Mind games: Burmarkin (center) storms to victory

Locals dominate chess tournament

By Sarah Hurst

St Petersburg's chess players conquered opponents from all corners of the CIS at the Chigorin Memorial Tournament held in the city last week.

The winner, Vladimir Burmakin, finished with seven points out of a possible nine and received a prize of $3,000.

He learnt his swindles and gambits on the chequered board in his native St Petersburg although he has recently moved even further north to Arkhangelsk.

Another St Petersburg grandmaster, Konstantin Shakayov, shared second place with international masters Bezgodov and Chernayev, on six-and-a-half points. Shakayov, 21, was a bronze medallist in the chess Olympiad held in Moscow last December.

The Olympiad is an competition between teams from all over the world.

The Chigorin Memorial Tournament this year had 78 contestants, including 15 grandmasters.

The youngest was St Petersburg's Boris Bukh, 11, who finished on a respectable three points.

The annual tournament is nominally international but the only participant from outside the CIS was a relatively weak player from Switzerland.

© 1995 St Petersburg Press