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Ruslan Ponomariov is new Ukrainian Champion

The 80th Ukrainian Chess Championship was held from 9th to 21st June

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Ruslan Ponomariov

The 80th Ukrainian Chess Championship was held from 9th to 21st June at the Ukrainian House in Kiev. Out of 12 participants of the round-robin event 3 grandmasters have the ELO rating higher than 2700 and 6 participants have the ELO rating higher than 2600.

The average rating of 2650,5, which corresponds to the 17th FIDE category, makes the event the strongest Championship ever in the history of independent Ukraine.

Former World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov won the last two games and convincingly took the first place with 8.5 points, full point ahead of the second placed Pavel Eljanov. The prize fund amounted to 51.000 EUR.

Final standings:

1. GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2754 – 8.5

2. GM Eljanov Pavel 2712 – 7.5

3. GM Efimenko Zahar 2701 – 7.0

4. GM Moiseenko Alexander 2679 – 7.0

5. GM Volokitin Andrei 2677 – 6.5

6. GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy 2640 – 6.0

7. GM Areshchenko Alexander 2694 – 5.0

8. GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij 2651 – 5.0

9. GM Korobov Anton 2660 – 4.5

10. GM Vysochin Spartak 2529 – 4.0

11. GM Vovk Yuri 2550 – 2.5

12. GM Kovchan Alexander 2558 – 2.5

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