The Russian Higher League is a 9-round Swiss Open taking place in the Ring Premier Hotel in Yaroslavl from 26 June to 5 July 2018. The top five players in the tournament will qualify for the 2018 Russian Championship Superfinal. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. No draw offers are allowed before move 40. The overall prize fund is 5 million roubles, or around 70,000 euros.
Live games with analysis will be provided daily with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.