St. Petersburg beats Paris 2.5-1.5 Print
Friday, 30 May 2003 00:00
On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg, an Internet and live video match was held on 27th May between St. Petersburg and Paris which the Russian City won 2.5-1.5. Attending the celebration were FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of the Republic of Kalmykia, Russian Chess Federation President Alexander Zhukov, Chairman of the Budget Committee of the Dumas, and Russian Chess Federation Vice-Presidents Valery Bovayev and S. Serdiukov, General Director of Lentransgas. On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg, an Internet and live video match was held on 27th May between St. Petersburg and Paris which the Russian City won 2.5-1.5. Attending the celebration were FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of the Republic of Kalmykia, Russian Chess Federation President Alexander Zhukov, Chairman of the Budget Committee of the Dumas, and Russian Chess Federation Vice-Presidents Valery Bovayev and S. Serdiukov, General Director of Lentransgas. The St. Petersburg team was playing at the modern International Press-Center while the French team was playing in the NAO Chess Club in Paris. The moves were transmitted via Internet as video images of the chess players and spectators were broadcast on the special video channel. The St. Petersburg team was composed of 1. Alexander Khalifman - World Champion 1999, member Olympic Champion team. 2. Peter Svidler - Russian Champion, member, Olympic Champion team. 3. Victor Korchnoi - challenger for the World Championship, member Olympic Champion team. 4. Konstantin Sakaev - Russian Champion, member, Olympiad Champion team. The Paris team consisted of: 1. Vladimir Kramnik - Russian Champion 2. Teimur Radzhabov - participant of the World Cup Final 2002. 3. Laurent Fressinet - Paris Champion 2002. 4. Sergey Karjakin - the youngest grandmaster in the world (13 years old). St. Petersburg won the match 2.5 - 1.5 as follows: 1. Karjakin - Sakaev 0.5-0.5 2. Korchnoi - Svidler 1-0 3. Radzhabov - Svidler 0.5-0.5 4. Khalifman - Kramnik 0.5-0.5 Time control was 15 minutes plus 15 seconds for every move. The Chief Arbiter was the International Arbiter Geurt Gijssen of Netherlands. Games were played one at a time. FIDE President H.E. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Russian Chess Federation President Alexander Zhukov, former World Champions Anatoly Karpov and Boris Spassky, GM`s Victor Korchnoi and Mark Taimanov answered questions of journalists at the press conference after the match. They welcomed the new technology. &quotFIDE &quotChief &quotFIDE
 
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