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Russian Championship Higher League St Petersburg Tournament

Alexey Dreev6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Vitaly Tseshkovsky6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Vladimir Viktorovich Epishin6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Alexander Khalifman5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Vadim Zvjaginsev5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Sergey Vladimirovich Ivanov5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Evgeny Najer5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Valerij Sergeyevich Popov5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Alexander Riazantsev5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Konstantin Yuryevich Landa5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Evgeny Romanov5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Pavel Tregubov5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Yuri Rafailovich Yakovich5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Sergey Volkov4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Evgeny Alekseev4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Evgeny Shaposhnikov4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Vladimir Belov4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Denis Yevseev4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Oleg Vladimirovich Nikolenko4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Sergey Ionov4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Valery A Loginov4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Alexandre Danin4.5/9(+4 -4 =1)[games]
Sergey Dolmatov4/9(+0 -1 =8)[games]
Alexei Igorevich Kuzmin4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Vladimir Burmakin3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Vladimir Dobrov3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
* (34 players total; 5 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Higher League St Petersburg (2004)

Played in St. Petersburg, Russia, 21-30 May 2004, as one of two qualification events for the new round-robin "Superfinal" of the 57th Russian Championship. The two events were combined next year into a single "Higher League" qualification tournament. Rest day: May 26. Prize fund: $50,000. Organizer: Alexey Ustaev and the St. Petersburg Chess Federation. Ustaev was also the President of Viking Bank, the main sponsor. Chief arbiter: Vladimir Dvorkovich. The top three finishers would advance to the Superfinal.

Alexey Dreev won with 6.5/9, and went together with Tseshkovsky and Epishin to the Russian Championship Superfinal (2004).

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Next edition: Russian Championship Higher League (2005). See also Russian Championship Higher League Tomsk (2004)

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 153  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Romanov vs V Burmakin  1-0382004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgB12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. S Silivanov vs Tseshkovsky  0-1312004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
3. E Shaposhnikov vs M Shapovalenko  1-0312004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgB08 Pirc, Classical
4. A I Kuzmin vs A Danin  1-0522004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
5. E Najer vs V A Loginov  1-0842004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
6. V Dobrov vs Y R Yakovich  ½-½382004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
7. Dreev vs A Riazantsev  1-0532004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgE12 Queen's Indian
8. O V Nikolenko vs Epishin 0-1882004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
9. I Kurnosov vs S Volkov 0-1432004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgC12 French, McCutcheon
10. E Alekseev vs S Ionov  ½-½172004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgA16 English
11. Gleizerov vs S Solovjov  ½-½222004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. I Nepomniachtchi vs D Yevseev  ½-½292004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
13. Dolmatov vs D Andreikin  ½-½692004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgC42 Petrov Defense
14. S V Ivanov vs V Zvjaginsev  ½-½192004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Landa vs Khalifman  ½-½132004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgA04 Reti Opening
16. Sakaev vs V S Popov  ½-½142004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. P Tregubov vs V Belov  ½-½552004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgD71 Neo-Grunfeld
18. D Yevseev vs V Dobrov  ½-½462004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgE00 Queen's Pawn Game
19. V Burmakin vs V A Loginov 1-0642004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. A Riazantsev vs S Silivanov  1-0362004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. A Danin vs I Kurnosov ½-½982004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgB01 Scandinavian
22. M Shapovalenko vs O V Nikolenko  0-1272004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgC07 French, Tarrasch
23. S Ionov vs Dolmatov  ½-½212004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgA21 English
24. V Zvjaginsev vs Landa  ½-½262004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgB56 Sicilian
25. D Andreikin vs Gleizerov 1-0252004Russian Championship Higher League St PetersburgC01 French, Exchange
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-15-04  shr0pshire: Thanks, <>. I think most will agree there are some fun games in here.
Jun-16-04  shr0pshire: I think that it is an indication of the quality of the chess players that Russia still produces when the lower qualifier for the Russian championship is 2649 and currently ranked 47th in the world. What a strong tournament the russian championship is going to be.
Jun-23-04  nrojbsa: Have played through a few games. Surprised to see a large number of "not the best" moves, as well as draws in an otherwise won game. Perhaps playing for a spot rather than a win. Appreciate the look into the human mind in these cases. Thanks.
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