XXIII Voronezh international chess festival took place in its traditional terms (June 10-21). Since the previous festival some organization problems in Voronezh chess have been successfully resolved: the festival director GM Alexander Raetsky is now a president of Voronezh region chess federation, one of the key members of festival team Pavel Sirotin became the director of Voronezh regional chess club. Voronezh region governor Alexander Gusev and region government continue to support festival as well as its main sponsor regional association «Leader». FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich send a video with his greetings to Voronezh festival participants.
Clicking links, you can see participants, organizers and guests of the finished festival on the photos made by our press officer Elena Ponomareva with comments about the festival results. We wait you all in Voronezh in the year 2020 since June 10 to June 21!
There were six tournaments in the festival and only four winners. IM Zhamsaran Tsydypov (RUS, Ulan-Ude) waiting for GM title assignment won the Chess960 tournament and the Rapid tournament, he also was the second in Blitz tournament.
For each round of the Chess960 tournament one selected participant (e.g. Voronezh junior Egor Yaurov on the photo) chose the initial position and Alexander Raetsky announced it. Alexander Shushenkov shot videos of the festival events (see his Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/fantom29429).
The first round of the Master Open. Games on the 14 first boards are played in the hall on the photo and broadcasted to the Internet. The main arbiter IA Vladimir Staratorzhsky is well-known for his accuracy.
GM Dmitry Kryakvin and his wife WIM Elena Tomilova (RUS, Rostov-na-Donu) met in the 2nd round and agreed a quick draw. Dmitry wrote nice stories about the festival for the Russian Chess federation site. Dmitry and Elena were guests оn Voronezh local TV program. Both were successful in Master Open.
Arseny Nesterov (RUS, Novgorod - left) achieved the GM norm and was the sole leader before the last round but lost a game against Visakh. Azamat Utegaliev (KAZ, Uralsk - right) achieved the needed performance for GM norm, but did not met three GMs. Azamat also took the third prize in Blitz tournament.
GM Nikita Meshkovs (LAT, Riga) played in Voronezh for the first time and won the 8th prize. He said that his grandfather lived in Voronezh and he is going to play in Voronezh again and to invite his Latvian national teammates to play in Voronezh.
IM Sergey Pavlov (UKR, Kyiv) was the Master Open sole leader after 4th round and was unbeaten until the last round but he missed an opportunity to achieve the last GM norm after a dramatical loss to Boris Savchenko.