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🏆 Russian Team Championship (2018)

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Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Gata Kamsky, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Alexey Shirov, Nikita Vitiugov, Maxim Matlakov, Viktor Antonovich Bologan, Vladimir Fedoseev, Vladimir Malakhov, Ernesto Inarkiev, Evgeny Alekseev, Alexander Riazantsev, Denis Khismatullin, Maxim Rodshtein, Alexander Motylev, Evgeny Najer, Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky, Boris Grachev, Vladislav Artemiev, Igor Lysyj, Daniil Dubov, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Vladimir Potkin, Artyom Timofeev, Mikhail Kobalia, Evgeny Romanov, Ivan Popov, Dmitry Bocharov, Alexey Goganov, David Paravyan, Pavel Maletin, Kirill Alekseenko, Mikhail Antipov, Grigoriy Oparin, Pavel Ponkratov, Andrey Esipenko, Valerij Sergeyevich Popov, Kirill Stupak, Alexey Sarana, Daniil Yuffa, Artem Iljin, Alexei Mikhailovich Bezgodov, Semyon Lomasov, Ivan Bocharov, Ilia Iljiushenok, Alexandr Triapishko, Zhamsaran Tsydypov, Sergei Lobanov, Vitaly Shinkevich, Artem Chernobay, Ramil Hasangatin, Nikolai Looshnikov, Saveliy Golubov, Alexander Gutenev, Vasily Usmanov, Semen Khanin, Ramil Faizrakhmanov, Grigory Palchun, Andrey Drygalov, Boris Ofitserian, Sergey Drygalov, Petr Palachev, Denis Pershin, Alexei Saveliev, Ivan Frolov, Peter Natacheev, Valery Skatchkov, Sergey Pogorelskikh, Vadim Yumakhuzhin, Maxim Vdovin Chess Event Description
Russian Team Championship (2018)

The 25th Russian team championship took place in Sochi, Russia 1-10 May 2018. Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and 30 more minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move one. Tournament director: Alexander Tkachev. Chief arbiter: Maxim Ivakhin. The event was won by "The Bronze Horseman" of St. Petersburg, consisting of Peter Svidler, Nikita Vitiugov, Vladimir Fedoseev, Maxim Matlakov, and three others.

Official site: Result tables: ChessBase:

Previous: Russian Team Championship (2017). Next: Russian Team Championships (Premier) (2019). See also Russian Team Championship (Women) (2018).

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 269  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Oparin vs I Lysyj  ½-½322018Russian Team ChampionshipA10 English
2. R Hasangatin vs A Triapishko  ½-½402018Russian Team ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
3. A Chernobay vs R Faizrakhmanov 1-0402018Russian Team ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. V Shinkevich vs Potkin 0-1342018Russian Team ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. D Paravyan vs P Palachev  1-0372018Russian Team ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
6. V Skatchkov vs K Stupak  ½-½802018Russian Team ChampionshipA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
7. D Yuffa vs P Natacheev  1-0582018Russian Team ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. S Pogorelskikh vs M Antipov  0-1572018Russian Team ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
9. S Golubov vs M Vdovin 1-0482018Russian Team ChampionshipA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
10. Gelfand vs D Dubov  ½-½402018Russian Team ChampionshipD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. E Najer vs Shirov 1-0382018Russian Team ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
12. V Malakhov vs Motylev  ½-½252018Russian Team ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
13. B Grachev vs A Riazantsev  ½-½332018Russian Team ChampionshipA13 English
14. Rublevsky vs V Zvjaginsev  ½-½402018Russian Team ChampionshipC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
15. A Timofeev vs M Kobalia  ½-½352018Russian Team ChampionshipC47 Four Knights
16. A Esipenko vs Kamsky ½-½432018Russian Team ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
17. V Artemiev vs A Sarana  1-0332018Russian Team ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
18. I Iljiushenok vs A Iljin  ½-½482018Russian Team ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
19. P Ponkratov vs Svidler  ½-½412018Russian Team ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
20. V Fedoseev vs N Looshnikov  1-0672018Russian Team ChampionshipD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
21. Andrey Drygalov vs M Matlakov 0-1332018Russian Team ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
22. M Rodshtein vs A Gutenev  ½-½292018Russian Team ChampionshipB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
23. Sergey Drygalov vs K Alekseenko  1-0682018Russian Team ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
24. A Goganov vs I Frolov 1-0572018Russian Team ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
25. E Romanov vs D Khismatullin  ½-½492018Russian Team ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
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  WannaBe: I don't understand the format either, look at 2016:

Russian Team Championship (2016)

Bu was in it.

