100 Years Of Botvinnik Festival

  • SonofPearl
  • on 8/26/11, 4:14 AM.

botvinnik 100 festival cropped.jpgThe celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mikhail Botvinnik continue in Russia.

A chess festival in St. Petersburg entitled "100 Years of Mikhail Botvinnik" featured a 9 round Swiss open competition which was won by Denis Krismatullin on tie-break score from half a dozen other players who finished on 7/9.

The Swiss tournament had nearly 100 players and a prize fund of 1 million roubles (approx 35,000 USD).

The top finishers:

 Name Nat Elo Pts TB1
 Khismatullin, Denis RUS 2656 7.0 54.0
 Aleksandrov, Aleksej BLR 2609 7.0 53.5
 Ponkratov, Pavel RUS 2593 7.0 53.0
 Dvoirys, Semen I. RUS 2554 7.0 52.0
 Geller, Jakov RUS 2535 7.0 49.5
 Yakovich, Yuri RUS 2539 7.0 49.0
 Neverov, Valeriy UKR 2500 7.0 45.0
 Maletin, Pavel RUS 2575 6.5 54.0
 Zvjaginsev, Vadim RUS 2659 6.5 53.0
 Epishin, Vladimir RUS 2553 6.5 49.0
 Baryshpolets, Andrey UKR 2474 6.5 49.0
 Yevseev, Denis RUS 2527 6.5 48.5
 Kuzubov, Yuriy UKR 2630 6.5 48.0
 Popov, Valerij RUS 2550 6.5 45.0
 Lintchevski, Daniil RUS 2553 6.5 43.5

The winner, Denis Khrismatullin






However, the event apparently also saw a case of computer-assisted cheating from a lower-ranked player.  After 6 rounds a player called Sergey Klimentiev was doing remarkably well for a player rated just 1698, with a score of 4/6.

Thereafter, according to various reports 42-year-old Klimentiev (pictured below) was placed under greater attention, and had his briefcase and pen taken from him.  He lost all three of his remaining games to finish on 4/9.

Cheating? Sergey Klimentiev

Sergey Klimentiev.jpg








Photos from the official website.  More round by round photo reports can be found here.

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  • 5 years ago


    According to Fide, this guy have already get 171 elo from different tournaments(his performance was over 2000 in both competititons...). Not very common from a 42 year old man, who's rating has always been between 1678 and 1711...

  • 5 years ago


    If the guy was so obviously cheating, how did he lose 2 of 6 games anyways (before being accused)?

  • 5 years ago


    Hahaha he plays a perfect endgame in game 2 but blunders a piece in the opening of game 4.

    This man is a beast!

    And by that I mean he should be put down. 

  • 5 years ago


    Cheater, obvious cheater. The winning games were amazing compared to the crappy last two he performed. Obvious cheater, no question about it.

  • 5 years ago


    it would be interesting to know how he managed to cheat under... ? 

  • 5 years ago


    Maybe chess.com could analyze the games to see if he was cheating?

  • 5 years ago


    of course he is cheater it is so obvious

  • 5 years ago


    If he had limited his cheating to just one game, he would likely never even have been a suspect.

    Makes you wonder just how much cheating occurs that goes unnoticed in the big money swiss events.

  • 5 years ago

    GM KaydenTroff

    Does anyone know if they took his stuff away because he was just doing so well or because they actually saw some suspicous things?

    Congratulations to the winner and co-winners and thanks SonOfPearl for the article.

  • 5 years ago


    Well, winning the first 4 games and then losing the others doesn't prove much.

    Axel Rombaldoni has recently won the first 6 games in the world junior, scoring only 2 points in the next 7 games. Of course the rating difference with his opponents wasn't that uge (between 100 and 200 elo), but who knows how accurate is Klimentiev's rating. Also, having his briefcase taken away could have influenced his prestation (he had to prove that he was not cheating, very big responsability).

    Indeed,  I would keep an eye on him, if possible in future tournaments too.

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  • 5 years ago


    of course he was cheating HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHA !

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