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Ukrainian Championship Tournament

Yuri Aleksandrovich Kuzubov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Pavel Eljanov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Anton Korobov6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Alexander Moiseenko6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Alexander Areshchenko6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Alexander Zubov5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Yuriy Kryvoruchko4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Stanislav Bogdanovich3.5/11(+2 -6 =3)[games]
Alexander Zubarev3.5/11(+3 -7 =1)[games]
Alexander Kovchan3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Ukrainian Championship (2014)

Played in Lviv, Ukraine 11-22 November 2014. Crosstable:

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 32  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ivanchuk vs Y Kryvoruchko  ½-½552014Ukrainian ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
2. A Moiseenko vs Kuzubov  ½-½182014Ukrainian ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
3. Zubov vs A Kovchan  ½-½302014Ukrainian ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
4. Ivanchuk vs Zubov  ½-½192014Ukrainian ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Kuzubov vs Areshchenko  ½-½202014Ukrainian ChampionshipB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. A Kovchan vs A Moiseenko ½-½92014Ukrainian ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
7. Y Kryvoruchko vs S Bogdanovich  ½-½702014Ukrainian ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
8. A Korobov vs Kuzubov  ½-½342014Ukrainian ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
9. A Moiseenko vs Areshchenko  ½-½322014Ukrainian ChampionshipD97 Grunfeld, Russian
10. Eljanov vs Ponomariov  ½-½322014Ukrainian ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Areshchenko vs A Korobov  ½-½522014Ukrainian ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
12. Ponomariov vs Zubov  ½-½472014Ukrainian ChampionshipD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
13. Kuzubov vs Y Kryvoruchko  ½-½322014Ukrainian ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
14. A Zubarev vs A Kovchan  ½-½412014Ukrainian ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
15. Ivanchuk vs A Moiseenko  ½-½412014Ukrainian ChampionshipA21 English
16. S Bogdanovich vs Eljanov  ½-½412014Ukrainian ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
17. A Moiseenko vs A Korobov  ½-½572014Ukrainian ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
18. Y Kryvoruchko vs Areshchenko  ½-½292014Ukrainian ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. A Kovchan vs Ponomariov  ½-½172014Ukrainian ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
20. Zubov vs S Bogdanovich ½-½132014Ukrainian ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Ponomariov vs Ivanchuk  ½-½322014Ukrainian ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. Areshchenko vs Eljanov  ½-½462014Ukrainian ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
23. A Korobov vs Y Kryvoruchko  ½-½792014Ukrainian ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
24. Eljanov vs A Korobov  ½-½712014Ukrainian ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
25. A Moiseenko vs Y Kryvoruchko  ½-½742014Ukrainian ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
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  SCUBA diver: Why so late in reporting. Six rounds have already been played.
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  WannaBe: Something called Carlsen-Anand
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  thegoodanarchist: I assume this will be an 11-round tournament or else 22 rounds. Probably 11.
Nov-17-14  greed and death: Are the GMs from the eastern provinces participating, or are they holding their own " 'Novorossiya' Chess Championship"?
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  HeMateMe: Some of them probably aren't sure what country they'll be living in, next week or the week after that.
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  Sokrates: <greed and death: Are the GMs from the eastern provinces participating, or are they holding their own " 'Novorossiya' Chess Championship"?>

I have no idea which known Ukrainian player is located at which part of the country, but I assume it will be very complicated for the easteners to cross "boarders" and participate. This is, sadly, a country torn amidst a civil war, and I for one admire that they keep up the spirit by arranging these championships. It must be very tough to be an Ukranian these times, disregarding where you are.

Nov-19-14  donjova: <I have no idea which known Ukrainian player is located at which part of the country>

You can find that info in the official page (given in the first post). For example, Eljanov, Moiseenko and Korobov live in Kharkov, which is in eastern part of the country.

