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Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) Tournament

Valentina Gunina7/9(+7 -2 =0)[games]
Alisa Mikhailovna Galliamova6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Aleksandra Goryachkina5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Olga Girya5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Alina Kashlinskaya5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Ekaterina Valentinovna Kovalevskaya4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk4.5/9(+4 -4 =1)[games]
Anastasia Bodnaruk2.5/9(+2 -6 =1)[games]
Natalia Pogonina2.5/9(+1 -5 =3)[games]
Oksana Gritsayeva2/9(+1 -6 =2)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2014)

The 64th Russian Women's Championship Superfinal was played in the Kazan Kremlin State Historical, Architectural and Art Museum, Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia 28 November - 7 December 2014. Rest day: December 3. Organizers: Russian Chess Federation and the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charity Fund, with the support of the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan. Time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 more minutes to the end of the game, with a 30 second increment from move 1. No agreed draws allowed before move 40. Prize fund: 2 million rubles (about US $37,500). If players tied for first, a playoff would be held (two 15+10 Rapid games and eventually an Armageddon).

Valentina Gunina defeated Galliamova in the last round and took her third title with 7/9:

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Gunina 2522 * 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 7 2 Galliamova 2471 0 * ˝ 1 0 1 1 1 1 ˝ 6 3 Goryachkina 2438 1 ˝ * 0 1 ˝ 0 1 ˝ 1 5˝ 4 Girya 2457 0 0 1 * 1 1 ˝ 0 1 1 5˝ 5 Kashlinskaya 2439 0 1 0 0 * ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 5 6 Kovalevskaya 2439 1 0 ˝ 0 ˝ * 0 1 ˝ 1 4˝ 7 Kosteniuk 2541 0 0 1 ˝ 0 1 * 1 1 0 4˝ 8 Bodnaruk 2411 0 0 0 1 ˝ 0 0 * 0 1 2˝ 9 Pogonina 2480 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 1 * ˝ 2˝ 10 Gritsayeva 2335 0 ˝ 0 0 0 0 1 0 ˝ * 2

Category: IX (2453). Chief arbiter: Anatoly Bykhovsky

Official site:
Wikipedia article: Russian Chess Championship#2014

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E V Kovalevskaya vs Kosteniuk 0-1282014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A13 English
2. A Kashlinskaya vs A M Galliamova  1-0392014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D94 Grunfeld
3. O Gritsayeva vs A Bodnaruk  0-1532014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
4. O Girya vs N Pogonina 1-0342014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. V Gunina vs A Goryachkina  0-1472014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C67 Ruy Lopez
6. N Pogonina vs O Gritsayeva  ½-½412014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A43 Old Benoni
7. E V Kovalevskaya vs V Gunina  1-0502014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
8. A M Galliamova vs O Girya  1-0322014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. A Goryachkina vs A Kashlinskaya  1-0302014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D85 Grunfeld
10. Kosteniuk vs A Bodnaruk 1-0252014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B07 Pirc
11. A Kashlinskaya vs E V Kovalevskaya  ½-½582014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A58 Benko Gambit
12. O Gritsayeva vs A M Galliamova  ½-½552014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B40 Sicilian
13. A Bodnaruk vs N Pogonina 0-1452014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
14. O Girya vs A Goryachkina 1-0422014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. V Gunina vs Kosteniuk 1-0332014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
16. Kosteniuk vs N Pogonina 1-0322014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. A Goryachkina vs O Gritsayeva  1-0502014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E15 Queen's Indian
18. A M Galliamova vs A Bodnaruk 1-0292014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E20 Nimzo-Indian
19. V Gunina vs A Kashlinskaya  1-0382014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A48 King's Indian
20. E V Kovalevskaya vs O Girya  0-1562014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
21. N Pogonina vs A M Galliamova  0-1512014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C60 Ruy Lopez
22. O Girya vs V Gunina 0-1702014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
23. O Gritsayeva vs E V Kovalevskaya  0-1592014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
24. A Bodnaruk vs A Goryachkina  0-1412014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
25. A Kashlinskaya vs Kosteniuk  1-0402014Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
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Dec-04-14  notyetagm: <Mr. V: <Waustad> They seem to be totally off the radar. If they think Team Russia is missing them, they're wrong, judging by the Olympiad performance.>

Gunina, Girya, and Goryachkina are more than adequate replacements for the Kosintseva sisters.

