SIMPLECHESS

Ponomariov is Ukrainian Champion

The 'House of Ukraine'
Ruslan Ponomariov finished at the top of a tough field in Kiev. This result was in doubt until he won with Black against Alexander Moiseenko in the last round.

All the strongest Ukrainian players (including three 2700+s), except for Ivanchuk were present. The top three seeds finished in rating order, indeed there were no real surprises in the final rankings, with the 2700s at the top, the 2600s in the middle and the 2500s at the bottom!

The final standings were as follows.

Position/Name/Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Points/Perf
1. Ponomariov, Ruslan 2754 * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 2852
2. Eljanov, Pavel 2712 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 2777
3. Efimenko, Zahar 2701 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 7 2747
4. Moiseenko, Alexander 2679 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 7 2749
5. Volokitin, Andrei 2677 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 2713
6. Kryvoruchko, Yuriy 2640 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 * 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 6 2687
7. Areshchenko, Alexander 2694 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5 2610
8. Miroshnichenko, Evgenij 2651 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ 5 2614
9. Korobov, Anton 2660 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 2584
10. Vysochin, Spartak 2529 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 4 2559
11. Vovk, Yuri 2550 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ * ½ 2448
12. Kovchan, Alexander 2558 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 2447

Ponomariov has gained 13 rating points with this performance.

The competition took place between the 9th to 21st of June in the House of the Ukraine, Kiev.

The rate of play in this round robin was 90 minutes for the first 40 moves then 30 minutes for the rest of the game. Plus from move one 30 seconds added.


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