Loo. Russian Team Championship round one. No surprises

The Russian team championships are taking place in Loo, in the Krasnodarsky region. The Russian league is justifiably considered the strongest in the world, and this time too, as always, one can see amongst the various team line-ups some of the strongest players in the world, including some of the competitors in the Candidates tournament. 18 face seven rounds of competition on the Swiss system. Let us examine the line-ups. :

There were no surprises in the opening round. The favourites all scored convincing victories, although there was a local sensation. 

Gabrelian (EGU - Perspectivan) – Dominguez (SPbSF)

27. Qxh5?! (27.f5) 27…Qc5 28.Qh3 Nf8 29.Bb4 Rxb4 30.axb4 Qxb4 31.Rb1 exf4 32.Rhg1 Qa5+ 33.Na2 Bxg5 34.Qc3?! (34.c3) – The exchange of queens simplifies Black's task.

34… Qxc3 35.Qxc3 Bf6 36.Rbf1 Bxc3 37.bxc3 e5 38.Rd1 Rb6 39.Rd5 Kf7 40.Rgd1?! (40.Rd2) 40…Ke6 41.Rg1 Kf7?! (41… Nh7 -2.06) 42. Rgd1 Ke7 43. Rg1 Ne6 44.h4 Rb8 45.Ra5 Nc5 46.Rxg7+ Kf6 47.Rg1 Nxe4 48.Rxa6? (48. Rf1) 48… f3 49.Rc6 f2 (50.Rf1 Houdini Aquarium (0:00:40) -4.55)  [0 - 1]

An interesting ending arose in the game:

Krylov (SK Rakita) – Khismatullin (Ugra)

57…f5! 58.Bxf5 Kxd5 59.Be4+ Kc4 60.Bc6 Kc5 61.Be8 Kd4 62.Bc6 Kc4 63.Bb1 Kc5 64.Be4 Kd6 65.Kc2 c5 (66. Kb1)  [0 - 1]

Vasily Usmanov caused the first upset

Usmanov (Chigorin Club) – Motylev (SK Malakhit)

32…Qd7?!(31… Qc7) 32. fxg5 hxg5 33. Ke6 Kxe6 34.dxe6 Qxe6 35.Rfe1?! (35.Rce1) 35… Qf6 36.Bd5 Bd7? (36… Kg7)

37.Bxf7+ Qxf7 38.Re7 Qd5 39.Qc3 Qc5+ 40.Kf1 Ne3+ 41.Qxe3 Qxe3 42.Rxe3 Kf8 43.Nb4 a5 44.Rc7 Be8 45.Nd5 Bf7 46.Nb6 Re8 47.Rxe8+ (47… Rxe8) [1 - 0]

The women's event only has six teams, who are playing a round robin tournament:

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Text: Sergey Kim