"Remembering Coaches and Mentors with Gratitude" Festival Held at Central Chess Club
There took place three blitz tournaments and a commemorative evening.
Saturday, December 9, the Central Chess Club named after M. Botvinnik in Moscow saw the "Remembering Coaches and Mentors with Gratitude" festival. Yuri Averbakh, Mark Dvoretsky, Yuri Razuvaev, Alexander Nikitin, Liudmila Belavenets, Evgeny Sveshnikov, Vasily Gagarin, Vladimir Yurkov, and Yury Dokhoian - these are our outstanding chess players and coaches, whose contribution to the development of the national chess school cannot be overestimated. The festival was dedicated to their memory.
The festival featured three blitz tournaments with the participation of the leading Russian grandmasters.
Ian Nepomniachchi won the Mark Dvoretsky Memorial: he had already secured the first place with one round to go and finished with 9 points out of 11. Daniil Dubov finished half a point behind. Boris Savchenko came in third place with 6.5 points.
The winner of the Yury Dokhoian was also determined prior to the final round. Polina Shuvalova scored 9.5 points out of 11 (8 wins and 3 draws) and outscored the second place Valentina Gunina by 2.5 points. Kateryna Lagno, Leya Garifullina, and Alina Bivol scored 6 points apiece; better additional tiebreakers landed Lagno in third place.
In the veterans' chess tournament dedicated to the memory of Evgeny Sveshnikov, Evgeni Dragomarezkij and Yuri Balashov scored 8.5 points out of 11. Thanks to the superior tiebreakers, Dragomaretsky took first place. Evgenij Kalegin came in third with 8 points. The best result among women belongs to Galina Strutinskaia - she scored 7 points to share 4-5th places with Evgeny Gleizerov.
At the commemoration evening Alexander Tkachev, the Executive Director of the Chess Federation of Russia, awarded Elena Dokhoian, the widow of Yuri Dokhoian, with the "Golden Badge of the Chess Federation of Russia". The tournament participants and guests warmly remembered the coaches and mentors, who had assisted them in life and in their chess careers.
The Chess Federation of Russia congratulates the winners and prize-takers, thanks all players for their participation and wishes Russian chess players new athletic and creative achievements!
Photos by Eteri Kublashvili