Ponomariov Leads Ukrainian Championships

Ponomariov Leads Ukrainian Championships

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After five completed rounds of the 80th Ukrainian Chess Championships, Ruslan Ponomariov (pictured) leads by a full point with a score of 4/5.

The 2011 competition in Kiev is the strongest Ukrainian championships for many years, and includes all the best Ukrainian players except Vassily Ivanchuk who is playing in the Bazna Kings tournament in Romania.

Games start every day at 15:00 local time (12:00 UTC) except the final round which is 3 hours earlier.  The only rest day is 16 June, and the time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 30 minutes extra to finish with an increment of 30 seconds/move from the start.

The total prize fund is 600,000 Ukrainian Hryvnias (approx 75,000 US Dollars).

The official website (in Ukrainian) is here, and the live games broadcast can be followed here.  Information in English can be found at the tournament's Facebook page.

The standings after five rounds:

 Ponomariov, Ruslan  2754 4
 Eljanov, Pavel  2712 3
 Areshchenko, Alexander  2694 3
 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy  2640 3
 Efimenko, Zahar  2701 3
 Volokitin, Andrei  2677
 Moiseenko, Alexander  2679
 Miroshnichenko, Evgenij  2651
 Vysochin, Spartak  2529
 Kovchan, Alexander  2558 2
 Korobov, Anton  2660 1
 Vovk, Yuri  2550 1


Ponomariov starts his fifth round game with Vovk (see game below)




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