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Russian Championship Higher League Tournament

Ernesto Inarkiev6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Denis Khismatullin6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Sergey Grigoriants6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Evgeny Alekseev6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Evgeny Najer6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Aleksey Dreev5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Ildar Khairullin5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Konstantin Landa5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Valerij Popov5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Sergey Volkov5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Alexander Lastin5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Artyom Timofeev5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Vladimir Malakhov5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Alexander Khalifman5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Igor Lysyj5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Oleg Chebotarev5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Mikhail Kobalia5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Dmitry Bocharov5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Evgeny E Vorobiov5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Dmitry Chuprov5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Pavel Smirnov5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Alexey Korotylev5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Vadim Zvjaginsev5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Vladimir Belov5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Vasily Yemelin5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Sergei Yudin4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
* (58 players total; 29 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Higher League (2006)

The 59th Russian Championship Higher League was a 58-player Swiss tournament held in Tomsk, Russia, 3-11 September 2006. The players were those who had qualified from regional competitions, plus some invitees. Only one female player participated: Alexandra Kosteniuk. Chief organizer: Boris Shaidullin. The top seven finishers would qualify for the Russian Superfinal in December. Prize fund: $100,000. Time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 more minutes to move 60, then 10 more minutes to the end of the game, with a 30 second increment from move 1. Chief arbiter: Alexander Khasin.

Ernesto Inarkiev won with 6.5/9. He and the next seven on the list (including Najer) took part in the Russian Championship Superfinal (2006).


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 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 261  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Alekseev vs Chuprov  1-0292006Russian Championship Higher LeagueB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
2. A Timofeev vs Kosteniuk ½-½462006Russian Championship Higher LeagueC42 Petrov Defense
3. A Alavkin vs Landa  ½-½232006Russian Championship Higher LeagueD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
4. Grigoriants vs S Yudin 1-0602006Russian Championship Higher LeagueD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. R Nechepurenko vs V Popov  0-1272006Russian Championship Higher LeagueD02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. D Yevseev vs D Gochelashvili  ½-½392006Russian Championship Higher LeagueE92 King's Indian
7. Shabanov vs D Bocharov  0-1482006Russian Championship Higher LeagueB40 Sicilian
8. Khismatullin vs A Gubajdullin 1-0412006Russian Championship Higher LeagueE60 King's Indian Defense
9. D Sitnikov vs A Kornev ½-½412006Russian Championship Higher LeagueE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
10. Vitiugov vs V N Karpov  ½-½312006Russian Championship Higher LeagueD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. I Tsigelnitskiy vs V Zakhartsov 0-1432006Russian Championship Higher LeagueB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
12. E Shaposhnikov vs G Arzhenkov  1-0432006Russian Championship Higher LeagueB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
13. M Karalkin vs I Lysyj  0-1312006Russian Championship Higher LeagueC01 French, Exchange
14. D Andreikin vs V Belov ½-½502006Russian Championship Higher LeagueB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
15. A Galkin vs O Chebotarev 0-1262006Russian Championship Higher LeagueC11 French
16. A A Kharitonov vs P Smirnov  0-1492006Russian Championship Higher LeagueE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
17. Tomashevsky vs S Voitsekhovsky 1-0472006Russian Championship Higher LeagueA30 English, Symmetrical
18. P Maletin vs V Malakhov  ½-½382006Russian Championship Higher LeagueA37 English, Symmetrical
19. E Najer vs F Amonatov  ½-½332006Russian Championship Higher LeagueB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. E Vorobiov vs Zvjaginsev  ½-½152006Russian Championship Higher LeagueB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. Dreev vs I Khairullin  ½-½842006Russian Championship Higher LeagueE12 Queen's Indian
22. Chernyshov vs Motylev  1-0312006Russian Championship Higher LeagueB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
23. A Shomoev vs M Kobalia  0-1672006Russian Championship Higher LeagueB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
24. Nepomniachtchi vs S Volkov  1-0662006Russian Championship Higher LeagueC00 French Defense
25. E Inarkiev vs A Belozerov  ½-½742006Russian Championship Higher LeagueB32 Sicilian
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Sep-10-06  BIDMONFA: 59th Russian Championship (2006)

Round 8, leader Ernesto Inarkiev 6 points

Sep-10-06  positionalgenius: This is the qualifier for the superfinal,right?
Sep-10-06  percyblakeney: <positionalgenius> Yes, the first seven in this tournament plus the five highest rated players will be qualified.
Sep-10-06  Knight13: <...the five highest rated players will be qualified.> Even if the top highest rated players comes in the last 5 places (this won't happen, I know, just wondering?
Sep-11-06  percyblakeney: <Even if the top highest rated players comes in the last 5 places (this won't happen, I know, just wondering?>

Since the five highest rated Russian players will play the final, they didn't participate here (Kramnik, Svidler, Morozevich, Grischuk and whoever the fifth of them now is supposed to be...). So it's those five plus the top seven in this tournament.

