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28.04.2006 ANNOUNCEMENT OF OUR PUBLICATIONS
Due to mass exodus of chess experts to Dagomys, the best games of March will be determined early in May, as well as Maxim Notkin's analyses of the games. Also in May we are planning to select the best game of the Year 2005. Sergey Klimov's articles feauturing Dagomys will be published during the coming week.
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28.04.2006 RUSSIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
There are two rounds left to play in the Junior league. Uniline from Samara and Chess Academy from Yerevan are in the lead with 12 points each. South Ural has 11, Chigorin Club, Mika (Yerevan) and a Chinese team have 10.
more [source: chessliga.ru]


28.04.2006 ONE CAN'T DRINK AWAY THE SKILL
A museum of vodka history was opened yesterday in Izmailovsky Kremlin, Moscow. The high point of the opening was playing drunk chess, with vodka shots replacing traditional wooden pieces. The rules were simple - drink a shot after every capture on board. The crowd was very enthusiastic about a person in a Russian traditional dress, who gave a simul on 4 boards. He kept playing even though his opponents were changing constantly. As each shot was equal to 25 ml, there is no doubt about exceptional chess skill of this man. His last name is kept secret.
more [source: www.chessolympiad-torino2006.org]


28.04.2006 IN MEMORY OF WOLGANG UNZICKER (1925 - 2006)
German grandmaster Wolfgang Unzicker passed away on April, 20. Chess historian Dmitry Gorodin wrote a short text of recollection. Our editor added a few lines from himself.
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27.04.2006 POLINA MALYSHEVA TURNS 18!
International master Polina Malysheva, who is a champion of St. Petersburg among women and multiple world and Russian junior champion, celebrates her 18th birthday today! Congratulations with attaining majority!
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27.04.2006 RUSSIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
After 7 rounds the Permier league standings look as follows: Ural - 12, TPS - 11, Tomsk-400 - 10, South Ural - 9, Termosteps - 8, Ladja - 7, Moscow CF and Economist - 6, FINEC, City Administration and Uniline - 4, Lada - 3. Tomsk-400 achieved an important win against Termosteps 3.5-2.5. In the women's tournament three favorites broke off the rest of the field: ABC - 13, South Urak and FINEC-1 - 12, Economist and RSSU - 9, CCC - 7, Chigorin Club - 6, Ladja and Debyut - 5, FINEC-2, Tomichka and Chernozemje - 2. ABC and FINEC-1 made a draw in their individual match (2-2), South Ural defeared Ladja (3-1).
more [source: chessliga.ru]


26.04.2006 RCF Executive Board announced the names for Turin
Yesterday Executive Board of the Russian chess federation formed the national teams for Turin Olympiad, which starts on May 20. The men's team will consist of Kramnik, Svidler, Morozevich, Grischuk, Bareev and Rublevsky. Dolmatov will train the team, and Motylev will be his assistant. There is an uncertainty with one position in the women's team. Participation of Kosteniuk, Kovalevskaya and Kosintseva sisters is confirmed, and the last seat will be taken by Matveeva, Korbut or Pogonina. Galliamova isn't mentioned at all. Dokhoian and Rustemov are named as trainers.
more [source: russiachess.ru]


26.04.2006 S.Klimov Dagomys cutting (rounds I-III)
IM Sergey Klimov shares his impressions about the starting rounds of the Russian team championship in Dagomys.
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26.04.2006 RUSSIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
After 5 rounds of the Junior championship, Chess Academy (Yerevan) and South Ural (Cheliabinsk) are in the lead with 9 team points each. The Armenians are ahead of the Russians on individual points (22.5 vs. 21). Uniline from Samara and Mika from Yerevan share the third with 8 team points (19.5 vs. 17). St. Petersburg teams produce a mediocre display: Chigorin Club has 6 points, St. Petersburg CF and Intellectual games both have 4.
more [source: chessliga.ru]


25.04.2006 ALEXANDER KENTLER. CROSSROADS: INFORMATIONAL NONSENSE
The editor discusses unfortunate gaps in media coverage of chess events in his column.
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25.04.2006 RUSSIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
After 4 rounds of the Russian Open Junior championship the team "Mika" from Yerevan leads the field with 100% team score (8 out of 8). Their compatriots from Chess Academy and South Ural from Cheliabinsk are a point behind. St. Petersburg teams have the following scores: Chigorin Club 5, St. Petersburg CF 4, Intellectual Games 2.
more [source: chessliga.ru]


24.04.2006 Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's press conference
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov gave a press conference in the Interfax agency office today at 12.30. It was dedicated to the forthcoming match in Elista and Dalai Lama's planned visit to Russia. If you can read Russian, please visit the agency website for more information. If you can't: no major news there.
more [source: www.interfax.ru]


24.04.2006 RUSSIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS, 4th round
Ural, having crushed South Ural 4.5-1.5, took the lead in the Russian chess Permier league. The team from Sverdlovsk region has 7 team points, as well as Termosteps, but Ural surpasses the rival in individual points (14.5 vs. 14). Termosteps defeated MCF 3.5-2.5. Tomsk def. Uniline 4-2 and has now 6 points. TSP surprisingly lost to City Administration (2.5-3.5), and now occupies the 4th spot with 5 team points. Ladja and South Ural have 4, MCF, City Administration and Lada have 3, FINEC, Uniline and Economist have 2. ABC and FINEC-1 lead the women's contest, having won all their games. The team from Krasnoturinsk scored more individual points than the team from St. Petersburg (12.5 vs. 11). South Ural is trailing by two points, and is followed by RSSU - 5, Economist and Chigorin Club - 4, Debyut, Ladja and SCC - 3, FINEC-2 - 2, Tomichka and Chernozemje - 1.
more [source: chessliga.ru]


