Tomsk leads in the Russian Team Championships

5/6/2007 – The team that has Viktor Bologan as a reserve player (!) has won all its matches so far, and collected eight match and 16 board points. Tomsk-400 is ahead of Ural, with Radjabov, Grischuk, Shirov, Akopian, and others. Average Elo 2701, vs 2692 for Tomsk. And did we mention: Karpov and Korchnoi are playing in the same team! Big illustrated report.

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The Russian Team Championships are taking place in the Dagomys, Sochi, from May 1st to 12th, 2007. The men are playing in two league sections, with six players per team. The champion will be decided in a match between the winners of each section. The rate of play is 100 minutes / 40 moves, 50 min/20 moves and 10 min for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move.

Round four report

The team from Tomsk-400 are firmly in the lead and keep winning. They have a sterling lineup: Morozevich, Jakovenko, Karjakin, Kasimdzhanov, Inarkiev, Tkachiev, Bologan (as reserve player!) and Smirnov, with an average Elo of 2692. The only stronger team is Ural Ekaterinburg, which is there with Radjabov, Grischuk, Shirov, Akopian, Malakhov, Zvjaginsev, Motylev and Sakaev, averaging an incredible 2701 rating points. Ural is in second place.

In round four Tomsk crushed Nizhnij Tagil 5:1, with all six games being decided (Sergey Karjakin scored the only loss). Ural scored a narrow victory over TPS Saransk, which has Ivanchuk on board one. All games were drawn, except for Grischuk beating Volokitin. Here are all the results from round four:

  • Politekhnik – Tomsk-400 1-5
  • TPS – Ural 2½–3½
  • Elara – Junost Moskvy 3-3
  • Ladja – Ekonomist 2½–3½
  • Shatar – South Ural 4½–1½

Standings in the Premier League after four rounds (match + board points given):

1 Tomsk-400 8 16
2 Ural 7 14
3 Ekonomist 6 14
4-5 Elara 5 12½
4-5 Junost Moskvy 5 12½
6-7 TPS 3 12
6-7 Ladja 3 12
8 Shatar 2 11
9 South Ural 1
10 Politekhnik 0

You will find all results and standings in the English section of the official web site. A full colour-coded list of all teams is giving at the bottom of this report.


Picture Gallery by Galina Tiviakova

In his first picture report our roving reporter GM Sergey Tiviakov, who is also playing for the catchingly-named team Economist-SGSEU-1 Saratov, concentrated on the women's section of the tournament. Today his mother, Galina Tiviakova, commandeered the camera and we got a more gender-balanced selection.


The mighty Dagomys River that flows majestically through town of Dagomys


A popular recreational facitily in the "Dagomys Hotel & Tourist complex"


The playing hall with the match Shatar Buryatia vs Economist-SGSEU-1 under way


During the game Sergey Tiviakov (right) vs Artyom Timofeev in round four: ½-½


Ural Ekaterinburg with Radjabov, Grischuk, Akopian and Malakhov (left) facing TPS Saransk with Volokitin and Najer (right)


You know what a knight on e5 means for you?! Kiril Georgiev and Pentala Harikrishna analyse.


One of the top seeds: Israeli GM Boris Gelfand, Elo 2733


Alexander Morozevich (with a great chess legend in the background left)


Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov, playing (here with Karen Asrian and Smbat Lputian) on board one for the team Southern Ural Chelyabinsk


Another great legend: Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi, 76, playing on board five in Karpov's team


GM Vladimir Potkin prepares to play, IM Elisabeth Pähtz takes photos


ABC Krasnoturyinsk, with
Antoaneta Stefanova and Svetlana Matveeva, with Natalia Pogonina watching


WGM Tatiana Grabuzova playing for Petrodom Saint-Petersburg


Yulija Ivanova and Irina Manakova, playing for Politechnik Nizhniy Tagil


WGM Elizaveta Bronnikova, playing for Izhplaneta Izhevsk


WGM Yana Melnikova playing for Debut-DVGTU Vladivostok


WGM Anna Sharevich, playing for Economist - SGSEU-2 Saratov


Like my belly button? Anna is the most widely photographed female chess player in the world


In the following we have put together a list of all participating teams. Top players are colour coded, with red for GMs rated over 2700, blue of those over 2600 (for the women: over 2500 and 2400). Note that the average Elo ratings are for the six top players in each men's team, and four top players in the women's. Go through this list, you will find some remarkable players.

