Kramnik Set To Record His Highest Ever Rating

Время публикации: 09.05.2016 13:26 | Последнее обновление: 09.05.2016 14:09

As we have pointed out earlier Vladimir Kramnik has scored a number of impressive wins in team tournaments, going all the way back to last spring. He has been the driving force behind Sibir (Siberia), regularly chalking up full points for his team on top board. In the Russian Team Championship currently underway in Sochi the ex-World Champion plays sparingly, but to great effect: he has scored 3.5 points from his four games, and even his solitary draw was partially down to bad luck.


STORY IN PHOTOS

Yesterday Kramnik notched up another win against one of his ‘favourite’ opponents, Sanan Sjugirov, outplaying him with Black in a slightly better but objectively drawn endgame. On the basis of this game the Russian’s rating edged up to 2812.6. FIDE stats show that Kramnik’s official rating has never been above 2811. Of course all the usual disclaimers apply: monthly ratings were only introduced relatively recently – indeed, until 2009 they were only published once every three months. And that’s ignoring the obvious issue of rating inflation.

Whether or not Sibir emerge as tournament winners is still up in the air. With two rounds left the team is level on points with ShSM (Moscow Chess Team) and one point ahead of Medny Vsadnik (Bronze Horseman), today’s opponents. But this will be Sibir’s last match in the tournament, while St. Petersburg’s Medny Vsadnik has another match after that.


