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Andreikin and Pogonina are the new Russian Champions!


The Superfinals of 71st Russian men’s championship and 68th Russian women’s championship took place from 24th August till 6th September 2018 in Satka, Chelyabinsk Oblast. The venue was Magnezit Palace of Culture.

The final eleventh round of the Russian Championship Superfinals was played on September 5th in Satka.

In the open event, Dmitry Andrekin defeated Vladimir Fedoseev, while Evgeny Tomashevsky beated Mikhail Kobalia. The games Dubov – Nepomniachtchi, Vitiugov – Jakovenko, Oparin – Khismatullin, and Inarkiev – Sarana were drawn.

Dmitry Jakovenko and Dmitry Andreikin scored 7 points out of 11. The players determined the strongest in a play-off match. The first game ended in a draw, while the second one was won by Dmitry Andreikin, who has become a two-time champion of Russia.

Final standings:

1. Dmitry Andreikin – 7, 2. Dmitry Jakovenko – 7, 3. Evgeny Tomashevsky – 6.5, 4-6. Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladimir Fedoseev, Ian Nepomniactchi – 6, 7. Grigoriy Oparin – 5.5, 8-9. Daniil Dubov, Alexey Sarana – 5, 10-11. Nikita Vitiugov, Mikhail Kobalia – 4.5, 12. Denis Khismatullin – 3.

In the women’s section, Alexandra Kosteniuk defeated Oksana Gritsayeva, Alisa Galliamova bested Anastasiya Protopopova, Elena Tomilova lost to Polina Shuvalova, Aleksandra Goryachkina was outplayed by Valentina Gunina. The games Girya – Bodnaruk and Pogonina – Kashlinskaya ended in a draw.

The champion’s title was determined by Olga Girya and Natalija Pogonina, who have scored 7.5 points out 11 each. Natalija Pogonina won the first game and secured a draw in the second one to win the Russian women’s championship for the second time in her career.

Final standings:

1. Natalija Pogonina – 7.5, 2. Olga Girya – 7.5, 3. Aleksandra Goryachkina – 7, 4. Alina Kashlinskaya – 7, 5-6. Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina – 6.5, 7. Alisa Galliamova – 6, 8. Polina Shuvalova – 5, 9. Oksana Gritsayeva – 4, 10. Elena Tomilova – 3.5, 11. Anastasia Bodnaruk – 3, 12. Anastasiya Protopopova – 2.5

Total prize fund is 9,000,000 roubles. Besides, the winners of both men’s and women’s tournaments will also receive a special prize – bright and stylish city crossover Renault Kaptur.

The event was organized by the Russian Chess Federation, Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, Government of Chelyabinsk Oblast, and Magnezit Group. The competition was also supported by Renault Russia Company, Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System (FGC UES), and PhosAgro. Logistics partner of the Russian Chess Federation is Russian Post.

The tournament was a part of the Chess in Museums program, carried out by the RCF together with Timchenko Foundation since 2012. During the Superfinals, the exhibition of the Soviet and Russian painter, a representative of the “Severe Style” Geliy Korzhev (1925-2012) was opened in Magnezit Palace of Culture. The exposition called Painting’s Way. Geliy Korzhev included sketches and graphics from the archive of the artist’s family. The sketches and graphics had been created by Korzhev during the work on his key paintings on historical, biblical and other series from 1953 till 2012.

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