its encounter with Etude-Contact, Polytechnik emerged the winner. Yesterday's third-place team, Economist-SGSEU-2, pulled off a 5.0-1.0 win over Gostinaya Dvorkovicha to catch Yugra on board points and overtake it on match points. That put Economist in second place.

Final standings

Premier League (seven rounds)

#
Team
MP
BP
1
Tomsk-400
11.0
23.5
2
ShSM-64
9.0
24.5
3
Ural
9.0
24.0
4
Economist-SGSEU-1
9.0
23.5
5
SPbChFed
8.0
23.0
6
TPS
6.0
20.5
7
Eurasia-Logistic
4.0
19.5
8
M.Chigorin CC
0.0
9.5

MP = Match Points; BP = Board Points

Higher League (nine rounds)

#
Team
MP
BP
1
Polytechnik
14.0
32.0
2
Economist-SGSEU-2
13.0
31.0
3
Yugra
13.0
30.5
4
BelGU
10.0
29.5
5
Etude-Contact
10.0
28.0
6
Perspektiva
9.0
30.0
7
ZAO "OMZ"
8.0
27.5
8
SC MEPhI
7.0
23.0
9
Grifon
6.0
26.0
10
Gostinaya Dvorkovicha
0.0
12.5

Individual results from R1R2
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Portraits from the Men's Leagues

Photo report by WGM Irina Sudakova and Elena Mikheeva


Board one of the winning Tomsk-400 team: Dmitry Jakovenko,
RUS 2753, scoring 3.5/6 with a 2758 performance


Board two for Tomsk: Artyom Timofeev, RUS, 2677, 4.0/7points, 2710 performance


Board four: Sergei Tiviakov, NED, 2697, 3.0/7, 2571 performance


Vladislav Tkachiev, FRA, 2657, Tomsk, 4.0/6, 2711 performance


Winner of an important point for Tomsk in the final round: Farrukh
Amonatov, TJK, 2648, 4.0/6 total points, 2731 performance


Sergei Rublevsky, RUS, 2702, Ural, performance 2711


Chinese GM Ni Hua, 2724, Economist-SGSEU, 2615 performance


Peter Svidler, RUS, 2726, SPbChFed, 3.5/6, 2773 performance


Alexei Shirov, ESP, 2745, with 5.0/7 points and a 2809 performance


Zahar Efimenko, UKR, 2682, SPbChFed, 5.0/7, 2732 performance


Alexander Grischuk, RUS, 2748, Ural, 2.5/7 points, 2585 performance


Boris Gelfand, ISR, 2733, ShSM-64, 3.0/5, 2805 performance


Alexander Riazantsev, Ian Nepomniachtchi, playing for ShSM-64


Evgeny Bareev (standing, Ural) chatting with Sergei Movsesian and Peter Svidler of SPbChFed

Video reports by Europe Echecs


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

Links

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