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🏆 Russian Team Championship (2016)

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Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Gata Kamsky, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Nikita Vitiugov, Maxim Matlakov, Vladimir Fedoseev, Vladimir Malakhov, Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladislav Artemiev, Bu Xiangzhi, Anton Korobov, Maxim Rodshtein, Evgeny Najer, Sergei Rublevsky, Igor Lysyj, Daniil Dubov, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Alexandr Predke, Artyom Timofeev, Sanan Sjugirov, Ildar Khairullin, Ivan Popov, Grigoriy Oparin, Dmitry Kokarev, Dmitry Bocharov, Dmitry Frolyanov, Yuri Yakovich, Michail Brodsky, Jakov Geller, Valeri Yandemirov, Ramil Hasangatin, Maksim Samusenko, Ramil Faizrakhmanov, Azat Sharafiev Chess Event Description
Russian Team Championship (2016)

The 23rd Russian Team Championship was held in Zhemchuzhina Hotel, Sochi, between May 1 and May 10, 2016. It was a 5-team double round robin with eight-man teams, six players on both sides playing in each match; teams scored two points for a match win and one point for a tie. Sibir (Novosibirsk), who had won the 2015 championship with a perfect score, returned with a strong team led by Kramnik and Grischuk; the other top teams were ShSM Legacy Square Capital (Moscow), led by Karjakin and Nepomniachtchi, and Mednyy vsadnik (St. Petersburg), with Svidler on the top board.


ShSM Legacy Square Capital defeated Sibir 4.5-1.5 in round 2, but dropped points with 3-3 ties against Mednyy vsadnik in round 1 and Zhiguli (Samara Oblast) in round 5; Sibir remained in contention with wins in all their other early matches. After the first round robin, ShSM Legacy Square Capital and Sibir shared the lead with 6 points, with Mednyy vsadnik on 5, Zhiguli on 3 and Ladya (Tatarstan) with no points.

The competition stayed close throughout the second half, with ShSM Legacy Square Capital losing 2.5-3.5 to Mednyy vsadnik in round 6 but recovering with a second win against Sibir in round 7. Mednyy vsadnik, who had lost 2.0-4.0 to Sibir in their first encounter, won the rematch in round 9 by a clear 4.5-1.5 margin, moving into a one-point lead with one round to go; they secured the championship with a 3.5-2.5 victory over Ladya in the final round, finishing with 13 points out of 16 possible. ShSM Legacy Square Capital took second place one point behind, with Sibir third on 10 points. Zhiguli, who placed fourth with 5 points, played the role of spoilers; their only point against any of the top three teams, the fifth-round 3-3 tie with ShSM Legacy Square Capital, ended up deciding the championship.

SPB ShSM Sibir Zhiguli Ladya MP GP 1st Mednyy vsadnik (St. Petersburg) *** *** 3.0 3.5 2.0 4.5 3.5 4.5 5.0 3.5 13 29.5 2nd ShSM Legacy Square Capital (Moscow) 3.0 2.5 *** *** 4.5 4.0 3.0 5.0 4.5 5.0 12 31.5 3rd Sibir (Novosibirsk) 4.0 1.5 1.5 2.0 *** *** 4.0 4.5 5.0 4.5 10 27.0 4th Zhiguli (Samara Oblast) 2.5 1.5 3.0 1.0 2.0 1.5 *** *** 3.5 4.0 5 19.0 5th Ladya (Tatarstan) 1.0 2.5 1.5 1.0 1.0 1.5 2.5 2.0 *** *** 0 13.0


Team line-ups

Mednyy vsadnik (St. Petersburg): Svidler (3.5/7), Dominguez (3.5/8), Vitiugov (4.0/6), Bu Xiangzhi (5.5/8), Matlakov (4.0/6), Rodshtein (3.5/6), Fedoseev (3.0/3) and Khairullin (2.5/4)

ShSM Legacy Square Capital (Moscow): Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi, Inarkiev, Najer, Zvjaginsev, Dubov, Malakhov and Popov

Sibir (Novosibirsk): Kramnik, Grischuk, Tomashevsky, Jakovenko, Rublevsky, Korobov, Kokarev and Bocharov

Zhiguli (Samara Oblast): Sjugirov, Lysyj, Oparin, Predke, Frolyanov, Brodsky, Yakovich and Geller

Ladya (Tatarstan): Kamsky, Artemiev, Timofeev, Yandemirov, Hasangatin, Sharafiev, Faizrakhmanov and Samusenko

Time control

90 minutes for the first 40 moves and 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1.

