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Russian Team Championship (2007)

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Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Alexander Morozevich, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, Anatoly Karpov, Boris Gelfand, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Alexey Shirov, Evgeny Bareev, Viktor Bologan, Baadur Jobava, Vladimir Malakhov, Ernesto Inarkiev, Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Alekseev, Andrei Volokitin, Alexander Riazantsev, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Vladimir Akopian, Alexander Motylev, Sergei Rublevsky, Alexander Khalifman, Alexander Onischuk, Igor Lysyj, Sergei Tiviakov, Sergey Volkov, Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev, Viktor Korchnoi, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Vladimir Potkin, Evgeny Najer, Artyom Timofeev, Michael Roiz, Mikhail Kobalia, Konstantin Landa, Igor Kurnosov, Vladislav Tkachiev, Konstantin Sakaev, Oleg Korneev, Igor Khenkin, Ildar Khairullin, Evgeny Romanov, Ivan Popov, Alexander Lastin, Pavel Tregubov, Andrei Kharlov, Boris Savchenko, Kamil Miton, Murtas Kazhgaleyev, Farrukh Amonatov, Dmitry Bocharov, Karen Asrian, Pavel Smirnov, Vladimir Belov, Ildar Ibragimov, Smbat Gariginovich Lputian, Sergei Shipov, Pavel Maletin, Alexander Galkin, Alexey Korotylev, Sergey Grigoriants, Petr Kiriakov, Yuri Yakovich, Maxim Sorokin, Valerij Popov, Andrey Rychagov, Anton Shomoev, Sergej Dyachkov, Artem Iljin, Bator Sambuev, Alexei Bezgodov, Roman Ovetchkin, Sergey Vokarev, Sergei Iskusnyh, Valeri Yandemirov

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Bezgodov vs A Galkin  ½-½32 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. Tkachiev vs M Kazhgaleyev  ½-½12 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
3. S Iskusnyh vs Bologan 1-034 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipE97 King's Indian
4. Khenkin vs Radjabov  ½-½19 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
5. Grischuk vs Onischuk  ½-½24 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Kiril D Georgiev vs Shirov  ½-½40 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
7. V Malakhov vs K Landa  ½-½39 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipA13 English
8. B Savchenko vs V Zvjaginsev  ½-½52 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
9. Motylev vs Potkin  ½-½16 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
10. E Alekseev vs Lputian 1-037 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
11. A Riazantsev vs Tiviakov  ½-½21 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipE01 Catalan, Closed
12. Eljanov vs Korchnoi  ½-½52 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipE16 Queen's Indian
13. I Kurnosov vs A Moiseenko  ½-½20 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
14. Tomashevsky vs E Romanov 1-026 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
15. F Amonatov vs E Inarkiev  ½-½41 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
16. Karjakin vs A Rychagov 1-022 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipC10 French
17. Gelfand vs Ivanchuk  ½-½40 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
18. A Volokitin vs Bareev 1-029 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. Harikrishna vs E Najer 1-088 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. S Volkov vs Khalifman  ½-½34 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. I Nepomniachtchi vs M Kobalia  1-053 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
22. V Popov vs V Belov  ½-½20 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. D Bocharov vs Rublevsky  0-161 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. A Timofeev vs I Lysyj  1-028 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
25. A Shomoev vs Jakovenko 0-158 2007 Russian Team ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
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May-11-07  Tomlinsky: Did Korchnoi's known ploy of offering an early draw to unbalance an opponent backfire here with Landa calling his bluff?

[White "GM Korchnoi, Viktor(SUI)"]
[Black "GM Landa, Konstantin(RUS)"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Nge2 d5 6.a3 Bd6 7.c5 Be7 8.Nf4 b6 9.b4 a5 10.Bb2 1/2-1/2

May-11-07  Plato: <slomarko> What do you mean "of course"?

It's not so easy at all if you don't have a tablebase to tell you. By the way, do you have a link for online tablebases with complete 6-piece endgames? Or have you purchased the fritz tablebase CDs?

May-11-07  Mameluk: What? Nalimov does not have 6-pieces tablebase? What a poor site:) Good technique from Karjakin maybe he won most of his rating points back.
May-11-07  Plato: Karjkin wins! (Hey <slomarko>, that was a Najdorf game btw :-P)

So <Tomsk 400> defeats top seeded defending champions <Ural> by a margin of 3.5-2.5.

<Tomsk> dominated this tournament with a perfect 9-0 score. Congratulations to the new champions!

May-11-07  scholes: How much rating points Morejevich and Krajakin are gaining from this event
May-11-07  slomarko: <Plato> I've used this:
May-11-07  Plato: <slomarko> Wow, that's very useful. Much appreciated.
May-11-07  slomarko: <Hey <slomarko>, that was a Najdorf game btw :-P> yes, yes but that was that Ng4 variation which isnt so good, much better is e5 or e6.
May-11-07  WarmasterKron: <<slomarko> the only winning move would be Kc3 while every other move would draw(!)>

Fascinating. Given that position with White to move, I'd be looking straight at 1.Rxe6+ Kxe6 2.Ke4, but Nalimov tells me this is a draw with best play.

