|Russian Championship (1996)|
The championships of the Soviet Union were generally among the strongest events of the year, outshining most international tournaments both in strength and depth. Even after the dissolution of the USSR the championships of the individual republics remained impressive.
A case in point was the 1996 Russian Championship held in Elista from October 15-27. This 52-player, 11-round Swiss featured 34 GMs and 12 IMS with an average rating of 2530. The following report appeared in The Week In Chess, 104, November 4, 1996:
"The Russian Chess Championships ended in a victory for Alexander Khalifman. He played solid if not especially spectacular chess to record his best result in recent years. Alexey Dreev who led after 7 rounds drew out the rest of the event and was overhauled in the end. The last round saw brief draws in the top pairings, Dvoirys-Khalifman and Dreev-Fominyh but the players who needed wins seemed content simply to protect their standings. The prize money was excellent being around $100,000 and a car courtesy of Kalmykian and FIDE President Kirsan Iljumzhinov, who has held the Russian Championship in his capital, Elista. for the last three years.
Some of the most impressive chess came from Evgeny Sveshnikov but he completely self-destructed in the last few rounds losing his last three games. Dolmatov, Epishin and Tiviakov were all well off the pace."
This crosstable allows game colors to be determined. On each player's line, if the result of a game appears first the player had White. If the opponent's number appears first, the opponent had White.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
1 Alexander Khalifman W32 19D D14 37D W50 34D W41 2 D W12 W 9 3 D 8.0
2 Alexey Dreev D42 38L W16 44W W25 W41 9 W D 1 4 D 5 D D 8 7.5
3 Semen Isaakovich Dvoirys D35 48D L37 16W W38 14D D33 32W W15 12W D 1 7.5
4 Maxim Ilyich Sorokin 51D W11 D 9 50D W 5 7 W D12 15D D 2 8 D D10 7.0
5 Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev 12L D31 47W W36 4 L W18 21W D 9 19W D 2 6 D 7.0
6 Alexander Lastin W13 41L D26 27D D15 25D W43 33W W17 10D D 5 7.0
7 Vadim Zvjaginsev 46D W47 W19 28D 41D L 4 D14 17D D16 15W W12 7.0
8 Alexander Fominyh W52 W20 41D 43D W28 9 L W34 12L W13 D 4 2 D 7.0
9 Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky 36D W10 4 D D12 46W W 8 L 2 5 D W14 1 L D23 6.5
10 Andrey Shariyazdanov W15 9 L D27 13D D26 43D D25 42W W41 D 6 4 D 6.5
11 Vasily Yemelin D43 4 L D15 48D W40 26D W30 13L D36 25W W27 6.5
12 Evgeny Ellinovich Sveshnikov W 5 D25 17D 9 D W43 W20 4 D W 8 1 L L 3 7 L 6.0
13 Alexander Vladinelovich Goldin 6 L W29 18D D10 35W D28 19D W11 8 L D17 21D 6.0
14 Ildar Rifkatovich Ibragimov 31D W51 1 D D20 17D D 3 7 D W34 9 L D21 24D 6.0
15 Oleg Korneev 10L D49 11D W31 6 D W46 28W D 4 3 L L 7 39W 6.0
16 Alexander Galkin 21D D34 2 L L 3 23D 47W W46 W28 7 D D20 19D 6.0
17 Evgeny Anisimovich Pigusov 22D W44 D12 32D D14 33D W42 D 7 6 L 13D D18 6.0
18 Yuri Rafailovich Yakovich D26 27D D13 42D W30 5 L 20D D25 24D W34 17D 6.0
19 Mikhail Vitalyevich Ulibin W45 D 1 7 L 33L W44 50W D13 41W L 5 27D D16 6.0
20 Andrei Sokolov W37 8 L W48 14D D32 12L D18 29D W35 16D D22 6.0
21 Marat Anatolyevich Makarov D16 33D D39 35D W45 32D L 5 37W D27 14D D13 6.0
22 Alexander Volzhin D17 43L D30 45L W51 48W W26 L27 34D W36 20D 6.0
23 Sergei Tiviakov D38 42L L44 51D D16 49W D35 39D W29 W32 9 D 6.0
24 Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev D48 35D D50 38D D42 37D D32 36D D18 33W D14 6.0
25 Evgeny Aleksandrovich Solozhenkin W29 12D W42 L41 2 L D 6 10D 18D D33 L11 45W 5.5
26 Vladimir Viktorovich Epishin 18D D36 6 D D46 10D D11 22L W44 32D D28 29D 5.5
27 Andrei Vasilevich Kharlov 47D D18 10D D 6 D33 42L W50 22W 21D D19 11L 5.5
28 Ruslan Vladimirovich Shcherbakov W39 50D W38 D 7 8 L 13D L15 16L W37 26D D40 5.5
29 Sergei Aslanovich Beshukov 25L 13L W49 30L D31 40W W38 D20 23L 41W D26 5.5
30 Sergey Dolmatov 44D L46 22D W29 18L D35 11L W50 39D W47 31D 5.5
31 Sergey Vokarev D14 5 D L32 15L 29D L44 52W D47 43W 51W D30 5.5
32 Nukhim N Rashkovsky 1 L W45 31W D17 20D D21 24D L 3 D26 23L D33 5.0
33 Igor Zakharevich 34D D21 36D W19 27D D17 3 D L 6 25D L24 32D 5.0
34 Valerij Filippov D33 16D D35 39W W37 D 1 8 L 14L D22 18L D38 5.0
35 Alexei Lugovoi 3 D D24 34D D21 L13 30D 23D W43 20L D40 36D 5.0
