The first in our career mass trip of Lviv group abroad , was participation in tournament Cappelle la Grande in France. Having agreed it with organizers, I persuaded parents to support this trip. In 2005 with orange scarfs (exactly after Orange revolution in Ukraine) we triumphantly went to conquest the Europe! The way to the tournament place went through Paris or Brussels. We never waste the chance to take benefit of this undoubted plus, our company always tried to arrive one day prior and enjoy sightseeing.
The beauty of Brussels (Hrabinska, Matseyko, Chulivska)
The charm of spring Paris
Since that time this competition became traditional piligrim destination for the group of Lviv grandmasters and masters. Exactly here many of them gained their title norms, and in 2009 Yuri Vovk left it with main Cup of grandious festival. For those who didn’t read yet his detailed review about the victory - I highly recommend it. The only problem it’s not translated in English yet, but it will be – I promise.
Few days ago this famous tournament celebrated its 26th birthday. This time I broke 5-year tradition since I could not play in it. So I will share my nostalgia about its peculiarities. Good organization, about 100 grandmasters in event, famous French cuisine and pleasant communication at dinner with French wine. Specific pairing of this tournament is aimed to let title players play with each other from the first rounds and give them chance to gain the next possible chess title. In last year Yuri Vovk and Andrei Grekh met already in the first round. I will not repeat again how it resulted for Yuriy. Today Andrei Grekh gave again a start push but for Yuriy Kryvoruchko this time. In general there were not much sensations on 1st round. Players with higher ratings easily won against players with lower ratings. Let us add some mathematics of 1st round. Here are the pairs of players who were most interesting to me.
KRYVORUCHKO Yuriy 2602 1-0 GREKH Andrey 2352
OLEKSIENKO Mikhailo 2546 1-0 RAYKHMAN Alexander 2319
VOVK Yuri 2546 1-0 WANTIEZ Fabrice 2315
KRAVTSIV Martyn 2543 1/2 NILSSON Sebastian 2312
AMBARTSUMOVA Karina 2297 0-1 ZHEREBUKH Yaroslav 2527
LEON HOYOS Manuel 2516 1-0 CHULIVSKA Vita 2290
VOVK Andrey 2512 1-0 HOURIEZ Clement 2278
TRUWANT Pieter 1956 0-1 MACKINNON Keith 2155
Mexican second of Ivanchuk defeated Vita Chulivska. Let you not me surprised by new name in this list Mackinnon Keith - he is my new student from Canada, so I am his fan as well. Martyn missed half point. Maybe he still cannot forget Indian exotics. Traditionally I give link to official site and also on-line translation. Tomorrow evening Andrei Vovk will annoy to top rating holder Ivan Sokolov. Yuriy Vovk in his turn is going to make pressure on tournament’s veteran Igor Naumkin. I will never forget the blissful answer he gave once, after being asked whether he won his game: “How can one win here – everybody plays so strong!” This sounded especially amazing if take into account all 700 participants on tournament.
Friendly Lviv company (Oleksienko, Vovk, Zherebukh, Kravtsiv, Hrabinska, Grabinsky, Chulivska, Kryvoruchko) strengthen by Valeriy Aveskulov.
Me, my wife and Notre Damme de Paris behind us. (surprise for her on Valentine's day)