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🏆 Russian Team Championship (2007)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Alexander Morozevich, Sergey Karjakin, Vasyl Ivanchuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Anatoly Karpov, Boris Gelfand, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Alexey Shirov, Evgeny Bareev, Baadur Jobava, Victor Bologan, Vladimir Malakhov, Ernesto Inarkiev, Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Alekseev, Andrei Volokitin, Alexander Riazantsev, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Vladimir Akopian, Alexander Motylev, Evgeny Najer, Sergei Rublevsky, Alexander Khalifman, Alexander Onischuk, Igor Lysyj, Sergei Tiviakov, Sergey Volkov, Viktor Korchnoi, Kiril Georgiev, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Vladimir Potkin, Artyom Timofeev, Michael Roiz, Mikhail Kobalia, Konstantin Landa, Igor Kurnosov, Vladislav Tkachiev, Konstantin Sakaev, Oleg Korneev, Igor Khenkin, Evgeny Romanov, Ildar Khairullin, Ivan Popov, Alexander Lastin, Pavel Tregubov, Andrei Kharlov, Boris Savchenko, Kamil Miton, Murtas Kazhgaleyev, Farrukh Amonatov, Dmitry Bocharov, Karen Asrian, Vladimir Belov, Pavel Smirnov, Ildar Ibragimov, Sergei Shipov, Smbat Lputian, Pavel Maletin, Alexander Galkin, Alexey Korotylev, Sergey Grigoriants, Petr Kiriakov, Yuri Yakovich, Maxim Sorokin, Valerij Popov, Andrey Rychagov, Anton Shomoev, Sergej Dyachkov, Artem Iljin, Bator Sambuev, Alexei Bezgodov, Roman Ovetchkin, Sergey Vokarev, Sergei Iskusnyh, Valeri Yandemirov

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gelfand vs Ivanchuk  ½-½402007Russian Team ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
2. A Volokitin vs Bareev 1-0292007Russian Team ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
3. Harikrishna vs E Najer 1-0882007Russian Team ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. S Volkov vs Khalifman  ½-½342007Russian Team ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. Nepomniachtchi vs M Kobalia  1-0532007Russian Team ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
6. V Popov vs V Belov  ½-½202007Russian Team ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. D Bocharov vs Rublevsky  0-1612007Russian Team ChampionshipD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. A Timofeev vs I Lysyj  1-0282007Russian Team ChampionshipC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
9. Yakovich vs Jobava 0-1292007Russian Team ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
10. I Khairullin vs A Lastin  ½-½212007Russian Team ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
11. P Maletin vs A Iljin  1-0692007Russian Team ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
12. I Ibragimov vs R Ovetchkin  ½-½142007Russian Team ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
13. Morozevich vs K Miton 1-0312007Russian Team ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. A Shomoev vs Jakovenko 0-1582007Russian Team ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
15. Karjakin vs Rychagov 1-0222007Russian Team ChampionshipC10 French
16. F Amonatov vs E Inarkiev  ½-½412007Russian Team ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
17. Tkachiev vs Kazhgaleyev  ½-½122007Russian Team ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
18. Iskusnyh vs Bologan 1-0342007Russian Team ChampionshipE97 King's Indian
19. Khenkin vs Radjabov  ½-½192007Russian Team ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
20. Grischuk vs Onischuk  ½-½242007Russian Team ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. K Georgiev vs Shirov  ½-½402007Russian Team ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
22. V Malakhov vs Landa  ½-½392007Russian Team ChampionshipA13 English
23. B Savchenko vs Zvjaginsev  ½-½522007Russian Team ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
24. Motylev vs Potkin  ½-½162007Russian Team ChampionshipB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
25. E Alekseev vs Lputian 1-0372007Russian Team ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
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May-11-07  Tomlinsky: Did Korchnoi's known ploy of offering an early draw to unbalance an opponent backfire here with Landa calling his bluff?

[White "GM Korchnoi, Viktor(SUI)"]
[Black "GM Landa, Konstantin(RUS)"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Nge2 d5 6.a3 Bd6 7.c5 Be7 8.Nf4 b6 9.b4 a5 10.Bb2 1/2-1/2

May-11-07  Plato: <slomarko> What do you mean "of course"?

It's not so easy at all if you don't have a tablebase to tell you. By the way, do you have a link for online tablebases with complete 6-piece endgames? Or have you purchased the fritz tablebase CDs?

May-11-07  Mameluk: What? Nalimov does not have 6-pieces tablebase? What a poor site:) Good technique from Karjakin maybe he won most of his rating points back.
May-11-07  Plato: Karjkin wins! (Hey <slomarko>, that was a Najdorf game btw :-P)

So <Tomsk 400> defeats top seeded defending champions <Ural> by a margin of 3.5-2.5.

<Tomsk> dominated this tournament with a perfect 9-0 score. Congratulations to the new champions!