Premier League Team composition

1 Elara Cheboksary

1 Gelfand, Boris 2733 Israel
2 Bareev, Evgeny 2643 Russia
3 Harikrishna, P. 2650 India
4 Khalifman, Alexander 2624 Russia
5 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2602 Russia
6 Belov, Vladimir 2586 Russia
7 Korotylev, Alexey 2620 Russia
8 Shipov, Sergei 2592 Russia
  Average Elo 2640    

2 Polytechnik Nizhny Tagil

1 Bocharov, Dmitry 2614 Russia
2 Lysyj, Igor 2590 Russia
3 Yakovich, Yuri 2600 Russia
4 Lastin, Alexander 2590 Russia
5 Maletin, Pavel 2541 Russia
6 Ovetchkin, Roman 2554 Russia
7 Sorokin, Maxim 2517 Russia
8 Vokarev, Sergey 2475 Russia
  Average Elo 2578    

3 Tomsk-400

1 Morozevich, Alexander 2762 Russia
2 Jakovenko, Dmitry 2708 Russia
3 Karjakin, Sergey 2686 Ukraine
4 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2677 Uzbekistan
5 Inarkiev, Ernesto 2669 Russia
6 Tkachiev, Vladislav 2652 France
7 Bologan, Viktor 2636 Moldova
8 Smirnov, Pavel 2631 Russia
  Average Elo 2692    

4 Youth of Moscow

1 Khenkin, Igor 2629 Germany
2 Onischuk, Alexander 2663 USA
3 Georgiev, Kiril 2653 Bulgaria
4 Landa, Konstantin 2608 Russia
5 Savchenko, Boris 2583 Russia
6 Potkin, Vladimir 2593 Russia
7 Grigoriants, Sergey 2594 Russia
8 Popov, Ivan 2533 Russia
  Average Elo 2622    

5 Economist-SGSEU-1 Saratov

1 Alekseev, Evgeny 2679 Russia
2 Tiviakov, Sergei 2663 Netherland
3 Roiz, Michael 2616 Israel
4 Eljanov, Pavel 2686 Ukraine
5 Moiseenko, Alexander 2630 Ukraine
6 Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2641 Russia
7 Galkin, Alexander 2590 Russia
8 Dyachkov, Sergej 2566 Russia
  Average Elo 2653    

6 Southern Ural Chelyabinsk

1 Karpov, Anatoly 2668 Russia
2 Asrian, Karen 2635 Armenia
3 Lputian, Smbat G 2634 Armenia
4 Riazantsev, Alexander 2621 Russia
5 Korchnoi, Viktor 2603 Switzerland
6 Kurnosov, Igor 2566 Russia
7 Romanov, Evgeny 2520 Russia
8 Bezgodov, Alexei 2561 Russia
  Average Elo 2621    

7 Ural Ekaterinburg

1 Radjabov, Teimour 2747 Azerbaijan
2 Grischuk, Alexander 2717 Russia
3 Shirov, Alexei 2699 Latvia
4 Akopian, Vladimir 2703 Armenia
5 Malakhov, Vladimir 2679 Russia
6 Zvjaginsev, Vadim 2659 Russia
7 Motylev, Alexander 2642 Russia
8 Sakaev, Konstantin 2633 Russia
  Average Elo 2701    

8 Shatar Buryatia

1 Miton, Kamil 2653 Poland
2 Shomoev, Anton 2551 Russia
3 Rychagov, Andrey 2571 Russia
4 Tregubov, Pavel V. 2605 Russia
5 Amonatov, Farrukh 2574 Tadzhikistan
6 Kazhgaleyev, Murtas 2603 Kazakhstan
7 Iskusnyh, Sergei 2463 Russia
8 Sambuev, Bator 2485 Russia
  Average Elo 2593    

9 Ladya Kazan

1 Rublevsky, Sergei 2680 Russia
2 Timofeev, Artyom 2658 Russia
3 Jobava, Baadur 2658 Georgia
4 Khairullin, Ildar 2586 Russia
5 Iljin, Artem 2538 Russia
6 Ibragimov, Ildar 2602 Russia
7 Kharlov, Andrei 2572 Russia
8 Yandemirov, Valeri 2515 Russia
  Average Elo 2626    