Pairings and detailed results

Previous edition

Russian Team Championship (2015)

Next edition

Russian Team Championships (2017)

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 120  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Svidler vs Nepomniachtchi ½-½402016Russian Team ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
2. E Inarkiev vs Dominguez Perez 1-0412016Russian Team ChampionshipD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
3. Vitiugov vs E Najer 1-0542016Russian Team ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
4. Zvjaginsev vs Bu Xiangzhi ½-½872016Russian Team ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
5. M Matlakov vs Dubov  ½-½402016Russian Team ChampionshipA15 English
6. V Malakhov vs M Rodshtein  ½-½402016Russian Team ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
7. Grischuk vs Kamsky ½-½492016Russian Team ChampionshipC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
8. V Artemiev vs Tomashevsky 0-1582016Russian Team ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
9. Jakovenko vs A Timofeev  ½-½462016Russian Team ChampionshipB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
10. R Hasangatin vs Rublevsky  0-1552016Russian Team ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
11. D Kokarev vs A Sharafiev  1-0502016Russian Team ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
12. R Faizrakhmanov vs D Bocharov 0-1472016Russian Team ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
13. Karjakin vs Grischuk  ½-½402016Russian Team ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
14. Tomashevsky vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½352016Russian Team ChampionshipD80 Grunfeld
15. E Inarkiev vs Jakovenko 1-0392016Russian Team ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
16. Dubov vs A Korobov 1-0412016Russian Team ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
17. D Kokarev vs V Malakhov  ½-½432016Russian Team ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
18. G Oparin vs Vitiugov  ½-½412016Russian Team ChampionshipC19 French, Winawer, Advance
19. D Frolyanov vs M Matlakov  ½-½412016Russian Team ChampionshipC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
20. Bu Xiangzhi vs A Predke  ½-½502016Russian Team ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
21. Dominguez Perez vs I Lysyj 1-0922016Russian Team ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
22. Rublevsky vs Zvjaginsev  0-1662016Russian Team ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
23. S Sjugirov vs Svidler 1-0582016Russian Team ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
24. V Fedoseev vs J Geller  1-0432016Russian Team ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. I Lysyj vs Grischuk  ½-½182016Russian Team ChampionshipD84 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit Accepted
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May-05-16  Bruce Graham: <sonia91> You are most welcome.
May-06-16  Mr. V: <sonia91> Bruce Graham is right! You're on every page with info. Thanks so much!
May-06-16  siggemannen: Hear hear, <Bruce Graham>!
May-06-16  jphamlore: Artemiev is having a very rough event.
May-06-16  Mr. V: And for once Kamsky's actually trying
May-07-16  jphamlore: Very few can defeat Svidler it seems to me recently in his various forms of the non-Berlin Ruy Lopez as Black. Unfortunately at Candidates 2016 he ran into one of those players, the immortal Anand.
May-07-16  WorstPlayerEver: In Soviet Russia team plays in you.
May-07-16  Mr. V: wow Ian is in great form
May-08-16  jphamlore: An absolutely brutal loss for Artemiev as White vs Inarkiev, apparently in mutual time pressure.
May-08-16  jphamlore: It's amazing how these old lines are being rehabilitated. Kramnik's kingside fianchetto after a Berlin as Black versus Sjugirov reminds me of a favored approach of a younger Emanuel Lasker, and I suspect that approach was old when Lasker was young.
May-09-16  sonia91: Both Artemiev and Jakovenko are in terrible form...
May-09-16  notyetagm: <jphamlore: An absolutely brutal loss for Artemiev as White vs Inarkiev, apparently in mutual time pressure.>

Artemiev blundered a terrible <KNIGHT FORK> tactic and lost a piece.

May-09-16  notyetagm: <sonia91: Both Artemiev and Jakovenko are in terrible form...>

Wow, you weren't kidding about Artemiev: <+0 =1 -5>, a winless -5.

Russian Team Championship (2016)/Vladislav Artemiev

May-09-16  not not: Kramnik, aged 40, elo 2800+

these so called "better than old masters" top chess players are lucky Kasparov is retired and Fischer is dead

May-10-16  siggemannen: Actually Artemiev got in a win in the end against Lysyj, who also had a pretty bad tourney
May-10-16  siggemannen: Jakovenko also got schooled
May-10-16  et1: Congratulations to Peter Svidler and Co. they were really great, recovering very well from their defeat against Moscow in early stages. Well done. And what a fierce competition it was between the first 3 teams, decided by the fourth !
May-10-16  Keyser Soze: <not> Yeah, I really liked Kramnik play here.
May-10-16  visayanbraindoctor: <not not> I understand what you are implying in your allegorical manner.

People who automatically say that a modern master must be better than an older one just because they live in the here and now have the same kind of mentality as people who say that the actors and actresses nowadays are the best dancers ever, when they haven't seen past performances such as

or that modern pop music must be the best because they're composed more recently, when they haven't heard

The best for any genre may occur in the past, present, or future. To say that it always occurs in the here and now is false.

