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Russian Championship Higher League Tournament

Alexander Morozevich8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Artyom Timofeev7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Alexander Galkin7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Sanan Sjugirov7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Maxim Matlakov7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Sergey Volkov7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Vadim Zvjaginsev7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Boris Grachev7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Sergei Rublevsky7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Evgeny Alekseev6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Alexei Kornev6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Ildar Khairullin6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Evgeny Najer6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Boris Savchenko6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Igor Lysyj6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Evgeny Romanov6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Daniil Lintchevski6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Vladimir Potkin6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Mikhail Kobalia6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Dmitry Kryakvin6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Anton Shomoev6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Igor Kurnosov5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Alexey Reshetnikov5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Konstantin Landa5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Ivan Bukavshin5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Alexander A Evdokimov5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Vasily Papin5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
* (62 players total; 30 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Higher League (2011)

The 64th Russian Championship Higher League tournament was a 62-player 11-round Swiss held in Taganrog (northern Black Sea coast about 1,140 km south of Moscow), Russia, 15-26 June 2011. Rest day: June 21. The top 3 finishers would advance to the Superfinal. Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 30 more minutes to the end of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move one. No draw offers prior to move 41. Prize fund: 2.5 million rubles (~62,000 euros), with 500,000 rubles (~12,500 euros) to the winner. Rounds started at 3 pm, Round 11 at 11 am. Chief organizer: Russian Chess Federation. Tournament director: Sergey Nesterov. Chief arbiter: Viktor Berezin.

Alexander Morozevich (who had been absent from play for some time due to health issues) won with 8/11. Timofeev (2nd) and Galkin (3rd) also qualified for the Russian Championship Superfinal (2011).

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 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 337  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Bocharov vs Vitiugov  ½-½422011Russian Championship Higher LeagueE20 Nimzo-Indian
2. Jakovenko vs V Zakhartsov 1-0492011Russian Championship Higher LeagueB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
3. N Chadaev vs Tomashevsky  ½-½332011Russian Championship Higher LeagueC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
4. Morozevich vs E Vorobiov 1-0362011Russian Championship Higher LeagueB32 Sicilian
5. A Shomoev vs Potkin  ½-½302011Russian Championship Higher LeagueC11 French
6. Rublevsky vs V Papin  0-1392011Russian Championship Higher LeagueB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
7. Grigoriants vs E Inarkiev  ½-½372011Russian Championship Higher LeagueA15 English
8. M Kobalia vs A Evdokimov  ½-½432011Russian Championship Higher LeagueB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
9. T Kosintseva vs E Alekseev  0-1432011Russian Championship Higher LeagueC67 Ruy Lopez
10. B Grachev vs D Kryakvin 1-0272011Russian Championship Higher LeagueA23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
11. Lintchevski vs A Timofeev  ½-½412011Russian Championship Higher LeagueB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
12. Zvjaginsev vs A Danin 1-0322011Russian Championship Higher LeagueB12 Caro-Kann Defense
13. I Khairullin vs A Kornev  ½-½342011Russian Championship Higher LeagueD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
14. V Fedoseev vs E Najer  0-1512011Russian Championship Higher LeagueC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
15. I Kurnosov vs I Bukavshin 1-0872011Russian Championship Higher LeagueA37 English, Symmetrical
16. A Reshetnikov vs M Matlakov  ½-½472011Russian Championship Higher LeagueE41 Nimzo-Indian
17. B Savchenko vs A Goganov 1-0392011Russian Championship Higher LeagueA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
18. V Diu vs I Lysyj  ½-½422011Russian Championship Higher LeagueC67 Ruy Lopez
19. Sakaev vs K Bryzgalin  ½-½502011Russian Championship Higher LeagueD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. A Stukopin vs S Sjugirov 0-1362011Russian Championship Higher LeagueB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. Khalifman vs D Sitnikov 1-0242011Russian Championship Higher LeagueB30 Sicilian
22. G Airapetian vs E Romanov  0-1432011Russian Championship Higher LeagueE10 Queen's Pawn Game
23. A Lastin vs N Shukh  ½-½362011Russian Championship Higher LeagueC78 Ruy Lopez
24. K Sek vs S Volkov  0-1332011Russian Championship Higher LeagueC05 French, Tarrasch
25. Landa vs Balashov 1-0482011Russian Championship Higher LeagueA90 Dutch
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Jun-24-11  kellmano: <crazybird> Strange use of the word catharsis.