10 TPS Saransk

1 Ivanchuk, Vassily 2729 Ukraine
2 Volokitin, Andrei 2654 Ukraine
3 Najer, Evgeniy 2624 Russia
4 Volkov, Sergey 2640 Russia
5 Kobalia, Mikhail 2639 Russia
6 Korneev, Oleg 2565 Russia
7 Popov, Valerij 2589 Russia
8 Kiriakov, Petr 2540 Russia
  Average Elo 2642    

First League Team composition

1 FINEC Saint-Petersburg

1 Vitiugov, Nikita 2592 Russia
2 Brodsky, Michail 2597 Ukraine
3 Babula, Vlastimil 2586 Slovakia
4 Makarov, Marat 2515 Russia
5 Yemelin, Vasily 2564 Russia
6 Turov, Maxim 2553 Russia
7 Yevseev, Denis 2525 Russia
8 Matlakov, Maxim 2440 Russia
  Average Elo 2570    

2 Economist-SGSEU-2 Saratov

1 Kornev, Alexei 2567 Russia
2 Vorobiov, Evgeny E. 2580 Russia
3 Shaposhnikov, Evgeny 2550 Russia
4 Evdokimov, Alexander A. 2530 Russia
5 Iljushin, Alexei 2501 Russia
6 Kovchan, Alexander 2527 Russia
7 Tunik, Gennady 2468 Russia
8 Lushenkov, Mikhail 2387 Russia
  Average Elo 2543    

3 SPASIO Moscow

1 Khismatullin, Denis 2570 Russia
2 Andreikin, Dmitry 2532 Russia
3 Kosyrev, Vladimir 2505 Russia
4 Danin, Alexandre 2513 Russia
5 Askarov, Marat 2561 Russia
6 Tihonov, Jurij 2537 Russia
7 Gubajdullin, Alexei 2422 Russia
8 Belousov, Danila 2334 Russia
  Average Elo 2537    

4 Perspektiva Lipetsk

1 Miroshnichenko, Evgenij 2646 Ukraine
2 Zontakh, Andrey 2549 Ukraine
3 Chebotarev, Oleg 2514 Russia
4 Gladyszev, Oleg 2485 Russia
5 Sjugirov, Sanan 2395 Russia
6 Slugin, Sergey 2383 Russia
7 Zimmerman, Yuri 2343 Russia
  Average Elo 2495    

5 Chigorin Chess Club St. Petersburg

1 Anisimov, Pavel 2497 Russia
2 Ionov, Sergey 2539 Russia
3 Loginov, Valery A 2496 Russia
4 Lanin, Alexsej 2465 Russia
5 Lintchevski, Daniil 2445 Russia
6 Ivanov, Alexey 2425 Russia
7 Smirnov, Artem 2403 Russia
8 Pankov, German 2321 Russia
  Average Elo 2478    

6 BelSU Belgorod

1 Kuzmin, Gennadi P 2479 Ukraine
2 Zakharevich, Igor 2463 Russia
3 Poluljahov, Aleksandr 2503 Russia
4 Voitsekhovsky, Stanislav 2503 Russia
5 Beshukov, Sergei 2461 Russia
6 Shalimov, Valery 2381 Russia
7 Kiselev, Gennady 2424 Russia
8 Uzhva, Andrey 2240 Russia
  Average Elo 2472    

7 Krais Ggoup Voronezh

1 Chernyshov, Konstantin 2567 Russia
2 Belikov, Vladimir 2564 Russia
3 Kostin, Alexey 2400 Russia
4 Raetsky, Alexander 2420 Russia
5 Sergienko, Sergey 2480 Russia
6 Chuprikov, Dmitry 2394 Russia
7 Provotorov, Ivan 2382 Russia
8 Chetverik, Maxim 2311 Russia
  Average Elo 2471    

