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Korobov and Buksa are the 2018 Ukrainian Champions

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Korobov and Buksa are the 2018 Ukrainian Champions

GM Anton Korobov & IM Nataliya Buksa are the  Ukrainian Champions for 2018.

IM Nataliya Buksa, & GM Anton Korobov. Photo credit Ukrainian Chess Federation website.
IM Nataliya Buksa, & GM Anton Korobov. Photo credit Ukrainian Chess Federation website.

Ukraine organised it’s National Championship from 10th to 20th December 2018  at the Hotel Raziotel in the capital city Kiev.  The event had 10 players in each section who played a round robin.

The playing hall. Photo credit Ukrainian Chess Federation website.
The playing hall. Photo credit Ukrainian Chess Federation website.

The average rating of the Open section was 2603!  Six of the ten player had a rating above 2600.

Mariya Muzychuk who is a former World Champion and her sister Anna Muzychuk missed the event.  The other star missing was the charming Natalia Zhukova.

Anton Korobov has now won the Ukrainian Championship for the third time (2002, 2012 & 2018).

IM Nataliya Buksa who recently married Azerbaijani GM Rauf Mamedov, won her first Ukrainian Championship title.

Anton Korobov v Ruslan Ponomariov

Natalia Buksa v Olga Babiy

Interesting facts about Ukraine

Ukraine is the only member of Zone 1.9.

There are about 85 Grandmasters and 198 International Masters in Ukraine.

GM Ruslan Ponomariov is the youngest World Champion in the history of chess 2002 – 2004.

Ukraine has produced two Ladies World Champions – Anna Ushenina (2012-13) and Mariya Muzychuk (2015-16).

GM Sergey Karjakin was born in Ukraine before he changed his federation to Russia.  He became a GM at the age of 12, a record that still stands.

Kateryna Lagno was also a player from Ukraine who changed her federation to Russia.  Kateryna is one of the top players in the world and lost in the 2018 finals to Ju Wenjun of China.

GM Vassily Ivanchuk is the most experienced Ukrainian player.  He is probably one of the best known GM’s in the world.

Sergey Bubka held the record in the pole vault from 1993 to 2014.

Ukraine have an embassy in Nairobi.

Capital of Ukraine is Kiev.

The currency is Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH)

Population is 45 million with about 77% Ukrainians and 13% Russians.

Declaration of Independence from the USSR was on 24th August 1991.

Ukrainian is written in a version of Cyrillic, consisting of 33 letters

The Ukrainian alphabet
А а Б б В в Г г Ґ ґ Д д Е е Є є Ж ж З з И и
І і Ї ї Й й К к Л л М м Н н О о П п Р р С с
Т т У у Ф ф Х х Ц ц Ч ч Ш ш Щ щ Ь ь Ю ю Я я

Links

Official website of the Ukrainian Chess Federation – Ukraine Chess Federation.