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Russian Superfinals Tournament

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

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. K Maslak vs A Riazantsev 0-147 2008 Russian SuperfinalsE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
2. A Lastin vs Tomashevsky 1-040 2008 Russian SuperfinalsC78 Ruy Lopez
3. A Timofeev vs Jakovenko  ½-½53 2008 Russian SuperfinalsC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. Sakaev vs Morozevich 0-142 2008 Russian SuperfinalsD85 Grunfeld
5. N Vitiugov vs E Alekseev ½-½84 2008 Russian SuperfinalsE00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Svidler vs E Inarkiev 1-042 2008 Russian SuperfinalsD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. E Inarkiev vs N Vitiugov 0-145 2008 Russian SuperfinalsC19 French, Winawer, Advance
8. Tomashevsky vs Jakovenko  ½-½31 2008 Russian SuperfinalsD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. A Lastin vs K Maslak 1-047 2008 Russian SuperfinalsB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. A Riazantsev vs Sakaev  ½-½61 2008 Russian SuperfinalsD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. E Alekseev vs A Timofeev 1-054 2008 Russian SuperfinalsB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
12. Morozevich vs Svidler 0-187 2008 Russian SuperfinalsA20 English
13. A Timofeev vs E Inarkiev 1-041 2008 Russian SuperfinalsC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. K Maslak vs Tomashevsky ½-½91 2008 Russian SuperfinalsE15 Queen's Indian
15. Jakovenko vs E Alekseev 1-065 2008 Russian SuperfinalsC67 Ruy Lopez
16. Sakaev vs A Lastin  ½-½64 2008 Russian SuperfinalsD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Svidler vs A Riazantsev 1-038 2008 Russian SuperfinalsC11 French
18. N Vitiugov vs Morozevich  ½-½56 2008 Russian SuperfinalsD85 Grunfeld
19. E Inarkiev vs Jakovenko  ½-½14 2008 Russian SuperfinalsC67 Ruy Lopez
20. A Riazantsev vs N Vitiugov ½-½128 2008 Russian SuperfinalsD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. A Lastin vs Svidler ½-½14 2008 Russian SuperfinalsC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. K Maslak vs Sakaev  ½-½25 2008 Russian SuperfinalsD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
23. Tomashevsky vs E Alekseev  ½-½30 2008 Russian SuperfinalsA30 English, Symmetrical
24. Morozevich vs A Timofeev ½-½25 2008 Russian SuperfinalsD80 Grunfeld
25. Sakaev vs Tomashevsky  ½-½53 2008 Russian SuperfinalsE17 Queen's Indian
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Oct-15-08  Harvestman: Morozevich wins! Amazing what can happen in time pressure. Maslak blunders into a mate in 1!

Position after 69.Qd3-d4

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Maslak, with a minute or two on his clock, played 69...Kf1, and resigned before seeing 70.Qg1# appear.

Question: could Maslak have won with 70.Rd8 ?

Oct-15-08  TITIKIZA: <If Maslak did play 69. ... Kf1 it was almost pretty.> so sad!!
Oct-15-08  dumbgai: Oh my god, how did Morozevich win that one?
Oct-15-08  3BEPb: I've never seen such a stupid move from a grandmaster. Maslak had even a bit of time. Absurd.
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  visayanbraindoctor: Just got in, to see Maslak walk into a self-mate against a Moro desperately going for a perpetual. What a last round. Svidler wins with Black to catch up with Alekseev. Jakovenko beats poor Vitiugov, also to catch up to first.

So who's the Russian Champion for this year?

Oct-15-08  Harvestman: Maslak could have won earlier with 66.Kf1, I think, since white can't hold the pin on the e2 pawn - black just sticks his rook on the d-file and the pawn will queen.
Oct-15-08  percyblakeney: According to Chesspro Alekseev's losing mistake came rather late, 31. Qc2 would have drawn but now he resigned three moves later.
Oct-15-08  moroloser: Geeee!! This is one of the craziest thing I've ever seen! Go Moro! This year a bit more consistent and definetely more lucky!!!
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  PhilFeeley: Morozevich really pulled that one out of the fire!
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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).
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  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''.
Oct-15-08  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.

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