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🏆 Russian Championship Higher League (2008)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Ian Nepomniachtchi, Nikita Vitiugov, Maxim Matlakov, Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladimir Malakhov, Alexander Riazantsev, Denis Khismatullin, Alexander Motylev, Evgeny Najer, Boris Grachev, Alexander Khalifman, Igor Lysyj, Sergey Volkov, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Vladimir Potkin, Artyom Timofeev, Mikhail Kobalia, Konstantin Yuryevich Landa, Sanan Sjugirov, Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev, Alexander Lastin, Pavel Tregubov, Dmitry Kokarev, Farrukh Amonatov, Dmitry Bocharov, Pavel Smirnov, Pavel Maletin, Alexander Galkin, Alexander Rustemov, Evgeny E Vorobiov, Alexey Nazirzhonovich Korotylev, Andrei Deviatkin, Petr Petrovich Kiriakov, Dmitry Kryakvin, Yuri Rafailovich Yakovich, Dmitry Mikhailovich Chuprov, Nikolai Chadaev, Andrey Rychagov, Alexei Kornev, Anton Shomoev, Daniil Lintchevski, Evgeny Shaposhnikov, Konstantin Maslak, Roman Ovetchkin, Ivan Smikovski, Nikolai Kabanov, Sergei Vladimirovich Iskusnyh, Evgenij Veniaminovich Kalegin, Dmitriy Skorchenko, Nikolai Pokazanjev, Artem Smirnov, Dmitry Chuprikov, Anton Klimov, Mikhael Garakov, Sergey Kravtsov, Ivan Kosov Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Higher League (2008)

The 61st Russian Championship Higher League tournament was a 56-player 11-round Swiss held in Novokuznetsk, Russia, 3-14 September 2008. Rest day: September 9. The top five finishers would advance to the Superfinal. Time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 more minutes to move 60, then 10 more minutes to the end of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Prize fund: 2.5 million rubles. Chief organizer: Maxim Ivakhin. Chief arbiter: Igor Bolotinsky.

Artyom Timofeev won with 8/11. He and the next six on the list (including Sakaev who stepped in for an ill Alexander Grischuk) played in the Russian Championship Superfinal (2008).

Wikipedia article: Novokuznetsk
Official site:

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 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 306  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Lintchevski vs A Galkin  1-0372008Russian Championship Higher LeagueB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
2. N Kabanov vs A Riazantsev 0-1412008Russian Championship Higher LeagueC11 French
3. Vitiugov vs D Skorchenko  1-0352008Russian Championship Higher LeagueD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Landa vs Iskusnyh  1-0352008Russian Championship Higher LeagueB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
5. E V Kalegin vs D Khismatullin  0-1312008Russian Championship Higher LeagueB30 Sicilian
6. Korotylev vs M Matlakov  ½-½392008Russian Championship Higher LeagueD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. A Smirnov vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-1512008Russian Championship Higher LeagueD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. I Lysyj vs D Chuprikov  1-0632008Russian Championship Higher LeagueD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. N Pokazanjev vs P Smirnov  ½-½422008Russian Championship Higher LeagueB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
10. D Bocharov vs M Garakov  1-0592008Russian Championship Higher LeagueA43 Old Benoni
11. A Klimov vs D Kokarev  ½-½502008Russian Championship Higher LeagueE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
12. D M Chuprov vs I Kosov  1-0342008Russian Championship Higher LeagueB41 Sicilian, Kan
13. S Kravtsov vs A Deviatkin  ½-½552008Russian Championship Higher LeagueD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. M Kobalia vs K Maslak  1-0772008Russian Championship Higher LeagueB50 Sicilian
15. A Kornev vs Potkin  ½-½352008Russian Championship Higher LeagueB40 Sicilian
16. V Malakhov vs A Shomoev  1-0662008Russian Championship Higher LeagueB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
17. Y R Yakovich vs E Inarkiev  ½-½632008Russian Championship Higher LeagueE73 King's Indian
18. Motylev vs D Kryakvin  1-0492008Russian Championship Higher LeagueC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
19. R Ovetchkin vs E Najer  ½-½592008Russian Championship Higher LeagueD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. V Zvjaginsev vs E Shaposhnikov 1-0622008Russian Championship Higher LeagueB50 Sicilian
21. I Smikovski vs P Tregubov  ½-½652008Russian Championship Higher LeagueB33 Sicilian
22. F Amonatov vs Kiriakov 1-0442008Russian Championship Higher LeagueC11 French
23. E Vorobiov vs A Timofeev  ½-½292008Russian Championship Higher LeagueB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
24. B Grachev vs A Rychagov ½-½1692008Russian Championship Higher LeagueD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. A Rustemov vs A Lastin 0-1192008Russian Championship Higher LeagueD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-09-08  Abdooss: Khalifman is playing solidly at this point. Only 1 win, with the rest drawn. 9/9/08
Sep-09-08  Simonkaser: second !!!
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  whiteshark: 166 games so far and not a single sacrifice. Remarkable?
Sep-10-08  malthrope: <whiteshark: 166 games so far and not a single sacrifice. Remarkable?>

