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New record set at the Russian Championship 2017!
By Viktor Lin | News | 20.11.2017 23:40 | Views: 4735 | Comments: 1
The Russian Championship was held from 13 to 18 November 2017 in St. Petersburg, in the familiar Azimut Hotel that also hosted, amongst others, the EGC 2016. The favourite, Ilja Shikshin 1p, won the tournament, albeit not without difficulties.

The following 10 players competed for the title of Russian champion in the round-robin tournament:

Player City Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Points SODOS Placement
1 Fionin Grigoriy St. Petersburg 7d   0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 6   4
2 Dinerstein Alexandr Kazan Зp 1   1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 8   2
3 Nemlij Igor Kazan 6d 0 0   0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1   10
4 Kajmin Vjacheslav Moscow 6d 0 0 1   0 1 1 0 0 1 4   5
5 Chernykh Anton Moscow Region 6d 0 0 1 1   0 0 0 0 1 3 7 6-7
6 Kulkov Andrej Kazan 6d 0 0 1 0 1   0 0 0 0 2 4 8
7 Shakhov Kim Moscow 5d 0 0 0 0 1 1   0 0 1 3 7 6-7
8 Shikshin Ilja Kazan 1p 1 1 1 1 1 1 1   1 1 9   1
9 Surin Dimitrij St. Petersburg 6d 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0   1 7   3
10 Kovaleva Natalia Chelyabinsk 5d 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0   2 3 9

Result table (in Russian)

Ilja Shikshin 1p came out as the undefeated winner of the tournament. The most intense game of the tournament was between Ilja and runner-up Alexandr Dinerstein 3p. Both players engaged in close combat right from the beginning and the fighting did not cease until the small endgame. In the end Ilja turned out victorious by 1,5 points.

Dinerstein_Alexandr-Shikshin_Ilja

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However, that was not Ilja‘s closest game because he defeated 16-year-old shooting star Vjacheslav Kajmin by a mere half point. This game most likely also set a new world record for the shortest official game that was counted out: It finished in only 92 moves!

(The previous record allegedly stood at 121 moves, from a 2003 game between Cho U and Takemiya Masaki.)

After a little mirror-go, the game started off well for Vjacheslav after Ilja missed to play keima directly at 25 and instead opted to push at 23. This allowed White to sacrifice the right side and take control of the centre.


The exchanges that happened next in the upper left corner increased White's advantage.
Black's response at 41 enabled White to switch to the side with the combination of 42 and 44.


A few moves later, however, with victory in his grasp, White was too soft in endgame, owing to a slight misjudgement, and played the losing move 64 which led to his half-point loss.


In hindsight, White should have gone in deeper and staked the game on the life-and-death of the invasion.

Discussion of the full game in EGF Academy

Congratulations, not only to Russian champion Ilja, but also to Vjacheslav for setting a new world record and creating this story!
New record set at the Russian Championship 2017!

This article was written by Viktor Lin

Profession: Student, manager of EGF Academy
Born: Vienna, 1992
Country: Austria
EGF rank: 6d
Started playing go: 2004

Comments:
olivier Dulac
#1
22.11.2017 8:18
Thanks a lot, Victor for the quality of the report. And thanks to the egf and all participants for the games.
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