2015: Russian Team Championship (2015)

Wang Yue was in it.

May-04-18  Troller: <I know leagues buy in players from other countries, but how can a team win a national championship if it has a non-national in it? You couldn't win the USA Open Championship if you weren't resident at least in the US.>

I don't see anything strange in a team event. Is it not possible in the US to win the hockey league (or basketball league, or football league) if you have a foreigner on the team?

If you check the Bundesliga you will find that some teams are almost exclusively populated by non-Germans, that is at least not the case in this event.

May-04-18  morfishine: Once a Russian, always a Russian
May-05-18  Pedro Fernandez: <<morfishine>: Once a Russian, always a Russian> Well my dear <Morphy>, Can you see the number of FMs, IMs and GMs Russian Federation have? "Simplemente ¡asombroso!" = Simply amazing!
May-05-18  morfishine: Hello <Pedro Fernandez> Yes, I was referring to the posts referencing players who are originally born in Russia but who represent other countries in other events for a variety of reasons. Some have naturalized while others appear to simply reside in their new country (green card?).

Your point raises an interesting question: How many countries have an agreement with 'Russia' allowing citizens to hold dual citizenship. Any?

Or another possibility, maybe even if for example a Russian born player emigrated to France and secured French citizenship, this player by virtue of his original birth in Russia, would be welcome to play as a Russian? I would not be surprised if thats the case

May-05-18  Pedro Fernandez: For example Spassky, my dear? (France), even though he is retired, I guess (BTW, he claimed he never was a communist). But also GMs from neighbor's Russia countries also can participate. Very interesting your ``extension'' my dear <Morphy>. Thanks and greetings!

PS. Hopefully you and <AK> be fine like good friends! My wishes!

PS2. When am I going to learn English my GOD-ness?

May-05-18  Pedro Fernandez: Russia has always been petty not also publishing its Championship data in English. Or at least in Spanish that many people around the world also understand more or less. By chance I know the Cyrillic alphabet and a few words in Russian.
May-05-18  Pedro Fernandez: <Artemiev-Svidler> I'm surprised because of this kid GM plays 1.Nf3 against Peter. I said that since my grand father Pedro Fernandez advised me (since my nine!): Pedro do you play 1.e4, although he always did play closed openings, lol! Of course, I never was an Artemiev. Well, this time I want to give my opinion about this interesting game in a couple of moves. Firstly,

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where Artemiev did play 6.cxd5, and SF9 recommends 6.a3, as a good silicon, we don't know why. But why not 6.Qc2!? with 7.e4 idea, fighting for the centre?

<<6...dxc4! (the best!)>

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7.Bxc4!? (here SF9 recommends 7.dxc5 [0.00]), but my recommended move develops the white bishop and prepares the castling!>. So that, who say we don't have interesting (!?) ideas even against those super-machines?

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  Dionysius1: Hi <Troller>. I'm trying to make the case that to win a national championship, you really ought to be a national. Bundesliga, which I gave a passing thought to, doesn't apply because it isn't a national championship. I think in England (or Britain), when for a year or two they let Commonwealth players take part, it was clear that the English/British champion was the highest performing English/British player even if he or she didn't win the tournament.

But that couldn't apply to a national TEAM championship - they'd have to discount non-nationals' scores, and that would be messy.

Last thing I thought of when I kept my earlier post on this short (wise man), was: if it's a case of dual nationalities, then there must have been a lot more thawing in the 80s and 90s even than I realised. Before that, I thought when people were given permission to leave USSR it was through gritted teeth, on a "and don't darken our doorsteppes again" basis

May-05-18  Pedro Fernandez: As in music, Pavarotti, Carrera and Domingo, you need in chess that stimulus, and Carlsen possesses that one.
May-05-18  Boomie: <Pedro Fernandez>

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This position was first seen in 1843 and came to be known as the Tarrasch or Semi-Tarrasch variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined. It has been analyzed as thoroughly as any opening.