36 Yuri Balashov D 9 26D D33 5 L D49 45W D37 D24 11D 22L D35 5.0
37 Vladislav Vorotnikov 20L W52 3 W D 1 34L D24 36D L21 28L D43 47W 5.0
38 Valery A Loginov 23D W 2 28L D24 3 L D39 29L D51 52W D45 34D 5.0
39 Yuri Shabanov 28L W40 21D L34 D48 38D D44 D23 D30 42W L15 5.0
40 Konstantin Yuryevich Landa L50 39L 52D W47 11L L29 W48 49W D42 35D 28D 5.0
41 Andrei Shchekachev 49W W 6 D 8 25W D 7 2 L 1 L L19 10L L29 44D 4.5
42 Alexander Rustemov 2 D W23 25L D18 24D W27 17L L10 40D L39 49D 4.5
43 Konstantin Nikolayevich Aseev 11D W22 46D D 8 12L D10 6 L 35L L31 37D W51 4.5
44 Evgeni Vasiukov D30 17L 23W L 2 19L 31W 39D 26L L45 48W D41 4.5
45 Baatr Shovunov 19L 32L W51 W22 21L L36 47L W52 44W 38D L25 4.5
46 Sergej Dyachkov D 7 30W D43 26D L 9 15L 16L D48 47L D49 D50 4.0
47 Viktor Varavin D27 7 L L 5 40L 52W L16 W45 31D W46 30L L37 4.0
48 Maksim Gennadyevich Notkin 24D D 3 20L D11 39D L22 4 0 46D D49 L44 52W 4.0
49 Vladimir Valerianovich Nevostrujev 241 15D 29L W52 36D L23 51D L40 48D 46D D42 4.0
50 Sogto Namgilov 40W D28 24D D 4 1 L L19 27L 30L D51 L52 46D 3.5
51 Alexandr L Skvortsov D 4 14L 45L D23 22L W52 D49 38D 50D L31 43L 3.5
52 Khongor Tcebekov 28L 37L D40 49L L47 51L L31 45L L38 50W L48 1.5
Original collection: Game Collection: Russian Championship by User: Phony Benoni. Round dates (October 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27) are from http://www.chess.gr/tourn/russian_c...
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|1. Dreev vs A Rustemov
|| ||½-½||58||1996||Russian Championship||D37 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|2. Yakovich vs Epishin
|| ||½-½||14||1996||Russian Championship||E42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)|
|3. Khalifman vs N Rashkovsky
|| ||1-0||67||1996||Russian Championship||A04 Reti Opening|
|4. Sveshnikov vs Bareev
|| ||1-0||56||1996||Russian Championship||C02 French, Advance|
|5. Shcherbakov vs Shabanov
|| ||1-0||27||1996||Russian Championship||D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|6. A L Skvortsov vs M Sorokin
|| ||½-½||35||1996||Russian Championship||C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange|
|7. Ulibin vs B Shovunov
|| ||1-0||24||1996||Russian Championship||D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|8. Varavin vs Kharlov
|| ||½-½||33||1996||Russian Championship||B57 Sicilian|
|9. S Vokarev vs I Ibragimov
|| ||½-½||48||1996||Russian Championship||B06 Robatsch|
|10. A Fominyh vs K Tcebekov
|| ||1-0||30||1996||Russian Championship||D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|11. Dvoirys vs A Lugovoi
|| ||½-½||24||1996||Russian Championship||B64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack|
|12. Makarov vs A Galkin
|| ||½-½||42||1996||Russian Championship||D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|13. Vasiukov vs Dolmatov
|| ||½-½||17||1996||Russian Championship||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|14. Tiviakov vs V A Loginov
|| ||½-½||27||1996||Russian Championship||B90 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|15. Sakaev vs M Notkin
|| ||½-½||32||1996||Russian Championship||D85 Grunfeld|
|16. V Yemelin vs Aseev
|| ||½-½||31||1996||Russian Championship||B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7|
|17. Solozhenkin vs Beshukov
|| ||1-0||46||1996||Russian Championship||D85 Grunfeld|
|18. A Shariyazdanov vs Korneev
|| ||1-0||38||1996||Russian Championship||D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|19. Filippov vs I Zakharevich
|| ||½-½||71||1996||Russian Championship||E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line|
|20. A Volzhin vs Pigusov
|| ||½-½||29||1996||Russian Championship||E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3|
|21. Landa vs S Namgilov
|| ||0-1||39||1996||Russian Championship||D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|22. Nevostrujev vs A Shchekachev
|| ||0-1||45||1996||Russian Championship||B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening|
|23. S Dyachkov vs Zvjaginsev
|| ||½-½||18||1996||Russian Championship||A09 Reti Opening|
|24. Balashov vs Rublevsky
|| ||½-½||15||1996||Russian Championship||D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical|
|25. A Sokolov vs V Vorotnikov
|| ||1-0||53||1996||Russian Championship||C41 Philidor Defense|
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