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Russian Championship Higher League Tournament

Ernesto Inarkiev6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Alexander Motylev6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Alexey Goganov6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Anton Shomoev6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Urii Eliseev6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Anton Demchenko5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Maxim Matlakov5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Jaroslav Prizant5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Evgeny Alekseev5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Semen Isaakovich Dvoirys5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Boris Grachev5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Alexander Riazantsev5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Ildar Khairullin5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Evgeny Najer5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Artur Gabrielian5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Dmitry Kokarev5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Igor Lysyj5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Sanan Sjugirov5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Ivan Popov5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Denis Khismatullin4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Aleksandr Shimanov4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Roman Ovetchkin4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Grigoriy Oparin4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Pavel Ponkratov4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
* (50 players total; 21 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Higher League (2013)

The 66th Russian Championship Higher League tournament was a 50-player Swiss held in Yekaterinburg, Russia, 20-29 June 2013. Rest day: June 25. The top 5 players would advance to the Superfinal, and the winner would also earn a spot in next year’s Tal Memorial (which in 2014 was replaced by the Petrosian Memorial (2014)). Time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 more minutes to the end of the game, with the addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. Prize fund: 2.5 million rubles (~$75500). Chief organizer: Elena Pershina. Chief arbiter: Mikhail Krjukov.

Ernesto Inarkiev won on tiebreak ahead of Ian Nepomniachtchi. Motylev (3rd), Goganov (4th) and Shomoev (5th) also qualified for the Russian Championship Superfinal (2013).

Official site:

Previous: Russian Championship Higher League (2012). Next: Russian Championship Higher League (2014)

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 225  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Gabrielian vs Vitiugov  ½-½342013Russian Championship Higher LeagueB42 Sicilian, Kan
2. A Demchenko vs A Ulanov  1-0442013Russian Championship Higher LeagueA21 English
3. L Nozdrachev vs D Kokarev ½-½772013Russian Championship Higher LeagueB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
4. D Dubov vs E Ovod 1-0402013Russian Championship Higher LeagueA15 English
5. N Korniushin vs E Najer 0-1282013Russian Championship Higher LeagueD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Ivan Popov vs R Kozlitin  1-0472013Russian Championship Higher LeagueC78 Ruy Lopez
7. D Egorov vs P Ponkratov  0-1242013Russian Championship Higher LeagueC02 French, Advance
8. M Panarin vs D Khegay  1-0522013Russian Championship Higher LeagueB07 Pirc
9. O Yuferev vs A Shomoev  ½-½312013Russian Championship Higher LeagueA10 English
10. A Goganov vs B Kruchev 1-0752013Russian Championship Higher LeagueD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. D Shishigin vs U Eliseev  0-1372013Russian Championship Higher LeagueA43 Old Benoni
12. S Vokarev vs I Lysyj  ½-½302013Russian Championship Higher LeagueC47 Four Knights
13. G Airapetian vs S Sjugirov  ½-½412013Russian Championship Higher LeagueE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
14. Motylev vs K Sek  1-0922013Russian Championship Higher LeagueC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
15. I Nepomniachtchi vs Dvoirys  1-0472013Russian Championship Higher LeagueB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. R Ovetchkin vs E Alekseev  ½-½282013Russian Championship Higher LeagueE10 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Jakovenko vs V Artemiev  1-0382013Russian Championship Higher LeagueB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. S Voitsekhovsky vs Tomashevsky  0-1452013Russian Championship Higher LeagueA07 King's Indian Attack
19. A Riazantsev vs J Prizant  ½-½402013Russian Championship Higher LeagueA58 Benko Gambit
20. E A Levin vs B Grachev  0-1612013Russian Championship Higher LeagueA50 Queen's Pawn Game
21. E Inarkiev vs G Oparin  1-0362013Russian Championship Higher LeagueB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. D Khismatullin vs V Moiseenko  1-0612013Russian Championship Higher LeagueD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
23. D Gordievsky vs I Khairullin  ½-½432013Russian Championship Higher LeagueA34 English, Symmetrical
24. A Shimanov vs Iskusnyh  ½-½332013Russian Championship Higher LeagueA30 English, Symmetrical
25. A Predke vs M Matlakov  0-1242013Russian Championship Higher LeagueB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-21-13  notyetagm: FIRST!
Jun-21-13  kudubux: I'm rooting for Dubov in this one. Check out his exchange sacrifice win against Ovod.
Jun-22-13  Jimmy W: Yes I'm interested in seeing how Daniil does in this as well.
Jun-22-13  notyetagm: <kudubux: I'm rooting for Dubov in this one. Check out his <<<exchange sacrifice>>> win against Ovod.>

D Dubov vs E Ovod, 2013

Yes, a very nice <EXCHANGE SAC> by Dubov.