Dec-04-14  fisayo123: <notyetagm> Goryachkina seems like something special.
Dec-04-14  notyetagm: <fisayo123: <notyetagm> Goryachkina seems like something special.>

Nah, just a future unsuccessful challenger to Hou Yifan.


Dec-05-14  dumbgai: <future unsuccessful challenger to Hou Yifan>

The most a young female chess player can hope to achieve...

Dec-05-14  dumbgai: <Gunina, Girya, and Goryachkina>

Not as intimidating as the other GGG though:

For those who don't follow boxing, this guy is a freaking monster.

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  chancho: Indeed he is...

Dec-05-14  notyetagm: Russian Superfinals (Women) (2014)

Damn, Gunina just won her 5th(!) straight game to tie for first after losing her first two games!

What incredible determination! Mentally weaker players would just give up after starting out 0/2.


[White "Bodnaruk, Anastasia"]
[Black "Gunina, Valentina"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Round "07"]
[Date "Fri Dec 05 2014"]
[WhiteClock "0:01:26"]
[BlackClock "0:03:40"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Bc5 4. Bg2 O-O 5. Nge2 d6 6. O-O Nc6 7. d3 Bg4 8. h3 Bh5 9. Kh1 Nd4 10. f3 Nd7 11. Nxd4 Bxd4 12. Ne2 Bb6 13. c3 c6 14. d4 Bg6 15. f4 f6 16. g4 Re8 17. Ng3 Nf8 18. f5 Bf7 19. d5 a5 20. a4 Rc8 21. Ra3 Bc5 22. Ra2 Ba7 23. b3 cxd5 24. exd5 Rxc3 25. Ne4 Rc8 26. g5 Rxc1 27. Qxc1 fxg5 28. f6 h6 29. h4 Nh7 30. hxg5 hxg5 31. Nxg5 Nxf6 32. Nxf7 Kxf7 33. Bh3 Rh8 34. Rh2 Ke7 35. Rf3 Rh7 36. Be6 Rxh2+ 37. Kxh2 Bc5 38. Qg5 Qf8 39. Rh3 Kd8 40. Rh7 Kc7 41. Rxg7+ Kb6 42. Rf7 Qh8+ 43. Bh3 Nxd5 44. Qg2 e4 45. Qxe4 Qg8 46. Rf1 Ne3 47. Rc1 Qg5 48. Rg1 Qf6 49. Kh1 Ka7 50. Rg3 d5 51. Qh7 Qf8 52. Qc7 Bb6 53. Qd7 Qf4 54. Rg7 Qf3+ 55. Kh2 d4 56. Rf7 Qe4 57. Qe7 Qc2+ 58. Kg3 Qc6 59. Qd7 Qh1 60. Re7 Bc5 61. Rf7 Qg1+ 62. Kf3 Qd1+ 63. Kg3 Qxb3 64. Kh4 d3 65. Be6 Qb4+ 66. Kg5 d2 67. Bd5 d1=Q 68. Bxb7 Qxd7 0-1

Dec-05-14  notyetagm: And you wonder why I call her <BINARY GUNINA>: +5 =0 -2.

Russian Superfinals (Women) (2014)/Valentina Gunina

Every game she plays is 1-0 or 0-1. :-)

Dec-05-14  FairyPromotion: Someone should grab a hammer, hit where it says "Break in Case of Emergency", take the extinguisher, and use it on Gunina. After losing her first two games, she caught fire.

And her games are really exciting, too. I've been a fan of hers ever since I saw this brilliancy last year (which IMO is the greatest game ever played by a female player): V Gunina vs Ju Wenjun, 2013

Dec-05-14  notyetagm: <FairyPromotion: Someone should grab a hammer, hit where it says "Break in Case of Emergency", take the extinguisher, and use it on Gunina. After losing her first two games, she caught fire.>

We don't need no water let the mother @#$%er burn.

Dec-06-14  notyetagm: Russian Superfinals (Women) (2014)

6 straight win for Gunina now!

Has anyone *ever* won a Soviet or Russian Championship after losing the first two games?

Gunina is about to accomplish this **incredible** feat.


