The Brigantines Raise the Sails

Время публикации: 02.05.2015 12:14 | Последнее обновление: 02.05.2015 12:36

Russia's top club side to be decided in Sochi

In Sochi, the Russian club championship has started. As we have already reported, the biggest surprise is the participation of Vladimir Kramnik and Levon Aronian - both super-grandmasters are playing for Sibir. Both played in the opening match, against another of the favourites - Malakhit. Kramnik had Black against Shirov, Aronian White against Motylev. 

For the first time, this year the clubs are divided into two groups: in the Premier League, eight teams contest a round-robin, with the top three getting the right to play in the European Club Cup in the autumn. .
Line-ups, rules, results and other material from the event. 

The Higher League is a Swiss-system event, with 20 clubs. 

In the women's championship, thing are more complicated: ten teams are playing a seven-round Swiss, with SSM- Nashe Nasledie and Yugra boith being very strong. 

Alongside, we have the national championships for veterans, boys and girls. 

View from one of the hotel rooms

Sochi prepares for a sailing boats festival

Nikolai Monin ready for the veterans event

The playing hall half an hour before the start

Title photo - Mikhail.Mahutin,


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