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Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) Tournament

Aleksandra Goryachkina8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Anastasia Bodnaruk7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Ekaterina Valentinovna Kovalevskaya6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Valentina Gunina6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Kateryna Alexandrovna Lagno6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Anastasia Savina5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Olga Girya5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Natalia Pogonina4/11(+1 -4 =6)[games]
Evgenija Ovod3.5/11(+2 -6 =3)[games]
Alina Kashlinskaya3.5/11(+2 -6 =3)[games]
Marina Romanko Nechaeva3/11(+1 -6 =4)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2015)

The 65th Russian Women's Championship Superfinal was played 9-20 August 2015 in the Youth Palace 'Megapolis Sport' in the eastern city of Chita, Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia, not far from Mongolia and China. Rest day: August 15. The line-up featured most of the top names, including defending champion Gunina and Kateryna Lagno, who made her debut after switching from Ukraine. 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. Total prize fund (men & women): 8 million roubles (~$127,000), with 530,000 roubles (~$8,400) to the woman champion. If players tied for first, a playoff would be held (two 15+10 Rapid games and eventually an Armageddon).

Aleksandra Goryachkina (at age 16) won with 8/11. Bodnaruk took 2nd place on tiebreak (more games with Black) ahead of Kosteniuk.

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Goryachkina 2474 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 8 2 Bodnaruk 2431 0 * 1 1 1 1 7 3 Kosteniuk 2526 * 0 1 1 1 1 7 4 Kovalevskaya 2453 0 1 * 1 1 6 5 Gunina 2531 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 6 6 Lagno 2530 0 * 0 1 1 1 6 7 Savina 2429 1 0 0 0 * 1 1 5 8 Girya 2487 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 5 9 Pogonina 2460 0 0 0 0 * 1 4 10 Ovod 2327 0 0 1 0 0 0 * 0 1 3 11 Kashlinskaya 2441 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 0 3 12 Guseva 2431 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 3

Category: IX (2460). Chief arbiter: Anatoly Bykhovsky

Official site:
Wikipedia article: Russian Chess Championship#2015
Wikipedia article: Chita, Zabaykalsky Krai

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lagno vs E V Kovalevskaya  ½-½222015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B32 Sicilian
2. A Kashlinskaya vs N Pogonina 0-1572015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Kosteniuk vs A Bodnaruk  ½-½702015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
4. V Gunina vs A Goryachkina 0-1392015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A15 English
5. O Girya vs E Ovod 1-0572015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
6. A Savina vs M R Nechaeva  ½-½512015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A09 Reti Opening
7. N Pogonina vs A Savina 0-1492015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
8. E Ovod vs Kosteniuk  ½-½262015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D05 Queen's Pawn Game
9. M R Nechaeva vs O Girya  0-1512015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
10. A Bodnaruk vs Lagno  ½-½542015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. V Gunina vs A Kashlinskaya 1-0332015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
12. A Goryachkina vs E V Kovalevskaya 1-0352015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B30 Sicilian
13. E V Kovalevskaya vs A Bodnaruk  ½-½452015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B53 Sicilian
14. A Kashlinskaya vs A Goryachkina  ½-½592015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
15. Kosteniuk vs M R Nechaeva  ½-½552015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
16. O Girya vs N Pogonina  ½-½362015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E15 Queen's Indian
17. A Savina vs V Gunina 0-1482015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. Lagno vs E Ovod  1-0542015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C45 Scotch Game
19. V Gunina vs O Girya 1-0382015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. A Goryachkina vs A Bodnaruk 1-0882015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
21. A Kashlinskaya vs A Savina  ½-½412015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B40 Sicilian
22. M R Nechaeva vs Lagno  ½-½542015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
23. N Pogonina vs Kosteniuk 0-1422015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C78 Ruy Lopez
24. E Ovod vs E V Kovalevskaya  ½-½262015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Kosteniuk vs V Gunina 1-0692015Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
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Aug-13-15  AsosLight: With your logic it's odd that US team even exists. Actually it is shocking that USA exist altogether.
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  HeMateMe: But, it's not shocking that you're an Aso.
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  perfidious: <HMM> Amongst that kibitzer's other attractive traits....<asholight> be his handle.
Aug-14-15  BUNA: <HeMateMe> Rumour has it that she's the girlfriend of a russian super-gm and therefore had to switch federations.
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  HeMateMe: I wasn't making a value judgment on whether or not she should switch federations, only that it was odd not to see her in team Ukraine photos on Chessbase. She was born in Lvov.