Translated from Russian by Ilan Rubin

[Event "TCh-RUS Men 2016"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2016.05.08"] [Round "8.1"] [White "Sjugirov, Sanan"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2674"] [BlackElo "2801"] [ECO "C65"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence"] [EventDate "2016.05.01"] [Board "1"] [BlackTeam "Siberia"] [WhiteTeam "Zhiguli"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 d6 5. O-O Bd7 6. Re1 g6 7. d4 Bg7 8. d5 Ne7 9. c4 O-O 10. Nc3 Bg4 11. h3 Bxf3 12. Qxf3 Kh8 13. Ba4 Nfg8 14. Bc2 f5 15. exf5 gxf5 16. g4 fxg4 17. Qxg4 Qe8 18. Be3 Bh6 19. Kh1 Nf6 20. Qh4 Bxe3 21. fxe3 Qh5 22. Qxh5 Nxh5 23. Ne4 Nf5 24. Kh2 a6 25. Rac1 b6 26. a3 h6 27. Bd3 a5 28. Rc2 Nh4 29. Be2 Rf3 30. Rf1 Rxf1 31. Bxf1 Rf8 32. Rf2 Rxf2+ 33. Nxf2 Nf3+ 34. Kg2 Ne1+ 35. Kh2 Kg7 36. Be2 Nf6 37. Bd1 e4 38. Kg3 Kg6 39. b4 Kf5 40. bxa5 bxa5 41. Ba4 Nd3 42. Nd1 Nc5 43. Bb5 Nfd7 44. Kh4 Kg6 45. Bxd7 Nxd7 46. Nc3 Ne5 47. c5 Kf5 48. cxd6 cxd6 49. Kh5 Nc4 50. Kxh6 Nxa3 51. Kg7 Nc4 52. h4 Nxe3 53. h5 Ng4 54. Nb5 Ke5 55. Kg6 e3 56. Nc3 a4 57. Kg5 Nf6 58. h6 a3 59. Kg6 e2 0-1 [Event "TCh-RUS Men 2016"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2016.05.08"] [Round "8.1"] [White "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Black "Lysyj, Igor"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2752"] [BlackElo "2668"] [ECO "A14"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "Neo-Catalan declined"] [EventDate "2016.05.01"] [Board "2"] [BlackTeam "Zhiguli"] [WhiteTeam "Siberia"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 e6 4. O-O Be7 5. c4 O-O 6. d3 c5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. d4 cxd4 9. Nxd4 Nc6 10. Nc3 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 Bf6 12. Qc4 Bxc3 13. bxc3 Bd7 14. Bxd5 exd5 15. Qxd5 Qc8 16. Be3 Bc6 17. Qd2 Re8 18. Bd4 Qh3 19. f3 Re6 20. e4 a6 21. Qg2 Qh6 22. g4 Rae8 23. Rf2 Qg5 24. Qg3 Qb5 25. h4 Qd3 26. Kh2 b5 27. a3 Rc8 28. h5 a5 29. Qf4 b4 30. axb4 axb4 31. Ra7 1-0 [Event "TCh-RUS Men 2016"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2016.05.08"] [Round "8.1"] [White "Oparin, Grigoriy"] [Black "Tomashevsky, Evgeny"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2575"] [BlackElo "2722"] [ECO "A05"] [Opening "Reti opening"] [EventDate "2016.05.01"] [Board "3"] [BlackTeam "Siberia"] [WhiteTeam "Zhiguli"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 c5 3. c4 Nc6 4. Bg2 g6 5. Nc3 d6 6. d4 cxd4 7. Nxd4 Bd7 8. O-O Bg7 9. Nc2 O-O 10. b3 a6 11. Bd2 Rb8 12. a4 Qc8 13. Re1 Bh3 14. Bh1 Qd7 15. Rc1 Rfc8 16. Ne3 Be6 17. Ned5 Bxd5 18. Nxd5 Nxd5 19. Bxd5 b5 20. cxb5 axb5 21. b4 bxa4 22. Qxa4 Ne5 23. Qxd7 Nxd7 24. Bg2 Nb6 25. Rxc8+ Rxc8 26. Be3 Rb8 27. Rc1 Bf6 28. Rc7 d5 29. Rc6 Nd7 30. Rc7 Nb6 31. Bc5 e6 32. Rc6 Nd7 33. Bd6 Rb6 34. Rxb6 Nxb6 35. b5 Bd4 36. e4 dxe4 37. Bxe4 f5 38. Bc2 Kf7 39. Bb3 Nd7 40. Bc7 Ke7 41. Kf1 g5 42. h3 Nb6 43. Ke2 Kd7 44. Bb8 Nc8 45. Bc4 Nd6 46. Bxd6 1/2-1/2 [Event "TCh-RUS Men 2016"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2016.05.08"] [Round "8.1"] [White "Rublevsky, Sergei"] [Black "Predke, Alexandr"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2692"] [BlackElo "2535"] [ECO "C28"] [Opening "Vienna game"] [EventDate "2016.05.01"] [Board "4"] [BlackTeam "Zhiguli"] [WhiteTeam "Siberia"] 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d3 Na5 5. Nge2 Nxc4 6. dxc4 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. Ng3 d6 9. b3 c6 10. a4 Qa5 11. Qe1 Qc7 12. Ba3 a6 13. Qe2 Bg4 14. Qe3 Rfe8 15. h3 Be6 16. Rfd1 Rad8 