Nov-19-14  notyetagm: <donjova: ... For example, Eljanov, Moiseenko and Korobov live in Kharkov, which is in eastern part of the country.>

Or the western part of Russia, according to Putin.

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  Sokrates: Thanks, <donjova> for this information. So, after all, players from whole Ukraine are participating. I am sure, also the chess-players have an opinion on what is happening, but it's good to hear that they can unite in participating in this championship. It's only positive if chess can play that mediating role.
Nov-19-14  Skakalec: <notyetagm>
<Or the western part of Russia, according to Putin.>

Oh really?! When/where did he say that?

Nov-19-14  Olsonist: According to Karjakin maybe.
Nov-20-14  Mr. V: Karjakin is from Crimea, and clearly considers himself a Russian.

This tournament has lots of interesting games in the Bogo-Indian, relatively rare nowadays, in case any fans of that opening are interested.

Nov-20-14  fisayo123: Really underrated tournament, this.
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  Penguincw: Kuzubov's 3 game winning streak was halted today after he failed to beat Ivanchuk with white. Meanwhile, Eljanov won today to close the gap to half a point.

I don't know about any tiebreaks, but Kuzubov's win against Eljanov with black must be huge.

Nov-21-14  notyetagm: <Mr. V: Karjakin is from Crimea, and clearly considers himself a Russian.>

I believe that Karjakin, like many Ukrainian Crimeans, is actually ethnically Russian.

Lahno is another Ukrainian who is also an ethnic Russian, I believe.

Or they are half-Russian.

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  Penguincw: Talk about some changes in this tournament, as Ponomariov won, Eljanov drew and Kuzubov lost. Entering the last round, 3 players are tied for first, and 2 can still win the tournament. All eyes will be on Kuzubov-Ponomariov, but Eljanov-Zubov, Bogdanovich-Moiseenko and Korobov-Ivanchuk will be important too.
Nov-21-14  Mr. V: <notyetagm> I'm aware; that's what I was implying about Karjakin. And with that, enough said. He's not even playing here.
Nov-23-14  Calar: Congrats to new Ukrainian chess champion - Yuri Kuzubov :)
Nov-24-14  tjipa: I wonder why Ushenina exited the tournament after the 1st round. Was it politics or health, or what? The fact that some players migrate to stronger federations amid political turmoil, I guess, is normal. Especially, if someone like Karjakin has never considered himself Ukrainian. Don't know about Lagno - hers is definitely a purely Ukrainian, not Russian last name. Interestingly, Anna Muzychuk came back to Ukraine from the more prosperous Slovenia, so, possibly, some chess players even know what patriotism is. As Dude says in Big Lebowski - it's a complicated matter, lots of ins, lots of outs...
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  whiteshark: <tjipa> Your post is better preserved here: Ukrainian Championship (Women) (2014)
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  Sokrates: A sentimental sadness over the fact that Ivanchuk only got this 50/50 result in his own home country. In live rating this former top player is now no. 33 on the list. Sad, really.
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  alexmagnus: He was already ranked this low if now even lower. I remember him having fallen below 2700 at some point.
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  alexmagnus: <Lahno is another Ukrainian who is also an ethnic Russian, I believe.>

At least the name Lahno sounds Ukrainian. Karjakin <is> a Russian name though.

But ethnically both contries are quite connected. I remember, somebody once commented on a Jakovenko-Kuzubov game - "Here we witness a game between a Russian with a beautiful Ukrainian last name and a Ukrainian with a beautiful Russian last name" :D

Nov-25-14  Mr. V: <Sokrates>
Well, yes it is a little disappointing for us fans, but it's not a bad result. All of these players in this tournament are very strong, many are stubborn fighters apparently, and the wins and losses were quite distributed.
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  Sokrates: <alexmagnus> & <Mr. V> - you're right, of course, but there was a time ...

In my chess library Kalinchenko's book on Ivanchuk shines is something special. His best games were so very unique and surprising. He is really the odd man in chess adding some highlights to the game.

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