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Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) Tournament

Alisa Mikhailovna Galliamova7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Nadezhda Kosintseva7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Valentina Gunina6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Tatiana Kosintseva5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Elena Yevgenyevna Zaiatz4.5/9(+4 -4 =1)[games]
Anastasia Bodnaruk4.5/9(+4 -4 =1)[games]
Natalia Pogonina3.5/7(+3 -3 =1)[games]
Tatiana Yuryevna Stepovaia-Dianchenko3/9(+3 -6 =0)[games]
Maria Borisovna Manakova2/9(+1 -6 =2)[games]
Marina Romanko Nechaeva1.5/9(+1 -7 =1)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2009)

The 59th Russian Women's Championship Superfinal was played in the Central Chess House in Moscow, Russia, 20-29 December 2009. Rest day: December 25. Chief organizer: Alexander Tkachev and the Russian Chess Federation. Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, 30 more minutes to the end of the game, with a 30 second increment from move 1. Draw offers were only allowed through an arbiter. Prize fund: 1.2 million rubles (~US $40,000), with ~US $11,700 to the winner. Games started at 3 pm, round 9 at 1 pm.

Alisa Mikhailovna Galliamova took her second Russian championship title with 7.5/9. Pogonina had to withdraw from the tournament due to health problems and did not play against Stepovaia and Zaiatz (rounds 8 & 9).

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Galliamova 2460 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 2 N Kosintseva 2518 * 1 1 1 1 1 7 3 Gunina 2446 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 6 4 T Kosintseva 2522 * 1 0 1 1 5 5 Zaiatz 2390 0 0 1 0 * + 1 1 0 4 6 Bodnaruk 2372 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 4 7 Pogonina 2501 0 0 0 - 1 * - 1 1 3 8 Stepovaya 2384 0 0 0 0 0 0 + * 1 1 3 9 Manakova 2344 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 2 10 Romanko 2449 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 * 1

Category: VIII (2439). Chief arbiter: Igor Bolotinsky

Official site:
Wikipedia article: Russian Chess Championship#2009

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 43  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Bodnaruk vs T Kosintseva  1-0342009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C48 Four Knights
2. N Kosintseva vs V Gunina 1-0542009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
3. A M Galliamova vs Stepovaia-Dianchenko  1-0632009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E09 Catalan, Closed
4. N Pogonina vs M R Nechaeva 1-0302009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
5. M Manakova vs Zaiatz 0-1292009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C45 Scotch Game
6. N Pogonina vs M Manakova  1-0542009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B32 Sicilian
7. Zaiatz vs A M Galliamova 0-1382009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Stepovaia-Dianchenko vs N Kosintseva 0-1382009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
9. V Gunina vs A Bodnaruk 1-0422009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A48 King's Indian
10. M R Nechaeva vs T Kosintseva  ½-½452009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B89 Sicilian
11. A Bodnaruk vs Stepovaia-Dianchenko  1-0662009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
12. A M Galliamova vs N Pogonina 1-0372009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A58 Benko Gambit
13. M Manakova vs M R Nechaeva  1-0552009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
14. N Kosintseva vs Zaiatz 1-0392009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. T Kosintseva vs V Gunina ½-½662009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
16. M R Nechaeva vs V Gunina 0-1412009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
17. Zaiatz vs A Bodnaruk  ½-½562009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E73 King's Indian
18. Stepovaia-Dianchenko vs T Kosintseva  0-1382009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
19. N Pogonina vs N Kosintseva ½-½562009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
20. M Manakova vs A M Galliamova 0-1202009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B01 Scandinavian
21. N Kosintseva vs M Manakova ½-½692009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B32 Sicilian
22. V Gunina vs Stepovaia-Dianchenko  1-0362009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
23. A Bodnaruk vs N Pogonina 0-1372009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C48 Four Knights
24. T Kosintseva vs Zaiatz 1-0652009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. A M Galliamova vs M R Nechaeva  1-0382009Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E72 King's Indian
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Dec-28-09  waustad: <tamar>A lot of games don't make it into the database, so I checked and she had no FIDE rated games since the 2007 North Urals Cup.
Dec-28-09  Karpova: Galliamova - T. Kosintseva 1/2
N. Kosintseva - Bodnaruk 1-0

Now Galliamova is "only" 1/2 point ahead of Nadezhda.

