14 May 2016
See You in October!
Photographic report of Vladimir Barsky from the Russian Club Championships closing ceremony.
Even though a vivid picture of the offical closing ceremony was painted by Dmitry Kryakvin in his blog, let us enrich the photos with a few words "for the record". In the beginning, the tournament directors Sergey Smagin and Alexander Tkachev thanked all those who helped carry out the tournament: the partners were invited to the scene and were presented with commemorative pennants. It was followed by gifting certificates for free staying in single and double rooms in the "Zhemchuzhina" in the month of October to the board winners of all six tournaments: for senior players, boys, girls, for men's and women's championship winners of the Higher and Premier Leagues. Because the certificates are issued to its bearers, they will not become void even if any of the players will not be able to come. Then the medals and cups were awarded to the winner teams.
Let us recall the final standings. The first place in the Premier League with 13 team points was clearly taken by the St. Petersburg team "The Bronze Horseman" (Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez, Nikita Vitiugov, Bu Xiangzhi, Maxim Matlakov, Maxim Rodshtein, Vladimir Fedoseev, Ildar Khairullin). The second place was taken by the Moscow club ShSM "Legacy Square Capital" (Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Ernesto Inarkiev, Evgeny Najer, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Daniil Dubov, Vladimir Malakhov, and Ivan Popov). The Muscovites have scored 12 points. The third place went to the rating-favorite "Siberia", whose representatives Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Dmitry Jakovenko, Sergey Rublevsky, Anton Korobov, Dmitry Kokarev, and Dmitry Bocharov have earned 10 points.
Triumphant in the women's tournament with 16 points to their asset was the Moscow team ShSM "Legacy Square Capital" consisting of Alexandra Kosteniuk, Ekaterina Lagno, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Alina Kashlinskaya and Anastasia Savina. The equal amount of 11 points is shared by the St. Petersburg team "SDYUSSHOR SHSH" (Anastasia Bodnaruk, Evgenija Ovod, Dina Belenkaya, Anna Styazhkina and Alina Balaian) and "Ugra" (Anna Ushenina, Natalia Pogonina, Lilit Mkrtchian, Marina Nechaeva and Baira Kovanova). However, the additional tiebreakers landed "silver" to the Petersburgers.
The Moscow team "SergArk team" with Yuri Eliseev, David Paravyan, Ilia Iljiushenok, Sergey Arkhipov and Shamil Arslanov became winner of the Higher League. The team has gained 15 points. Three match points behind are the representatives of the "SDYUSSHOR SHSH" (St. Petersburg) - Kirill Alekseenko, Evgeny Levin, Vasily Usmanov, Grigory Palchun and Sergey Ionov. The bronze medal with 11 points was taken by the "Peter's Boat" club with Alexander Khalifman, Maxim Chigaev, Ivan Rozum, Denis Yevseev, Marat Askerov and Kirill Shubin).
Triumphant in the seniors tournament were representatives of the "University" team (from Belorechensk, the Krasnodar Kraj) with Evgeny Sveshnikov, Evgeny Kalegin, Vladimir Zhelnin, Nikolai Pushkov, Yury Polyakov. The winners have scored 14 points. The second place with 12 points went to "The Bronze Horseman" with Vadim Faibisovich, Nikolai Mishuchkov, Vladimir Karasev, Igor Blekhtsin, Nikolay Monin, and Yuri Yakovlev). The additional tiebreakers landed the "Malachite" team (Nukhim Rashkovsky, Alexander Lutsenko, Boris Fradkin, Vladimir Kaliberda and Pjotr Freider) behind the silver winner.
The players of the "Ladya" club (from Krasnoyarsk - Nizhny Novgorod), having scored 14 points, became the Russian champions in the group of boys born in the year 2002 and younger. The team's lineup features Arseniy Nesterov, Artem Poliakov, Ilya Brin and Andrey Petrovsky. The second place with 11 points was taken by the Second St. Petersburg Gymnasium (Daniil Golikov, Maksim Shinkevich, Alexey Levdansky, Alexander Zemnitskiy, Mikhail Timoshin). Two points behind them finished the Crimeans - Valery Shemyakin, Daniel Pavlov, Vladimir Koren, Alexander Babunov and Dmitiy Saratovskiy.
In the group of girls born in the year 2002 and younger, "University" from Belorechensk (Krasnodar region) won the gold, featuring Ekaterina Goltseva, Alina Beshukova, Darya Filippova, Kseniya Shakhmatova, and Olesya Serditykh. The winners have 15 points under their belts. The second place with 11 points was taken by the sports school "Chess School of Anatoly Karpov" with Alexandra Afanasieva, Maria Girshgorn, Daria Bondareva, Anna Krupnova and Sofiia Kasaeva. The third place with 10 points belongs to the representatives of the "Zhiguli" team (from the Samara region) - Varvara Budnikova, Polina Gutkovich, Sofia Pogorelskikh, Violetta Erokhova, and Arina Tolstykh.