[White "Gunina, Valentina"]
[Black "Pogonina, Natalija"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Round "08"]
[Date "Sat Dec 06 2014"]
[WhiteClock "0:10:44"]
[BlackClock "0:01:38"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. e3 Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Rc1 c6 10. Qc2 Nd7 11. a3 Nxc3 12. Qxc3 dxc4 13. Bxc4 b6 14. O-O Bb7 15. Rfd1 Rfd8 16. Be2 Rac8 17. b4 c5 18. dxc5 bxc5 19. b5 Bd5 20. a4 Nf6 21. Ne5 Ne4 22. Qc2 Qc7 23. Nd3 Qb6 24. Nf4 Bb7 25. Rxd8+ Rxd8 26. Nd3 Rc8 27. Ne5 Qc7 28. Qb2 Nf6 29. f3 Nd7 30. Nxd7 Qxd7 31. Rd1 Qc7 32. Qc3 Bd5 33. e4 Ba8 34. Qd2 c4 35. Qd7 Qc5+ 36. Qd4 Qc7 37. Qc3 a6 38. Rb1 axb5 39. axb5 Qc5+ 40. Kf1 Qh5 41. h3 Bb7 42. Rb4 Rd8 43. Rb1 Rc8 44. Qd4 c3 45. Rc1 c2 46. Bc4 Qg5 47. Rxc2 Rd8 48. Qa1 Qc5 49. Qc1 Qd4 50. Be2 Kh7 51. Rc4 Qe5 52. Rc5 Qh2 53. Kf2 Rd7 54. e5 Rd8 55. Rc7 Ba8 56. Qc2+ Kg8 1-0

Dec-06-14  notyetagm: "Binary" Valentina strikes again!
Dec-06-14  siggemannen: Good work by Gunina, but the final position didn't look all that bad for black? Was it a win on time?

Her nemesis Galliamova will be waiting in the last game, perfect pairing to find out who's the best :)

Dec-06-14  FairyPromotion: What a tournament! The first 8 rounds were really exciting, and in the final round we'll have the clash of leaders: Galliamova vs Gunina.

What's the tiebreak system btw? I believe there will be rapid tiebreakers, but can anyone confirm? In case of a draw Girya might join the leaders, as well.

Dec-07-14  siggemannen: <chessgames>, you got a duplicate game between Bodnaruk and Kashlinskaya
Dec-07-14  SimonWebbsTiger: Dramatic final game. But Gunina set to convert and win the title.
Dec-07-14  FairyPromotion: Gunina finished with 111/111. As <notyetagm> will tell, that's 7/7 in binary!! ;-)
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  Penguincw: Wow. Gunina lost her first 2 games and then won the next 7 to win the tournament. Honourable mentions go out to not only Girya and Kosteniuk (who both drew just 1 game), but the whole field, as no one drew more than 3 of their 9 games. Out of 45 games, just 10 ended non-decisively.
Dec-08-14  siggemannen: The men's tourney was a total snoozefest comparing to this :)
Dec-08-14  SimonWebbsTiger: @<siggemannen>

Kind of makes you think Jennifer Shahade has a point when she says "Play Like a Girl!"

The girls do seem rather more cutthroat.

Dec-08-14  notyetagm: <SimonWebbsTiger: ... The girls do seem rather more cutthroat.>

The top women (2500-2600) are all much lower rated than the top men (2700-2800), so they make a lot more mistakes resulting in more decisive games.

That's why women's chess is so instructive: you get to see mistakes on the board that you do not see remotely as often played in the top men's games.

Dec-08-14  notyetagm: <SimonWebbsTiger: ... The girls do seem rather more cutthroat.>

Just look at the decisive last round battle between Galliamova and Gunina over at it is a sea of red moves.

Dec-08-14  notyetagm: Have a look at this to see why I nicknamed Gunina "Binary".

Russian Superfinals (Women) (2014)/Valentina Gunina

European Individual Women's Championship (2013)/Valentina Gunina

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  whiteshark: "<Gunina “does a Caruana”>

After two rounds of the Women’s Russian Championship Superfinal in Kazan, Valentina Gunina was on 0/2 and you would have given long odds on her defending the title she won in 2013.

After that, though, she never looked back, and a winning streak of six games in a row set her up for a last-round battle against hugely experienced local hero Alisa Galliamova. In the event of a draw the players would face a rapid play-off on the same day, but they made sure that wasn’t required."

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  Tabanus: There's a duplicate game, slip sent.

I wonder what would happen to the table if it was edited first and *then* the duplicate game was removed.

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