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Russian Superfinals Tournament

Evgeny Tomashevsky7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Sergey Karjakin7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko5.5/11(+1 -1 =9)[games]
Daniil Dubov5.5/11(+1 -1 =9)[games]
Denis Khismatullin5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Igor Lysyj5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Peter Svidler5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Ivan Bukavshin5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Alexander Motylev4/11(+0 -3 =8)[games]
Ildar Khairullin4/11(+1 -4 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Russian Superfinals (2015)

The 68th Russian Championship Superfinal was played in Chita, Russia, 9-21 August 2015.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Tomashevsky * 1 1 1 1 7 2 Karjakin * 1 1 1 7 3 Vitiugov * 1 1 6 4 Jakovenko * 1 0 5 5 Dubov 0 * 1 5 6 Khismatullin 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 5 7 Artemiev 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 5 8 Lysyj 0 1 * 0 5 9 Svidler 0 0 1 * 5 10 Bukavshin 0 0 * 1 5 11 Motylev 0 0 * 0 4 12 Khairullin 0 0 0 0 1 * 4

Previous edition: Russian Superfinals (2014). Next: Russian Superfinals (2016). See also Russian Superfinals (Women) (2015).

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Motylev vs Svidler ½-½322015Russian SuperfinalsC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. I Bukavshin vs I Lysyj ½-½342015Russian SuperfinalsE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
3. Karjakin vs D Khismatullin 1-0772015Russian SuperfinalsA13 English
4. Tomashevsky vs Jakovenko ½-½412015Russian SuperfinalsE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
5. V Artemiev vs Vitiugov  ½-½262015Russian SuperfinalsE10 Queen's Pawn Game
6. I Khairullin vs D Dubov ½-½602015Russian SuperfinalsA59 Benko Gambit
7. I Lysyj vs Karjakin  ½-½232015Russian SuperfinalsE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
8. Vitiugov vs I Bukavshin 1-0282015Russian SuperfinalsD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. D Dubov vs V Artemiev  ½-½402015Russian SuperfinalsD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Motylev vs I Khairullin 0-1362015Russian SuperfinalsC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
11. Svidler vs Jakovenko  ½-½612015Russian SuperfinalsA07 King's Indian Attack
12. D Khismatullin vs Tomashevsky 0-1402015Russian SuperfinalsA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
13. I Bukavshin vs D Dubov  ½-½522015Russian SuperfinalsA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
14. Jakovenko vs D Khismatullin  ½-½322015Russian SuperfinalsB50 Sicilian
15. I Khairullin vs Svidler  ½-½282015Russian SuperfinalsA28 English
16. Karjakin vs Vitiugov  ½-½362015Russian SuperfinalsA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
17. Tomashevsky vs I Lysyj 1-0402015Russian SuperfinalsD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
18. V Artemiev vs Motylev 1-0242015Russian SuperfinalsD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. I Khairullin vs V Artemiev 0-1472015Russian SuperfinalsD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. I Lysyj vs Jakovenko  ½-½622015Russian SuperfinalsD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Motylev vs I Bukavshin  ½-½542015Russian SuperfinalsB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
22. Svidler vs D Khismatullin 0-1292015Russian SuperfinalsB23 Sicilian, Closed
23. D Dubov vs Karjakin  ½-½412015Russian SuperfinalsD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Vitiugov vs Tomashevsky ½-½352015Russian SuperfinalsE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
25. I Bukavshin vs I Khairullin 1-0592015Russian SuperfinalsE17 Queen's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Aug-13-15  Everett: <appaz> What games are you talking about? svidler?
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  Appaz: Yes, Artemiev had such a nice, clean advantage out of the opening: all the chances and very little risk.

A draw against a strong player like Svidler is a good result anyway, also in a practical view, considering todays other draws.

Artemiev is still hanging in there, probably playing for his most honorable tournament win so far.

Aug-13-15  Pedro Fernandez: You guys figure out the possibilities of this kid with the support of the powerful Russian School? A Perelman of chess!
Aug-13-15  fisayo123: Artemiev still has a very difficult 2nd half to the tournament. Let's not go overboard.
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  offramp: Am I mistaken? I think the USA championship is now much harder than the Russian one.

When did that last happen?

