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60th Russian Women's Superfinal Tournament

Natalia Pogonina7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Tatiana Kosintseva7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Alisa Mikhailovna Galliamova7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Nazi Paikidze6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Tatiana Shadrina5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Valentina Gunina5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Vera Nebolsina5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Nadezhda Kosintseva5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Anastasia Bodnaruk5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Olga Girya4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Svetlana Matveeva3.5/11(+2 -6 =3)[games]

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Nebolsina vs N Kosintseva 0-126201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
2. V Gunina vs N Paikidze 0-149201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. T Kosintseva vs A Bodnaruk  ½-½103201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. S Matveeva vs A M Galliamova 0-173201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. N Pogonina vs O Girya  ½-½55201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalB12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. Kosteniuk vs T Shadrina  1-057201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. A Bodnaruk vs S Matveeva  1-060201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalC18 French, Winawer
8. V Nebolsina vs V Gunina  1-045201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. N Kosintseva vs T Shadrina  1-081201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
10. A M Galliamova vs N Pogonina  ½-½53201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalA45 Queen's Pawn Game
11. N Paikidze vs T Kosintseva 1-034201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalE20 Nimzo-Indian
12. O Girya vs Kosteniuk  0-151201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalE15 Queen's Indian
13. T Kosintseva vs V Nebolsina 1-025201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
14. V Gunina vs N Kosintseva 0-137201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
15. N Pogonina vs A Bodnaruk  1-067201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
16. S Matveeva vs N Paikidze  ½-½26201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. T Shadrina vs O Girya  1-049201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
18. Kosteniuk vs A M Galliamova  0-156201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
19. N Paikidze vs N Pogonina 0-150201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
20. A M Galliamova vs T Shadrina  0-153201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
21. A Bodnaruk vs Kosteniuk ½-½63201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalC55 Two Knights Defense
22. N Kosintseva vs O Girya  ½-½51201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalB12 Caro-Kann Defense
23. V Nebolsina vs S Matveeva  1-044201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
24. V Gunina vs T Kosintseva  ½-½68201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
25. T Shadrina vs A Bodnaruk  1-080201060th Russian Women's SuperfinalB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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  visayanbraindoctor: I hope FIDE re-installs back the old system. Kosteniuk gets to defend her Title in a long one-on-one match. The issue is not regarded as important as the Men's Title for the simple reason that the Women's World Champion has always been far weaker than any Men's Candidate ever, but it would still be nice to see the Women's old long Title matches back. Even 10 to 12 games looks fine to me.
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  HeMateMe: Definitely. Having a defending champion and a longer match gives respect and meaning to the title.
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  visayanbraindoctor: <HeMateMe: Maybe nazi or one of the K girls will win it. I am sort of hoping that Yifan will win.>

I would love to see a Hou vs Nazi match. (",)

However, they are still both young and will have their chances later anyway. Therefore I am hoping that one of their seniors such as one of the Kosintsevas, who both delivered so well for the Russian Women's team in the Olympiad, or as you say Natalie P., win the Women's Title.

Nov-26-10  Billy Vaughan: Re: the painting, that looks like typical DeviantArt fare.
Nov-26-10  percyblakeney: Paikidze, Galliamova and Tatiana K share the lead with one round to go. Paikidze is white against one of the few players in the field with a lower rating than her, Nebolsina, while Galliamova and Tatiana K face each other. So it isn't impossible that this will end up with the most sensational winner ever in a Russian Superfinal.
Nov-26-10  turbo231: <Billy Vaughan: Re: the painting, that looks like typical DeviantArt fare.>

I agree, and she probably knew it.

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  visayanbraindoctor: Nazi Paikidze lost to another young Russian Vera Nebolsina who conjured up a mating attack out of a Petrov.

GMs Tati K and Galliamova did a grandmaster draw, and so share 1st place.

It amazing but nearly all the games of the Russian ladies feature attempts at slam bang attacks. They certainly act more aggressively than their males counterparts, who often indulge in fine positional maneuvering, in terms of style.

Nov-27-10  polarmis: I'm not sure it's true, but I've seen it said that the alleged contrast in playing styles between men and women is really just a matter of rating. Men at the same rating level also tend to play more tactical chess (it's also tactical higher up, but both players see more of the tricks before they get the chance to end up on the board).