Jun-23-13  Nezhmetdinov: I'm up for Riazantsev, so sharp!
Jun-23-13  nok: 2¢ on Shimanov!
Jun-23-13  Strongest Force: How many qualify for 'the big show'?
Jun-23-13  notyetagm: <Strongest Force: How many qualify for 'the big show'?>

Top 5.

Jun-24-13  wtwz: Whoever places first in this tournament also gets an invitation to next year's Tal Memorial.
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  whiteshark: The <66th Russian Championship Higher League> in Yekaterinburg takes place 19th to 30th June 2013. Qualifier for the Super Final at the start of October in Moscow.

Tournament page:

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  HeMateMe: Yekaterinberg is the city where the Tsarist Romanov family were murdered, as a prelude to the Bolsheviks taking power in Russia.


Jun-25-13  nok: a.k.a. Sverdlovsk.
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  PhilFeeley: No Illya Nyzhnyk or Vadim Zvjaginsev?
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  whiteshark: <PhilFeeley> Illya Nyzhnyk is Ukrainian and for <Vadim Zvjaginsev> I would try a shot in the dark - he's someone else's second...
Jun-26-13  fisayo123: One of my favorite games so far.
D Khismatullin vs E Tomashevsky, 2013
Jun-27-13  Arcturar: Dubov started strong but kind of faltered here. Oh well, it happens.
Jun-27-13  notyetagm: <Arcturar: Dubov started strong but kind of faltered here. Oh well, it happens.>

Yep, this year is not his year.

*Last* year was his year.

Jun-29-13  DrAjedrez: Who will win on tiebreak for the 2014 Tal Memorial spot, Nepomniachtchi or Inarkiev?
Jun-29-13  Arcturar: Well, Nepo would be more interesting to see...I am afraid Inarkiev would be a bit out of his element.
Jun-29-13  twinlark: What a tournament for 16 year old Eliseev. At the very least he gains his 3rd GM norm and the title. Does anyone know whether he made the cut for the Superfinal?
Jun-30-13  jamesmaskell: According to RCF website, Inarkiev won the tournament and the nod to Tal Memorial 2014. The 3-5 placings (qualifying for the Super Final) look like Motylev, Goganov and Shomoev.
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  alexmagnus: Goganov and Shomoev are both sub-2600. And some say 2500s are not worthy of the GM title?!?!
Jul-02-13  notyetagm:

<<Nepomniachtchi>'s last-round win got him next to <Inarkiev>. The latter had the highest Buchholz score and was declared the winner, and so we know one participant of the 2014 Tal Memorial. <Shomoev> and <Goganov> were the two surprising qualifiers for the Super Final; the fifth name was <Alexander Motylev>. Four of the 2700 players didn't manage: Nikita Vitiugov, Evgeny Alekseev, Dmitry Jakovenko and Alexander Riazantsev.>


go to the SuperFinal. Inarkiev, the winner on tiebreak over Nepo, also goes to 2014 Tal Memorial.

Jul-15-13  Refused: Well, good luck to Inarkiev at the Tal Memorial. He had some decent results, but nothing exceptional thus far. It will be interesting to see, how his swimming with the sharks will work out.

A pity Eliseev did not make it to the Super Final. I would have prefered him over Shomoev there.

But Alekseev and Jakovenko failing to qualify. That's tough. In other federations they would have been top seeds.

Let's see, who else gets invited by the organizers. Grischuk said in Beijing, that he had not been invited (as of now), and thus can't say whether he will play.

I assume he, Svidler and Karjakin will play the Superfinals.

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