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Russian Superfinals Tournament

Evgeny Alekseev7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Peter Svidler7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Alexander Morozevich6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Artyom Timofeev6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Alexander Lastin5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev4/11(+1 -4 =6)[games]
Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev4/11(+0 -3 =8)[games]
Alexander Riazantsev3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
Konstantin Maslak3/11(+0 -5 =6)[games]

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Maslak vs A Riazantsev 0-1472008Russian SuperfinalsE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
2. A Lastin vs Tomashevsky 1-0402008Russian SuperfinalsC78 Ruy Lopez
3. A Timofeev vs Jakovenko  ½-½532008Russian SuperfinalsC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. Sakaev vs Morozevich 0-1422008Russian SuperfinalsD85 Grunfeld
5. Vitiugov vs E Alekseev ½-½842008Russian SuperfinalsE00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Svidler vs E Inarkiev 1-0422008Russian SuperfinalsD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. E Inarkiev vs Vitiugov 0-1452008Russian SuperfinalsC19 French, Winawer, Advance
8. Tomashevsky vs Jakovenko  ½-½312008Russian SuperfinalsD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. A Lastin vs K Maslak 1-0472008Russian SuperfinalsB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. A Riazantsev vs Sakaev  ½-½612008Russian SuperfinalsD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. E Alekseev vs A Timofeev 1-0542008Russian SuperfinalsB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
12. Morozevich vs Svidler 0-1872008Russian SuperfinalsA20 English
13. A Timofeev vs E Inarkiev 1-0412008Russian SuperfinalsC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. K Maslak vs Tomashevsky ½-½912008Russian SuperfinalsE15 Queen's Indian
15. Jakovenko vs E Alekseev 1-0652008Russian SuperfinalsC67 Ruy Lopez
16. Sakaev vs A Lastin  ½-½642008Russian SuperfinalsD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Svidler vs A Riazantsev 1-0382008Russian SuperfinalsC11 French
18. Vitiugov vs Morozevich  ½-½562008Russian SuperfinalsD85 Grunfeld
19. E Inarkiev vs Jakovenko  ½-½142008Russian SuperfinalsC67 Ruy Lopez
20. A Riazantsev vs Vitiugov ½-½1282008Russian SuperfinalsD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. A Lastin vs Svidler ½-½142008Russian SuperfinalsC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. K Maslak vs Sakaev  ½-½252008Russian SuperfinalsD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
23. Tomashevsky vs E Alekseev  ½-½302008Russian SuperfinalsA30 English, Symmetrical
24. Morozevich vs A Timofeev ½-½252008Russian SuperfinalsD80 Grunfeld
25. Sakaev vs Tomashevsky  ½-½532008Russian SuperfinalsE17 Queen's Indian
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  acirce: Maslak missed clear wins earlier in the game. Such a tragedy, I liked the way he was playing it.
Oct-15-08  Harvestman: More like Maslak threw it into the fire!

What a way to not achieve your first win of the tournament. He must be gutted.

Oct-15-08  Mameluk: This game was a clear proof, that Moro is easily the best player in the world. Who else can give a mate in such position?:)
Oct-15-08  Alphastar: <Question: could Maslak have won with 70.Rd8 ?>

I presume with the idea Qxd8 Kf1 followed by promotion? I don't have an engine with me to work it out, but if anyone can win, it's white, because after the exchange of (promoted) queens black has 1 pawn remaining with which he could win and it's a rook pawn with a bishop of the wrong color. So even if white would lose all his remaining pawns, it would be a draw.

Oct-15-08  Harvestman: Thanks <Alphastar>. I hadn't considered that white might exchange queens.
Oct-15-08  arkansaw: So Svidler proved that sometimes Caro-can, and Maslak proved that he is as good as Kramnik
Oct-15-08  arkansaw: Moro sure didn't want to lose to somebody 200+ beneath him
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  visayanbraindoctor: I think they used to play tie-breaks in the past in order to determine who is the winner. But with three GMs on top, what happens? Will Svidler, Alekseev, and Jakovenko play a double round robin or something like that?

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  Peligroso Patzer: It seems that Lastin - Morozevich (1/2 - 1/2) from Round 10 is still mising from the database for this event. (Admittedly, the only remarkable thing about that game is that Moro agreed to a short draw when he was still in position to catch the leaders (as today's amazing developments have showed was a more than merely theoretical possibility if he had won in the penultimate round).
Oct-15-08  17.Bxg7: Very incredible last two moves from Maslak. 68..Re8 allows a forced draw from Moro (68..Re6 was completely winning); well that is acceptable, not easy to see with 3 minutes in the clock; but 69..Kf1??. I haven't seen such an incredible act of chess blindness since Kramnik's help mate against Deep Fritz.

