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PGMB Rostov celebrates qualification to the European Club Championship

The PGMB team from Rostov arrived as an outsider to the last round of the Russian Teams Chess Championship, given that they played against the leaders – and eventual winners.

Despite the fact that they were already out of contention for first place, there was a strong motivation to do their best in the last round: the four first places qualify to the European Club Championship.

When the match got going, the situation seemed bleak because Peter Svidler had a winning advantage against Baadur Jobava. However, things turned around in favor of the PGMB. Jobava held the draw and Ivan Popov beat Maxim Matlakov with white in a sharp open position to get an overall victory.

The team decided to celebrate in the Black Sea at a -10ºC temperature.

The effusive celebration. Photo:

Reports from the Russian Teams Championship: Round 2 / Round 3 / Round 4 / Round 5 / Round 6 / Round 7

Final report from the Women’s Championship

The performance of the team:

Name Rtg Pts. Games
GM Jobava Baadur 2702 2.5 5
GM Cheparinov Ivan 2702 2.5 5
GM Zhigalko Sergei 2656 3.5 5
GM Sjugirov Sanan 2657 3.0 6
GM Azarov Sergei 2626 3.5 5
GM Smirnov Pavel 2628 4.0 6
GM Popov Ivan 2627 3.0 6
GM Kryakvin Dmitry 2588 2.0 4


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