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Four leaders after five rounds in Russian Higher League

The 66th Russian Higher League Championship for Men and the 63rd Russian Higher League for Women are taking place on 19th-30th June in Yekaterinburg, the fourth largest city in Russia.

Both events are 9 round Swiss opens. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes until the end of the game, with 30 seconds increments from move one.

The five first places will qualify to the Russian Superfinal later this year.

The prize fund amounts to 2.500.000 rubles in the men’s event, and to 500.000 rubles in the female tournament. The firt placed participants will get 500.000 and 100.000 rubles, respectively.

After five rounds, four players are sharing first place in the men’s section. The surprising member of this group is IM Aleksey Goganov, who has a 2562 Elo rating. He is joined by Ernesto Inarkiev, Denis Khismatullin and Boris Grachev.

The strong field has left strong players such as Evgeny Tomashevsky, Dmitry Jakovenko, Alexander Riazantsev and Ian Nepomniachtchi half a point behind. Full standings below.

Tomorrow will be a rest day.

Jakovenko - Khismatullin

Jakovenko – Khismatullin

Aleksey Goganov

Aleksey Goganov

Evgeny Alekseev

Evgeny Alekseev

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Standings after 5 rounds:

1 Inarkiev, Ernesto 2680 4
2 Goganov, Aleksey 2562 4
3 Khismatullin, Denis 2658 4
4 Grachev, Boris 2683 4
5 Jakovenko, Dmitry 2713
6 Motylev, Alexander 2655
7 Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2709
8 Shimanov, Aleksandr 2664
9 Riazantsev, Alexander 2708
10 Shomoev, Anton 2565
11 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2717
12 Matlakov, Maxim 2665 3
13 Demchenko, Anton 2639 3
14 Vitiugov, Nikita 2734 3
15 Dubov, Daniil 2638 3
16 Prizant, Jaroslav 2515 3
17 Alekseev, Evgeny 2714 3
18 Khairullin, Ildar 2658 3
19 Sjugirov, Sanan 2647 3
20 Popov, Ivan 2632 3
21 Ovetchkin, Roman 2529
22 Iskusnyh, Sergei 2489
23 Oparin, Grigoriy 2497
24 Gordievsky, Dmitry 2474
25 Gabrielian, Artur 2545
26 Predke, Alexandr 2492
27 Ponkratov, Pavel 2605
28 Lysyj, Igor 2656
29 Kokarev, Dmitry 2639
30 Najer, Evgeniy 2633
31 Panarin, Mikhail 2565
32 Artemiev, Vladislav 2524
33 Eliseev, Urii 2557
34 Vokarev, Sergey 2472 2
35 Dvoirys, Semen I. 2533 2
36 Voitsekhovsky, Stanislav 2523 2
37 Sek, Konstantin 2463 2
38 Egorov, Dmitry 2355 2
39 Moiseenko, Vadim 2473
40 Korniushin, Nikolay 2373
41 Kozlitin, Roman 2361
42 Airapetian, Gor 2448
43 Ulanov, Alexandr 2425
44 Nozdrachev, Leonid 2389
45 Levin, Evgeny A. 2512
46 Kruchev, Boris 2272
47 Yuferev, Oleg 2284 1
48 Ovod, Evgenija 2387 1
49 Khegay, Dmitriy 2349 1
50 Shishigin, Dmitry 2230 0

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