Swine flu cured by chess in Lviv!
31.12.2009 23:53

Swine flu cured by chess in Lviv!

There is a good tradition in Lviv to hold round robin tournaments with GM and WGM norm to memorize sport’s official Mykhailo Vasylyshyn. That’s not actually a problem to gather participants in the city with so many title holders. This year one of my students GM Yuri Vovk helped me much in organization, he formed the participant list of man tournament.

Winner of famous open tournament Cappelle la Grande 2009 Yuri Vovk got first experience in organization of tournament.

Main difficulty is to find foreign players of course, but few weeks before the start we faced unexpected obstacle: swine flu pandemic in Western Ukraine. The situation was a bit exaggerated by media. So only the most brave chess friends didn’t fear to accept our invitations. Coming ahead I may say that all players left tournament alive and healthy Laughing

   This time the tournament took place in Lviv Palace of Art, which is in the very heart of our ancient city. So the fight started... Top rating holders in woman tournament were Woman International Masters Hryhorenko and Chulivska, who also were main candidates for WGM norm. But perhaps nervousness and extra tension in play didn’t allow them to achieve the goal.

Hryhorenko Nataliya rating favorite of woman tournament.

   Woman grandmasters were more relaxed and accordingly won 1st, 2nd and 4th place. First prize went to Hrabinska Myroslava. Having sign piece with 2 other Grandmasters and Hryhorenko she won all other games, “cut off the tail” as players say.

Winner of female tournament Hrabinska Myroslava ahead of Palace of Arts (right) where tournament was held. To the left one can see Potocki Palace, where Topalov- Kamsky match was planned to be held. This match later took place in Sofia.

 

Chess games of friends WGM Katerina Matseyko and WIM Vita Chulivska seldom end in peacefully.

 

Rank

ID Number

Name, First Name

Title

Fed.

Date of

Birth

Rating

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Total

Place

1

1121383

Meleshko, Nadia

 

POL

27.02.86

1997

 Smile

0

0

0

½

½

0

0

0

1

2

10

2

14109190

Hrabinska, Myroslava

WGM

UKR

22.05.84

2261

1 

 Smile

½

1 

1

1

½

½ 

1

1

 

1

3

13900196

Petrenko, Svetlana

IM

MDA

27.05.74

2257

1

½

 Smile

1 

½

½ 

0

1

0 

1 

4 

4

14108917

Chulivska, Vita        

WIM

UKR

17.02.88

2290

1

0 

0 

 Smile

0 

0 

1

0 

1

1

4

6 

5

4185641

Ivakhinova, Inna

WIM

RUS

23.02.89

2249

½

0

½

1 

 Smile

½

0 

0 

0

½

3

8

6

14117665

Soloviova, Liza

WIM

UKR

13.03.93

2281

½

0

½

1

½

 Smile

0

0

1

1

5

7

14109794

Matseyko, Katerina

WGM

UKR

02.09.85

2229

1

½

1

0

1

1

 Smile

½

1

0

6

2

8

14111390

Hryhorenko, Nataliya

WIM

UKR

23.01.86

2349

1

½

0

1

1

1

½

 Smile

1

0

6

3

9

14123622

Buksa, Nataliya

 

UKR

06.11.96

1895

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

 Smile

0

3

9

10

4195876

Kharmunova, Nadejda

WFM

RUS

18.04.89

2077

0

0

0

0

½

0

1

1

1

 Smile

7

 

Man tournament was luckier on norm gains. 3 players left Lviv in exciting mood. Onischuk and Erdogdu scored 6,5 points out of 9 and won the highest title norm. Turkish player made great deed having won 4 last games!  

Turkish Master Mert Erdogdu had experience of playing in Lviv tournaments already. But achieved his goal only from second attempt.

Onischuk got his cup for 2nd place in tournament from Ivanchuk’s hands, who visited closing ceremony. Erdogdu and Onischuk shared first place with experienced Russian grandmaster Yevseev, who became the winner by coefficient.

 

Rank

ID Number

Name, First Name

Title

Fed.

Date of

Birth

Rating

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Total

Place

1

4126378

Yevseev, Denis

GM

RUS

03.07.73

2520

 Smile

1

1

½

½

1

½

1

½

½

1

2

6301495

Erdogdu, Mert

IM

TUR

30.03.79

2489

0

 Smile

0

1

1

1

1

1

1

½

6½

3

3

14116804

Zherebukh, Yaroslav

GM

UKR

14.07.93

2527

0

1

 Smile

1

1

1

0

1

1

0

6

4

4

14100371

Bernadskiy, Vitaliy

FM

UKR

17.10.94

2358

½

0

0

 Smile

1

1

0

1

1

½

5

6

5

24130737

Fedoseev, Vladimir

FM

RUS

16.02.95

2353

½

0

0

0

 Smile

½

½

1

½

½

7

6

24107646

Ulanov, Alexandr

 

RUS

05.11.93

2336

0

0

0

0

½

 Smile

0

0

1

0

10

7

14113171

Vovk, Yuri

GM

UKR

11.11.88

2546

½

0

1

1

½

1

 Smile

1

0

½

5

8

1706993

Semcesen, Daniel

IM

SWE

17.08.86

2460

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 Smile

1

0

2

9

9

14112418

Grekh, Andrey

IM

UKR

31.01.88

2352

½

0

0

0

½

0

1

0

 Smile

0

2

8

10

14114038

Onischuk, Vladimir

IM

UKR

21.07.91

2483

½

½

1

½

½

1

½

1

1

 Smile

2

 

This year chess holiday is over, but don’t forget our tournament is annual.

Welcome to Lviv!

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