Dec-28-09  Karpova: Finally a win for Marina Romanko (with white against Zaiatz) after such a horrible tournament for her!

Manakova - Gunina 0-1

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  tamar: thanks <waustadt> puzzling how she could be so steady after a break

though perhaps she used her time to reinvent herself

Kasparov thought his time off made it harder for Karpov to prepare for him in their recent encounter.

Dec-28-09  DIO: I am wondering if the Kosintsevas' Italian game draws will come to an end in this tournament ...
Dec-28-09  wanabe2000: Alisa Galliamova vs Valentina Gunina will be interesting. If Galliamova obtains a draw she will win because the Kosintseva sisters will play a 7 or 9 move Giuoco Piano draw. (As I have posted before, I don't blame them. The Polgar sisters did that for quite a time till they got serious and played some really good games).
Dec-29-09  siamesedream: I think it will be easy win for Nadezhda. ;)
Dec-29-09  Raskolnikov: I think the Kosintsevas will play a draw as usuall :)
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  whiteshark: <Raskolnikov: I think the Kosintsevas will play a draw as usual :)> Oops, they did it again. Draw in 13 moves.
Dec-29-09  Karpova: Gunina - Galliamova was drawn in 12 moves.
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  whiteshark: ...immediately followed by Gunina and Galliamova, 12 moves.
Dec-29-09  siamesedream: Congratulations to Alisa Galliamova-Ivanchuk.
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  Peligroso Patzer: < *** the Kosintseva sisters will play a 7 or 9 move Giuoco Piano draw. *** >

Well, it was a Sicilian Richter-Rauzer, and it went 13 moves, but still a short draw nonetheless (which enabled Galliamova to clinch the championship with a 12-move draw).

Dec-29-09  dr.carreras: It seems that Chucky has been doing some serious work with his wife recently!! congratulations Mrs. Galliamova!!
Dec-29-09  Karpova: The other results:

Bodnaruk - Romanko 1-0
Stepovaia - Manakova 1-0

Dec-29-09  Astardis: I understand the thought behind those short draws between the sisters, but it seems kind of unfair. I mean, Nadezhda still had chances to take the title. And not such an unimportant title for that matter. Between true sportswomen a fight should be possible. After all, they are adults now... And hey, what will they do if they ever meet in a match situation? However, I'm very happy about Galliamova's splendid performance!
Dec-29-09  Jim Bartle: That may be bad, but I used to play tournaments in a little town where two participants were a father and son. They would always make excuses not to play their games against each other, wait to play until the end of the tournament, then the person with the higher score would always win.
Dec-29-09  hms123: <Jim Bartle> Your point is well-taken. What if the sisters had played a real game and NK had won--thus creating a tie for first place? Then the accusation would have been that TK threw the game.

They made a good choice in this particular situation. They only hurt themselves, not anyone else.

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  keypusher: <dr.carreras: It seems that Chucky has been doing some serious work with his wife recently!! congratulations Mrs. Galliamova!!>

They have been divorced for quite a while.

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  Wild Bill: We should really stop calling the lady Galliamova-Ivanchuk. They split ages ago and have both remarried.

BTW, if I am not mistaken, the proper way to formally address or refer to a Russian is first name and patronym; in this case, Alisa Mikhailovna.

Does anybody have an update on Natalia Andreevna?

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  keypusher: <Wild Bill: We should really stop calling the lady Galliamova-Ivanchuk. They split ages ago and have both remarried.>

Ivanchuk is remarried?? Who is the unfortunate victim? I mean, the lucky woman?

Dec-29-09  Chessforeva: 3D games:
Dec-29-09  Kaspablanca: I dont get this; why the current woman world champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk(Russia) is not playing this championship?
Dec-29-09  Albertan: Kaspablanca according to Alexandra Kosteniuk's chess blog this is why she did not play in this year's Russian Chess Championship:

Blogger Alexandra Kosteniuk said...

"This fall I had a very busy schedule and was away from my family for almost 2 months, I couldn't think of being away from them for one more month. I hope next year they will choose another timing for this tournament as the end of the year is not good for me."


Dec-29-09  Kaspablanca: Thanks Albertan.
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