The 18th International Chess Festival Mikhail Chigorin Memorial was held on 12-22nd October at the “Azimut Hotel” in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Festival consisted of two tournaments:
A. Rapid chess tournament on 12-13th October
Time control 15 minutes per game + 5 seconds increment for each move, 9 round Swiss.
Total prize fund (granted by St. Petersburg Chess Federation) – 400.000 roubles (approx 9.600 EUR)
GM Anton Korobov won the event after edging GM Igor Kurnosov on better tiebreak.
B. Classical chess tournament, stage of Cup Russia, on 14-22nd October
Time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves, 30 minutes for the rest of the game with 30 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1.
According to the Cup Russia regulations, players may agree to a draw after move 40 only.
Total prize fund (granted by St. Petersburg Chess Federation and Russian Chess Federation) – 1.500.000 roubles (approx 36.000 EUR).
GM Dmitry Bocharov took a clear first place after concluding the race with 7.5 points. This is his second victory at the Mikhail Chigorin Memorial as he also won in 2006. 255 players competed in the main tournament.
International title norms achieved:
GM norms – Alekseenko Kirill RUS, Krylov Mikhail RUS, Onischuk Vladimir UKR, Oparin Grigoriy RUS
IM norms – Girya Olga RUS, Belous Vladimir RUS, Chekhov Sergei RUS, Eliseev Urii RUS, Obolenskikh Dmitry RUS, Pavlov Aleksandr RUS
WGM norm – Balaian Alina RUS
WIM norms – Bukhteeva Viktoria RUS, Goryachkina Aleksandra RUS
1. GM Bocharov Dmitry RUS 2582 – 7.5
2-9. IM Onischuk Vladimir UKR 2483, GM Lintchevski Daniil RUS 2558, GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2635, GM Zvjaginsev Vadim RUS 2666, GM Smirnov Pavel RUS 2580, GM Azarov Sergei BLR 2648, GM Gabrielian Artur RUS 2531 and GM Shomoev Anton RUS 2577 – 7.0
10-22. GM Khalifman Alexander RUS 2627, GM Maiorov Nikita BLR 2558, IM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2413, GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2615, GM Ionov Sergey RUS 2540, GM Vorobiov Evgeny E. RUS 2581, GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2614, GM Kovchan Alexander UKR 2569, IM Demchenko Anton RUS 2574, GM Burmakin Vladimir RUS 2588, GM Popov Valerij RUS 2545, GM Malakhatko Vadim BEL 2543 and GM Neverov Valeriy UKR 2508 – 6.5 etc