Vanya Somov’s Memorial 2011

Young chess stars compete in Kirishi on 8-19th May

The 9th International youth tournament “Young Stars of the World” in memory of Vanya Somov takes place in Kirishi, 8th-19th of May, 2011. Twelve young players from four countries compete in the round robin tournament which is valid for the IM norm. Top seeded is Russian IM Alexei Goganov (2469).

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FM Alekseenko, Kirill (RUS) born 1997, elo 2317

Atabayev, Maksat (TKM) born 1994, elo 2335

FM Atabayev, Yusup (TKM) born 1994, elo 2298

IM Bajarani, Ulvi (AZE) born 1995, elo 2437

WFM Stjazhkina, Anna (RUS) born 1997, elo 2026

Eliseev, Urii (RUS) born 1996, elo 2359

IM Goganov Alexei (RUS) born 1991, elo 2469

FM Grigoryan, Karen (ARM) born 1995, elo 2463

IM Mammadov, Zaur (AZE) born 1994, elo 2379

Smirnov Vladislav (RUS) born 1994, elo 1957

IM Stukopin, Andrey (RUS) born 1994, elo 2475

Usmanov, Vasily (RUS) born 1996, elo 2289

The tournament is accompanied with numerous sports and cultural happenings. Organizing Committee is headed by the governor of Leningrad region Valery Serdyukov, Tournament Director is the Honoured Coach of Russia IGM ICCF Gennady Nesis, chief arbiter is IA J.D.Zinder, a veteran of the World War II.

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About Vanya Somov

by the tournament director Gennady Nesis

The “World’s Youth Stars” chess tournament is devoted to the memory of Vanya Somov (20 February 20th, 1990 – July 31st 2002). He could have rightfully been a participant of this representative competition. But Vanya’s star burned brightly and faded away having no time to shine in the sky if chess.

Though young, he was a rightful member of the team of the World champion 1999 Alexander Khalifman at the World Championship in Las Vegas, at the biggest International tournament in Linares (2000) at the math play with the leading young grandmaster of the world P. Leko in Budapest (2000).

In his chess biography he took part in such bright events as the Youth Championship of Russia (Sochi-2002), World Junior Championship (Spain-2000), International chess tournaments in Helsinki, Dortmund, Maintz, Sankt-Ingbert. He played for his school, town and Leningrad Region at the All-Russia’s competitions, twice he became the winner of chess tasks and etudes in the Academy of Chess Art in St. Petersburg.