Sep-11-06  ahmed abdelmonem: As i said before WINNIG IS WINNG
knight13 explain my point of view
It does not mean a player with 2500 rate can not beat a player with 2600 or more many times it only depends on the psycological canges to the player during the match so we can not guess which of this players will win
Sep-11-06  percyblakeney: The last round has started with some friendly draws, Alexander Galkin played his longest game of the last three rounds (7 moves...). The top boards were drawn quickly and Inarkiev wins the tournament.
Sep-11-06  ahmed abdelmonem: Inarkiev wins the tournament but he is not the best rated player He is only play with good clear mind
Sep-11-06  percyblakeney: Ian Nepomniachtchi (2520) is crushing Kobalia (2647) in a miniature and will have chances to reach the superfinal finishing 0.5 behind Inarkiev.
Sep-11-06  ahmed abdelmonem: I want to ask all here if someone play in tournament with you and ask you to give him a half point to make his situiation better and you know that you have not the chance to make progress in this tournament Will you give him that half point?
Sep-11-06  suenteus po 147: It looks like the seven players who will move on are this tournament's winner, Ernesto Inarkiev, and the six runners up with 6/8: Denis Khismatullin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Nikita Vitiugov, Evgeny Najer, Ian Nepomniachtchi, and Sergey Grigoriants. Quite an upset in that several notable players and past SuperFinal participants will not be moving on.
Sep-11-06  percyblakeney: It seems as if Evgeny Alekseev also finished shared second even if some sources give him as 0.5 point further behind. This game may be the reason, since it has been reported as draw but probably was a win for white, if so one unlucky player sharing second will be left out: E Alekseev vs D Chuprov, 2006
Sep-11-06  percyblakeney: Zvjaginsev was apparently unhappy with having lost quickly with his Na3 Sicilian and tried something new today. After 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. f3 dxe4 he played 4. Be2 and won in 21 moves. Position after 4. Be2:

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Sep-11-06  percyblakeney: ...and claims that Evgeny Najer is the player that will finish 8th.
Sep-11-06  L13: Wow! Three of those who qualified for the final tournament are still juniors, and another two are in their early 20's. Add Grischuk, and the Russian superfinal looks radically rejuvenated in comparison to previous years.
Sep-11-06  BIDMONFA: 59th Russian Championship (2006)


Sep-11-06  percyblakeney: Nepomniachtchi performed 200 points over his 2520 rating and was the big sensation. Kosteniuk's 2379 result will lose her many ELO points, and also Zvjaginsev, Motylev, Galkin and Riazantsev performed more than 100 points below their rating. The seven highest rated players all missed out on the seven spots for the Superfinal.
Sep-12-06  Hafen Slawkenbergius: Why isn't Jakovenko playing?
Sep-12-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <> On the main page you write "Ernesto Inarkiev is the 2006 Russian Champion with 6.5/9."

But I think this is incorrect. Isn't this only the qualifier for the superfinal? Only the winner of the superfinal can claim he is Russian champion, I think.

Sep-12-06  jamesmaskell: <EA> I think he can call himself the Russian Champion. The next stage is the Super Final, which you could argue is a different competition.

Calling this tournament simply a qualifier kind of dumbs down its importance. I do take your point though.

Sep-12-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <jamesmaskell> Come on now. How can you call yourself Russian champion if the top 5 Russian players did not even participate in the tournament? (they only participate in the superfinal)
Sep-12-06  acirce: Last year's co-winner Khalifman (but Bareev was first on tie-break and declared the winner) in New In Chess 2005/7:

<Incidentally, a slight digression on the topic of terminology: in various prestigious sources this tournament was called a 'semi-final' or in general a 'qualifier'. As a matter of fact this was probably so, but it is nevertheless rather offensive. 20 players with a rating of over 2600, with just 7 qualifying places for the super-final - this is rather a lot for a semi-final of the championship of the 14th (cf. the results of 15th European Team Championship (2005)) country in Europe, wouldn't you agree?>

Sep-13-06  VishyFan: <EmperorAtahualpa: <jamesmaskell> Come on now. How can you call yourself Russian champion if the top 5 Russian players did not even participate in the tournament? (they only participate in the superfinal)> Probably we can call the one who wins the superfinal as the Russian Super champion... LOL :)
Sep-15-06  Mameluk: This tournament was a real revolution. Somehow it reminds me a 1917 year.
Sep-15-06  Mameluk: Funny whining on Migs blog, that young Russian players have no sponsors, no money, and no chance to get better. And that their highest rated junior Tomashevsky is lower rated than some Czech nobody Laznicka.

Well, Laznicka certainly does not have any great sponsor. Our energetic monopol CEZ is so kind to sponsor one 2-game match for Navara every year. If Laznicka, and even Navara, whose tournament list is ridicoulous for 2700 rated player, had opportunities, support, strong GMs in their teams and super trainers like poor Russians, and chess grandmaster would be considered a personality, like in Russia, and not a strange loser; they would be very happy and their career would develop much faster. Russians should start playing chess better, so far I am sad Babula lost to Morozevich on time in winning position, which helped Russia to solid and undeserved 6th place in the Olympiad:-/

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