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Russian Championship Higher League Tournament

Nikita Vitiugov7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Andrey Rychagov7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Aleksey Dreev7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Farrukh Amonatov7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Artyom Timofeev7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Konstantin Sakaev7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Vadim Zvjaginsev7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Sergei Rublevsky7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Pavel Tregubov7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Mikhail Kobalia7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Viacheslav Zakhartsov6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Evgeny Bareev6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Vladimir Malakhov6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Alexander Motylev6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Marat Makarov6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Alexey Korotylev6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Ivan Popov6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Stanislav Novikov6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Evgeny Najer6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Boris Grachev6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Pavel Smirnov6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Maxim Turov6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Dmitry Kokarev6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Dmitry Chuprov6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Evgeny Romanov6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Sergey Grigoriants5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Vladimir Potkin5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Dmitry Bocharov5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Boris Savchenko5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Alexander Lastin4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Alexei Kornev5.5/11(+1 -1 =9)[games]
* (66 players total; 34 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) 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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Wikipedia article: Krasnoyarsk

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 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 361  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Kornev vs Rublevsky  ½-½162007Russian Championship Higher LeagueD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. V Malakhov vs P Maletin  1-0392007Russian Championship Higher LeagueB33 Sicilian
3. Khismatullin vs Landa  1-0552007Russian Championship Higher LeagueE36 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
4. S Volkov vs S Novikov  0-1622007Russian Championship Higher LeagueE92 King's Indian
5. A Shomoev vs Zvjaginsev  ½-½202007Russian Championship Higher LeagueC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
6. Tomashevsky vs Turov  ½-½472007Russian Championship Higher LeagueA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
7. V Zakhartsov vs Bareev  ½-½202007Russian Championship Higher LeagueD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. A Timofeev vs R Ovetchkin 1-0322007Russian Championship Higher LeagueB01 Scandinavian
9. A Rychagov vs Motylev  ½-½192007Russian Championship Higher LeagueD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. P Smirnov vs Chuprov  ½-½522007Russian Championship Higher LeagueB32 Sicilian
11. D Kryakvin vs M Kobalia  ½-½582007Russian Championship Higher LeagueB44 Sicilian
12. Sakaev vs D Kokarev 1-0272007Russian Championship Higher LeagueE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
13. P Kiriakov vs E Najer  ½-½302007Russian Championship Higher LeagueD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. A Korotylev vs M Panarin  1-0422007Russian Championship Higher LeagueD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
15. I Popov vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½612007Russian Championship Higher LeagueC12 French, McCutcheon
16. A Galkin vs E Romanov ½-½492007Russian Championship Higher LeagueC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
17. Makarov vs Vitiugov  ½-½102007Russian Championship Higher LeagueD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
18. Dreev vs A Gavrilov 1-0662007Russian Championship Higher LeagueD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. R Nechepurenko vs D Bocharov  ½-½752007Russian Championship Higher LeagueD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. B Grachev vs N Kabanov  0-1452007Russian Championship Higher LeagueA48 King's Indian
21. A Alavkin vs P Tregubov  ½-½262007Russian Championship Higher LeagueB30 Sicilian
22. F Amonatov vs S Zablotsky 1-0372007Russian Championship Higher LeagueC41 Philidor Defense
23. S Iskusnyh vs Yakovich  ½-½392007Russian Championship Higher LeagueE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
24. Grigoriants vs P Anisimov  ½-½362007Russian Championship Higher LeagueE15 Queen's Indian
25. V Belov vs Lintchevski  ½-½502007Russian Championship Higher LeagueD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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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 ½-½ (13 moves)
Vitiugov-Najer 1-0
Korotylev-Amonatov ½-½ (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.

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  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.

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  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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