Soccer & Simul at Saratov Governor's Cup

Soccer & Simul at Saratov Governor's Cup

Friday was a rest day at the Governor's Cup in Saratov. Some of the participants decided to spend the day on their own; others met at the university to play soccer; while three grandmasters agreed to face amateurs over the board.

When one is playing in such a tough 11-round supertournament, it makes sense to save as much energy as possible. A rest day is meant to be spent relaxing. Nonetheless, Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky and Pavel Eljanov decided to make Saratov's chess fans happy and hold a simul. Each of the GMs was challenged by 10 opponents. Some of the players were relatively experienced - 1st category or candidate masters. Therefore, it didn't come as a surprise that not all the maestros achieved perfect victories. Evgeny Tomashevsky got 10/10, while Pavel Eljanov and Alexander Moiseenko scored 7.5 and 7 respectively.

The simul took place at the SGSEU chess club (pictured below):

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After the 3-hour simul the grandmasters proceeded to the sports hall to play soccer. Alexander Morozeevich, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Evgeny Alekseev, Alexander Moiseenko, Pavel Eljanov, Ni Hua - these brave people decided to spend the rest day in an active way.

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Alexander Morozevich is a fierce attacker


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Evgeny Tomashevsky arrived late and is anxious to find asap how to join the game. The goalkeeper is tournament director Dr. Alexei Vetrov

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Goal!

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Pavel Eljanov on the defensive

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"Economist" team in action

The soccer game was very competitive and exciting. Fortunately, nobody got hurt, except for Alexander Moiseenko's glasses (luckily enough, they didn't get broken, were just bended a little).

The 7th round will be played tomorrow.

All the photos are (C) Natalia Pogonina


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