17. Rd3 d5 18. Bxe7 Rxe7 19. exd5 cxd5 20. cxd5 Nxd5 21. Nxd5 Rxd5 22. Rxd5 Bxd5 23. Rd1 Rd7 24. c4 Bc6 25. Rxd7 Bxd7 26. Nh5 Bf5 27. Nf4 f6 28. Nd5 Qd7 29. Qc5 Bc2 30. Nb6 Qd1+ 31. Kh2 Qd4 32. Qc8+ Kf7 33. Qxb7+ Kg6 34. Kg1 Qd1+ 35. Kh2 Qd4 36. Kg1 Qd1+ 37. Kh2 1/2-1/2 [Event "TCh-RUS Men 2016"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2016.05.08"] [Round "8.1"] [White "Frolyanov, Dmitry"] [Black "Korobov, Anton"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2550"] [BlackElo "2674"] [ECO "C11"] [Opening "French"] [Variation "Steinitz, Boleslavsky variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.01"] [Board "5"] [BlackTeam "Siberia"] [WhiteTeam "Zhiguli"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 Be7 8. dxc5 Nxc5 9. Be2 O-O 10. O-O b6 11. Qe1 f5 12. exf6 Bxf6 13. Rd1 Qe7 14. Bb5 Bb7 15. Bxc6 Bxc6 16. Bd4 Rad8 17. Qe3 Bb7 18. Ne5 Rfe8 19. Rf2 Rc8 20. Rfd2 Ba8 21. a3 Nb7 22. Nb5 Nc5 23. Nc3 Nb7 24. Nb5 Nc5 25. Nc3 Nb7 1/2-1/2 [Event "TCh-RUS Men 2016"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2016.05.08"] [Round "8.1"] [White "Kokarev, Dmitry"] [Black "Brodsky, Michail"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2622"] [BlackElo "2544"] [ECO "B48"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Taimanov variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.01"] [Board "6"] [BlackTeam "Zhiguli"] [WhiteTeam "Siberia"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Qf3 Nf6 8. O-O-O d6 9. Qg3 Bd7 10. f3 Rc8 11. Kb1 h5 12. Nxc6 Bxc6 13. Bf4 h4 14. Qe1 Be7 15. Qd2 Rd8 16. Bd3 b5 17. Rhe1 Rh5 18. g4 hxg3 19. hxg3 b4 20. Ne2 e5 21. g4 Rh3 22. Ng1 Rh8 23. Bg3 a5 24. Ne2 Nd7 25. Rh1 Rg8 26. Bf2 Nf8 27. Ng3 Ne6 28. Be3 d5 29. exd5 Bxd5 30. Qf2 Qc6 31. Qe2 Kf8 32. Ne4 Nc7 33. Bc1 a4 34. Qh2 Qe6 35. c4 bxc3 36. Nxc3 Bxf3 37. Bf5 Qc6 38. Rxd8+ Bxd8 39. Re1 f6 40. Re3 Be7 41. Ne4 Bxe4+ 42. Bxe4 Qd7 43. Qc2 Bd6 44. g5 Rh8 45. Bc6 Qg4 46. Bxa4 Rh1 47. Rd3 Qb4 48. a3 Qb6 49. Bc6 Rh4 1-0 [Event "TCh-RUS Men 2016"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2016.05.08"] [Round "8.2"] [White "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Black "Kamsky, Gata"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2703"] [BlackElo "2670"] [ECO "B31"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack (with ...g6, without ...d6)"] [EventDate "2016.05.01"] [Board "1"] [BlackTeam "Ladya"] [WhiteTeam "Legacy"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. Bxc6 bxc6 5. O-O Bg7 6. Re1 Nh6 7. c3 O-O 8. h3 f5 9. e5 Nf7 10. d4 cxd4 11. cxd4 Bb7 12. Nc3 c5 13. dxc5 Qc7 14. Bf4 Qxc5 15. Qxd7 Bxf3 16. gxf3 Qc4 17. e6 Qxf4 18. exf7+ Rxf7 19. Nd5 Qg5+ 20. Kf1 e5 21. Qe6 Rf8 22. Rac1 Kh8 23. Rc8 Rxc8 24. Qxc8+ Rf8 25. Qe6 Qh4 26. Kg2 e4 27. f4 Bxb2 28. Re2 Bg7 29. Rc2 Bd4 30. Rd2 Bg7 31. Rc2 Bd4 32. Rd2 Bg7 1/2-1/2 [Event "TCh-RUS Men 2016"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2016.05.08"] [Round "8.2"] [White "Artemiev, Vladislav"] [Black "Inarkiev, Ernesto"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2669"] [BlackElo "2686"] [ECO "A20"] [Opening "English opening"] [EventDate "2016.05.01"] [Board "2"] [BlackTeam "Legacy"] [WhiteTeam "Ladya"] 1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 h6 4. a3 d6 5. Nc3 g6 6. d3 a5 7. Nf3 Bg7 8. O-O O-O 9. Rb1 Be6 10. b4 axb4 11. axb4 c6 12. Bd2 Nbd7 13. Qc1 Kh7 14. e4 Nh5 15. Qc2 f5 16. exf5 gxf5 17. Rfe1 Qf6 18. Nh4 Qf7 19. Bh3 Rae8 20. Re2 Kh8 21. b5 f4 22. Bxe6 Rxe6 23. bxc6 bxc6 24. g4 f3 25. Re3 e4 26. Rxe4 Ndf6 27. Rxe6 Qxe6 28. Ng6+ Kg8 29. h3 Nxg4 