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May-05-18  Pedro Fernandez: But my dear <Boomie>, if I'm discovering the wheel for the second time I don't mind because of already I happened me!
May-07-18  Troller: <Dionysius1>
<I'm trying to make the case that to win a national championship, you really ought to be a national. Bundesliga, which I gave a passing thought to, doesn't apply because it isn't a national championship.>

Indeed - and the same is the case for this event I believe. This is simply the team championship in Russia, like the Bundesliga in Germany or the Czech League in Czech Republic (or even the Danish league which sports plenty of non-Danes). To my knowledge there are no "national" team championships apart from these leagues - and then maybe the cup tournaments which are typically populated by the same teams in the countries where cup tournaments are played.

The Russian Individual championship can only be won by a Russian, I think non-Russians do not compete at all.

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  OrangeTulip: But all the participants are born in Russia, so could it be that Kamsky c.s. have 2 nationalities?!
May-08-18  paavoh: @Dionysios1: <... doorsteppes ...> Ha ha, I liked that! Must've been intentional...
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  Dionysius1: <paavoh> Thanks :-)
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  Dionysius1: <Troller>. Yes, I see what you mean. It doesn't actually call itself the Russian NATIONAL Team Championships. If it did, my argument would have more point to it. Harumph :-O
May-09-18  Nosnibor: What disappointing results Shirov seems to be obtaining. Opening with three losses and a number of draws but no win.
May-09-18  siggemannen: Whole Shirov's team struggles quite a bit.

But these inter-Russian tourneys are really tough, a lot of players are quite underrated and tricky, even on sub-2600 level

May-10-18  Pedro Fernandez: <Tsydypov-Matlakov> 16.Qb5

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One wonders, how could an International Master have made this move? Honestly, it gives chill!

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  Dionysius1: Eh? It's not much worse than 16. Qxb6. I'm not an international master, so I can't be sure of the right answer to your question <Pedro>. But why does it give you "chill"?
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  whiteshark: Final standings after 9 rounds:

1 Miedny Vsadnik 17
2 Legacy Square Capital 16
3 Molodezhka 14
4 Sibir 10
5 SShOR 9
6 Moskovskaya Oblast 7
7 Ladya 7
8 Sima-Land 6
9 Yuzhny Ural 4
10 Zhiguli 0

Congrats to the winning team of <Bronze Horseman>.

May-10-18  GlennOliver: The real chiller was 14. Qb7, after which the Queen is dead and White's game entirely lost.

It takes some doing for White's position to be hopeless after just 14 moves of the Classical Variation of the Giuoco Pianissimo.

May-10-18  Pedro Fernandez: <<Dionysius1>: Eh? It's not much worse than 16. Qxb6. I'm not an international master, so I can't be sure of the right answer to your question <Pedro>. But why does it give you "chill"?> Okay my great <DionysiusOne>, you're right about 16.Qxb6 does not solve the problem for white, and the reason was given for <GlennOliver>. But why to concede a tempo and also conceding the important diagonal a2-g8? IM should not do that. For sure you were played 16.Qxb6 <D1>! Greetings!

PS. You feel 'Chill' when something is quite different to the "normal" thing (good or bad). So you feel some 'escalofrío'. I thought this fact also would exist in English. Let's recall I don't speak English.

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  Dionysius1: Hi <Pedro>. Your English looks fine to me.

White's ♕ is trapped. If Zhamsaran Tsydpov isn't going to resign he has only two ways of salvaging a rook for the loss of his ♕ that I can see: 16 ♕xb6 or 16 ♕b5.

Thanks for making me look harder at the position though. Tsydpov seems to have planned the loss of his Queen - he gets a ♖, ♘ and ♙ for it after all.

It looks like 16 ♕b6 is the better move but the difference between that and 16 ♕b5 isn't big enough to justify "how can an international master play that" - just a masterly miscalculation in my opinion: even masters make them :-)

Best wishes

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