Russian Team Championship: 64 (Moscow) wins, by half a board point

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Tomsk-400 and 64 (Moscow) lead at Russian Team ChampionshipEven in the final standings of the Russian Team Championship, 64 and Tomsk-400 were still sharing the lead with 20 match points out of 11 rounds. However, the team from Moscow (with Gelfand, Wang Hao, Caruana and Giri as the top stars) finished with exactly half a board point more: 47.0 vs 46.5.

The winning team "64", here with Gelfand, Caruana, Giri, Riazantsev, Grachev and Najer in round 2 | Photo © Maria Bolshakova

General info

The 18th Russian Team Championship took place April 11-23 in Olginka (Krasnodar Territory), Russia. Each team consisted of 6 players and 2 reserves. The rate of play was 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and then 30 minutes to end the game with 30 seconds increment from move one. More info, including the line-up of all teams, can be found in our first report.

Rounds 9-11

Till the very end the fight for the Russian title was an exciting one, despite the fact that only two teams were in serious contention: Tomsk-400 and 64 (Moscow). Also in round 9 they both won, and continued their shared lead. 64 crushed Jamal 5.5-0.5 where on top board IM Pavel Potapov managed to draw with GM Wang Hao, but 64's Caruana, Giri, Riazantsev, Potkin and Grachev won their games. Tomsk-400 had a bit more trouble with the Mikhail Chigorin Chess Club. Ponomariov, Motylev and Khismatullin all couldn't beat players who were more than 100 points lower rated, but Inarkiev and Kurnosov scored two victories. Still, these dropped board points might well have been decided matters in the end...

On Friday there was the big clash between the tournament leaders. It was a hard-fought 3-3. Here's the results table for this one - apparently 64's Anish Giri was given a rest day for the second time.

Board Title 64 (Moscow) Rating - Title Tomsk-400 Rating 3 : 3
5.1 GM Gelfand Boris 2733 - GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2743 ½ - ½
5.2 GM Wang Hao 2728 - GM Motylev Alexander 2677 ½ - ½
5.3 GM Caruana Fabiano 2716 - GM Areshchenko Alexander 2687 1 - 0
5.4 GM Riazantsev Alexander 2679 - GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2674 1 - 0
5.5 GM Potkin Vladimir 2653 - GM Bologan Viktor 2671 0 - 1
5.6 GM Najer Evgeniy 2638 - GM Kurnosov Igor 2653 0 - 1



In this crucial match Fabiano Caruana, who finished on a splendid 8/10 score and a 2852 performance rating, played an interesting exchange sacrifice.

Caruana-Areshchenko Russian Team Championship 2011 Caruana-Areshchenko

Black just took on f4, which was answered by 17. Rxg7!? and here maybe Black should have just accepted the draw offer with 17... fxe3 18. Rxh7+ Kxh7 19. Qh5+ and White gives perpetual check. Instead he bravely continued the game with 17... Kxg7 but after 18. Bxf4 Kh8 19. Kf1 White eventually got plenty compensation and won on move 36.

Update: In the comments below, Fabiano Caruana corrected this variation:

I would just like to mention that in my game against Areshchenko, if Black continues with 17…fxe3 he loses by force in all variations: 18.Rxh7 Kxh7 19.Qh5 Kg8 (19…Kg7 20.Ke2 exf2 21.Qg5 Kh8 22.Rc4 wins) 20.Qg6 (now 20.Ke2? runs into Rf7) Kh8 21.Qh6 Kg8 22.Ke2 exf2 and now 23.Rc3 or 23.Qg5 Kh8 24.Rc4 mates. My opponent played correctly with 17…Kxg7 and objectively held the advantage later on. Instead of the losing [21]…b6, Black would have been better with 21…Qc2.


Russian Team Championship: Fabiano Caruana scored 8/10 for winning team 64

Fabiano Caruana scored 8/10 for winning team 64



Victor Bologan scored a good point for Tomsk-400 against the reigning European Champion, using the famous double attack theme in the early middlegame.

Potkin-Bologan Russian Team Championship 2011 Potkin-Bologan

14... e5! 15. dxe5 dxe5 16. Nxe5 Nh5

Potkin-Bologan

White would really like to continue with 17. Bh2 here, but this fails to one or two swaps on e5, followed by the nasty ...Qg5 move attacking both e5 and g2. OK, the bishop on e5 can return to g3, but Black takes on g3 with knight and queen, followed by ...Bd6 with a killing attack. Instead White went for an ending with three pawns against the piece (with 17. Bf1 Nxf4 18. Qxd7 Qxd7 19. Nxd7 Rxe1 20. Rxe1 Bc6 21. Nxf8 Bxa4), but it was always good for Black. Bologan scored the point on move 40.

And so, with one round to go, 64 was still leading by two board points over Tomsk-400. In the last round on Saturday, Tomsk-400 did what they had to do and won all six games against Kemerovo, but it was just not enough. 64 only spilled 1.5 board points to beat YSU – VISTA 4.5-1.5 and win the title on half a board point. The team from St. Petersburg finished third, with 17 match points. Ugra also scored 17, but less board points.

