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Ukrainian Championship Tournament

Yuri Aleksandrovich Kuzubov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Pavel Eljanov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Anton Korobov6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Alexander Moiseenko6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Alexander Areshchenko6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Alexander Zubov5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Yuriy Kryvoruchko4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Stanislav Bogdanovich3.5/11(+2 -6 =3)[games]
Alexander Zubarev3.5/11(+3 -7 =1)[games]
Alexander Kovchan3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Ukrainian Championship (2014)

Played in Lviv, Ukraine 11-22 November 2014. Crosstable:

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ponomariov vs Areshchenko 1-0232014Ukrainian ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Ivanchuk vs Y Kryvoruchko  ½-½552014Ukrainian ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
3. A Kovchan vs Eljanov 0-1402014Ukrainian ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
4. S Bogdanovich vs Kuzubov  0-1442014Ukrainian ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
5. A Zubarev vs A Korobov  0-1372014Ukrainian ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
6. Zubov vs A Moiseenko 0-1442014Ukrainian ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
7. Y Kryvoruchko vs A Zubarev  1-0322014Ukrainian ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. Areshchenko vs S Bogdanovich 1-0422014Ukrainian ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
9. Zubov vs A Kovchan  ½-½302014Ukrainian ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
10. A Moiseenko vs Kuzubov  ½-½182014Ukrainian ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
11. Eljanov vs Ivanchuk  1-0662014Ukrainian ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
12. A Korobov vs Ponomariov  1-0442014Ukrainian ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
13. A Zubarev vs Eljanov  0-1472014Ukrainian ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
14. A Kovchan vs A Moiseenko ½-½92014Ukrainian ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
15. Kuzubov vs Areshchenko  ½-½202014Ukrainian ChampionshipB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. S Bogdanovich vs A Korobov 1-0292014Ukrainian ChampionshipB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. Ponomariov vs Y Kryvoruchko  1-0382014Ukrainian ChampionshipE16 Queen's Indian
18. Ivanchuk vs Zubov  ½-½192014Ukrainian ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Y Kryvoruchko vs S Bogdanovich  ½-½702014Ukrainian ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
20. A Korobov vs Kuzubov  ½-½342014Ukrainian ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. Zubov vs A Zubarev  1-0412014Ukrainian ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
22. A Kovchan vs Ivanchuk  0-1322014Ukrainian ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
23. A Moiseenko vs Areshchenko  ½-½322014Ukrainian ChampionshipD97 Grunfeld, Russian
24. Eljanov vs Ponomariov  ½-½322014Ukrainian ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Areshchenko vs A Korobov  ½-½522014Ukrainian ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
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Nov-17-14  SCUBA diver: Why so late in reporting. Six rounds have already been played.
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  WannaBe: Something called Carlsen-Anand
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  thegoodanarchist: I assume this will be an 11-round tournament or else 22 rounds. Probably 11.
Nov-17-14  greed and death: Are the GMs from the eastern provinces participating, or are they holding their own " 'Novorossiya' Chess Championship"?
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  HeMateMe: Some of them probably aren't sure what country they'll be living in, next week or the week after that.
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  Sokrates: <greed and death: Are the GMs from the eastern provinces participating, or are they holding their own " 'Novorossiya' Chess Championship"?>

I have no idea which known Ukrainian player is located at which part of the country, but I assume it will be very complicated for the easteners to cross "boarders" and participate. This is, sadly, a country torn amidst a civil war, and I for one admire that they keep up the spirit by arranging these championships. It must be very tough to be an Ukranian these times, disregarding where you are.

Nov-19-14  donjova: <I have no idea which known Ukrainian player is located at which part of the country>

You can find that info in the official page (given in the first post). For example, Eljanov, Moiseenko and Korobov live in Kharkov, which is in eastern part of the country.

