With an easy 4.5-1.5 victory over ‘Yamal’, the Siberian team won the Russian Team Chess Championship 2015 in a dominating fashion as they notched up a perfect score of 14 Match-Points, 3 match-points ahead of its nearest rival ‘University’. The ‘Bronze Horsemen’ team finished a couple of match-points behind ‘University’ to secure the third place in this super-strong team tournament.
In an interesting turn of events, ‘SDYSSHOR SHSH’, who were leading the pack for most of the time in this tournament, could only finish second as they were held to a surprise 2-2 draw in the last round by ‘Donchanka’ while ‘SHSM – Our Heritage’ grabbed their opportunity as they clinched the title with a convincing 3.5-0.5 victory against ‘University’. Yugra, meanwhile, finished third.
The race for the First Place, however, is much more intense in the Women’s section. Although ‘SDYUSSHOR SHSH’ retained its top spot with a nice 3-1 win against ‘Rook’ and a total of 10 match-points, ‘SHSM – Our Heritage’ is right on its heels with 9 Match-Points while a couple more teams are just a point behind ‘SHSM’.
With a convincing 4-2 victory against overnight co-leaders ‘University’ in Round 5, ‘Siberia’ took up the sole lead after 5 rounds of the Russian Team Chess Championship 2015. GMs Aronian and Jakovenko played a crucial role in Siberia’s victory as they defeated GMs Andreikin and Jobava respectively.
In another clash of two giants, ‘Malachite’ overcame ‘Bronze Horsemen’ 3.5-2.5, thanks to experienced GM Bologan’s decisive win over GM Fedoseev.
Team ‘Boavista’ caught up overnight leaders ‘SDYUSSHOR SHSH’ as the former team scored a crucial win against ‘University’ while ‘SDYUSSHOR SHSH’ drew a strong ‘Ugra’ team.
In the ‘Boavista’ vs ‘University’ encounter, IM Vasilevich and WIM Drozdova notched up wins to lead their team to an all-important 3-1 victory. WIM Drozdova has been the star for ‘Boavista’ so far with wins in each of the five rounds and a rating performance of 2920!
The 4th round of the Russian Team Chess Championship 2015 proved to be a round of smooth sailing for the winning teams. ‘Siberia’ vs ‘SHSM – Our Heritage’, potentially the toughest match of the day, featured the biggest margin of result in round 4 with the former team easily clinching the match 4.5-1.5. GMs Kramnik, Jakovenko and Kokarev scored the full points for Siberia.
In another clash of the big guns, the ‘University’ team continued it’s fine form with a comfortable 4-2 win against ‘Lada’. GMs Rublevsky and Aleksandrov starred for ‘University’ with wins over GMs Frolyanov and Jakov Geller respectively while the remaining games ended in peace.
After 4 rounds, ‘University’ and ‘Siberia’ lead the table with 8 match-points each. These two teams will lock horns in an all important fixture in round 5.
In the central match of the day, ‘SDYUSSHOR SHSH’ overcame ‘University’ with a comfortable 3-1 scoreline. IM Bodnaruk and WIM Balaian scored the full points for SDYUSSHOR with victories over FM Pustovoitova and WIM Baraeva respectively.
Another important match – Boavista vs SHSM Our Heritage – witnessed an inspired performance from the former team as they held the rating favorites ‘SHSM’ to a 2-2 draw. It was WIM Drozdova’s upset victory against IM Kashlinskaya that led ‘Boavista’ towards a crucial draw.
After 4 rounds, ‘SDYUSSHOR SHSH’ leads the pack with 7 match-points while ‘Boavista’ is close on the former’s heels with 6 match-points.
The third round of the Russian Team Chess Championship 2015 proved to be a close affair with as many as 3 matches ending with a 3.5-2.5 scoreline and the ‘Yamal’ vs ‘Rook’ match finishing in a 3-3 draw.
The match between ‘Lada’ and ‘Siberia’ turned out to be closer than expected with Lada going down with the narrowest of margins. Untitled Alexander Predke (2533) of ‘Lada’ made a real feast of this match with a nice victory over 2700+ GM Anton Korobov. However, with Jakovenko and Bocharov winning their respective games for Siberia and the rest of the games ending in draws, Siberia overcame Lada 3.5-2.5.
In the remaining ‘heavyweight’ matches, ‘University’ defeated ‘Malachite’ 3.5-2.5 while ‘Bronze Horsemen’ came out on top against ‘SHSM – Our Heritage’ with the same scores.
After 3 rounds, ‘University’ and ‘Siberia’ lead the pack with a total of 6 match-points each.
The central battle of Round 3 in the Women’s Section – ‘Boavista’ vs ‘SDYUSSHOR SHSH’ – finished in a fighting 2-2 draw with all the games turning out to be decisive. The ‘University’ team took full advantage of this draw as they overcame ‘Grozny’ and joined Boavista and SDYUSSHOR at the top of the table.
Meanwhile, the clash of the titans ‘Ugra’ vs ‘SHSM – Our Heritage’ ended in a comfortable 3-1 victory for the latter. GM Gunina and IM Kovalevskaya scored two important points for ‘SHSM’ with wins over WGM Pogonina and IM Guseva respectively.
After 2 rounds of the Russian Team Chess Championship 2015, 2 teams – University and Siberia – lead the rest with 4 match-points each.
The Siberian Team, spearheaded by GM Kramnik, scored an important 3.5-2.5 victory over the strong Bronze Horseman team. With rest of the games ending in draws, GM Kramnik’s win over GM Svidler proved to be decisive. The team ‘University’, on the other hand, had a relatively easy sailing as they beat ‘Rook’ with a 4-2 scoreline.
Meanwhile, the ‘Yamal’ team, with only 1 GM in their line-up, impressed one and all with their performance despite going down 2.5-3.5 against ‘SHSM – Our Heritage’. Although Yamal were hugely out-rated on each of the boards, they only lost by the narrowest of margins. In the remaining match, ‘Malachite’ routed ‘Lada’ 4-2.
With a surprise victory over ‘SHSM – Our Heritage’ in the second round, ‘SDYUSSHOR SHSH’ took up the early joint-lead along with ‘Boavista’. SDYUSSHOR won their match 2.5-1.5, courtesy of important victories by IM Bodnaruk and WIM Balain over GM Kosteniuk and IM Kashlinskaya respectively.