May-10-16  Clemens Scheitz: If somebody out there is writing the book " Memorable bloopers by grandmasters" they can definitively add Yakovich vs. Malakhov to the collection. Truly hard to believe in classical time control.
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  PawnSac: Kramnik is sure picking up some rating points in this team event. He just bested his own highest rating
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Clem,

I was looking at that one myself.

Y Yakovich vs V Malakhov, 2016

It appears White resigned the moment he played 18.hxg5.

click for larger view

Which is good because as Black I'd be sitting there wondering what I am missing.

Or lose on time wondering which is best. 18...Rxh1 or 18...Nxd3+

Nice post Vishy, the piano pieces were amazing.

I know what you mean. Think chess is slightly different because today's masters have everything the olden masters did at their finger tips. They can copy exactly one of their ideas. You cannot copy that dancing or piano playing. That is gifted talent and years of practise.

But on the whole I agree. The old masters have many things to teach today's players. Some of their games are timeless.

May-16-16  visayanbraindoctor: Good afternoon <Sally Simpson>

More or less I agree with you. Just two peculiar points.

<They can copy exactly one of their ideas.>

I think it's a matter of temporal serendipity. If Morphy were born in in the modern era, and Carlsen born in the 19th century, I have a strong suspicion that 19th century Carlsen would have been as strong as Morphy and 21st century Morphy as strong as Carlsen. Some of the past talents from all accounts had stunningly fantastic abilities. Morphy from numerous accounts was an astonishingly fast player, and had the ability to memorize law books cover to cover. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that had he been born after WW2 we would see him playing chess as well as the more recent World Champions.

<They can copy exactly one of their ideas. You cannot copy that dancing or piano playing.>

I was thinking that both piano and chess have certain rules that limits them. There is a finite number of ways by which one can move one's pieces. Same for piano, there is a finite number of keys. A modern master can copy ideas, but creating a masterpiece like

Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907

takes talent and practice. Frankly, I've never seen a more beautiful tactical attack than this, and it was played in 1907.

In the same vein, notice that no one has ever composed better solo piano masterpieces than the two pieces by Liszt above. It's quite possible that piano composing and playing hit a stonewall way back in the 19th century.

Nowadays, people watch such stuff as dancing with the stars, and end up believing that what they see is the best there is. I admit i had the same idea, until I discovered Russian dances and old performances such as those from Astaire and the Nicholas brothers. (Links in my post above.) My jaw must have dropped.

The local youth nowadays watch a lot of showbiz personalities sing, and aspire to join singing contests live on TV (like 'Got Talent' kind of thing.) They never watch operatic performances, since it's ingrained in them that it's old has-been stuff, sung be senior citizens. Same thinking that any chess from pre-WW2 must be obsolete, and for the old.

It never occurs to them that opera singers when they started were once young people too.

Suppose a young woman who looks like a college student enters one of the 'I've Got Talent ' contests as entry # 1 among 10 similarly youthful contestants.

She delivers this kind of performance.

I wonder what contestant entry # 2 would do after witnessing that?

Lots of films based on dancing nowadays. but can they beat the performances of the 1940s dance kings and queens of the film?

Here's a more recent but still 'old' dance performance that looks hard to beat, even nowadays.

They're nice lessons to those suffering from the narcissistic generation syndrome. It's always good to watch these past performances, just to give us a more objective perspective of the state of the arts nowadays.

May-18-16  Clemens Scheitz: Hi <Visayanbraindoctor>,

<...creating a masterpiece like Rotlewi vs. Rubinstein, 1907 takes talent and practice.>

I think it takes much more than talent and practice, it requires a special gift reserved for a minority of players in each generation. Many of us possess chess talent and play very often but I sincerely doubt that we can produce that kind of "art" at the chessboard.

<...notice that no one has ever compose better solo piano masterpieces than the two pieces by Liszt above.>

Taste is subjective, but composers and musicians for the most part think of Liszt as a "minor" genius (a bit of a showman and a crowd pleaser, with too much flashiness and not a lot of substance in a great number of his compositions). Looking at your selections in music and dance, it seems that you like certain vivacity and exuberance in the arts. Myself, I prefer, emphatically:

- The supreme architecture of Bach's keyboard music ( the Partitas , the W.T.C., the French Suites, the Goldberg variations, the Inventions).

- The depth and pathos found in the best of the Beethoven's Sonatas.

- Intimate and soul touching pieces like:

To exemplify how varied musical taste could be, I confess to being captivated also by otherwordly compositions like these (I wonder what you think):

May-18-16  Clemens Scheitz: Sorry, instead of the Schubert Andantino for the second time I meant to show this:

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