May-11-07  scholes: How much rating points Morejevich and Krajakin are gaining from this event
May-11-07  slomarko: <Plato> I've used this:
May-11-07  Plato: <slomarko> Wow, that's very useful. Much appreciated.
May-11-07  slomarko: <Hey <slomarko>, that was a Najdorf game btw :-P> yes, yes but that was that Ng4 variation which isnt so good, much better is e5 or e6.
May-11-07  WarmasterKron: <<slomarko> the only winning move would be Kc3 while every other move would draw(!)>

Fascinating. Given that position with White to move, I'd be looking straight at 1.Rxe6+ Kxe6 2.Ke4, but Nalimov tells me this is a draw with best play.

May-11-07  tal lover: Yes WarmasterKron its a draw if 2...kf7! 3.Kxf4 Kf6 draw
May-11-07  Appaz: What a brilliant game by Pavel Smirnov, a trippel pawn sacrifice in Ruy Lopez!
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  monopole2313: Kaprov and Korchnoi on the same team (S. Ural). Not since Nice 1974.
May-11-07  percyblakeney: The Women's Team Championship was won by outsiders Ladya Kazan. There were many sensations, the very strong Krasnoturinsk team ended up third. Stefanova lost four games, twice with white against 2300 players. Hou won against Stefanova but lost against Kirillova (2251).

May-12-07  notyetagm: <WarmasterKron: <<slomarko> the only winning move would be Kc3 while every other move would draw(!)> Fascinating. Given that position with White to move, I'd be looking straight at 1.Rxe6+ Kxe6 2.Ke4, but Nalimov tells me this is a draw with best play.>

Yes, many players would play that but it is an easy draw.

Black just keeps his king hovering around the critical f6-square so that he can answer an eventual ♔xf4 with ... ♔f6!, taking the <OPPOSITION>.

May-12-07  notyetagm: <tal lover: Yes WarmasterKron its a draw if 2...kf7! 3.Kxf4 Kf6 draw>

This comment is a reminder that many strong amateur players are very weak in the endgame.

May-12-07  Mameluk: <percyblakeney> Have you noticed fantastic result of Anna Ushenina? Of course Hou Yifan is the next Carlsen:)
May-12-07  percyblakeney: <Mameluk> Yep, I noticed, she will pass 2500 anytime now and is still almost totally unknown.

There were some good games in the women's section. A few combinations:

1. Stefanova (white) has an easy Tuesday puzzle win here:

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2. Paehtz (white) finds an immediate winner:

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3. In the top game Hou-Stefanova it is at least Friday level on the whole combination giving Hou (white) a piece up endgame she won:

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1.Stefanova-Shadrina: <Qxd8> (threatening Be5+)

2.Paehtz-Cherenkova: <Re1> (followed by Re8+)

3.Hou-Stefanova: <Nc5 c6 Qxb6 Rxb6 Nxe6 Rxa6 Nc7>

May-12-07  percyblakeney: Anna Ushenina scored +6 in her 8 games, a very good result compared with for example the higher rated Stefanova's -3.
May-12-07  tal lover: <notyetagm> is there any wrong move in this line that i suggest (1.Rxe6 Kxe6 2.Ke4 Kf7 3.Kxf4 Kf6 draw)? if there please tell me i really want see wht is wrong
May-12-07  notyetagm: <tal lover: <notyetagm> is there any wrong move in this line that i suggest (1.Rxe6 Kxe6 2.Ke4 Kf7 3.Kxf4 Kf6 draw)? if there please tell me i really want see wht is wrong>

No. White simply cannot win as long as the Black king is in position to take the <OPPOSITION> after the White king captures the Black f4-pawn. As long as Black can answer ♔xf4 with ... ♔f6! the pawn endgame is a dead draw.

Move the position up two ranks, however, and now the <OPPOSITION> would not save Black. That is, with White f5-pawn versus Black f6-pawn, ♔xf6 wins for White even if the Black king can take the <OPPOSITION> with ... ♔f8.

To win the pawn endgame, White needs to meet at least two of the following three conditions:

1) King on the sixth rank
2) King in front of his pawn
3) The opposition

With White f3-pawn versus Black f4-pawn, White can obtain only 2) with ♔xf4, which is not enough to win. With White f5-pawn versus Black f6-pawn, White can achieve 1) -and- 2) with ♔xf6 and thus wins the pawn endgame.

May-14-07  Chess Classics: I quote from

<Big photo report by Sergey Tiviakov, who for some reason mainly concentrated on the women's section.>

Oh, I can't imagine why. Chessbase never does that...

Okay, I'll stop beating that long-dead horse. Congrats to Tomsk 400!


May-14-07  Ragh: Yeah, whats wrong with this Tiviakov guy! :)
May-14-07  Rubion: Tiviakov is clealry somewhat retarded. According to that chessbase report he was attending the event with his mother. This seems odd for a 34 year old man. No wonder the guy is so sexually frustrated he spent the whole time photographing girls.
May-15-07  SniperOnG7: Give him a break man. Look at it from his point of view. If Tiviakov goes there just to photograph the guys, it not only makes his photography job sad, it also does a great injustice to the girls, his camera and!
May-15-07  percyblakeney: Tiviakov's photos are clearly a step forward compared to those at the bottom of this page:

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