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🏆 Russian Team Championship (2015)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Gata Kamsky, Dmitry Jakovenko, Yue Wang, Alexey Shirov, Nikita Vitiugov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Maxim Matlakov, Dmitry Andreikin, Victor Bologan, Baadur Jobava, Vladimir Fedoseev, Vladimir Malakhov, Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladislav Artemiev, Evgeny Alekseev, Anton Korobov, Alexander Riazantsev, Denis Khismatullin, Sanan Sjugirov, Alexander Motylev, Maxim Rodshtein, Evgeny Najer, Sergei Rublevsky, Boris Grachev, Igor Lysyj, Daniil Dubov, Ivan Saric, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Vladimir Potkin, Alexandr Predke, Artyom Timofeev, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Konstantin Landa, Ildar Khairullin, Ivan Popov, Pavel Tregubov, Ivan Bukavshin, Dmitry Kokarev, Dmitry Bocharov, Ildar Ibragimov, Pavel Maletin, Dmitry Frolyanov, Yuri Yakovich, Michail Brodsky, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Jakov Geller, Alexander Potapov, Valeri Yandemirov, Bogdan Belyakov, Pavel Potapov, Alexey Mokshanov, Rail Makhmutov, Azat Sharafiev, Sergey Savitskiy, Bulat Murtazin, Alexander Sergeyev Chess Event Description
Russian Team Championship (2015)

The 22nd Russian Team Championship was held in Sochi between May 1 and May 7, 2015 as an eight-team round robin. Sibir (Novosibirsk), led by Kramnik and Aronian, won the championship with a perfect score of 14/14. Universitet (Belorechensk) started with four straight match wins and secured second place with a last round 3-3 tie against Mednyy vsadnik (St. Petersburg), who placed third. Defending champions Malakhit (Sverdlovsk Oblast) returned with a strong team led by Grischuk and Shirov, but only placed fifth with 6/14.

Sib Uni SPB ShS Mal Zhi Lad Yam MP GP 1st Sibir (Novosibirsk) *** 4.0 3.5 4.5 3.5 3.5 4.5 4.5 14 28.0 2nd Universitet (Belorechensk) 2.0 *** 3.0 3.5 3.5 4.0 4.0 4.5 11 24.5 3rd Mednyy vsadnik (St. Petersburg) 2.5 3.0 *** 3.5 2.5 3.5 4.0 6.0 9 25.0 4th ShSM-Nashe naslediye (Moscow) 1.5 2.5 2.5 *** 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 8 20.5 5th Malakhit (Sverdlovsk Oblast) 2.5 2.5 3.5 2.5 *** 4.0 2.5 4.0 6 21.5 6th Zhiguli (Samara Oblast) 2.5 2.0 2.5 2.5 2.0 *** 4.0 3.5 4 19.0 7th Ladya (Kazan) 1.5 2.0 2.0 2.5 3.5 2.0 *** 3.0 3 16.5 8th Yamal (Yamalo-Nenets AO) 1.5 1.5 0.0 2.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 *** 1 13.0

Vladimir Kramnik (3.5/5), Levon Aronian (3.5/5), Dmitry Jakovenko (4.5/6), Wang Yue (4.5/7), Anton Korobov (3.5/7), Dmitry Kokarev (4.5/7), Dmitry Bocharov (2.5/3) and Pavel Maletin (1.5/2) played for the winning team.

