The Princes and the Kings
The Russia Team Championship features many chess
stars, even though Kasparov, Kramnik, Khalifman and Morozevich
don't participate. The teams are reinforced with players from
other areas and even from neighbour countries. The former
St.Petersburg Kings changed their name, ashamed of their past
modest results. They are called Gasprom St.Petersburg now.
Svidler, Korchnoi, Sakaev, Volkov are well known in Russia as
well as abroad. But Volkov keeps failing so far, so it's not
absolutely clear why we could not have coped with own forces. The
second St.Petersburg team, let's call them the Princes, was the
only leader after two rounds. And though they suffered a severe
thrashing in round three, our young Alexeev defeated the
newly-made Russian Champion Motyliov himself. Since Gasovik
(Tiumen), made up of invited stars almost fully, will play in the
final part for sure, the second St.Petersburg team has but few
chances to qualify. Now the ex-Kings are fighting against the
Kazan team, and so far we don't know the results, but we do know
that the loser won't play in the final.
Motylev,A - Alekseev,E [ECO
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Qd2 Nf6 8. O-O-O Bb4 9. f3 Ne5 10. Nb3 b5 11. Bd4 Be7 12. Qf2 d6 13. g4 O-O 14. Rg1 Nfd7 15. f4 Nc4 16. g5 b4 17. Bxc4 Qxc4 18. f5 bxc3 19. f6 Bd8 20. fxg7 Re8 21. Rd3 e5 22. Rh3 Qe6 23. Qe3 exd4 24. Nxd4 Qxe4 25. Qxc3 Nc5 26. g6 Bxh3 27. gxf7+ Kxf7 28. Qxh3 Bg5+ 0-1
No comments on the demonstrated psychological attack. But
remember that in St.Petersburg a young and gifted player grows
with nerves and fists of iron.
"Modern chess is too much concerned with things like pawn structure. Forget it - checkmate ends the game". Nigel Short.
"Only a good bishop can be sacrificed, a bad bishop can only be lost." Yuri Razuvaev.