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Russian Superfinals Tournament

Evgeny Tomashevsky7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Sergey Karjakin7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko5.5/11(+1 -1 =9)[games]
Daniil Dubov5.5/11(+1 -1 =9)[games]
Denis Khismatullin5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Igor Lysyj5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Peter Svidler5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Ivan Bukavshin5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Alexander Motylev4/11(+0 -3 =8)[games]
Ildar Khairullin4/11(+1 -4 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Russian Superfinals (2015)

The 68th Russian Championship Superfinal was held 9-20 August 2015 in the Youth Palace "Megapolis Sport" in the eastern city of Chita, Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia, not far from Mongolia and China. Rest day: August 15. Organizer: the Russian Chess Federation, the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation and the Trans-Baikal Territory Chess Federation. Sponsors: Government of the Trans-Baikal Territory, Norilsk Nickel and Baikal Mining Company. Time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves, 30 more minutes to the end of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move one. No agreed draws before move 40. Total prize fund (men & women): 8 million roubles (~$127,000), with 1,210,000 roubles (~$19,200) to the winner. If players tied for first, a playoff would be held (two 15 + 10 Rapid games and eventually an Armageddon).

Evgeny Tomashevsky won with 7.5/11, his first Russian Championship title.

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Tomashevsky 2747 * 1 1 1 1 7 2 Karjakin 2753 * 1 1 1 7 3 Vitiugov 2719 * 1 1 6 4 Jakovenko 2759 * 1 0 5 5 Dubov 2654 0 * 1 5 6 Khismatullin 2642 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 5 7 Artemiev 2671 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 5 8 Lysyj 2673 0 1 * 0 5 9 Svidler 2739 0 0 1 * 5 10 Bukavshin 2655 0 0 * 1 5 11 Motylev 2658 0 0 * 0 4 12 Khairullin 2662 0 0 0 0 1 * 4

Category: XVIII (2694). Chief arbiter: Anatoly Bykhovsky

Official site:
Wikipedia article: Russian Chess Championship#2015
Wikipedia article: Chita, Zabaykalsky Krai

Previous: Russian Superfinals (2014). Next: Russian Superfinals (2016). Women's section: Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2015)

 page 3 of 3; games 51-66 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
51. Vitiugov vs D Dubov ½-½332015Russian SuperfinalsD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
52. Karjakin vs Svidler 1-0422015Russian SuperfinalsC78 Ruy Lopez
53. Tomashevsky vs I Bukavshin 1-0382015Russian SuperfinalsD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
54. Jakovenko vs V Artemiev 0-1372015Russian SuperfinalsB42 Sicilian, Kan
55. V Artemiev vs D Khismatullin 0-1642015Russian SuperfinalsA33 English, Symmetrical
56. I Bukavshin vs Jakovenko  ½-½372015Russian SuperfinalsE20 Nimzo-Indian
57. Svidler vs D Dubov  ½-½312015Russian SuperfinalsD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
58. Karjakin vs Tomashevsky ½-½412015Russian SuperfinalsA07 King's Indian Attack
59. Motylev vs Vitiugov  ½-½232015Russian SuperfinalsC03 French, Tarrasch
60. I Khairullin vs I Lysyj  ½-½412015Russian SuperfinalsA30 English, Symmetrical
61. I Lysyj vs V Artemiev 1-0502015Russian SuperfinalsD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
62. D Khismatullin vs I Bukavshin  ½-½592015Russian SuperfinalsA13 English
63. Tomashevsky vs Svidler  ½-½332015Russian SuperfinalsD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
64. Jakovenko vs Karjakin  ½-½412015Russian SuperfinalsB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
65. Vitiugov vs I Khairullin  ½-½412015Russian SuperfinalsE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
66. D Dubov vs Motylev  ½-½432015Russian SuperfinalsA06 Reti Opening
 page 3 of 3; games 51-66 of 66  PGN Download
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  kingscrusher: Do you think the games of amateurs at the British championship are in many ways far more exciting and fun than these games .e.g. the games of Charles Storey :

British Championships (2015)/Charles H Storey

Or do you think the higher level games are more fun?!

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  kingscrusher: E.g. can we compare the top 10 most exciting games played here (so far) to the top 10 most exciting games played in the British as an example - and go through them from an entertainment perspective. I think actually I did find the Svidler loss here quite a bit of fun as an example.

