June 26, 2013 16:40

Kryvoruchko wins Ukrainian Championship on tiebreak

Ukrainian Championship: Kryvoruchko edges out Ponomariov

Yuriy Kryvoruchko is the new Ukrainian Champion. The 26-year-old grandmaster from Lviv edged out Ruslan Ponomariov on tiebreak (Sonneborn-Berger) after both grandmasters had finished on 7.5/11. For Ponomariov this was a normal score, but for Kryvoruchko, as the 8th seeded player, this was excellent.

Yuri Kryvoruchko wins in Kiev | Photo official website

The 82nd Ukrainian Championship took place June 14th-26th in Hotel Rus in Kiev, Ukraine. It was a 12-player round robin; the rate of play was 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment from move 1.

The participants were Ruslan Ponomariov (2743), Anton Korobov (2715), Alexander Moiseenko (2711), Alexander Areschenko (2708), Pavel Eljanov (2707), Andrei Volokitin (2687), Yuriy Kryvoruchko (2659), Zahar Efimenko (2651), Martyn Kravtsiv (2626), Stanislav Bogdanovich (2567), Andrey Baryshpolets (2547) and Valeriy Neverov (2515). On the official website a table with the expected scores can be found:

# Title Name Rating Exp.
1 GM Ponomariov, Ruslan 2743 6.94
2 GM Korobov, Anton 2715 6.50
3 GM Moiseenko, Alexander 2711 6.42
4 GM Areshchenko Alexander 2708 6.38
5 GM Eljanov, Pavel 2707 6.37
6 GM Volokitin, Andrew 2687 6.04
7 GM Efimenko, Zahar 2651 5.45
8 GM Kryvoruchko, Yuri 2659 5.58
9 IM Bogdanovic, Stanislav 2567 4.11
10 GM Kravtsiv, Martin 2626 5.06
11 GM Baryshpolets, Andrey 2547 3.81
12 GM Neverov, Valery 2515 3.34

After six rounds Ruslan Ponomariov topped the standings with 4.5 points, when he was half a point ahead of Yuriy Kryvoruchko. Alexander Moiseenko, Zahar Efimenko, Anton Korobov and Pavel Eljanov started with 3.5/6. 

The standings didn't change much in rounds 7 and 8, with lots of draws in the key games. Kravtsiv absolutely smashed Neverov in a Sicilian.

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Round nine saw the game between the two players who would eventually tie for first place. It wasn't much of a game:

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By then Korobov had caught Ponomariov in first place; both players were on 6/9. Here's the reigning champion's win in round 9 against a played we had never heard of (and so we've got yet another difficult name to learn):

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In the penultimate round, Ponomariov and Korobov drew a game that can't have lasted more than an hour:

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Yuriy Kryvoruchko grabbed his chance and caught the leaders in first place with the following (lucky) win:

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In the final round Korobov drew with Eljanov, but Kryvoruchko and Ponomariov both won:

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The first tiebreak rule was Sonneborn-Berger, and so Kryvoruchko is the new Ukrainian Champion! 

In our previous report on rounds 1-6 we failed to mention the following, very long game (see also Chessbase) that saw a dramatic finish surely as a result of fatigue.

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Ukrainian Championship 2013 | Final standings


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Fernando's picture

Looks like Yuri was the 7th player on the rating list .Nevertheless he is for sure one of the great champions of Ukraine.
We wish you all the best.
Congratulations Yuri

Anonymous's picture

Bravo !

choufleur's picture

Nice report, thanks.

Bronkenstein's picture

Bravo! Hopefully this ´upset´ will put Yuri on the radars of some western sponsors and organizers =)

Excalibur's picture

Am I the only person that knew this guy was very talented before he won here?

Anonymous's picture

you are the real hero

AAR's picture

Success has many fathers.

redivivo's picture

Well he is obviously very talented, but nowadays, if a player is born 1986, and has been 2600+ for more than five years, it is easy to not be noticed when there are so many higher rated and quicker climbing younger players.

S3's picture

The real question thus should be what his rating was years ago and whether or not it corresponds with (western) invites.
Im guessing this guy too, like so many others, felt the practical disadvantages of being from the "wrong" part of the world. Its a lot easier when you are from the West, have enough money and almost guaranteed invites even if you dont score well all the time.
Ofc there are some people who mantain the opposite and still babble about the advantages of the soviet chess school...

Thomas Oliver's picture

Kryvoruchko's peak rating was 2686 in August/September 2012. I don't think it's "a lot easier when you are from the West" and his level and age. At the moment there are actually just two western players roughly comparable to Kryvoruchko (Elo 2650-2700), Markus Ragger from Austria and Romain Edouard from France. Ragger apparently didn't get any prominent invitations yet, Edouard (who, *1990, is somewhat younger) got two this year: Tata Steel B and currently the Geneva rapid event.

In general, I would say being part of the "Soviet chess school" (if it actually still exists ...) has advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that you have relatively easy access to strong coaches and training partners and can therefore improve more quickly. The disadvantage is stronger competition from your own countries for invitations abroad or even at home. When Ukraine still had a supertournament (Aerosvit from 2006-2008), local sub-2700 players were Karjakin, Eljanov, Areshchenko and/or Volokitin - but Kryvoruchko was still further behind Elo-wise back then.

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