Nov-19-14  notyetagm: <donjova: ... For example, Eljanov, Moiseenko and Korobov live in Kharkov, which is in eastern part of the country.>

Or the western part of Russia, according to Putin.

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  Sokrates: Thanks, <donjova> for this information. So, after all, players from whole Ukraine are participating. I am sure, also the chess-players have an opinion on what is happening, but it's good to hear that they can unite in participating in this championship. It's only positive if chess can play that mediating role.
Nov-19-14  Skakalec: <notyetagm>
<Or the western part of Russia, according to Putin.>

Oh really?! When/where did he say that?

Nov-19-14  Olsonist: According to Karjakin maybe.
Nov-20-14  Mr. V: Karjakin is from Crimea, and clearly considers himself a Russian.

This tournament has lots of interesting games in the Bogo-Indian, relatively rare nowadays, in case any fans of that opening are interested.

Nov-20-14  fisayo123: Really underrated tournament, this.
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  Penguincw: Kuzubov's 3 game winning streak was halted today after he failed to beat Ivanchuk with white. Meanwhile, Eljanov won today to close the gap to half a point.

I don't know about any tiebreaks, but Kuzubov's win against Eljanov with black must be huge.

Nov-21-14  notyetagm: <Mr. V: Karjakin is from Crimea, and clearly considers himself a Russian.>

I believe that Karjakin, like many Ukrainian Crimeans, is actually ethnically Russian.

Lahno is another Ukrainian who is also an ethnic Russian, I believe.

Or they are half-Russian.

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  Penguincw: Talk about some changes in this tournament, as Ponomariov won, Eljanov drew and Kuzubov lost. Entering the last round, 3 players are tied for first, and 2 can still win the tournament. All eyes will be on Kuzubov-Ponomariov, but Eljanov-Zubov, Bogdanovich-Moiseenko and Korobov-Ivanchuk will be important too.
Nov-21-14  Mr. V: <notyetagm> I'm aware; that's what I was implying about Karjakin. And with that, enough said. He's not even playing here.
Nov-23-14  Calar: Congrats to new Ukrainian chess champion - Yuri Kuzubov :)
Nov-24-14  tjipa: I wonder why Ushenina exited the tournament after the 1st round. Was it politics or health, or what? The fact that some players migrate to stronger federations amid political turmoil, I guess, is normal. Especially, if someone like Karjakin has never considered himself Ukrainian. Don't know about Lagno - hers is definitely a purely Ukrainian, not Russian last name. Interestingly, Anna Muzychuk came back to Ukraine from the more prosperous Slovenia, so, possibly, some chess players even know what patriotism is. As Dude says in Big Lebowski - it's a complicated matter, lots of ins, lots of outs...
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  whiteshark: <tjipa> Your post is better preserved here: Ukrainian Championship (Women) (2014)
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  Sokrates: A sentimental sadness over the fact that Ivanchuk only got this 50/50 result in his own home country. In live rating this former top player is now no. 33 on the list. Sad, really.
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  alexmagnus: He was already ranked this low if now even lower. I remember him having fallen below 2700 at some point.
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  alexmagnus: <Lahno is another Ukrainian who is also an ethnic Russian, I believe.>

At least the name Lahno sounds Ukrainian. Karjakin <is> a Russian name though.

But ethnically both contries are quite connected. I remember, somebody once commented on a Jakovenko-Kuzubov game - "Here we witness a game between a Russian with a beautiful Ukrainian last name and a Ukrainian with a beautiful Russian last name" :D

Nov-25-14  Mr. V: <Sokrates>
Well, yes it is a little disappointing for us fans, but it's not a bad result. All of these players in this tournament are very strong, many are stubborn fighters apparently, and the wins and losses were quite distributed.
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  Sokrates: <alexmagnus> & <Mr. V> - you're right, of course, but there was a time ...

In my chess library Kalinchenko's book on Ivanchuk shines is something special. His best games were so very unique and surprising. He is really the odd man in chess adding some highlights to the game.

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