30. Nxf8 Qf5 31. Rb8 Bxf8 32. Ne4 Qg6 33. Ng3 Nxf2 34. Rxf8+ Kxf8 35. Bxh6+ Qxh6 36. Qxf2 Qc1+ 37. Qf1 Nxg3 0-1 [Event "TCh-RUS Men 2016"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2016.05.08"] [Round "8.2"] [White "Najer, Evgeniy"] [Black "Timofeev, Artyom"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2681"] [BlackElo "2598"] [ECO "C10"] [Opening "French"] [Variation "Rubinstein variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.01"] [Board "3"] [BlackTeam "Ladya"] [WhiteTeam "Legacy"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Bd3 c5 7. O-O Nxe4 8. Bxe4 Nf6 9. Bg5 Be7 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. Qe2 f5 12. Bd3 cxd4 13. Rad1 O-O 14. c3 Bf6 15. Nxd4 Qb6 16. Bc4 Kh8 17. Rd3 Qc7 18. Rh3 Rg8 19. Rd1 Bd7 20. Nxf5 exf5 21. Rxh7+ Kxh7 22. Qh5+ Kg7 23. Qxf7+ Kh6 24. Qxf6+ Rg6 25. Qh4+ Kg7 26. Qe7+ Kh6 27. Rxd7 Qxc4 28. Qh7+ Kg5 29. Rd4 1-0 [Event "TCh-RUS Men 2016"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2016.05.08"] [Round "8.2"] [White "Sharafiev, Azat"] [Black "Zvjaginsev, Vadim"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2435"] [BlackElo "2672"] [ECO "C03"] [Opening "French"] [Variation "Tarrasch"] [EventDate "2016.05.01"] [Board "4"] [BlackTeam "Legacy"] [WhiteTeam "Ladya"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 a6 4. Ngf3 c5 5. exd5 exd5 6. dxc5 Bxc5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. Bd3 Nf6 9. O-O O-O 10. Nbd4 Nc6 11. h3 Nxd4 12. Nxd4 Re8 13. Re1 Bd7 14. c3 Qb6 15. Qb3 Bc5 16. Be3 Qd6 17. Nc2 b6 18. Rad1 g6 19. Be2 a5 20. a3 a4 21. Qa2 Bxe3 22. Nxe3 Rxe3 23. fxe3 Bxh3 24. Bf3 Qg3 25. Re2 Re8 26. Rf1 Bf5 27. Ree1 Re4 28. b4 Rh4 29. Rd1 Ne4 30. Bxe4 Bxe4 31. Rf2 Rh5 32. Qd2 Rh2 33. c4 Qh4 0-1 [Event "TCh-RUS Men 2016"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2016.05.08"] [Round "8.2"] [White "Malakhov, Vladimir"] [Black "Faizrakhmanov, Ramil"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2703"] [BlackElo "2422"] [ECO "A07"] [Opening "Reti"] [Variation "King's Indian attack, Yugoslav variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.01"] [Board "5"] [BlackTeam "Ladya"] [WhiteTeam "Legacy"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c6 4. O-O Bg4 5. d3 Nbd7 6. Nbd2 e5 7. h3 Bxf3 8. Nxf3 Bc5 9. e3 O-O 10. b3 Qe7 11. a3 e4 12. Nd4 exd3 13. Qxd3 Ne5 14. Qe2 a5 15. a4 g6 16. Bb2 Rfe8 17. Rab1 Rad8 18. Ba1 Ne4 19. c4 Nf6 20. Rfd1 dxc4 21. bxc4 Bb4 22. g4 h6 23. Nf3 Nfd7 24. Nxe5 Nxe5 25. f4 Nd7 26. e4 f6 27. Qc2 Nf8 28. e5 fxe5 29. fxe5 Rxd1+ 30. Rxd1 Qg5 31. Rf1 Bc5+ 32. Kh1 Ne6 33. Rf6 Nf4 34. Bc3 Rxe5 35. Bxe5 Qxe5 36. Rxf4 Qxf4 37. Qxg6+ Kf8 38. Qf5+ Qxf5 39. gxf5 Ke7 40. Bf3 Kf6 41. Bg4 Ke5 42. f6 Kxf6 1/2-1/2 [Event "TCh-RUS Men 2016"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2016.05.08"] [Round "8.2"] [White "Samusenko, Maksim"] [Black "Popov, Ivan"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2329"] [BlackElo "2645"] [ECO "A45"] [Opening "Queen's pawn game"] [EventDate "2016.05.01"] [Board "6"] [BlackTeam "Legacy"] [WhiteTeam "Ladya"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. h3 O-O 6. Nf3 a6 7. Be2 b5 8. e5 Nfd7 9. Qd2 Bb7 10. Qe3 c5 11. dxc5 dxe5 12. Nxe5 b4 13. Na4 Nxe5 14. Bxe5 Bxe5 15. Qxe5 Bxg2 16. Rg1 Nd7 17. Qd4 Bc6 18. Qxb4 Rb8 19. Nb6 Nxb6 20. cxb6 Rxb6 21. Qa3 Be4 22. Bd3 Bf3 23. Rg3 Rf6 24. Kf1 Ba8 25. Re1 Qd4 26. Re2 Bf3 27. Re3 Bc6 28. Qc3 Qf4 29. Qe1 Rd8 30. Kg1 h5 31. Be4 Rd1 32. Qxd1 Qxf2+ 33. Kh1 Bxe4+ 34. Rxe4 Qxg3 35. Rxe7 Rf2 0-1


  


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