Chess despite the war: the Anfield Cup in Kyiv
For obvious reasons, this year there were not many serious chess events in Ukraine. But maybe I should apologize for the long delay in writing about the beautiful tournament I participated in.
The 1st Anfield Cup was a two-day (15+10) fast-paced tournament in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, which took place from September 24-25, 2022.
The Anfield Pub https://www.facebook.com/pubanfield.kyiv is a unique place for Ukrainian FC Liverpool fans, who might also be fans of Ukrainian football teams). Dmytro Zagorovskyi, the owner of the pub and the sponsor of the tournament, was an active chess player in the past and, returning to his old passion, also participated in the tournament.
GM Tournament Organizer Vadim Malahatko and Tournament Sponsor Dmytro Zagorovskyi | Photo: Lana Chess Photography
Remarkably, on the first day, after the four rounds had been played, the pub returned to its routine and showed a football match between Ukraine and Armenia which attracted many viewers.
A total of 57 players, including 7 GMs, one WGM and 11 IMs, participated in the Anfield Cup (mostly from Kyiv, although some also came from other cities – me, for example, from Odessa).
The main organizer of this tournament (and several other important chess events in Kyiv!), Grandmaster Vadim Malakhatko, who in 2001 won the World Team Championship with Ukraine, also played against himself .
Most of the grandmasters living in Kyiv took the opportunity to participate in the tournament. However, two GMs from the Ukrainian capital, Georgy Timoshenko and Igor Kovalenko, could not participate because both serve in the Ukrainian army.
FA Lana Afandiyeva served as the chief referee. The tournament photos that I gratefully use in this report are from his impressive Lana Chess Photography project https://www.facebook.com/Chessfotolana/
Another person deeply involved in the tournament was IA referee-supervisor Oleksandr Prohorov.
Football journalist Artem Frankov, well known in Ukraine, helped with the organization and, being a good non-professional chess player, he also played and scored 4.0/9.
A tense contest between many players of similar strength resulted in a single victory for MI Vladislav Bakhmatsky who finished with 7.0/9.
The crucial match: In the last round, Bakhmatsky (right, with Black) won against GM Alexey Kislinsky | Photo: Lana Chess Photography
|1||I AM||Bakhmatsky Vladislav||2397||UK||seven||43.5||38.5||47.5||6|
|4||I AM||Sergei Pavlov||2333||UK||6.5||44||40.5||47||4|
|seven||I AM||Golichenko Ilija||2463||UK||6||41.5||37.5||44||5|
|9||I AM||Frolov Arthur||2348||UK||6||37||34||40||4|
|11||I AM||Samunenkov Ihor||2354||UK||5.5||46.5||41.5||50.5||4|
|12||I AM||Viktor Skliarov||2332||UK||5.5||42||38||44.5||4|
|13||I AM||Grinev Valerie||2366||UK||5.5||41.5||37.5||45.5||4|
|16||I AM||Viktor Dmitrenko||2266||UK||5.5||39.5||35.5||42.5||3|
|18||I AM||Vypkhaniuk Ihor||2340||UK||5.5||37||33.5||40||4|
|20||I AM||Maly Alexei||2276||UK||5||44.5||41.5||47.5||4|
…57 attendees. Source: chess results
I’m happy with my result and I’m happy to have played this tournament: the last tournament I played in Kyiv was 25 years ago! It was good to meet many chess colleagues in these tense and tragic times…
The rising star of Ukrainian chess, IM Ihor Samunenkov, who is a very great talent, was almost always among the best and showed interesting chess. Only a loss in the final round prevented him from finishing in the Top 10. But he still won a prize, because Vadim Shishkin, who was 10th, also won another prize, which helped Samunenkov, who finished 11th, to become one of the prizes. -winners.
WGM Oksana Vozovic, kickboxer, 2006 Ukrainian women’s champion and former member of the national women’s chess team, currently has a very serious job at the State Investigation Bureau (DBR) and has almost stopped playing in tournaments. But this time, she participated and won the 1st female prize.
The games, played on boards 1 through 6, were broadcast live and preserved for eternity. I have selected and partially annotated 24 of these games. It was not intentional, but the winner of the tournament Bakhmatsky and Samunenkov appear most often – with 6 and 7 matches.
I should also provide a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0afEYTSupxs to the Kyiv TV report from day two (September 25).
During the closing ceremony, the hope was expressed that the tournament would become traditional, an idea that I can only support!
Olena Hrebenyuk, soloist at the National Opera, accompanied the closing ceremony | Photo: Lana Chess Photography