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Peter Svidler and Aleksandra Goryachkina are 2017 Russian Champions

The Superfinals of 70th Russian men’s championship and 67th Russian women’s championship took place on December 2-14 at the State Museum of Political History of Russia (2-4, Kuybysheva St., Saint Petersburg).

In the open event, Peter Svidler and Nikita Vitiugov scored 7 points out of 11 and had to play a tie-break for the 1st place according to the Regulations. Peter Svidler won both rapid games to become an eight-fold champion of Russia.

Daniil Dubov and Vladimir Fedoseev shared 3-4th places, but Dubov won the bronze medal thanks to his superior tie-break.

Peter Svidler

Peter Svidler

Final standings:

1. Peter Svidler – 7
2. Nikita Vitiugov – 7
3. Daniil Dubov – 6.5
4. Vladimir Fedoseev – 6.5
5-7. Evgeny Tomashevsky, Alexander Riazantsev, Vladimir Malakov – 6
8-9. Ernesto Inarkiev, Sanan Sjugirov – 5
10. Maxim Matlakov – 4.5
11. Evgeny Romanov – 3.5
12. Sergey Volkov – 3.

In the women’s section Aleksandra Goryachkina and Natalija Pogonina shared the 1st place with 7 points each and had to determine the winner in an additional match. Aleksandra Goryachkina won both games to become the Russian women’s champion. She has repeated her success from the year of 2015.

Alina Kashlinskaya and Olga Girya shared 3-4th places with 6.5 points, but Kashlinskaya became the bronze medallist due to her superior tie-break.

Aleksandra Goryachkina

Aleksandra Goryachkina

Final standings:

1. Aleksandra Goryachkina – 7
2. Natalija Pogonina – 7
3. Alina Kashlinskaya – 6.5
4. Olga Girya – 6.5
5-6. Valentina Gunina, Anastasia Bodnaruk – 6
7-9. Polina Shuvalova, Marina Nechaeva, Oksana Gritsayeva – 5
10. Evgenija Ovod – 4.5
11. Ekaterina Kovalevskaya – 4
12. Alisa Galliamova – 3.5.

Executive Director of the Russian Chess Federation Mark Glukhovsky and Director General of the State Museum of Political History of Russia Evgeny Artemov gave speeches at the Closing Ceremony.

The winners were granted with certificates for a four-wheel-drive crossovers Renault Kaptur – a special prize from Renault Russia Company. A festive presentation and handing of the cars to their new owners will be held in January 2018.

Evgeny Artemov also rewarded the winners with annual tickets to any Museum’s exhibitions.


Total prize fund is 9,000,000 roubles.

Organizers: Russian Chess Federation, Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, the State Museum of Political History of Russia, Chess Federation of Saint Petersburg, and Physical Culture, and Sports Committee of Saint Petersburg. 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.

State Museum of Political History of Russia

State Museum of Political History of Russia

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