Moscow vs St.Petersburg Match

Moscow vs St.Petersburg Match

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Sep 20, 2011, 3:39 AM |
7 | Chess Event Coverage

Church On Spilled Blood St.Petersburg.gifLast weekend saw the welcome return of the traditional chess match between the great chess cities of Moscow and St.Petersburg.

The match marked the centenary of the first match in 1911, but is only the 22nd edition of the event, and the first for 5 years thanks to sponsorship from the Russian energy company Gazprom.

The two teams of 10 players (plus reserves) faced each other over two rounds on the weekend of 17-18 September in St.Petersburg.

The Moscow team had an advantage in strength on paper, but over the board in the first round the scores were level at 5-5.  However, Moscow pulled away in the second round to win the match 11½-8½.

The entertaining games on top board between Alexander Morozevich (Moscow) and Nikita Vityugov were a highlight.  The time control was 40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 minutes to finish with a 30 second increment from the start.

The decisive games are shown below. All games from round 1 and round 2 are available.

A group photo of both teams after the match

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The full results:




Day 1




St. Petersburg  Elo  5 5 Elo  Moscow
N. Vityugov  2726 0 1 2737 A. Morozevich  W
E. Alekseev  2662 ½ ½ 2718 J. Nepomniaschy  B
K. Sakaev  2609 ½ ½ 2716 D. Yakovenko  W
I. Khairullin  2642 ½ ½ 2711 A. Dreev  B
E. Romanov  2639 1 0 2710 V. Malakhov  W
A. Khalifman  2627 ½ ½ 2692 E. Inarkiev  B
M. Matlakov  2630 ½ ½ 2688 A. Ryazantsev  W
B. Emelin  2568 ½ ½ 2682 B. Grachev  B
A. Shimanov  2565 ½ ½ 2666 V. Zvyagintsev  W
V. Popov  2545 ½ ½ 2637 E. Najer  B



Day 2




St. Petersburg  Elo  Elo  Moscow
N. Vityugov  2726 1 0 2737 A. Morozevich  B
E. Alekseev  2662 ½ ½ 2718 J. Nepomniaschy  W
K. Sakaev  2609 ½ ½ 2716 D. Yakovenko  B
I. Khairullin  2642 ½ ½ 2711 A. Dreev  W
E. Romanov  2639 ½ ½ 2710 V.Malakhov  B
A. Khalifman  2627 0 1 2692 E. Inarkiev  W
M. Matlakov  2630 0 1 2688 A. Ryazantsev  B
B. Emelin  2568 0 1 2682 B. Grachev  W
A. Shimanov  2565 ½ ½ 2666 V. Zvyagintsev  B
V. Popov  2545 0 1 2637 E. Najer  W


Final Score



St. Petersburg 
11½
Moscow

 

Vityugov and Morozevich had two lively encounters on top board

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Match photos by IM Sergey Bystrov

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