May-11-07  tal lover: Yes WarmasterKron its a draw if 2...kf7! 3.Kxf4 Kf6 draw
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  Appaz: What a brilliant game by Pavel Smirnov, a trippel pawn sacrifice in Ruy Lopez!
May-11-07  monopole2313: Kaprov and Korchnoi on the same team (S. Ural). Not since Nice 1974.
May-11-07  percyblakeney: The Women's Team Championship was won by outsiders Ladya Kazan. There were many sensations, the very strong Krasnoturinsk team ended up third. Stefanova lost four games, twice with white against 2300 players. Hou won against Stefanova but lost against Kirillova (2251).

May-12-07  notyetagm: <WarmasterKron: <<slomarko> the only winning move would be Kc3 while every other move would draw(!)> Fascinating. Given that position with White to move, I'd be looking straight at 1.Rxe6+ Kxe6 2.Ke4, but Nalimov tells me this is a draw with best play.>

Yes, many players would play that but it is an easy draw.

Black just keeps his king hovering around the critical f6-square so that he can answer an eventual ♔xf4 with ... ♔f6!, taking the <OPPOSITION>.

May-12-07  notyetagm: <tal lover: Yes WarmasterKron its a draw if 2...kf7! 3.Kxf4 Kf6 draw>

This comment is a reminder that many strong amateur players are very weak in the endgame.

May-12-07  Mameluk: <percyblakeney> Have you noticed fantastic result of Anna Ushenina? Of course Hou Yifan is the next Carlsen:)
May-12-07  percyblakeney: <Mameluk> Yep, I noticed, she will pass 2500 anytime now and is still almost totally unknown.

There were some good games in the women's section. A few combinations:

1. Stefanova (white) has an easy Tuesday puzzle win here:

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2. Paehtz (white) finds an immediate winner:

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3. In the top game Hou-Stefanova it is at least Friday level on the whole combination giving Hou (white) a piece up endgame she won:

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1.Stefanova-Shadrina: <Qxd8> (threatening Be5+)

2.Paehtz-Cherenkova: <Re1> (followed by Re8+)

3.Hou-Stefanova: <Nc5 c6 Qxb6 Rxb6 Nxe6 Rxa6 Nc7>

May-12-07  percyblakeney: Anna Ushenina scored +6 in her 8 games, a very good result compared with for example the higher rated Stefanova's -3.
May-12-07  tal lover: <notyetagm> is there any wrong move in this line that i suggest (1.Rxe6 Kxe6 2.Ke4 Kf7 3.Kxf4 Kf6 draw)? if there please tell me i really want see wht is wrong
May-12-07  notyetagm: <tal lover: <notyetagm> is there any wrong move in this line that i suggest (1.Rxe6 Kxe6 2.Ke4 Kf7 3.Kxf4 Kf6 draw)? if there please tell me i really want see wht is wrong>

No. White simply cannot win as long as the Black king is in position to take the <OPPOSITION> after the White king captures the Black f4-pawn. As long as Black can answer ♔xf4 with ... ♔f6! the pawn endgame is a dead draw.

Move the position up two ranks, however, and now the <OPPOSITION> would not save Black. That is, with White f5-pawn versus Black f6-pawn, ♔xf6 wins for White even if the Black king can take the <OPPOSITION> with ... ♔f8.

To win the pawn endgame, White needs to meet at least two of the following three conditions:

1) King on the sixth rank
2) King in front of his pawn
3) The opposition

With White f3-pawn versus Black f4-pawn, White can obtain only 2) with ♔xf4, which is not enough to win. With White f5-pawn versus Black f6-pawn, White can achieve 1) -and- 2) with ♔xf6 and thus wins the pawn endgame.

May-14-07  Chess Classics: I quote from

<Big photo report by Sergey Tiviakov, who for some reason mainly concentrated on the women's section.>

Oh, I can't imagine why. Chessbase never does that...

Okay, I'll stop beating that long-dead horse. Congrats to Tomsk 400!


May-14-07  Ragh: Yeah, whats wrong with this Tiviakov guy! :)
May-14-07  Rubion: Tiviakov is clealry somewhat retarded. According to that chessbase report he was attending the event with his mother. This seems odd for a 34 year old man. No wonder the guy is so sexually frustrated he spent the whole time photographing girls.
May-15-07  SniperOnG7: Give him a break man. Look at it from his point of view. If Tiviakov goes there just to photograph the guys, it not only makes his photography job sad, it also does a great injustice to the girls, his camera and!
May-15-07  percyblakeney: Tiviakov's photos are clearly a step forward compared to those at the bottom of this page:

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