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Victorie autohtonă la Memorialul „Veaceslav Cebanenco“

February 20th, 2012 No comments

În finala memorialului „Veaceslav Cebanenco”, disputat în weekend Chişinău, s-au confruntat moldoveanul Viorel Bologan şi neamţul Arkadij Naiditsch, iar învingător a devenit jucătorul din Moldova.

Campionul a încasat 32.000 de lei, iar adversarul său – 20.000 de lei. Locul trei i-a revenit lui Vasile Sanduleac din Bălţi, care a câştigat 18.000 de lei.

Ceremonia de premiere a avut loc duminică, pe 19 februarie, când regretatul antrenor, căruia îi este dedicat turneul, ar fi împlinit 70 de ani. Deşi competiţia se desfăşoară deja de 15 ani, este prima dată când numărul participanţilor şi premiile acordate sunt atât de mari.

În etapa de calificare au participat 68 de sportivi, dintre care doar patru au acces în faza finală. Este vorba de Vasile Sanduleac, marii maeştri internaţionali Aleksandr Savcenko din Ucraina, moldoveanul Victor Comliacov – elevul lui Veaceslav Cebanenco stabilit la Moscova, şi maestrul FIDE Alexandru Ogleznev din Chişinău. Toţi patru au acumulat câte 5,5 puncte din şapte posibile.

După calificări a avut loc şi un simultan la 40 de mese, dat de Anatoli Karpov şi Viorel Bologan. La finele jocului au fost consemnate 34 de victorii ale marilor maeştri şi şase rezultate de egalitate. Una din remize a fost obţinută de echipa formată din campioana Moldovei la juniori Gabriela Cazacu (14 ani), vicecampionul european Nichita Morozov (10 ani) şi deputatul Igor Dodon, preşedintele Federaţiei de Şah.

Duminică, în concurs au intrat principalii favoriţi ai competiţiei: georgianul Baadur Jobava, campion european la şah rapid în 2011, Arkadij Naiditsh (Germania), campion european în concursul pe echipe în 2011, Aleksandr Reazanţev (Rusia), campion european la juniori şi Viorel Bologan, cel mai bun şahist moldovean.

Participantul cu cea mai bună poziţionare în clasamentul internaţional este Aleksandr Reazanţev, locul 33 în luna ianuarie.

Antrenorul emerit Veaceslav Cebanenco (1942-1997) este considerat un patriarh al şahului din Moldova. El a educat 23 d jucători talentaţi precum Viorel Bologan, Viorel Iordăchescu, Doru Rogozenco, Victor Comleacov, Vadim Cernov şi alţii. Este autorul deschiderilor „Tangoul cailor” şi „Sistemul Cebanenco” în Apărarea Slavă.

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In memoriam. Cuvânt despre antrenorul meu

February 23rd, 2010 No comments

Pe 19 februarie, Patriarhul şahului naţional, ilustrul antrenor, teoretician şi pedagog  Veaceslav Cebanenco ar fi împlinit 68 de ani. Minunatul meu antrenor şi îndrumător a lansat în şahul de performanţă jucători talentaţi, printre aceştia fiind Victor Gavrikov, Viorel Iordăchescu, Doru Rogozenco, Victor Comleacov, Vladislav Nevednicii, Gherman Titov, Irina Zac, Marina Şeremetiev, Irina Brandis-Ionescu, Ina Brandis, Mihail Oratovschi, Boris Itchis, Bogdan Pavlenco, Nataşa Mareacre ş.a.

Dumnezeu l-a înzestrat pe Veaceslav Cebanenco cu o gândire originală, care l-a ajutat să inventeze numeroase idei teoretice interesante şi preţioase. Read more…

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Viktor Bologan and the Chebanenko Slav

February 18th, 2009 No comments

Recently we found a book entitled The Chebanenko Slav according to Bologan. The author is Moldavia GM Viktor Bologan, who looks back on a two decade long career, which includes a 2003 Dortmund triumph ahead of Anand and Kramnik. That came, incidentally, after a ten-day training session with Garry Kasparov. Read all about it in this Bisik-Bisik session with Edwin Lam.

Bisik-Bisik with GM Victor Bologan

By Edwin Lam Choong Wai

Bisik-Bisik is a word from the Malay Archipelago, and means the act of “whispering” from one person to another. In his interviews Edwin Lam seeks to “whisper” to all our readers out there the previously unknown other side of his interview partners.

Victor (Viorel) Bologan, rated 2687, is a well-known grandmaster from Moldovia. Born on December 14th, 1971 in Kishinev, Moldavia, Bologan has won amongst others the following top-rated events: Chess960 (Fischer Random Chess) tournament at the 2007 Chess Classic in Mainz (ahead of Kamsky, Ivanchuk, Volokitin and Navara); the 2005 Canadian Open Chess Championship; the 2005 6th Karpov Tournament (tied with Bacrot and ahead of Grischuk and Dreev); the 2003 Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund (ahead of Kramnik, Anand, Radjabov and Leko); the 2003 Aeroflot Open; and the 1997 New York Open Tournament (tied with Krasenkow).