8 RSSU Moscow

1 Krapivin, Alexander 2486 Russia
2 Kharitonov, Alexandr 2507 Russia
3 Chadaev, Nikolai 2486 Russia
4 Rakhmanov, Aleksandr 2497 Russia
5 Konovalov, Nikolay 2445 Russia
6 Tonoian, Armen 2398 Russia
7 Reshetnikov, Alexey 2385 Russia
8 Babikov, Ivan 2258 Russia
  Average Elo 2470    

9 Kamchatka-Dalimpex

1 Tseshkovsky, Vitaly 2517 Russia
2 Novik, Maxim 2466 Russia
3 Kositsin, Sergey 2411 Russia
4 Abasheev, Denis 2419 Russia
5 Neverov, Anatoly 2389 Russia
6 Sokolov, Dmitri 2387 Russia
7 Kuksov, Valerij 2340 Russia
8 Maksimov, Yuri 2436 Russia
  Average Elo 2439    

11 Debut-DVGTU Vladivostok

1 Goloshchapov, Alexander 2555 Ukraine
2 Bachin, Vitaly 2489 Russia
3 Batsanin, Dmitry 2452 Russia
4 Vitinik, Mikhail 2363 Russia
5 Glushko, Andrey 2328 Russia
6 Buldakov, Evgeny 2302 Russia
7 Slupskiy, Sergey 2284 Russia
  Average Elo 2417    

12 Academia Tomsk

1 Belozerov, Andrei 2541 Russia
2 Loskutov, Oleg 2409 Russia
3 Gutov, Andrey 2466 Russia
4 Petrukhin, Denis 2417 Russia
5 Shkurikhin, Ilia 2353 Russia
6 Dmitrienko, Andrey 2301 Russia
7 Yakovlev, Mikhail 2260 Russia
8 Tregubov, Alexey 2301 Russia
  Average Elo 2414    

13 Polytechnik Nizhny Tagil

1 Yudin, Sergei 2511 Russia
2 Kuligin, Evgeni 2325 Russia
3 Matsenko, Sergei 2374 Russia
4 Pogromsky, Mikhail 2405 Russia
5 Yatsenko, Alexey 2430 Russia
6 Yuzhakov, Oleg 2239 Russia
7 Faizrakhmanov, Gennadiy 2348 Russia
8 Ogloblin, Nikolay 2384 Russia
  Average Elo 2409    

14 Rosneft Smolensk

1 Solovjov, Sergey I. 2417 Russia
2 Meshkov, Yuri A 2389 Russia
3 Sirotine, Konstantin 2411 Russia
4 Aliavdin, Nikolai 2421 Russia
5 Rodchenkov, Sergey D. 2399 Russia
6 Benza, Artem 2320 Russia
7 Kiselev, Alexander S. 2349 Russia
  Average Elo 2398    

15 SC MIFI Moscow

1 Belov, Igor 2439 Russia
2 Nagibin, George 2330 Russia
3 Kravchenko, Vladimir V. 2435 Russia
4 Moiseenko, Vladimir 2404 Russia
5 Kuzovkin, Alexander - Russia
6 Kuznecov, Mikhail 2343 Russia
7 Zharov, Dmitry 2337 Russia
8 Glotov, Mikhail 2271 Russia
  Average Elo 2381    

16 Orel

1 Kalugin, Sergey V. 2360 Russia
2 Olenin, Nikolay 2409 Russia
3 Khalukov, Yury 2398 Russia
4 Bazarov, Konstantin 2232 Russia
5 Pogosian, Georgy 2251 Russia
6 Protsenko, Roman - Russia
  Average Elo 2275    

Russian Women’s Chess League 2007

1 ABC - Krasnoturyinsk

1 g Stefanova, Antoaneta 2492 Bulgaria
2 m Matveeva, Svetlana    2406 Russia
3 wg Muzychuk, Anna         2474 Slovenia
4 wg Tairova, Elena 2414 Russia
5 wg Pogonina, Natalia 2419 Russia
  Average Elo 2441    

2 SouthERN Ural Chelyabinsk

1 wg Hou, Yifan 2513 China
2 m Lahno, Kareryna 2468 Ukraine
3 m Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 2432 Russia
4 wg Kochetkova, Julia 2320 Russia
5 wg Shumiakina, Tatiana 2375 Russia
  Average Elo 2422    