Detailed results:

Previous edition: Russian Team Championships (2014)

Next edition: Russian Team Championship (2016)

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 167  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Shirov vs Kramnik 1-0762015Russian Team ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
2. Aronian vs Motylev 1-0462015Russian Team ChampionshipA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
3. V Malakhov vs Jakovenko  ½-½402015Russian Team ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
4. Y Wang vs I Lysyj  ½-½582015Russian Team ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
5. A Riazantsev vs A Korobov  0-1472015Russian Team ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
6. D Kokarev vs Khismatullin  ½-½382015Russian Team ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
7. S Sjugirov vs Kamsky 1-0462015Russian Team ChampionshipD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
8. V Artemiev vs I Bukavshin  ½-½592015Russian Team ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
9. D Frolyanov vs A Timofeev  ½-½462015Russian Team ChampionshipB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
10. R Makhmutov vs A Predke 0-1302015Russian Team ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
11. Yakovich vs V Yandemirov  ½-½412015Russian Team ChampionshipD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
12. A Sharafiev vs J Geller  ½-½312015Russian Team ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
13. Wojtaszek vs Nepomniachtchi  1-0612015Russian Team ChampionshipA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
14. E Inarkiev vs D Andreikin  ½-½302015Russian Team ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
15. Jobava vs Zvjaginsev 1-0312015Russian Team ChampionshipA21 English
16. B Grachev vs Rublevsky  ½-½412015Russian Team ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. E Alekseev vs Dubov  0-1442015Russian Team ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
18. I Popov vs A Aleksandrov  ½-½652015Russian Team ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
19. A Potapov vs Svidler 0-1452015Russian Team ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
20. Dominguez Perez vs B Belyakov 1-0292015Russian Team ChampionshipA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
21. Goryachkina vs M Matlakov 0-1452015Russian Team ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. I Khairullin vs A Sergeyev  1-0352015Russian Team ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. S Savitskiy vs V Fedoseev 0-1402015Russian Team ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
24. Saric vs A Potapov 1-0452015Russian Team ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
25. B Belyakov vs Zvjaginsev  ½-½182015Russian Team ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
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May-02-15  jamesmaskell: <thegoodanarchist> Sadly not, they are the names we have already heard of in the European Club Cup like Malakhite.

Like most national leagues, the clubs are domestic, the players are not. 4NCL, Bundesliga, Italian Champs all have foreign players.

May-02-15  jamesmaskell: Actually, hold that. Translated, we have a "The Bronze Horsemen" team (Led by Wojtazsek) and SHSM is now "SHSM Our Heritage". Says playchess...
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  Natalia Pogonina: <jamesmaskell: Actually, hold that. Translated, we have a "The Bronze Horsemen" team (Led by Wojtazsek)>

The name of the St. Petersburg team is "Bronze Horseman":

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  Penguincw: Site:

Aside for Shirov-Kramnik 1-0, Jobava-Zvjaginsev 1-0 was also important, as in both these games, the white player's win propelled their live rating over 2700.

May-02-15  thegoodanarchist: <Natalia Pogonina: <jamesmaskell: Actually, hold that. Translated, we have a "The Bronze Horsemen" team (Led by Wojtazsek)>

The name of the St. Petersburg team is "Bronze Horseman":>

OK, an "A" for effort then to those players. The result is rather pedestrian, though.

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  Chessgames Bookie: Betting on round 3 is now open! Place your wagers and cash in:

Russian Team Championship rd 3: Zhiguli-Sibir
Russian Team Championship rd 3: Mednyy vsadnik-ShSM
Russian Team Championship rd 3: Belorechensk-Malakhit

You can also bet on round 2 of the Nakhchivan Open:

Nakhchivan Open rd 2: Rasulov-Hou Yifan
Nakhchivan Open rd 2: V. Onischuk-Darini
Nakhchivan Open rd 2: Bacrot-Iskandarov
Nakhchivan Open rd 2: PERFECTION SPECIAL
Nakhchivan Open rd 2: TOP 11 SPECIAL

Good luck, and have fun!

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  Penguincw: With Siberia leading 2 1/2-1 1/2, and having their 2 remaining players (both super-GMs) play white, and be rated 90 and 175 points ahead of their opponents, it seems like a sure match win, right?

Well, no. Anything is still possible.