Bologan recently penned a book entitled The Chebanenko Slav according to Bologan. Some of you may wonder what is the Chebanenko Slav about? It is a system in the Slav Defence with 4… a6 and was introduced into practice by various Moldavian masters in the 1970s. Today it is a favorite of many of the world’s super-GMs, amongst them Shirov, Dreev, Morozevich, Kamsky and Karjakin, just to name a few. The Chebanenko Slav was invented by the Kishinev Master, Vyacheslav Chebanenko (1942–1997).

Vyacheslav Chebanenko, or “the Doctor”, is a very well known theoretician and trainer, who counts amongst his students the likes of Bologan, Gavrikov, Komliakov, Rogozenko, Gavrikov and many others. As an openings’ theoretician, the Doctor’s moment of fame also include the opening bomb that was used on none other than the great Fischer in the first game of the 1971 Candidates Final. As Petrosian described later in the magazine 64, a letter had been written by Chebanenko and was addressed to the winner of the Petrosian-Korchnoi Candidates Semi-Final match. Chebanenko had worked out the details of the d5 variation that was later seen in the first game of the Fischer-Petrosian 1971 match… Alas, Fischer would have been the victim of Chebanenko’s innovation had Petrosian not failed to follow the analysis in the crucial moment…

Edwin Lam: At what age did you learn to play the game of chess?

GM Victor Bologan: I was seven years of age when my father taught me how to play chess.

Who was your chess hero? Karpov?

Yes, Karpov was one of them while Capablanca was the other one.

Can you share with us the name of your first-ever chess book?

It was the classic, Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953 by David Bronstein.

Was Chebanenko your first formal coach in the game?

No, that was Ion Solonar. I started to work with him when I was almost ten years old. I only started to work with Chebanenko when I was 15.

In your recent book, you recalled how the “Doctor” would dictate moves of opening ideas for his students, which included you, for analysis. Thus, can I say that the focus in your early chess training were mostly on openings?

While openings occupied a significant part of our preparation with Chebanenko, I must say that he also had a very good course of positional lessons, too.

How would you describe a typical chess training day with Chebanenko?

Normally I would come to his studio where he would first show me some of his new ideas. Then, we’d get down to analyzing these ideas – we would sometimes record the ideas that we were very sure of. This would normally take up about half of the day and very often the chess training day would include lunch or dinner, too.

When did you make your big breakthrough in tournament chess? 1985?

In my more than two decade long career as a player I went through several periods of breakthroughs in competitive chess, namely in the years 1991, 1997, 2000 and 2003.

Could you share with us a little bit more details on the specific competitive breakthroughs you made in those years?

In 1991, I played eight strong tournaments in a row, with GM norm possiblities. Out of eight possibilities I achieved four norms, and my rating went up to 2585 Elo. I rose to #52 in the world. In 1997 I jointly won the New York Open with Krasenkow with an 8/9 score. In the year 2000, I won or shared first place four tournaments in a row, which then brought me to a 2684 Elo rating. My world ranking rose to #19. In 2003, I won the Aeroflot Open and then I had a session with Garry Kasparov. I won Dortmund 2003 after that.

You worked with Garry Kasparov before you won Dortmund 2003? Was it because of the training with him?

The session was about ten days long and it definitely helped to improve my chess. We worked on openings and played blitz games.

You won in Dortmund ahead of none other than Kramnik and Anand. Would you consider that to be the highest point in your chess career?

Besides having won or shared the first place in another 40 international tournaments, Dortmund 2003 remains the biggest achievement in my career.

You are described as someone with great fighting spirit. Is your chess style reflective of this?

It does come from my character, and of course, I am kind of a maximalist while at the same time I had been taught to work hard since I was young. Specifically on chess style, I am a universal player with a slight deviation towards active play.

Could you name us your most memorable chess game ever?

I will stick to the game I had with Anand (round 3 of Dortmund 2003), which I won. After the game I was completely wet from sweating!

You will turn 37 this year. What are your goals as a chess player, for 2009?

I am scheduled to play in the following strong events in 2009: the Russian Team Championship, Poikovskii, Mainz and Khanty-Mansiisk. My goal is to do my best in every game!

In recent years, you have authored two books: a selection of your best games and an opening guide. Will you be releasing a third chess book anytime soon?

Yes, there will be a new opening book coming your way in a few months’ time and I hope the readers will like it.

Are you also involved in any form of chess coaching? If not, are there any future plans to do so, perhaps, to set up a Chebanenko school of chess in Kishinev?

Actually I am moving back to Kishinev in March this year. From time to time I will provide consultation to young Moldavian players.

You were al-Modhiaki’s second in the recent FIDE Grand Prix. Is this the first time you’ve worked as a second?

My first and longest experience working as a second was with Alexei Shirov in the years from 1992 to 1996.

The Kamsky-Topalov match is under way. Who do you think will win?

I think the chances are 50-50 for both sides.

How would you describe Kamsky’s chess playing style? And, what about Topalov’s?

I had described Kamsky’s style to be like that of a python in my article in New in Chess magazine last year. Topalov’s style is definitely more dynamic and sharper.

In your opinion, what would be one major area of weakness in Topalov’s arsenal?

