Ural Ekaterinburg - Russian Team Champions 2008

Ural Ekaterinburg - Russian Team Champions 2008

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Apr 15, 2008, 3:08 AM |
3 | Chess Event Coverage

The Russian Team Championships being held in Sochi, on the shores of the Black Sea, came to an end on Sunday with team Ural from Ekaterinburg emerging victorious.

The event was a very strong all-play-all affair with 12 teams of the very best players in the world battling for the title.  Teams comprised of 8 players, of which 6 were picked to play in each round.

The Ural players were:

Teimour Radjabov 2751
Alexei Shirov
2755
Gata Kamsky
2732
Alexander Grishuk
2711
Vladimir Malakhov
2689
Vladimir Akopian
2700
Alexei Dreev
2633
Alexander Motylev
2644

 

Well known names on the other teams included Ivanchuk, Svidler, Ponomariov, Morozevich, Karjakin, Gelfand, Rublevsky, Karpov and Korchnoi.  Quite a list of also-rans!

The final table after 11 hard fought rounds was:

Ural (Ekaterinburg) 17 39.5
2Economist 1 (Saratov)
15
37
3
TPS (Saransk)
1437
4
Finek Gazprom (St.Petersburg)
14
35.5
5
Spasio (Moscow)
12
34.5
6
Shatar (Buryatia)
12
34
7
64 (Moscow)
11
32
8
SHSM (Moscow)
10
33.5
9
Tomsk 400 (Tomsk)10
31
10
Polytechnic (Niznhi Tagil)
9
31
11
South Ural (Chelyabinsk)
5
27.5
12
Economist 2 (Saratov)3
23.5

 

Gata Kamsky (pictured), playing board 3 for the victorious Ural team defeated the veteran Korchnoi (South Ural team) in the 8th round.


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