21.04.2006 RUSSIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
The first round of Russian Club championships was played in Dagomys yesterday. There are 131 grandmasters playing, 110 men and 23 women. In the Premier League, Tomsk-400 defeated Economist from Saratov (5-1), South Ural (Cheliabinsk) def. City Administration (Moscow-Ulan Ude) (3.5-2.5), Termosteps (Samara) def. Lada (Togliatti) (4-2), Moscow CF def. Samara Uniline (4-2), Ural (Sverdlovsk Region) def. FINEC (St. Petersburg) 3.5-2.5, Ladja (Kazan) drew TPS (Saransk) (3-3). In the Higher League, Chigorin's Club from St. Petersburg defeated Shatar (Buryatia) (4-2). All favorites won their matches in the women's championship: South Ural def. Debyut (Vladivostok) (3.5-0.5), ABC (Krasnoturinsk) def. Economist (3-1), Ladja def. Tomichka (Tomsk) (3-1), and FINEC-1 def. FINEC-2 (3-1). Chigorin's Club won against RSSU (Moscow) (2.5-1.5), Chernozemje (Voronezh) drew with SCC (Izhevsk) (2-2). The junior league takes off today.
more [source: www.chessliga.ru]


20.04.2006 Vitiugov The one who robbed the rain
In the first half of March Volzhanka hotel that is located in a suburb of Cheboksary hosted the Russian U-20 championships, which were two round-robin tournaments. Al the expences of the participants were covered, and the prize fund was unusually high. Nikita Vitiugov wrote a lengthy article filled with splendid analyses. Added to the "Competitions" section.
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19.04.2006 ALEXANDER KENTLER. CROSSROADS
The editorial column is dedicated to the continental championships and chess-inspired art exhibitions.
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19.04.2006 RUSSIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
Russian Club championships start tomorrow in Dagomys. There will be men's, women's and junior leagues. The teams have gathered a great number of grandmasters, including ex-world champions Karpov, Khalifman, Ponomariov, Kasimjanov, Stefanova, famous title contenders Ivanchuk, Shirov, Morozevich, Gelfand, and many other prominent players. An open junior championship is conducted for the first time in the history of Russian chess. There will be teams from India, Germany, China, former Soviet republics and, of course, Russia. FIDE President Ilyumzhinov offered a prize fund of 20,000 USD, which will be spent as grants and presents to the most distinguished young players.
more [source: www.chessliga.ru]


18.04.2006 RUSSIAN JUNIOR RAPID CHAMPIONSHIP: 3 GOLD, 4 SILVER AND 1 BRONZE
St. Petersburg children excelled in the Russian junior rapid chess championships. Vladimir FEDOSEEV won the U-12 section, Anastasia BODNARUK won the U-14 section, and Roman LOVKOV took the gold in the U-18 section. Dina BAZHENOVA and Anish GIRI took the second places in the U-12 section, as well as Vera SOKOLOVA and Alexander SHIMANOV did in the U-14 section. Grigorij PALCHUN finished third in the U-10 section. Our congratulations!
more [source: volgachess.ru]


17.04.2006 KIRIL GEORGIEV AND LILIT MKRTCHIAN WIN THE EUROPEAN BRONZE
The tiebreak determined the bronze medalists. In women's match for the 3rd place Lilit Mkrtchian from Armenia defeated Inna Gaponenko (Ukraine), in men's championship Bulgarian Kiril Georgiev defeated Arkady Naiditsch from Germany. Unfortunately, Konstantin Sakaev did not pass through the preliminary stage, and was knocked out.
more [source: www.tsf.org.tr]


17.04.2006 OUR CHILDREN IN DAGOMYS
These are the results of all children from St. Petersburg who played in Dagomys. Girls - U-10: Styazhkina 7, Kolesnikova 5.5, Kiseleva 5, Elizarova and Knyazeva 3.5, Dobronravina 3; U-12: Bazhenova 7, Klyuchik 6, Pavlova 5.5, Azimova 4.5, Martynova 4; U-14: Korchagina 6.5, Bragina and Efremova 5.5, Sorokina 5, Sokolova 4.5, Fershtman, Kovaleva and Alimova 4, Belenkaya 3; U-16: Rumyantseva 6.5, Shlakich 6, Gaprindashvili 5.5, Linkevich and Tokareva 4.5; U-18: Kuzevanova 6, Minina 5.5, Bodnaruk 5, Yugina 3. Boys - U-10: Palchun, Zanan and Pleshkov 5, Usmanov 4.5, Martynenko 4; U-12: Giri 7, Fedoseev 6, Donskov 5.5, Polonovskij and Markevich 5, Yudin 4.5, Matyushin and Letov 4; U-14: Bazeev 6.5, Shimanov 6, Yankovskij and Sichinava 5.5, Pyatin and Smirnov 4.5, Pozhemetskij 3.5, Goldobin 3; U-16: Matlakov 6.5, Serov 4.5, Goganov 4, Kosarev, Barkhudarian and Vorobiov 3.5; U-18: Lanin and Pankov 6, (Linchevsky also scored 6, playing for Leningrad Region), Zakurdaev and Lovkov 5.
more [source: volgachess.ru]


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