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  HeMateMe: Shirov is Latvian--he's an 'honorary' Russian? Maybe if your parents are Russian you can still play in this event? I wonder if Gata Kamsky has ever been invited? That would be interesting.
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  Penguincw: < HeMateMe: ... Maybe if your parents are Russian you can still play in this event? >

What about Wang Yue or Dominguez?

< I wonder if Gata Kamsky has ever been invited? That would be interesting. >

He's actually playing: Russian Team Championship (2015)/Gata Kamsky.

Wait, are you and I on the same page?

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  HeMateMe: I haven't looked real closely. I guess it's a club championship, and not a closed, nationalist sort of thing. Good for Gata, I hope he does well.
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  Chessgames Bookie: Can Sibir continue their winning ways in round 4? Will there be any pawn promotions? Place your chessbucks and jump for joy as you hit sorely needed pay dirt!

Russian Team Championship rd 4: Sibir-ShSM
Russian Team Championship rd 4: PROMOTION SPECIAL

Nakhchivan Open rd 3: Pantsulaia-Sanal
Nakhchivan Open rd 3: Bacrot-Tabatabaei
Nakhchivan Open rd 3: Rasulov-V. Onischuk
Nakhchivan Open rd 3: Darini-Khalifman
Nakhchivan Open rd 3: Hou Yifan-Z. Mammadov
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  e4ia: Three foreigners are allowed per team.
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  e4ia: You can watch live online moves

with some analysis; click "online"; "poke around" to get team/players you want.. it's in Russian...I couldn't seem to translate that specific page

May-04-15  Karne: If Aronian was to be pitched against the masterful Stein, one could envision that such an encounter wouldn't last a second in the triumphant minds of mankind, but an infinite number of millenniums.
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  Chessgames Bookie: Both Sibir Novosibirsk and Universitet Belorechensk have been unstoppable so far, scoring wins in all of their matches. What will happen when they go head-to-head in round 5? Place your bets:

Russian Team Championship rd 5: Belorechensk-Sibir
Russian Team Championship rd 5: HARD-WORKING KINGS?

Nakhchivan Open rd 4: Bajarani-Pantsulaia
Nakhchivan Open rd 4: Gupta-Bacrot
Nakhchivan Open rd 4: Mirzoev-Mamedov
Nakhchivan Open rd 4: V. Onischuk-Gasanov
Nakhchivan Open rd 4: Rzayev-Hou Yifan
Nakhchivan Open rd 4: DAILY DOUBLE

Good luck!

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  Penguincw: Wow, Round 4 showing some more dominance. It was the first time this tournament so far that:

- Each match has been decided by 2 points or more


- All 4 winning teams did not lose any games.

May-05-15  Strelets: <Natalia Pogonina> A fitting name for a team representing Petersburg.
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  Penguincw: One round left, and the Siberia has a chance to finish the tournament perfect as they (2726) will face Yamal (2422). Meanwhile, the other team at 1 match point, Rook (2550) will face Malakhit (2699); Rook has a 1.5 point lead on game points.
May-07-15  Clodhopper: <Penguincw: He's actually playing: Russian Team Championship (2015)/Gata Kamsky.>

Wait, I heard that Kamsky didn't want to compete in team competitions anymore, and that was why he wasn't on the US team at Tsaghkadzor.

Now he's playing in the Russian team championship tournament???

May-07-15  dangerhump: <clodhopper> what he meant was; he didn't want to go to Tsaghkadzor where he would have been Board 1 and lost a ton of rating.

I suspect we'll see him down the road for USA where Naka & So hold down boards 1 & 2 and he can play on 3 or 4 (depending on Robson's progress)

May-07-15  jphamlore: Speaking of younger players, Artemiev is struggling a bit this event, after playing very strong in last year's event and also at the Moscow Open 2015.
May-08-15  et1: where are the full results ?
May-08-15  sonia91: <et1>
May-08-15  et1: <sonia91> thanks !
May-12-15  Mr. V: Shirov beats Kramnik, who beats Kamsky, who beats Shirov. All three of these games are great.
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