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Russian Team Championship (2008)

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Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Morozevich, Vassily Ivanchuk, Anatoly Karpov, Boris Gelfand, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Peter Svidler, Ruslan Ponomariov, Gata Kamsky, Vugar Gashimov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Pavel Eljanov, Alexey Shirov, Wang Hao, Sergei Movsesian, Nikita Vitiugov, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Evgeny Bareev, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Vladimir Malakhov, David Navara, Pentala Harikrishna, Dmitry Andreikin, Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Alekseev, Andrei Volokitin, Ni Hua, Evgeny Najer, Alexander Riazantsev, Alexander Areshchenko, Denis Khismatullin, Loek van Wely, Bu Xiangzhi, Vladimir Akopian, Alexey Dreev, Alexander Motylev, Zahar Efimenko, Ernesto Inarkiev, Sergei Rublevsky, Boris Grachev, Emil Sutovsky, Alexander Khalifman, Alexander Onischuk, Sergey Volkov, Viktor Korchnoi, Maxim Rodshtein, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Igor Lysyj, Vladimir Potkin, Artyom Timofeev, Michael Roiz, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Mikhail Kobalia, Igor Kurnosov, Mikhail Krasenkow, Konstantin Sakaev, Vladislav Tkachiev, Igor Khenkin, Boris Avrukh, Maxim Turov, Evgeny Romanov, Ildar Khairullin, Alexander Lastin, Pavel Tregubov, Ivan Popov, Andrei Kharlov, Boris Savchenko, Kamil Miton, Farrukh Amonatov, Dmitry Kokarev, Dmitry Bocharov, Karen Asrian, Pavel Maletin, Alexander Galkin, Pavel Ponkratov, Alexander Kovchan, Sergey Grigoriants, Vasily Yemelin, Evgeni Ellinovich Sveshnikov, Alexei Kornev, Anton Shomoev, Sergej Dyachkov, Alexander Evdokimov, Stanislav Novikov, Vladimir Kosyrev, Alexei Iljushin, Roman Ovetchkin, Evgeny Shaposhnikov, Arkadij Rotstein, Andrei Belozerov, Marat Makarov, Sergei Matsenko, Mikhail Lushenkov

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. I Khairullin vs S Dyachkov ½-½17 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
2. Onischuk vs Gelfand  ½-½22 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. D Kokarev vs A Belozerov  ½-½31 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
4. Kharlov vs P Maletin  ½-½71 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
5. I Lysyj vs A Timofeev 1-044 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Van Wely vs B Grachev 0-142 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Areshchenko vs Jakovenko  ½-½28 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
8. Karjakin vs Efimenko  1-044 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Motylev vs A Aleksandrov  1-069 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
10. Tkachiev vs V Malakhov ½-½21 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. Grischuk vs E Inarkiev  ½-½21 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. Mamedyarov vs Kamsky ½-½12 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Rublevsky vs K Asrian  ½-½51 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
14. I Popov vs I Nepomniachtchi 1-032 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipC12 French, McCutcheon
15. Wang Hao vs Potkin 1-058 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
16. A Moiseenko vs E Shaposhnikov ½-½15 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
17. A Iljushin vs Ni Hua  ½-½42 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
18. Tomashevsky vs A Evdokimov 1-037 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
19. D Andreikin vs E Alekseev  ½-½16 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
20. A Lastin vs V Yemelin  ½-½65 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
21. B Avrukh vs Navara 1-068 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipA63 Benoni, Fianchetto, 9...Nbd7
22. Movsesian vs P Tregubov  1-046 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
23. Bu Xiangzhi vs V Zvjaginsev 1-027 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipE83 King's Indian, Samisch
24. Svidler vs V Gashimov ½-½29 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
25. A Rotstein vs S Novikov  ½-½26 2008 Russian Team ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
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Apr-07-08
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  whiteshark: Kamsky vs Harikrishna reached a 'stringy' position after <40...Bf6>:


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About equal to me, but it's early in the day...:D

Apr-07-08
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  keypusher: <DCP23: Couple of rounds more and Morozevich will overtake Kramnik on the rating list.

While I do believe Kramnik is a stronger player than Moro overall, when it comes to beating GMs in the 2600-2700 range (especially with Black), nobody can compete with Moro. Quite probably that's even true through the whole history of chess.>

Has anyone done a rating comparison of Morozevich with Black vs. White? Assuming he really is unusually successful with Black (which seems to be the case), what is the reason?

Apr-07-08
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  whiteshark: Malakhov vs Bareev should shake hands after <42...Be8>. Position after <42.Kf5>:


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Then again it's maybe educational to see the final. :D

Apr-07-08  Mameluk: Good blunder from Mamedyarov, that guy is clearly out of form. For Gelfand it was surprisingly easy today.
Apr-07-08
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  Karpova: Karpov-Efimenko after 45.Kb2


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Apr-07-08  zluria: Why did shak resign? I guess he was losing a pawn, but it's still rather early to resign, isn't it?
Apr-07-08
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  whiteshark: Ni, Hua vs Avrukh, position after <50.a5>:


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BOOC endgame, but is it still drawish with PP down ?

