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🏆 Russian Championship Higher League (2007)

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Ian Nepomniachtchi, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Nikita Vitiugov, Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev, Vladimir Malakhov, Denis Khismatullin, Aleksey Dreev, Alexander Motylev, Evgeny Najer, Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky, Boris Grachev, Igor Lysyj, Sergey Volkov, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Vladimir Potkin, Artyom Timofeev, Mikhail Kobalia, Konstantin Yuryevich Landa, Igor Kurnosov, Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev, Maxim Vladimirovich Turov, Evgeny Romanov, Ildar Khairullin, Ivan Popov, Alexander Lastin, Pavel Tregubov, Boris Savchenko, Dmitry Kokarev, Farrukh Amonatov, Dmitry Bocharov, Vladimir Belov, Pavel Smirnov, Pavel Maletin, Alexander Galkin, Evgeny E Vorobiov, Alexey Nazirzhonovich Korotylev, Viacheslav Zakhartsov, Sergey Grigoriants, Dmitry Kryakvin, Petr Petrovich Kiriakov, Yuri Rafailovich Yakovich, Dmitry Mikhailovich Chuprov, Valerij Sergeyevich Popov, Andrey Rychagov, Alexei Kornev, Anton Shomoev, Daniil Lintchevski, Stanislav Novikov, Mikhail Panarin, Roman Ovetchkin, Sergei Zablotsky, Roman Nechepurenko, Pavel Anisimov, Marat Anatolyevich Makarov, Nikolai Kabanov, Sergei Vladimirovich Iskusnyh, Alexei Olegovich Gavrilov, Arseny Alavkin, Alexandr Voinov, Gennadij Kiselev, Anatoly Alekseyevich Sidorov, Denis Petrukhin, Alexey Kostin, Konstantin Keosidi, Lev Pevzner, Anatoly M Kremenietsky Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Higher League (2007)

The 60th Russian Championship Higher League tournament was a 66-player 11-round Swiss held in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, 3-14 September 2007. Rest day: September 7. Time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 more minutes to move 60, then 10 more minutes to the end of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Prize fund: 2.5 million rubles. Chief organizer: Russian Chess Federation. Chief arbiter: Alexander Khasin.

No less than 11 players ended on 7/11, of which Nikita Vitiugov had the best Buchholz tiebreak score. He and the next six on the list (Rychagov, Dreev, Amonatov, Tomashevsky, Timofeev and Sakaev) went to the Russian Championship Superfinal (2007).

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 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 361  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Kremenietsky vs I Khairullin  ½-½222007Russian Championship Higher LeagueB50 Sicilian
2. A Dreev vs A Gavrilov 1-0662007Russian Championship Higher LeagueD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. R Nechepurenko vs D Bocharov  ½-½752007Russian Championship Higher LeagueD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. B Grachev vs N Kabanov  0-1452007Russian Championship Higher LeagueA48 King's Indian
5. A Alavkin vs P Tregubov  ½-½262007Russian Championship Higher LeagueB30 Sicilian
6. F Amonatov vs S Zablotsky 1-0372007Russian Championship Higher LeagueC41 Philidor Defense
7. Iskusnyh vs Y R Yakovich  ½-½392007Russian Championship Higher LeagueE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
8. Grigoriants vs P Anisimov  ½-½362007Russian Championship Higher LeagueE15 Queen's Indian
9. V Belov vs D Lintchevski  ½-½502007Russian Championship Higher LeagueD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. A A Sidorov vs A Lastin  ½-½402007Russian Championship Higher LeagueD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. I Kurnosov vs G Kiselev  ½-½302007Russian Championship Higher LeagueC58 Two Knights
12. A Kostin vs I Lysyj  ½-½442007Russian Championship Higher LeagueC01 French, Exchange
13. V S Popov vs A Voinov  ½-½232007Russian Championship Higher LeagueD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. D Petrukhin vs B Savchenko  ½-½472007Russian Championship Higher LeagueB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
15. E Vorobiov vs L Pevzner  1-0402007Russian Championship Higher LeagueD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. M A Makarov vs Vitiugov  ½-½102007Russian Championship Higher LeagueD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
17. A Galkin vs E Romanov  ½-½492007Russian Championship Higher LeagueC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
18. A Kornev vs Rublevsky  ½-½162007Russian Championship Higher LeagueD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. V Malakhov vs P Maletin  1-0392007Russian Championship Higher LeagueB33 Sicilian
20. D Khismatullin vs Landa  1-0552007Russian Championship Higher LeagueE36 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
21. S Volkov vs S Novikov  0-1622007Russian Championship Higher LeagueE92 King's Indian
22. A Shomoev vs V Zvjaginsev  ½-½202007Russian Championship Higher LeagueC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
23. Tomashevsky vs M Turov  ½-½472007Russian Championship Higher LeagueA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
24. V Zakhartsov vs Bareev  ½-½202007Russian Championship Higher LeagueD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. A Timofeev vs R Ovetchkin 1-0322007Russian Championship Higher LeagueB01 Scandinavian
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Premium Chessgames Member The 60th Championship of Russia ("Higher League") takes place in Krasnoyarsk 3rd-11th September 2007