Here are my two quite exciting games encountered here:

N Vitiugov vs I Bukavshin, 2015

Svidler vs D Khismatullin, 2015

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  jith1207: Considering the fact that some of those US top 4 never actually grew up in US and just changed nationality recently, it is baseless, only based on the strength of these 4 players, to compare the quality of USA and Russia. USA still needs to nurture young talents from the country like many other countries do.
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  HeMateMe: Isn't Wesley So also at the next USA ch.?
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  jith1207: Talking about the Russian players having the tougher second half, it's true that most of the players really have tougher set of opponents going forward. Only one player stands out as an exception. Nikita Vitiugov has already played everyone of the leaders in the standings and has only games against the players who are lower ranked in current standings. It is not the case for other leaders some of whom have really tough road after this rest day.

So it goes to show Nikita has a very beautiful setup to go for the win if he plays calculated chess now. Others will need to spring surprises to get to the top. That makes the tournament exciting at least for next few rounds to see how things get heated up.

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  HeMateMe: Don't Jakovenko and Max LeGrave look a bit alike?



Aug-16-15  Beholder: <HeMateMe: Don't Jakovenko and Max LeGrave look a bit alike?>

Relatively, yes. A bit. Well, they look a lot more alike than Kramnik and Hou Yifan, at any rate.

Aug-16-15  1850Patzer: The US championship will probably be a 3 way armageddon for first as long as So doesn't be the egotistical drama queen he was this year.
Aug-17-15  MindCtrol9: This is a hard tournament difficult to predict who is going to be winner.I think is up to the last round to find that out.
Aug-17-15  haydn20: 3 wins (and no losses)in 8 rounds is a fine accomplishment in this crowd. Go Toma!
Aug-18-15  Troller: Bloody 9th round so far, 1 draw and 4 wins. Last remaining game should be drawn soon, though.

Tomorrow Karjakin-Tomashevsky is the battle between current no.2 and no.1 in the standings.

Aug-18-15  fisayo123: Yeah, it's been one of the more entertaining Russian Superfinals i've seen in a while, after some pretty dour events.

Karjakin - Tomashevsky tomorrow. I hope the professor can get the desired result. Not only because I bet chessbucks on him to win this event, but also because he's shown the best chess and has played fighting chess in most games, unlike Karjakin. Tomashevsky is the best player in this event.

Aug-18-15  paavoh: Glad to see Khismatullin improving towards the end.
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  eternaloptimist: I can't believe that Lysyj is doing as bad as he is since he won this tournament last year. He & Motylev still haven't won a game yet! I didn't expect him to win it again this year but I expected him to have *at least* 1 win at this point.
Aug-18-15  1971: Is the worst Russian championship ever quality wise? These players stink.
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  HeMateMe: this might be one of the few decades where The World might win a Russia v. The World match.
Aug-19-15  Troller: <HeMateMe: this might be one of the few decades where The World might win a Russia v. The World match.>

I believe there was such a match around year 2000. As I recall it was a Scheveningen rapid, the World won, and Kasparov scored horribly for Russia.

Aug-19-15  paavoh: All games drawn in round 10, and Toma wins. He had a better position basically all the time against Karjakin, and they drew by move 40.
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  sydbarrett: How many rounds is this thing? I can't seem to find such basic information online. Argh.
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  WannaBe: <sydbarrett>

<The playing days are 9-14 and 16-21 August. A day off will be provided on 15 August.>

Not the best designed web page/site with detailed information, I know.

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  jith1207: Chess24 is the best site in that regard. You could see easily the standings and pairings and results in this page:

So it is a 11-round tournament and ends on 20th. I think they have marked end date as 21st as they might have scheduled a rapid playoff in case of the title race being dragged on late after the final classical round.

Aug-20-15  haydn20: A really good tournament. What struck me was how many different lines were played, and how deep they were known--maybe I shouldn't be surprised, among this company.
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  sonia91: I was rooting for Vitiugov, anyway congrats to well-deserved winner Tomashevsky!
Aug-21-15  devere: Becoming champion of Russia ahead of Karjakin, the man who finished runner-up in the last Candidates tournament, is a fine achievement. I think that if the next Candidates tournament is held in Russia, Tomashevsky will be the wild-card choice.
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  HeMateMe: <>

thank god he lost the embarrassing sandwich board blazers:


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