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Russian Championship Higher League St Petersburg Tournament

Aleksey Dreev6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Vitaly Tseshkovsky6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Vladimir Epishin6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Alexander Khalifman5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Vadim Zvjaginsev5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Sergey Ivanov5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Konstantin Sakaev5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Evgeny Najer5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Valerij Popov5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Alexander Riazantsev5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Konstantin Landa5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Evgeny Romanov5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Pavel Tregubov5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Yuri Yakovich5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Sergey Volkov4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Evgeny Alekseev4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Evgeny Shaposhnikov4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Vladimir Belov4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Denis Yevseev4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Oleg Nikolenko4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Sergey Ionov4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Valery Loginov4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Alexandre Danin4.5/9(+4 -4 =1)[games]
Sergey Dolmatov4/9(+0 -1 =8)[games]
Alexey Kuzmin4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Vladimir Burmakin3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Vladimir Dobrov3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Sergey Solovjov3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Igor Kurnosov3.5/9(+3 -5 =1)[games]
Evgeny Gleizerov2.5/9(+1 -5 =3)[games]
* (34 players total; 2 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Higher League St Petersburg (2004)

Played in St. Petersburg, Russia, 21-30 May 2004, as one of two qualification events for the new round-robin "Superfinal" of the 57th Russian Championship. The two events were combined next year into a single "Higher League" qualification tournament. Rest day: May 26. Prize fund: $50,000. Organizer: Alexey Ustaev and the St. Petersburg Chess Federation. Ustaev was also the President of Viking Bank, the main sponsor. Chief arbiter: Vladimir Dvorkovich. The top three finishers would advance to the Superfinal.

Alexey Dreev won with 6.5/9, and went together with Tseshkovsky and Epishin to the Russian Championship Superfinal (2004).

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Next edition: Russian Championship Higher League (2005). See also Russian Championship Higher League Tomsk (2004)

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 153  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Romanov vs V Burmakin  1-0382004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgB12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. Gleizerov vs S Solovjov  ½-½222004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Nepomniachtchi vs D Yevseev  ½-½292004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
4. Dolmatov vs D Andreikin  ½-½692004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgC42 Petrov Defense
5. S Ivanov vs Zvjaginsev  ½-½192004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Landa vs Khalifman  ½-½132004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgA04 Reti Opening
7. Sakaev vs V Popov  ½-½142004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. P Tregubov vs V Belov  ½-½552004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgD71 Neo-Grunfeld
9. E Alekseev vs S Ionov  ½-½172004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgA16 English
10. I Kurnosov vs S Volkov 0-1432004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgC12 French, McCutcheon
11. O Nikolenko vs Epishin 0-1882004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. Dreev vs A Riazantsev  1-0532004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgE12 Queen's Indian
13. V Dobrov vs Yakovich  ½-½382004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
14. E Najer vs V Loginov  1-0842004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
15. A Kuzmin vs A Danin  1-0522004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
16. E Shaposhnikov vs M Shapovalenko  1-0312004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgB08 Pirc, Classical
17. S Silivanov vs Tseshkovsky  0-1312004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
18. A Kuzmin vs Dreev 0-1432004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. S Volkov vs E Shaposhnikov  ½-½412004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgE20 Nimzo-Indian
20. Epishin vs E Romanov  1-0532004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgE46 Nimzo-Indian
21. Tseshkovsky vs E Najer  ½-½422004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgB23 Sicilian, Closed
22. Khalifman vs S Ivanov  ½-½492004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgC18 French, Winawer
23. V Belov vs Sakaev  ½-½792004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. V Popov vs P Tregubov  ½-½912004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgA57 Benko Gambit
25. S Solovjov vs E Alekseev  0-1472004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgB56 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-15-04  shr0pshire: Thanks, <>. I think most will agree there are some fun games in here.
Jun-16-04  shr0pshire: I think that it is an indication of the quality of the chess players that Russia still produces when the lower qualifier for the Russian championship is 2649 and currently ranked 47th in the world. What a strong tournament the russian championship is going to be.
Jun-23-04  nrojbsa: Have played through a few games. Surprised to see a large number of "not the best" moves, as well as draws in an otherwise won game. Perhaps playing for a spot rather than a win. Appreciate the look into the human mind in these cases. Thanks.

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