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Sep-06-07  malthrope: Good move! Round #4 is now underway and the games started at 3 AM EDT (just over one hour ago). ;-)
Sep-06-07  percyblakeney: No wins for Rublevsky yet, today he lost with white against Zakhartsov (2559).
Sep-08-07  percyblakeney: Top boards in round 5:

Dreev-Timofeev - (13 moves)
Vitiugov-Najer 1-0
Korotylev-Amonatov - (9 moves)
Khismatullin-Zvjaginsev 0-1

Sep-08-07  Karpova: Bareev won against Lastin and Rublevsky scored against Voinov
Sep-08-07  percyblakeney: Apart from board 1 and 3 a hard-fought round, and most of the games on the top 15 boards were decisive.
Sep-09-07  queener: After the 5th round, Vitiugov and Dreev lead with 4.0, while Malakhov, Bareev and some other GMs trail by half a point.

Sep-10-07  percyblakeney: Zvjaginsev's more than a year long unbeaten sequence was ended today by Rychagov. The other six top boards were drawn.
Sep-10-07  DCP23: <percyblakeney: No wins for Rublevsky yet, today he lost with white against Zakhartsov (2559).>

Looks like Rublevsky heard your critique, because he won 3 in a row right after that.

Sep-11-07  Troller: Two of the biggest favourites are playing now in Drejev-Rublevskij. Play has ground to a halt after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Qb3 dc4 5.Qc4 Bg4 6.Bf4 Nbd7 7.Nbd2 e6 8.e3 Be7 9.Ne5:

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I like Bareev's position as black against Amonatov, position after 22..Ndf6:

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But maybe that's just because I play the Caro-Kann myself.

Sep-11-07  Troller: OK, so Drejev-Rublevskij took a long time since they drew at move 9. Wow. Sakaev seems to have an edge against Malakhov. Grigoriants as white has an isolani on the d-file against Motylev compensated by some activity, but black looks better imo.

Kobalia-Khismatullin is highly interesting after 12..e5:

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Sep-11-07  percyblakeney: Zvjaginsev wants revenge today and has a promising position against Grachev after playing 19. Nc5:

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Sep-11-07  Karpova: Nepomnyashiy-Makarov after 22...Bd8

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Sep-11-07  Karpova: Nepomnyashiy-Makarov after 33...Bg7

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Zvjaginsev-Grachev 1-0 after 32 moves.

Sep-14-07  percyblakeney: In the last round Zvjaginsev quickly sacrificed a knight and won, ending up as one of eleven players that shared first with 7/11.
Sep-14-07  percyblakeney: Zvjaginsev chose a line where the Opening Explorer had 9 black wins and 1 draw in 10 games after black's fifth move. Here comes the knight sacrifice with 11. d4 (and after 30 moves Chuprov resigned):

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Sep-14-07  tal lover: <percyblakeney> i think that this line is actually a blunder, and Zvjaginsev was caught in the opening but outplayed his oponent in the middle game
Sep-16-07  notyetagm: <percyblakeney: In the last round Zvjaginsev quickly sacrificed a knight and won, ending up as one of eleven players that shared first with 7/11.>

Clutch win by the Z-man, and in excellent style no less.

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