Apr-07-08  sitzkrieg: Once again Volokitin wins by "neglecting" his kings position, it ended up on d6 by the time black resigned, with queens still on the board.
Apr-07-08
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  Karpova: Karpov-Efimenko after 48...Nd7


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Apr-07-08  zluria: The Malakhov - Bareev ending is very interesting. I must not understand chess - it seems to me that 51. ... e4 would have guaranteed black at least a draw. Black can defend e4, and if white lets him, the black K goes after the Q-side pawns.
Apr-07-08  zluria: Avrukh will resign soon. He can't stop the h pawn. if he plays Bd3 to defend h7, a6! will make the bishop return, whereupon White will take on h7 and make a new Queen.
Apr-07-08  malthrope: <keypusher: <DCP23: [...] ...when it comes to beating GMs in the 2600-2700 range (especially with Black), nobody can compete with Moro. Quite probably that's even true through the whole history of chess.> Has anyone done a rating comparison of Morozevich with Black vs. White? Assuming he really is unusually successful with Black (which seems to be the case), what is the reason?>

I think we've all noted it (his incrediable runs winning with the Black pieces), but I've never seen a statistical analysis of White wins vs. Black wins in a series. Just looking quickly over his stats here on CG.com we get...

Database of 969 games with Moro winning 410 times...

Wins with White 220 (53.66%)
Wins with Black 190 (46.34%)

So, it appears we simply become aware of it more when he strings an impressive series of wins with Black! :^)

PS: <zluria: Why did shak resign? I guess he was losing a pawn, but it's still rather early to resign, isn't it?>

It was technically won and with GM Navara's Endgame technique he would have given Shark <No Chance> to save the game. Hence, just resigning and off to the bar was a good choice! ;) Plus, sometimes in team event competitions deals are made by the Captains to expidite matters - 'OK we'll resign now on boards 2 and 3 but we want draws posted on boards 5 and 6', etc. :^)

Apr-07-08  percyblakeney: Karpov could be playing the last game to finish also today.
Apr-07-08  malthrope: <percyblakeney: Karpov could be playing the last game to finish also today.>

Maybe! However, the 'Van Wely-Potkin' game may give them a run for their money! ;)

Karpov must be getting tired by now... So, it depends on his determination to keep trying. :)

Apr-07-08  Akavall: Maybe Morozevich is succesful with black against 2600-2700 level GMs, but I am not sure that he is at 2700+ level. I remember that in Mexico WC tourney he went +3 with white and -5 with black.
Apr-07-08  percyblakeney: <in Mexico WC tourney he went +3 with white and -5 with black>

It was actually very close to seven losses in seven black games for him in Mexico, however that must have been an anomaly. After all he has beaten players like Svidler, Gelfand and Grischuk before with black and his score isn't that bad with black against top players.

Apr-07-08  malthrope: It appears his <determination> finally stopped - 'Karpov-Efimenko' drawn on the 57th move... ;)

Apr-07-08  percyblakeney: Morozevich's career total with black against the top two is:

vs. Kramnik +1 -2 =3
vs. Anand +1 -3 =3

Not amazing but not too bad either, Kramnik and Anand are quite strong with white.

Apr-07-08  percyblakeney: Malakhov seems to be grinding out a win in that drawn endgame against Bareev after all.
Apr-07-08  percyblakeney: After 25 moves it looked like this, very impressive by Malakhov with white to beat Bareev from this position:


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Apr-07-08
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  kellmano: now i'm certainly no gm, but 20 moves ago i thought bareev had an easy draw, and wondered why malakhov was playing on, seemingly aimlessly. did bareev mess up?
Apr-07-08  malthrope: <kellmano: now i'm certainly no gm, but 20 moves ago i thought bareev had an easy draw, and wondered why malakhov was playing on, seemingly aimlessly. did bareev mess up?>

Suffice it to say - something went terribly wrong for Bareev. After all we had a theoretically drawn double bishop ending! As <percyblakeney> just pointed out with a diagram.

Amazing the first match loss by the all powerful URAL chess team... That should make things a bit more interesting! ;) No more resting 'Radja' I'm guessing... ~lol~

Apr-07-08  percyblakeney: It almost looks as if there is as curse on the Dortmund participants. van Wely and Nepomniachtchi are losing lots of games, and Mamedyarov is playing far below his usual level, together these three have -7 without wins here.

Naiditsch was far behind Hou Yifan and a hundred other players in Moscow, and lost against tournament winner Balogh (2559) in Heviz. Gustafsson lost quickly against a 2531 opponent in his latest tournament, Leko was last in Linares, while Kramnik shared 7th in Wijk. But things change rather quickly and there is no reason to believe that these players will be out of form a couple of months from now.

Apr-07-08
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  keypusher: <malthrope>

<Database of 969 games with Moro winning 410 times...

Wins with White 220 (53.66%)
Wins with Black 190 (46.34%)

So, it appears we simply become aware of it more when he strings an impressive series of wins with Black! :^)>

For a contemporary GM that's an incredible share of wins to get with Black. By comparison, according to the database (which is quite imperfect, obviously), over their careers

Kramnik got 35.4% of his wins with Black,

Karpov got 33.1% of his wins with Black, and

Kasparov got only 35.5% of his wins with Black.

So the perception that Morozevich is unusually dangerous with Black seems to be well-founded.

Apr-07-08  percyblakeney: Morozevich and Kramnik are extremes when it comes to wins with black over the last years, I think Morozevich has won a bit over 20 games with black since Kramnik's latest win, even if Kramnik of course loses less often as well.
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