3 FINEK-1 Saint-Petersburg

1 m Cmilyte, Viktorija 2462 Lithuania
2 wg Korbut, Ekaterina 2429 Russia
3 wg Demina, Julia 2330 Russia
4 m Turova, Irina 2386 Russia
5 wg Sudakova, Irina 2371 Russia
  Average Elo 2396    

4 Economist - SGSEU-1 Saratov

1 m Galliamova, Alisa 2477 Russia
2 m Zaiatz, Elena 2387 Russia
3 m Gaponenko, Inna 2451 Ukraine
4 wf Chistiakova, Tamara 2337 Russia
5 wg Shaidullina, Sandugach 2276 Russia
  Average Elo 2389    

5 LADYA Kazan

1 m Galliamova, Alisa 2477 Russia
2 m Zaiatz, Elena 2387 Russia
3 m Gaponenko, Inna 2451 Ukraine
4 wf Chistiakova, Tamara 2337 Russia
5 wg Shaidullina, Sandugach 2276 Russia
  Average Elo 2386    

6 ACADEMY Tomsk

1

wg Shadrina, Tatiana

2378

Russia

2

wg Shen Yang

2440

China

3

     Ruan Lufei

2370

China

4

wm Nebolsina, Vera

2297

Russia

5

      Shevchenko, Olesia

2168

Russia

  Average Elo 2331    

7 Economist - SGSEU-2 Saratov

1 wg  Ushenina, Anna 2475 Ukraine
2 wm Iljushina, Olga 2281 Russia
3 wf   Fominykh, Maria 2306 Russia
4 wg  Sharevich, Anna 2323 Belorussia
5 wm Tarasova, Viktoriya 2239 Russia
  Average Elo 2325    

8 Petrodom Saint-Petersburg

1 wg  Grabuzova, Tatiana 2357 Russia
2 wg  Guseva, Marina 2320 Russia
3 wg  Zdebskaja, Natalia 2335 Ukraine
4 wg  Zakurdjaeva, Irina 2286 Russia
5 wg  Kostiuk, Tatiana 2224 Russia
  Average Elo 2288    

9 Debut-DVGTU Vladivostok

1 wm Ubiennykh, Ekaterina 2302 Russia
2 wf   Airapetian, Tatevik 2234 Russia
3 wg Meshcheriakova,Evgenia 2309 Russia
4 wm Chasovnikova, Eugenia 2288 Russia
5 wg  Melnikova, Yana 2305 Russia
  Average Elo 2288    

10 RSSU Moscow

1 wg  Mongontuul, Bathuyag 2388 Mongolia
2 wf   Gunina, Valentina 2308 Russia
3 m   Cherenkova, Kristina 2249 Russia
4 wf   Ambartsumova, Karina 2201 Russia
5 wf   Prudnikova, Ekaterina 2159 Russia
  Average Elo 2261    

11 Chigorin Chess Club Saint-Petersburg

1

  g   Ovod, Evgenija

2384

Russia

2 wm  Sirotkina, Nina 2275 Russia
3         Lupik, Marina 2215 Russia
4  wf   Akatova, Ekaterina 2204 Russia
5 wm  Ivkina, Olga 2198 Russia
  Average Elo 2255    

12 POLITECHNIK Nizhniy Tagil

1 m  Burtasova, Anna 2314 Russia
2  f   Novikova, Anna 2272 Russia
3  f   Kharashuta, Ekaterina 2218 Russia
4  f   Manakova, Irina 2244 Russia
5      Ivanova, Yulija 2155 Russia
  Average Elo 2241    

13 IZHPLANETA Izhevsk

1 wm Bronnikova, Elizaveta 2287 Russia
2 wm Komiagina, Maria 2288 Russia
3 wf   Severiukhina, Zoja 2269 Russia
4 wf   Bannikova, Anastasia 2185 Russia
5 wf   Deriabina, Svetlana 2133 Russia
  Average Elo 2232    

14 FINEK-2 Saint-Petersburg

1   f    Kirillova, Varvara 2251 Russia
2 wm Bystryakova, Elena V. 2189 Russia
3 wm Solovjova, Valentina 2261 Russia
4 wm Gromova, Iulia 2252 Russia
5        Kuzevanova, Evgenia 2176 Russia
  Average Elo 2226    

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