Russian Championships Superfinal: Round 10 Report

Tomashevsky and Goriachkina lead before Superfinal’s last round

Games of round 10 of the Russian Championship Superfinal, the 68th for men and the 65th for women, were played in Chita on August 19.

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Vladislav Artemiev and Denis Khismatullin played out a popular variation of the English opening. In a position with opposite-colored bishops, White launched an attack on the queenside, but it progressed rather slowly. Black tackled his opening issues and set up a powerful attack on the kingside. After winning a pawn, Khismatullin created serious threats to the white king, but made several gaffes in time trouble. In turn, Artemiev failed to find a cunning way to save the game, and Black had a decisive advantage once again. Khismatullin won his third consecutive game.

Denis Khismatullin

Denis Khismatullin

The games Khairullin – Lysyj, Motylev – Vitiugov, Bukavshin – Jakovenko, Svidler – Dubov and Karjakin – Tomashevsky ended in a draw.

Anastasia Bodnaruk scored the second point in a row playing with Anastasia Savina. Bodnaruk offered a piece sacrifice, which White mistakingly accepted, getting under a devastating attack. Soon it was Black’s turn to make a mistake, after which a draw by perpetual check would have been a logical outcome of the game. At this point Savina tried to avoid move repetition, but played very poorly and allowed her opponent to regroup her forces with tempos. The white king got under a new wave of attack, and Savina resigned several moves before checkmate.

Anastasia Bodnaruk

Anastasia Bodnaruk

Valentina Gunina defeated Marina Guseva in an endgame with opposite-colored bishops. White forced Black into a zugzwang, and since one of the black pawns was doomed, Guseva acknowledge defeat.

Alina Kashlinskaya and Evgenija Ovod had a showdown in the Improved Tarrasch Defense. White seized the initiative in a sharp position at the end of the opening and won a pawn. Ovod attempted to exploit the open position of her opponent’s king and sacrificed a second pawn, but White warded off all the threats and counterattacked. Soon White won yet another pawn and converted her extra material confidently.

Valentina Gunina

Valentina Gunina

The games Kosteniuk – Lagno, Goriachkina – Pogonina, and Girya – Kovalevskaya were drawn.

Evgeny Tomashevsky leads before the final round in the men’s section with 7 points out of 10. Sergey Karjakin is half a point behind, and Nikita Vitiugov, with 6 points, holds the third place.

In the women’s contest, Alexandra Goriachkina retains leadership with 7.5 points, Alexandra Kosteniuk has 7 points, and Anastasia Bodnaruk 6.5 points.

If two participants share the 1st place, an additional match is held between them under the following rules: they play two rapid games with the control of 15 minutes + 10 seconds for each participant. If the score is drawn (1:1), a decisive game is played (Armageddon) with White having 5 minutes and Black 4 minutes and 3 seconds added for each participant after each move starting from move 61. The player who drew the lot chooses the color. If there is a draw, the winner is the participant who played Black.

Evgeny Tomashevsky

Evgeny Tomashevsky

Standings after round 10:
1. Tomashevsky – 7; 2. Karjakin – 6.5; 3. Vitiugov – 6; 4. Artemiev – 5.5; 5-7. Dubov, Jakovenko, Khismatullin – 5 each; 8-9 Bukavshin, Svidler – 4.5 each; 10. Lysyj – 4; 11-12. Khairullin, Motylev – 3.5 each.
1. Goriachkina – 7.5; 2. Kosteniuk – 7; 3. Bodnaruk – 6.5; 4-6. Lagno, Kovalevskaya, Gunina – 5.5 each; 7. Girya – 5; 8. Savina – 4.5; 9. Pogonina – 4; 10-11. Ovod, Pogonina – 3.5 each; 12. Guseva – 2.

Round 11 pairings:
Tomashevsky – Svidler, Jakovenko – Karjakin, Khismatullin – Bukavshin, Lysyj – Artemiev, Vitiugov – Khairullin, Dubov – Motylev
Lagno – Goriachkina, Kovalevskaya – Kosteniuk, Bodnaruk – Girya, Ovod – Savina, Guseva – Kashlinskaya, Pogonina – Gunina
The final round will begin at 13:00 local time (8:00 Moscow time).

The games of round 10 were commentated by grandmasters Sergei Rublevsky and Evgeniy Najer in Russian and grandmasters Evgenij Miroshnichenko and Anna Burtasova in English.

Goriachkina – Pogonina

Goriachkina – Pogonina (Photos by Eteri Kublashvili)

The Russian Championship Superfinals are held by the Russian Chess Federation, the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation and the Zabaykalsky Krai Chess Federation, with support from the government of the Zabaykalsky Krai. The competition partners are Norilsk Nickel and the Baikalsk Mining Company.

The tournament is held at the Megapolis-Sport Youth Palace. The rounds begin at 15:00 (10:00 Moscow time), while the last round will start at 13:00 (08:00 Moscow time). The playing days are August 9-14 and 16-20. August 15 is a day off. The tournaments’ total prize fund is 8 million rubles.

As has become a tradition at these tournaments, the organizers have prepared an extensive additional program for chess lovers of any age.

The tournament’s official website: http://ruchess.ru/

For more information, please contact: Eteri Kublashvili, +7-905-791-76-51, e-mail: ekublashvili@gmail.com; Elena Fedorova, 8-964-470-06-06, e-mail: epfedorova@gmail.com.

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