"On February 25, 2009 she married Robert Fontaine, French chess grandmaster and TV reporter." Fontaine doesn't sound very Russian to me, but I'll take you're word for it.

How badly did Kosteniuk take her husband to the cleaners in the divorce settlement, I wonder? older men never realize they need a pre nup agreement when marrying a younger woman. A mistake that gets repeated over and over.

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  sonia91: <HeMateMe: Fontaine doesn't sound very Russian to me> Lagno and Fontaine divorced (just to point out this)
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  HeMateMe: oh, ok. I do have to get onto TMZ more often. Has she gone shopping yet with Caitlyn Jenner?
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  HeMateMe: just looking at some of these games, I think Gunina is a superior tactician, but Kosteniuk has a better grasp of positional chess.
Aug-16-15  siggemannen: <HeMateMe>, agree with you, but check out the last Kosteniuk game, pretty neat tactics there =)
Aug-17-15  siggemannen: Prenup, the problem is how to bring the subject forward. The woman will usually counter: "why do we need it, don't you think our love will be forever?" and then the guy gets taken to the cleaners :P
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  Chessgames Bookie: Betting on R9 of the Women's Russian Superfinal is now open:

Women's Russian Superfinal Rd 9: Guseva - Pogonina
Women's Russian Superfinal Rd 9: Kosteniuk - Goryackhina
Women's Russian Superfinal Rd 9: Lagno - Girya
Women's Russian Superfinal Rd 9: Pick Three

This will be the only round in the <tournament> that will feature all of the women's games, so be sure to take advantage!

But of course, if that doesn't interest you, I have some exotics, a couple of bets from the men's side and some early bets for the Sinquefield Cup:

Women's Russian Superfinal Rd 9: Ovod - Gunina SLAV DEFENSE
Men's Russian Superfinal Rd 9: Karjakin - Svidler
Men's Russian Superfinal Rd 9: Khismatullin - Khairullin
Sinquefield Cup: WINNER
Sinquefield Cup: So-So Result

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Well, good luck!

- Penguin

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  HeMateMe: Hey, it's only a game!


Great photo, she's gorgeous


Aug-20-15  dusk: Gunina is such a fighter isn't she?
Aug-20-15  Nerwal: Difficult last round, all three leaders stand worse...
Aug-20-15  karban: Congrats to Aleksandra for her maiden victory in the national championship!
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  alexmagnus: I once said Lagno will be an early peaker. Looks like I was right: her rating peaked in January 2012, and while her ranking peaked in the same January 2012 at 5th, she was ranked 6th as early as October 2003.
Aug-20-15  Nerwal: <I once said Lagno will be an early peaker. Looks like I was right: her rating peaked in January 2012, and while her ranking peaked in the same January 2012 at 5th, she was ranked 6th as early as October 2003.>

It's a bit surprising to notice that apart from the +2600 players Hou Yifan, Koneru and J. Polgar who got the GM title roughly at age 15, all other female chess players were +20 when they got it. Lagno is the only exception.

Speaking of peaking, T. Kosintseva won the russian ch. in 2002 at age 16 like Goryachkina...

Aug-20-15  dx9293: <alexmagnus>, <Nerwal>: Lahno's career has been a massive disappointment, and there's really no other way to put it.

She wasn't a "guaranteed" World Champion, like an Alexandra Kosteniuk, Anna Muzychuk (oops), or Hou Yifan, but a career like Humpy's or, indeed, Anna's would have been acceptable.

Aug-20-15  Nerwal: <Lahno's career has been a massive disappointment, and there's really no other way to put it.>

It's not a complete disaster, she has won a few things along the way : two European Championships, the world title in both blitz and rapid, two Olympiads...

But of course, if we consider she was almost 2500 at age 13...

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  patzersmurf: "By losing the final round Kosteniuk dropped to third place. She had the same number of points as Anastasia Bodnaruk and more Sonneborn-Berger points but the number of games with Black decided the tie-break - and thus Anastasia Bodnaruk was declared second."

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  HeMateMe: nice photo, Goryachkina is only 16. What a brilliant future she has.


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  OhioChessFan: Were they the top 3 finishers in The Ugly Dress Contest?
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  HeMateMe: maybe Nana made the dresses?
Aug-23-15  Chicgirl: So much beauty and elegance vanishes after Tatiana stops playing in Russian events.
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  HeMateMe: is she the one who left their national team after having difficulties with the coach?
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