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Svidler and Gunina are 2013 Russian Champions

The Russian Championship Superfinal 2013 for men and women took place from 5th to 14th October at the State Historical and Architectural Museum in Nizhny Novgorod.

Both events were held according to round robin system with ten players. The total prize fund for both groups was 6 million RUB (approx 138,000 EUR).

Peter Svidler defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi in the rapid tie-break 1,5-0,5 to claim his seventh title of the Russian Champion. Svidler earlier won the Championships in 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2008 and 2011.

In the regular tournament, Svidler drew Sergey Karjakin in the final round to conclude the event with 6,5 points. Meanwhile, Nepomniachtchi and Vladimir Kramnik were involved in a game where only a victory would guarantee rapid playoff with Svidler. Kramnik achieved solid advantage with black piece but Nepo turned the tables and won a full point.

Valentina Gunina had to fend off the attacks of her main competitor Alexandra Kosteniuk before winning the title of Russian Women Champion with 7,0/9 points. Kosteniuk finished second with 6,5 points, while the last year champion Natalija Pogonina is third with 5,5 points.

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State Historical and Architectural Museum in Nizhny Novgorod

State Historical and Architectural Museum in Nizhny Novgorod

Final standings (men):

1-2. Peter Svidler 2740 and Ian Nepomniachtchi 2702 – 6,5
3-4. Vladimir Kramnik 2796 and Nikita Vitiugov 2729 – 5,5
5. Dmitry Andreikin 2706 – 5,0
6-7. Ernesto Inarkiev 2695 and Sergey Karjakin 2762 – 4,5
8. Aleksey Goganov 2575 – 3,5
9. Alexander Motylev 2676 – 2,5
10. Anton Shomoev 2579 – 1,0

Final standings (women):

1. Valentina Gunina 2506 – 7,0
2. Alexandra Kosteniuk 2495 – 6,5
3. Natalija Pogonina 2485 – 5,5
4-6. Ekaterina Kovalevskaya 2410, Baira Kovanova 2396 and Alexandera Goryachkina 2436 – 4,5
7-8. Tatiana Kosintseva 2515 and Anastasia Bodnaruk 2459 – 3,5
9. Alina Kashlinskaya 2435 – 3,0
10. Daria Charochkina 2343 – 2,5

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