Hehehe... ;) Time for <> to install a brand new <"Sacrifice Meter!"> ~lol~ <grin> - Mal

PS: Go Nepo! :^)

Sep-10-08  jon01: The best game so far has to be Inarkiev - Shomoev.
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  whiteshark: Thank you <> for updating of 'sacrifice viewer'. :D

<jon01: The best game so far has to be E Inarkiev vs A Shomoev, 2008 > (it's good/comfortable to post the link) :D

Sep-11-08  kellmano: Check out Inarkiev's game today:

Sadly i think he is losing. Nepo lost again as well :-(

Sep-11-08  visayanbraindoctor: Is this tournament a qualifier for the Russian Championship in December?

If so, how many of the top placers will qualify?

Sep-12-08  Ichiro: 5 of them go to the Superfinal.
Sep-13-08  visayanbraindoctor: <Ichiro: 5 of them go to the Superfinal.>


Does any one know who the rest of the players are (beside the 5 top placers here) in the Russian Superfinals?

Sep-13-08  Ichiro: Maybe Morozevich(Champion), Grischuk, Tomashevsky, Svidler, Jakovenko, Dreev and Rychagov(Kramnik?).
Sep-13-08  visayanbraindoctor: <Ichiro: Maybe Morozevich(Champion), Grischuk, Tomashevsky, Svidler, Jakovenko, Dreev and Rychagov(Kramnik?>

Thanks again. I hope Kramnik plays.

Sep-14-08  kellmano: Could anyone post either the webpage or a crosstable of leaders. Seems like my man Inarkiev has done well, but i'm not sure how well.
Sep-14-08  unsound: <kellmano> Inarkiev tied for 2nd-3rd and so qualified. See:
Sep-15-08  visayanbraindoctor: Timofeev 8
Vitiugov 7
Inarkiev 7
Lastin 7
Sakaev 7
Kobalia 7
Riazantsev 7
Galkin 7
Maslak 7
Najer 7
Grachev 7

There are many players with 7 points. If only 5 qualify, does it specifically mean that only Timofeev, Vitiugov, Inarkiev, Lastin, and Sakaev make through the Russian Superfinals?

Sep-15-08  kellmano: Nice one. I fully expect Inarkiev to go on to play some interesting games, losing most of them :-)
Sep-15-08  Chesscomedian: Best Game so far: A Timofeev vs I Smikovski, 2008
Sep-19-08  Xeroxx: < Best Game so far:> Hahahaha you posted that comment when the tournament was over :D :D :D
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  Tabanus: I can't find the official standings table here.
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  Chessdreamer: As of today 7 games not in this database;

Round 1 Daniil Lintchevski - Alexander Galkin,
Round 6 Andrey Rychagov - Sergei Iskusnyh,
Round 8 Petr Kiriakov - Vladimir Malakhov,
Round 9 Pavel Smirnov - Ian Nepomniachtchi,
Round 10 Vladimir Potkin - Yuri Yakovich,
Round 11 Ernesto Inarkiev - Nikita Vitiugov and
Round 11 Petr Kiriakov - Alexander Rustemov.

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  Tabanus: I just sent in

[Event "Russian Championship Higher League"]
[Site "Novokuznetsk RUS"]
[Date "2008.09.14"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Ernesto Inarkiev"]
[Black "Nikita Vitiugov"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[Source ""

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Qd2 Bb4 8. f3 d5 9. a3 Qa5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nb3 Bxc3 12. Nxa5 Bxd2+ 13. Bxd2 Nxa5 14. Bxa5 Ne3 15. Kf2 Nxf1 16. Rhxf1 Bd7 17. Rfd1 Bc6 18. Rd6 O-O 19. Rad1 h6 20. Rd8 Rfxd8 21. Rxd8+ Rxd8 22. Bxd8 f6 23. Be7 Kf7 24. Bd6 Ke8 25. Bc5 Kf7 26. Bd6 Ke8 27. Bc5 Kf7 1/2-1/2

Someone else send the other six ;)

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  Tabanus: E Inarkiev vs Vitiugov, 2008. No procrastination in <this> case.
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