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Russian Superfinals (Women) Tournament

Valentina Gunina7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Natalia Pogonina5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Ekaterina Valentinovna Kovalevskaya4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Aleksandra Goryachkina4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Baira Kovanova4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Tatiana Kosintseva3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Anastasia Bodnaruk3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Alina Kashlinskaya3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Daria Charochkina2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Russian Superfinals (Women) (2013)

The 63rd Women's Russian Championship Superfinal was played in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia 5-14 October 2013. Valentina Gunina took her 2nd title with 7/9. (1) Chess Siberia report: Crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Gunina * 1 1 1 1 1 7 2 Kosteniuk * 1 0 1 1 1 1 6 3 Pogonina 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 5 4 Kovalevskaya * 0 1 4 5 Goryachkina 0 * 1 4 6 Kovanova 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 4 7 Kosintseva 0 0 1 * 0 3 8 Bodnaruk 0 0 0 1 1 * 0 3 9 Kashlinskaya 0 0 0 0 1 * 3 10 Charochkina 0 0 0 0 * 2

Previous edition: Russian Women's Superfinals (2012). Next: Russian Superfinals (Women) (2014). See also Russian Superfinals (2013).


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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Bodnaruk vs A Kashlinskaya  0-1452013Russian Superfinals (Women)C42 Petrov Defense
2. D Charochkina vs T Kosintseva  ½-½472013Russian Superfinals (Women)A22 English
3. V Gunina vs A Goryachkina  1-0552013Russian Superfinals (Women)A06 Reti Opening
4. B Kovanova vs Kosteniuk 1-0532013Russian Superfinals (Women)B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
5. N Pogonina vs E V Kovalevskaya ½-½532013Russian Superfinals (Women)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. T Kosintseva vs E V Kovalevskaya ½-½682013Russian Superfinals (Women)B30 Sicilian
7. D Charochkina vs A Bodnaruk  ½-½422013Russian Superfinals (Women)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
8. Kosteniuk vs N Pogonina 1-0422013Russian Superfinals (Women)C54 Giuoco Piano
9. A Goryachkina vs B Kovanova  ½-½422013Russian Superfinals (Women)E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
10. A Kashlinskaya vs V Gunina 0-1522013Russian Superfinals (Women)D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
11. N Pogonina vs A Goryachkina  ½-½552013Russian Superfinals (Women)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. A Bodnaruk vs T Kosintseva  1-0542013Russian Superfinals (Women)C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. V Gunina vs D Charochkina  ½-½632013Russian Superfinals (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
14. E V Kovalevskaya vs Kosteniuk ½-½292013Russian Superfinals (Women)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
15. B Kovanova vs A Kashlinskaya 1-0362013Russian Superfinals (Women)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. A Bodnaruk vs V Gunina 0-1402013Russian Superfinals (Women)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
17. T Kosintseva vs Kosteniuk  0-1652013Russian Superfinals (Women)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
18. D Charochkina vs B Kovanova  0-1422013Russian Superfinals (Women)C58 Two Knights
19. A Kashlinskaya vs N Pogonina ½-½582013Russian Superfinals (Women)C45 Scotch Game
20. A Goryachkina vs E V Kovalevskaya ½-½462013Russian Superfinals (Women)D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. V Gunina vs T Kosintseva ½-½1112013Russian Superfinals (Women)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
22. E V Kovalevskaya vs A Kashlinskaya  ½-½562013Russian Superfinals (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
23. B Kovanova vs A Bodnaruk  ½-½492013Russian Superfinals (Women)A15 English
24. N Pogonina vs D Charochkina 1-0282013Russian Superfinals (Women)D85 Grunfeld
25. Kosteniuk vs A Goryachkina  ½-½422013Russian Superfinals (Women)B30 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Oct-12-13  dx9293: Oh no Natalia...
Oct-13-13  Calar: Two leaders meet on the morrow in the ultimate round. If Kosteniuk wins against Gunina, she clinches the title. Otherwise, Gunina does.
Oct-13-13  Kaspablanca: Calar: What if they draw the game?
Oct-14-13  siggemannen: IMO, Gunina is like Stein, crazy tactician, but perhaps not stable enough to get all the way to the top
Oct-14-13  Nerwal: <IMO, Gunina is like Stein, crazy tactician, but perhaps not stable enough to get all the way to the top>

Well she has been piling up titles in recent years, so she's doing fine despite playing all those crazy games. The women's world championship cycle is so unsatisfactory, it's not even sure it's a big priority for top female players anymore.

Oct-14-13  Calar: <Kaspablanca> As seen from the table, Gunina has 6.5 points, while Kosteniuk is at 6. If they draw the game, you can do the math :P
Oct-14-13  redwhitechess: It's cool.. because seeing the table (and with a math), Kosteniuk has nothing to worry about, even if she lost. But the game is now even vs Gunina, after 22 moves played.
Oct-14-13  Beholder: Congratulations to the 2013 Russian Women's Champion -- GM Valentina Gunina !
Oct-14-13  dx9293: <Natalia> won her last two she beat Kosintseva after a victory over Kovanova. If only she could have closed out Gunina.
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  Natalia Pogonina: Three familiar faces:
Oct-14-13  Beholder: <Natalia Pogonina> Should we hold a caption contest?

I suggest <Chess Appeal>.

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  tamar: Three Amigas
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  whiteshark: Elo 7486
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  tamar: PR 7789
Oct-14-13  Kaspablanca: Calar: Bad me, i didnt see the scoreboard until now.
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  HeMateMe: Great photo!


1. Pushkin Riot! (hehhehehehe)

2. "...Rose and Natalie, screaming from the gallery, 'Alexandra must go free!'"

[a little Beatlesque comment, if I may be so bold].

3. Femme FaTALs.

BTW, Natalie, there is a recent picture of you on chessbase, where you are all alone in a room, perhaps post round, looking at a position. I was curious about what round that was and what you are examining?

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  Natalia Pogonina: <HeMateMe> I haven't seen that photo...
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  HeMateMe: Hi Natalie, it's in the recent que of chessbase stuff, from this years Russia Superfinals. Saw it just last night, your pouring over a position, all alone in the tournament hall.

Maybe someone else here can procure it?

If you can't win it this year, I'm hoping for AK, who has been kind of shoved aside, in recent years. best wishes.

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  Jim Bartle: The photo is on this page:

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  Natalia Pogonina: <Jim Bartle> My game was the last one remaining. I was just sitting at the board while my opponent went for a walk. It has nothing to do with post-mortem analysis :)
Oct-14-13  Vincenze: <waustad: Was that game an error? The game we have between those players is: A Bodnaruk vs A Kashlinskaya, 2013> Yes I was following on and they lost the feed. I thought a phone...again. When will these girls learn stop talking. But no, it was the site.
Oct-14-13  Vincenze: A friend of mine gave me a book on positional analysis Kama Sutra I swapped it for the mighty Batsford's E4 E5
Oct-14-13  Vincenze: Pyotr the Great wins the mens. Boy oh boy he's on form. He plays with same deft, calculating style as the mighty Sachin Tendulkar. Nepo makes second, wins more games but loses one. And nice work Nikita Vitiugov 3=.
Oct-15-13  Kikoman: Congratulations GM Valentina Gunina! :D
Oct-20-13  Everett: < Vincenze: A friend of mine gave me a book on positional analysis Kama Sutra I swapped it for the mighty Batsford's E4 E5>

In many areas of life, there are some things you just can't learn from books.

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