Aug-13-15  Strongest Force: I hope I am wrong but all the prognosticators and trend indicators seem to be predicting major doom. It reminds of 1914 when Rubinstein was flying high and might have had a fair shot to beat Lasker. If something like that happened now it would be much worst in the cheesiest sense. We are living in the golden age of chess but it could be smashed by disaster, to say nothing about the greater world, if life goes back to the dark ages.
Aug-13-15  1850Patzer: Um No.

The US Championship is a joke compared to this tournament.

First of all, USCF ratings are what are used to find out who gets in and who doesn't. Accounting for that difference, this year, you had Nakamura and So, and then a bunch of high 2500s and some low 2600s.

This Russian gig has Karjakin(king of Norway chess), svidler, tomashevsky and jakovenko(who was basically a couple inches away from qualifying to candidates but decided to draw gelfand in a won position)

its safe to say that most of the young talent in America will never get close to some of these guys.

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  sonia91: Consider also that Kramnik and Grischuk are not playing.
Aug-13-15  donjova: The gap in quality between US and Russian Championship is much smaller than before. But there is still a way to go.

I still can't imagine Ray Robson going +4 against these guys, for example.

Aug-15-15  Beholder: <offramp: Am I mistaken?>


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  offramp: The next US Champs will have Caruana 2808, Nakamura 2798, So 2788, and Kamsky 2683. Will that be a lower or higher average than the top four in this Russian Championships?
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  Appaz: A meaningless question, <offramp>, although I guess it was rhetorical.

Judging the strength of a tournament by the top four is just silly.

When comparing the respective tournaments, you may also want to consider how hard it is to even qualify for them.

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  kingscrusher: Do you think the games of amateurs at the British championship are in many ways far more exciting and fun than these games .e.g. the games of Charles Storey :

British Championships (2015)/Charles H Storey

Or do you think the higher level games are more fun?!

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  kingscrusher: E.g. can we compare the top 10 most exciting games played here (so far) to the top 10 most exciting games played in the British as an example - and go through them from an entertainment perspective. I think actually I did find the Svidler loss here quite a bit of fun as an example.

Here are my two quite exciting games encountered here:

N Vitiugov vs I Bukavshin, 2015

Svidler vs D Khismatullin, 2015

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  jith1207: Considering the fact that some of those US top 4 never actually grew up in US and just changed nationality recently, it is baseless, only based on the strength of these 4 players, to compare the quality of USA and Russia. USA still needs to nurture young talents from the country like many other countries do.
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  HeMateMe: Isn't Wesley So also at the next USA ch.?
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  jith1207: Talking about the Russian players having the tougher second half, it's true that most of the players really have tougher set of opponents going forward. Only one player stands out as an exception. Nikita Vitiugov has already played everyone of the leaders in the standings and has only games against the players who are lower ranked in current standings. It is not the case for other leaders some of whom have really tough road after this rest day.

So it goes to show Nikita has a very beautiful setup to go for the win if he plays calculated chess now. Others will need to spring surprises to get to the top. That makes the tournament exciting at least for next few rounds to see how things get heated up.

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  HeMateMe: Don't Jakovenko and Max LeGrave look a bit alike?



Aug-16-15  Beholder: <HeMateMe: Don't Jakovenko and Max LeGrave look a bit alike?>

Relatively, yes. A bit. Well, they look a lot more alike than Kramnik and Hou Yifan, at any rate.

Aug-16-15  1850Patzer: The US championship will probably be a 3 way armageddon for first as long as So doesn't be the egotistical drama queen he was this year.
Aug-17-15  MindCtrol9: This is a hard tournament difficult to predict who is going to be winner.I think is up to the last round to find that out.
Aug-17-15  haydn20: 3 wins (and no losses)in 8 rounds is a fine accomplishment in this crowd. Go Toma!
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  Troller: Bloody 9th round so far, 1 draw and 4 wins. Last remaining game should be drawn soon, though.

Tomorrow Karjakin-Tomashevsky is the battle between current no.2 and no.1 in the standings.

Aug-18-15  fisayo123: Yeah, it's been one of the more entertaining Russian Superfinals i've seen in a while, after some pretty dour events.

Karjakin - Tomashevsky tomorrow. I hope the professor can get the desired result. Not only because I bet chessbucks on him to win this event, but also because he's shown the best chess and has played fighting chess in most games, unlike Karjakin. Tomashevsky is the best player in this event.

Aug-18-15  paavoh: Glad to see Khismatullin improving towards the end.
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