Loo, Russian Team Championship, round 7. The last bell



What an amazing team is Rostov's PGMB! As if living up to its name, in the first three rounds they seemed to be suffering from a hagnover, but then they sobered up and have been unstoppable. In the final round, Gambit's 4th win a row came at the expense of the champions:

I Popov (PGMB Rostov) – M Matlakov (SPbMB)

19.Rdc1 Qa7?! (19…Qxe3+) 20.Rb5 Nxe3 21.Kh1?! (21.Qf2) 21…Nec4 22.Rxc4 Qxa6? (22…Nxc4)

23.Rc7 Nc6 24.Ng5 Nd8 25.Rxf7+ Kg8 26.Rd7 Qc6 27.Qd1 Qc8 28.Rb1 h6 29.Rc1 Qb8 30.Qd4 [1 - 0] One wonders what would have happened if the tournament lasted not seven rounds, but nine?  

The defeat of St Petersburg seemed to open up the road for Malakhit".

Y Nepomnyaschy (SSM Nashe Nasledie) – A Grischuk (Malakhit)

43. gxh5?! (43.Ra7) 43… Nf5+?! (43…Ne7, -1.13) 44.Kf3 Ngh4+ 45.Ke2 Nxe3 46.fxe3 Nf5 47.Nc5 Ra3 48.Rd3 Ng3+ 49.Kf2 Rxd3 50.Nxd3 Nxh5  - The rooks have been exchanged, and, as the classics teach us, a knight ending is really just a pawn ending.

51.Kf3 Kf7 52.Kg4 g6 53.e4 Ng7 54.h4 Nh5 55.Nb2 Ke6 56.Nc4 Ng7 57.Ne3 Ne8 58.Kf3 Nd6 59.Ng2 f5 60.exf5+ gxf5 61.h5?! (61.Ne3) 61…Kf6 62.h6 Nf7 (63.Ne3) [0 - 1] Alexander Grischuk, along with Alexey Alexandrov (Byelorechensk) showed the best individual result of the tournament, with 5 out of 6! But alas! Grischuk's win only equalised the match score, since at that moment, SSM were already a point ahead.  

V Bologanн (Malakhit) – D Dubov (SSM Nashe Nasledie)

23.Qg7?! (23.fxe6) - A very unusual situation, and it is hard to blame Bologan for his pawn-grabbing. But sometimes even a marksman misses... 23…Rd8 24.Qxf7?! (24.Re2) 24…Rxe1 25.Rxe1 Qf4 26.Nxe6 Qh4 27.Re2 Bd6 28.Kg1 Qxh2+ 29.Kf2 Qxg2+ 30.Ke1 Qg1+ 31.Kd2 Bf4+ 32.Kc3 Rc8+ (33.Qc7+) [0 - 1]  Only a draw (3:3) and dsespite the fact that Malakhit caught St Pete on match points, the latter were guaranteed the gold medals on game points. 

The bronze went to Ugra, but to do this, they had to win by a big score against Byelorechensk. This is how the winner of the Moscow Open 2013 was defeated":

B Savchenko (Byelorechensk) – A Korobov (Ugra)

21.Qxf4?! (21.gxf4) 21…a3? (21…b3) 22.b3 Qb6 23.Qxd6?! (23.Bd3) 23…Qe3 24.Bd3 Bg4 25.Qxb4? (25.Rc1) 25…Bxd1 26.Rxd1 Qf3 27.Qd2 Bg5 28.Nd4 Qxd5 29.c4 Qc5 30.b4 Rab8 31.Nb5 Qe5 32.Qc2 Bf6 33.Qb3 Rxb5 34.cxb5 Rc8 (35.Bc4) [0 - 1] The score of 4,5:1,5 allowed Ugra to finish a point ahead of Gambit.. 

A crushing of Economist by a clean score allowed Ugra to win the women's event. A similar result would have occurred in the match SSM - Ladya, had it not been for the following unforeseen accident:.

E Atalik (Ladya) – A Kosteniuk (SSM Nashe Nasledie)

40…Qd7?? (40…Qxe5+) 41.Be7 f6 42.Bxe2 White won (1:0)

Alexandra can console herself with the thought that, even if she had won, SSM would still have only been second. Third place was taken confidently by the girls of Byelorechensk. Look at the power and determination with which Katerina Lahno played the final game: 

E Lahno(Byelorechensk) – A Bondaruk (Chigorin Club)

18…Ng4? (18…Kh8) 19.Nd5 Qd8 20.c6 dxc6 21.Nxe7+ Qxe7 22.Nxc6 bxc6 23.Qxb8 Bb724.Qa7 e5 25.Bxc6 Qd6 26.Qxb7 Qxd2 27.Bd5+ Kh8 28.Rc8 (28…Qxd5)  [1 - 0]


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Text: Sergey Kim







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