100 Years Of Botvinnik Festival
The 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:
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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