The sad thing was that Maslak was playing an incredible game until that point, outplaying Morozevich. For a moment I thought Moro was conducting the black pieces here.

Oct-15-08  Pflueger76: Hi all. According to Peter Svidlers Homepage, there will be Playoffs played on October 28. 6 games (double round-robin) of 15'+10''.
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  Pyke: <The 61st Russian Championship SuperFinal took place 3rd-15th October 2008. There was a three way tie on 7/9. (...) Playoffs are on 28th October 1pm Moscow time - according to the regulations it was supposed to after the final round, but that would have lasted until 1am - the format will be 6 games (double-round robin) of 15'+10''.>

from "The week in chess"

Oct-15-08  SniperOnG7: I'm very happy for Svidler. He's a nice guy and it would have been trully sad to be leading eight (correct me if I'm wrong) rounds and then losing the top spot. It's chess I know but still would have been the sux. Furthermore, such a crucial win is fantastic for himself too. Similarly, if he wins the playoff and secures the tournament, it will be a huge boost for him...about time someone of his level wins a toplevel tournament.
Oct-15-08  SniperOnG7: You know what, I just discovered...this Lastin guy should get [insert punishment here]. He actually played the same forced Zaitsev draw against BOTH Svidler AND Moro. He wasn't even doing half badly, havng got two wins. Kinda funny though, like going up to the faces of the top seeds and saying BOOYA.
Oct-15-08  gazzawhite: Maybe the game between Moro and Lastin is so short, it can't be found in the database......
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  visayanbraindoctor: <Pflueger76, Pyke: <The 61st Russian Championship SuperFinal took place 3rd-15th October 2008. There was a three way tie on 7/9. (...) Playoffs are on 28th October 1pm Moscow time - according to the regulations it was supposed to after the final round, but that would have lasted until 1am - the format will be 6 games (double-round robin) of 15'+10''.>>

Thanks for the info.

Oct-16-08  SniperOnG7: <gazzawhite> If you go to Lastin vs Svidler, you will see the (most probable) reasoning why it was not included in cg, as explained nicely by <Kangaroo> there.
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  Eyal: There's no "reasoning" here, just some confusion - it happens sometimes... I've left a message about it in chessforum (that's usually the place to post such messages if you want the thing fixed, btw, rather than the tournament page) and I hope they'll fix it shortly.
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  Peligroso Patzer: Interesting playoff situation.

As many will remember, Evgeny Alekseev and Dmitry Jakovenko had a two-way playoff for the Russian Superfinal championship in 2006.

It should be that much more interesting with Peter Svidler added into the mix this time around.

Oct-22-08  braimondi: When playoff starts?
Oct-28-08  BIDMONFA: Russian Superfinals (2008)

Tie-break in live


Oct-28-08  Ichiro: Svidler won!
Oct-28-08  cannibal: Ha! Svidler wins again in his living room (although this time it was a real tournament, not just a Swiss). Just like in the regular tournament, he had a must-win in the last game, and again he played a crushing attack.
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  Eyal: Final standings of the playoff:

Svidler 3/4
Jakovenko 2.5/4
Alekseev 0.5/4

Once again (as in E Alekseev vs Svidler, 2008), Svidler managed to win a must-win final round game, this time against Jakovenko who had a 0.5 point lead:

Svidler - Jakovenko
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.a4 Bd7 9.c3 0-0 10.Nbd2 Na5 11.Ba2 c5 12.Re1 h6 13.Nh4 Kh7 14.Nf5 Bxf5 15.exf5 Nc6 16.g4 Kg8 17.h4 Nh7 18.Bd5 Rc8 19.axb5 axb5 20.Qf3 Nb8

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21.g5 hxg5 22.Ne4 Nd7 23.hxg5 Nxg5 24.Bxg5 Bxg5 25.Ra6 Qe7 26.Ra7 Rfd8 27.Qh5 Bh6 28.Kh1 Kh8 29.Rg1 Nf6 30.Nxf6 Qxa7 31.Ng4 Kh7 32.Nxh6 gxh6 33.f6 Rg8 34.Be4+ Rg6 35.Rxg6 1-0

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  visayanbraindoctor: Svidler should play more games like the above.

Five time Russian Champion! Quite a record. Svidler deserves it too, winning must-win situations in great style.

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