I think the weak point for Topalov can be in psychological preparation. He is very strong, psychologically, but I believe Kamsky is even stronger.

You mentioned in your book that Kamsky have been one of the most innovative in the Chebanenko. Kamsky and Topalov had also engaged in an important theoretical battle not too long back. In your opinion, will the Chebanenko appear in the match?

I am pretty sure that both teams would have studied this opening very thoroughly before the match, and there is very big chance to see some good games and novelties in the Chebanenko Variation in the match.

Anand won the Chess Oscars in May 2008. Who is your top pick to win the upcoming Chess Oscars?

I think it should again be Anand.

Lastly, besides chess, what are your other interests in life?

I like sports, reading and nice company!

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In memoriam: Un cuvînt despre antrenorul meu

February 13th, 2009 No comments

La 19 februarie, Patriarhul şahului naţional, ilustrul antrenor, teoretician şi pedagog Veaceslav Cebanenco ar fi împlinit 67 de ani. Minunatul meu antrenor şi îndrumător a lansat în şahul de performanţă jucători talentaţi, printre aceştia fiind Victor Gavricov, Viorel Iordăchescu, Doru Rogozenco, Victor Comleacov, Vladislav Nevednicii, Gherman Titov, Irina Zac, Marina Şeremetiev, Irina Brandis- Ionescu, Ina Brandis, Mihail Oratovschi, Boris Itchis, Bogdan Pavlenco, Nataşa Mereacre ş. a.
Dumnezeu l-a înzestrat pe Veaceslav Cebanenco cu o gândire originală, care l-a ajutat să inventeze numeroase idei teoretice interesante şi preţioase. A avut darul de anticipare în gândire. Lumea şahului încă mai continuă să descopere profunzimea ideilor sale. Multe dintre variantele analizate şi promovate de Veaceslav Andreevici au intrat ulterior în repertoriul jucătorilor din elita mondială. Marele nostru antrenor a fost înalt apreciat de Garri Kasparov, Anatoli Karpov, Tigran Petrosian, Mihail Tal, Marc Dvoreţki, Zigurd Lanka, Boris Gulko şi mulţi alţi experţi în materie de şah.
Veaceslav Cebanenco a elaborat un curs original de lecţii despre jocul poziţional, bazat pe următoarele teme: nebunii de culori şi câmpuri diferite, pionul izolat, slăbiciunea tactică, structura de pioni… Fondarea unei şcoli originale de interpretare a deschiderilor – iată realizarea fundamentală a lui V.Cebanenco. Astfel, el a contribuit magistral la perfecţionarea mutării a7-a6 din Apărarea slavă. Nici până azi, albul nu a găsit acolo avantaj. Direcţiile de bază, volens – nolens, rămân aceleaşi pe care noi, discipolii săi, le-am notat în blocnotesurile noastre vreo 20 de în urmă. Recent, celebrul şahist Garri Kasparov şi-a lansat capodopera sa „Anii 70: Gigantica revoluţie în domeniul deschiderilor”. În această monografie, Kasparov a consacrat teoreticianului moldovean Veaceslav Cebanenco un amplu capitol, întitulat „Linia Cebanenco”, unde Garri apreciază foarte înalt aportul antrenorului nostru la dezvoltarea teoriei şahului modern, în special, în Apărarea slavă, în care a fost elaborat sistemul a7 – a6. De fapt, întreaga teorie a lui Veaceslav Cebanenco s-a axat pe 3 piloni de bază: deschiderile, cultura gândirii şi strategia.
„GURU” meu spiritual iubea enorm de mult munca de creaţie. El a reuşit să descopere „pământuri de ţelină”. Veaceslav Andreevici ne oferea nouă, discipolilor, cunoştinţele în forma lor pură, primară, de aceea noi, fără eforturi deosebite, le însuşeam. Bunăoară, în 1991, eu am devenit mare maestru, exclusiv, în baza deschiderilor lui Cebanenco.
Fiind o personalitate inteligentă şi erudită, dânsul avea o concepţie originală asupra fenomenelor din lumea înconjurătoare, asupra sensului existenţei umane. Antrenorul meu medita cu mult tâlc asupra operelor lui Eminescu, Alecsandri, Bulgakov, Camus, Hemingway…
Veaceslav Cebanenco a fost unicul antrenor de mare valoare din Moldova, la care se puteau adresa tinerele talente ca să-şi aprofundeze cunoştinţele teoretice, să păşească convingător spre performanţe şi perfecţiune. Spre regret, nu i s-a conferit , în timpul vieţii, titlul de antrenor emerit al R. Moldova, lucru care poate ar putea fi reparat măcar acum, post – mortem.
Veaceslav Cebanenco ne-a altoit nouă, discipolilor, o dragoste nemărginită faţă de şah, de frumos, de inedit. A fost o fire sinceră, veselă, cu un fin simţ al umorului, cu un farmec deosebit. A lăsat, cu adevărat, în urma sa un zâmbet luminos.
Dumnezeu să-l odihnească în pace.

Viorel BOLOGAN, discipol al lui Veaceslav CEBANENCO, Mare Maestru Internaţional la şah