Cn't wait for the games tomorrow. Anything but a defeat will leave Moro sitting pretty for the superfinal.

Jun-24-11  notyetagm: GO MORO!!!!
Jun-25-11  Shams: When do the games start?
Jun-25-11  siamesedream: 13:00 CET, I guess. (15:00 local)
Jun-25-11  kellmano: <Shams> Games just started. French for Moro again.
Jun-25-11  plimko: Comfortable opening for Moroz:

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Jun-25-11  Layson: I'd be slightly uncomfortable as black here... White has the bishop pair and absolutely no weaknesses. Rublevsky can try and squeeze this slowly and Morozevich will have to be very accurate not to give anything more tangible.

If he's impatient, as he can sometimes be in these kinds of positions, it could cost him.

Jun-25-11  kellmano: Once agin I agree with <layson>.

I suppose black has the extra central pawn, but surely white has all the play.

Jun-25-11  crazybird: Moro draws and remains in the lead. One more round to go.
Jun-25-11  Layson: Does anyone know what the tie-break method is?

Second tie-break is cumulative score and the third tie-break is the number of wins. Morozevich is doing okay with those numbers.

However, his first tie-break score is way behind. The only way I got to his score is by summing the score of his opponents minus the lowest score. So it seems like a modified buchholz is used.

If this is the case, the fact that Khalifman dropped out of the tournament is an unjust penalty to Morozevich and anyone else who played him, especially with so much on the line.

Jun-25-11  polarmis: Morozevich annotates his win against Sjugirov, and Inarkiev has an impressive female fan club (though it didn't really help!):

Jun-25-11  bronkenstein: Polarmis , appreciated (I`ve read it in Russian already, but anyway ). Just keep on keeping contributors/trolls ratio above 0.05 =).

BTW do you know what time normally they are putting next round report on Russian Chess? I am impatiently curious about Moro`s opinion on that French Tarrasch line he played against Rublevsky, since I have it on repertoire as well.

Jun-25-11  polarmis: brokenstein, I'd guess it'll appear tomorrow at some point before the games start, though I haven't been following that closely.
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  kingfu: We were wrong. Moro took time off to prepare for this event. It worked!


Moro plays c5 with the Tarrasch French as well. He has scored a win in this tourney. I stand corrected. His Qxd5 is exactly what you play. It does prevent the isolated pawn for Black.

Botvinnik and Korchnoi also played c5 against the Tarrasch.

Jun-25-11  bronkenstein: <...tomorrow...>

TY . My fears came true -.-

Jun-26-11  siamesedream: Last round just started.
Jun-26-11  kellmano: Last round just finished for Moro.
Jun-26-11  vlado23: so Moro qualifies for the superfinal - Timofeev could still win the tournament if he wins today.
Jun-26-11  crazybird: Moro must be the winner with 8/11 (+5-0=6). Timofeev drew, as did both would end at 7.5.
Jun-26-11  Shams: Mention must be made of Fedoseev and his (+6 -3 =2) score.
Jun-26-11  siamesedream: Final standings:

Jun-29-11  queener: So the 8-player Superfinal in August will most likely consist of Nepo, Karjakin, Grischuk, Kramnik (confirmed by Levitov), Svidler, Morozevich, Timofeev & Galkin.

The dates are 7 - 14 of August.

Jun-29-11  Bdellovibrio: <Nepo, Karjakin, Grischuk, Kramnik (confirmed by Levitov), Svidler, Morozevich, Timofeev & Galkin.>

Now <that> is what I call a championship!

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  HeMateMe: This page remains a treasure of top flight chess, till the other events begin.
Dec-03-11  notyetagm:

<Master Moves #14

28.06.2011 – All the deepest plans or endgame technique are useless if you fall victim to a shot that leaves you in a lost position. Likewise, sometimes that superior play will only offer a single window of opportunity to deliver that final blow, so it is vital to be ready for it when it does. <<<All the positions are from the 2011 Russian Championship - Higher League.>>> Get ready for a rush of Russians!>

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