Ponkratov, Volkov and Smirnov share first place in Nezhmetdinov Rapid Cup 2014


Rashid Nezhmetdinov

Rashid Nezhmetdinov

The Nezhmetdinov Rapid Cup 2014 opened the 36th Nezhmetdinov Chess Festival on 29th May and continued to 30th May, 2014 in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia.

93 players competed for the prize fund of 186 000 RUB, provided by Sberbank – Tatarstan – the largest bank in Russia and Eastern Europe and the major sponsor of the tournament.


The Russian players GM Pavel Ponkratov (2625), GM Sergey Volkov (2568) and Alexey Smirnov (2440) occupied the first three places with 7/9 points each.

However, Ponkratov’s superior tie-break score provided him a top standing. Second place was taken by GM Sergey Volkov, while the untitled Alexey Smirnov surprisingly grabbed the bronze, leaving many Grandmasters behind.

GM Gennady Tunik took the first prize for seniors, FM Ramil Faizrakhmanov proved to be the best junior, while WGM Karina Ambartsumova prevailed among the ladies. GM Artem Iljin took the best prize for local players from the Republic of Tatarstan.

More information/ Replay the games with triple engine analysis/Photo report by Salman Shaidullin/ Full standings and detailed information in Russian here

Final Top standings:

1 GM Pavel Ponkratov 2625 7
2 GM Sergey Volkov 2568 7
3 Alexey Smirnov 2440 7
4 GM Alexandre Danin 2596 6,5
5 GM Alexey Fedorov 2587 6,5
6 GM Ivan Popov 2643 6,5
7 GM Artyom Timofeev 2590 6,5
8 GM Zaven Andriasian 2568 6,5
9 GM Andrey Rychagov 2497 6,5
10 IM Kirill Kuderinov 2459 6,5
11 GM Semen Dvoirys 2524 6,5
12 GM Boris Savchenko 2601 6
13 IM Ivan Rozum 2577 6
14 GM Daniil Lintchevski 2591 6
15 GM Mikhail Mozharov 2476 6 etc

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