Also in the women's section the team from Moscow (with GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, WGM Valentina Gunina, IM Marina Romanko, WGM Olga Girya and WGM Alina Kashlinskaya) won the title. This competition only had eight teams of which four finished on 10 match points.

Russian Team Championship: Fabiano Caruana scored 8/10 for winning team 64

Some relaxation at night: GM Fabiano Caruana, GM Wang Hao, WGM Nazi Paikidze and GM Anish Giri playing Russian billiards



Photos © Maria Bolshakova, more here



Selection of games rounds 9-11



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Russian Team Championship 2011 | Final standings

# Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 BP MP
1 64 (Moscow) * 3 3 4 5 4 5 5 20 47.0
2 Tomsk-400 3 * 3 4 6 20 46.5
3 SPb Chess Fed 3 3 * 3 4 5 5 5 5 6 17 46.0
4 Ugra 2 * 3 4 4 5 5 17 42.5
5 Economist 3 3 * 4 3 5 5 15 42.5
6 Club MI Chigorin 1 2 2 2 * 3 4 4 5 11 31.5
7 Polytechnic 1 2 3 3 * 10 28.5
8 YSU – VISTA 2 1 ½ 1 2 * 4 8 27.0
9 NIU BSU 2 1 * 5 6 27.0
10 Atom 1 1 2 2 * 3 5 23.0
11 Yamal ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 3 * 3 19.5
12 Kemerovo 1 0 0 1 ½ 1 * 0 15.0



Russian Team Championship 2011 | Top scorers (top 40)

# Title Name Rating Team Points Games % Board
1 GM Kurnosov Igor 2653 Tomsk-400 8.5 9 94.4 6
2 GM Najer Evgeniy 2638 64 (Moscow) 8.5 10 85.0 6
3 GM Caruana Fabiano 2716 64 (Moscow) 8.0 10 80.0 1
4 GM Smirnov Pavel 2539 NIU BSU 8.0 11 72.7 4
5 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2743 Tomsk-400 7.5 10 75.0 1
6 GM Motylev Alexander 2677 Tomsk-400 7.5 10 75.0 1
7 GM Ovetchkin Roman 2487 Polytechnic 7.5 11 68.2 5
8 GM Vitiugov Nikita 2720 St. Petersburg 7.0 9 77.8 2
9 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim 2663 St. Petersburg 7.0 9 77.8 4
10 GM Riazantsev Alexander 2679 64 (Moscow) 7.0 11 63.6 3
11 GM Dreev Aleksey 2697 Ugra 6.5 8 81.3 3
12 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2718 Ugra 6.5 9 72.2 1
13 FM Nakhapetiane Pogos 2495 Atom 6.5 9 72.2 2
14 GM Bologan Viktor 2671 Tomsk-400 6.5 9 72.2 4
15 GM Khismatullin Denis 2662 Tomsk-400 6.5 9 72.2 5
16 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2707 Economist 6.5 10 65.0 2
17 GM Rublevsky Sergei 2678 Ugra 6.5 10 65.0 2
18 GM Savchenko Boris 2616 NIU BSU 6.5 11 59.1 1
19 GM Grachev Boris 2675 64 (Moscow) 6.0 8 75.0 5
20 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2779 St. Petersburg 6.0 9 66.7 1
21 GM Andreikin Dmitry 2686 Economist 6.0 9 66.7 4
22 GM Shimanov Aleksandr 2550 Mikhail Chigorin 6.0 10 60.0 1
23 GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2674 Tomsk-400 6.0 10 60.0 3
24 GM Alekseev Evgeny 2688 Economist 6.0 10 60.0 3
25 GM Kokarev Dmitry 2576 Polytechnic 6.0 11 54.5 3
26 GM Svidler Peter 2730 St. Petersburg 5.5 8 68.8 1
27 GM Ionov Sergey 2541 Mikhail Chigorin 5.5 8 68.8 4
28 GM Potkin Vladimir 2653 64 (Moscow) 5.5 8 68.8 4
29 GM Khairullin Ildar 2634 St. Petersburg 5.5 8 68.8 5
30 GM Moiseenko Alexander 2673 Economist 5.5 8 68.8 5
31 GM Giri Anish 2690 64 (Moscow) 5.5 9 61.1 2
32 GM Efimenko Zahar 2708 St. Petersburg 5.5 9 61.1 4
33 GM Zhigalko Sergei 2680 Ugra 5.5 9 61.1 4
34 GM Sjugirov Sanan 2643 Ugra 5.5 9 61.1 5
35 GM Malakhov Vladimir 2714 Ugra 5.5 10 55.0 1
36 GM Roiz Michael 2661 Economist 5.0 6 83.3 5
37 GM Matlakov Maxim 2625 St. Petersburg 5.0 6 83.3 6
38 GM Zontakh Andrey 2568 YSU – VISTA 5.0 11 45.5 2
39 GM Vysochin Spartak 2526 YSU – VISTA 5.0 11 45.5 3
40 FM Belyakov Bogdan 2301 Jamal 5.0 11 45.5 3



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