The 18th International Chess Festival Mikhail Chigorin Memorial has started on 12th October at the “Azimut Hotel” in St. Petersburg, Russia, and continues until 22nd October. The Festival consists of two tournaments:
A. Rapid chess tournament, October 12-13, starts at 17:00.
Time control 15 minutes per game + 5 seconds increment for each move, 9 round Swiss.
Entry fee: 1000 roubles (juniors under 16, seniors and women – 800 roubles).
Total prize fund (granted by St. Petersburg Chess Federation) – 400.000 roubles (approx 9.600 EUR)
The rapid tournament was played over the two days with 134 participants. GM Igor Kurnosov started furiously with 5 out of 5, but on the second day the Ukrainian GM Anton Korobov managed to catch up and the two players shared the first place with 7.5 points each.
1-2. GM Korobov Anton UKR 2671 and GM Kurnosov Igor RUS 2648 – 7.5
3-4. GM Jumabayev Rinat KAZ 2589 and GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2623 – 7.0
5-13. GM Maletin Pavel RUS 2579, GM Romanov Evgeny RUS 2639, GM Savchenko Boris RUS 2630, GM Smirnov Pavel RUS 2580, IM Shinkevich Vitaly RUS 2480, GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2635, GM Vorobiov Evgeny E. RUS 2581, GM Papin Vasily RUS 2583 and Mikhalchenko Petr RUS 2395 – 6.5
14-25. GM Zvjaginsev Vadim RUS 2666, GM Khairullin Ildar RUS 2642, GM Gabrielian Artur RUS 2531, GM Kovchan Alexander UKR 2569, GM Yakovich Yuri RUS 2549, GM Epishin Vladimir RUS 2544, GM Kokarev Dmitry RUS 2619, GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2618, GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2614, GM Maiorov Nikita BLR 2558, IM Stukopin Andrey RUS 2438 and GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2627 – 6.0