A funny thing about the last round of this tournament. Apparently the organisers didn't bother to inform the spectators or journalists that they were starting 3 hours earlier! Evgeny Surov at wasn't very impressed: (in Russian)

Nov-27-10  percyblakeney: Paikidze did well but the last round also shows that it's early to talk about her facing Hou in a match, the difference is almost 200 points and things did go Paikidze's way in several games here. Not so against the player with the lowest rating in the field, Nebolsina, who won with black in just 24 moves.
Nov-27-10  wanabe2000: From Russia Chess. "Of the three chess players, divided the first place, the worst ratio was Tatiana Kosintseva.

Natalia Pogonina and Alisa Galliamova will play an extra match in rapid chess to determine the champion.

It will begin at 18.25 Moscow time on the fifth table game room."

Nov-27-10  polarmis: Yep, here now:
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  HeMateMe: That painting is too clean, to perfect to be done by hand, right? Any art forgers here?
Nov-27-10  14DogKnight: <turbo231: <stanleys: A fan painted a portrait of Nadezhda Kosintseva and offered it to her:> That painting is so beautiful it looks like a photograph. In fact it looks better than a photograph! Amazing work that man is a world class artist.>

<Vakus: That painting really sucks. <turbo> I hope your remark <that man is world class artist> was dripping with sarcasm .>

I liked the painting. It's definately closer to "world class" than "really sucks". I guess Vakus is comparing the fan to Rembrandt. That reminds me of the Naka-haters who say Nakamura sucks because he's not as good as Carlsen...

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  HeMateMe: The table here shows T. Kosintseva tied with first with Galliamova. Is this final, and if Pogonina is in fifth with 5.5 points, why is she in a tie breaker match?
Nov-27-10  percyblakeney: Galliamova wins the Superfinal just as last year, after rapid tiebreak.
Nov-27-10  Sequoia: <HeMateMe: The table here shows T. Kosintseva tied with first with Galliamova. Is this final, and if Pogonina is in fifth with 5.5 points, why is she in a tie breaker match?>

Because cg did not update the standings, leaving Pogo with one game less than the others (draw against Matveeva) and she was the last one to finish her game with Shadrina today, so 5.5 + 0.5 +1.0 = 7

Nov-27-10  percyblakeney: Nadezhda Kosintseva looked like a probable winner after three rounds but had an extremely bad finish, going -4 in the last six games, all against much lower rated opposition. Surprising from an otherwise very stable top player.
Nov-27-10  Sequoia: Again it is noticeable how they are playing for the fun: quite a few draws, attacking, only look at the last round games: sacrifices! Entertaining, even if not without mistakes.
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  jahhaj: <14DogKnight> It's the dreadful sentimentality of the composition not the quality of the painting that is the problem. <Watermate> said it best, 'that man is a world class stalker'.
Nov-28-10  turbo231: <HeMateMe: That painting is too clean, to perfect to be done by hand, right? Any art forgers here?>

I agree. It looks like digital art, a skin, or wallpaper.

Nov-28-10  geeker: Congratulations to Galliamova! I get the impression she doesn't play a lot of tournaments, but she seems to usually do well in the all-distaff events. [I'm no doubt the umpteenth person to mention this, but CG really oughta drop the "-Ivanchuk" from her name, as they divorced *long* ago.]
Nov-28-10  turbo231: Nazi had the perfect chance to win this tourney. She was playing with white and had the lowest ranking opponent. Did she choke?
Nov-29-10  wanabe2000: <turbo231> Yea, in USA sports we would say she "choked". Paikidze doesn't have much experience at this level and she is some what inconsistent with her play. I'm sure she is disappointed yet she almost won the tournament. 2010 has been a good year for her with two IM norms (maybe a third here?).

She is probably going to join the Russia Chess Federation which would open up more opportunities. She has dual citizenship, Georgia and Russia, and has lived in Moscow since 2006.

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  Natalia Pogonina: Nice event, but very tiresome in the sense of being an 11-round round robin with no weak players. Four of us are leaving for the Women's World Championship in a few days.
Nov-30-10  turbo231: <wanabe2000> I agree

<Natalia> good luck.

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