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Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) Tournament

Alexandra Kosteniuk8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Natalia Pogonina7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Anastasia Bodnaruk6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Olga Girya6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Valentina Gunina6/11(+6 -5 =0)[games]
Daria Charochkina6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Daria Voit6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Evgenija Ovod5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Aleksandra Goryachkina5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Alisa Mikhailovna Galliamova4/11(+3 -6 =2)[games]
Alina Kashlinskaya3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
Ekaterina Ubiennykh2/11(+2 -9 =0)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2016)

The Superfinal of the 66th Russian Women's Championship took place in the Novosibirsk State Museum of Local History and Nature, from 16-27 October 2016. The winner of the 12-player round-robin would become the Russian Women's Champion, and win 500,000 roubles (~7,250 euros) and a Renault Kaptur car. The top three would automatically qualify for next year's final. Time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move one. No draw offers allowed before move 40. Tiebreak: 1) number of games with black, 2) Sonneborn-Berger score, 3) number of wins, 4) result of personal encounter, 5) Koya score. In case of a tie for first, two 15+10 rapid games would be played, followed, if necessary, by 5 vs 4 Armageddon.

Alexandra Kosteniuk with 8.5/11 took the title for the second time in her career. Photo:

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Kosteniuk 2537 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 2 Pogonina 2484 1 * 1 1 0 1 1 0 7 3 Bodnaruk 2463 0 0 * 1 1 0 1 1 1 6 4 Girya 2446 * 0 1 0 1 1 6 5 Gunina 2535 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 6 6 Charochkina 2366 1 0 1 * 0 1 0 1 6 7 Voit 2386 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 6 8 Ovod 2362 0 1 1 0 0 * 1 5 9 Goryachkina 2460 0 0 1 * 0 1 5 10 Galliamova 2450 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 0 1 4 11 Kashlinskaya 2462 0 0 0 0 1 * 0 3 12 Ubiennykh 2346 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 2

Category: VIII (2441). Chief arbiter: Maxim Ivakhin

Official site:

Previous: Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2015). Next: Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2017). Open section: Russian Championship Superfinal (2016)

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Bodnaruk vs Kosteniuk 0-1692016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C26 Vienna
2. D Voit vs E Ovod  ½-½1102016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. N Pogonina vs A Goryachkina  ½-½402016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. A M Galliamova vs O Girya  0-1952016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. E Ubiennykh vs A Kashlinskaya  1-0332016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E46 Nimzo-Indian
6. D Charochkina vs V Gunina 1-0342016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
7. O Girya vs E Ubiennykh 1-0862016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E73 King's Indian
8. A Bodnaruk vs D Voit  1-0332016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
9. E Ovod vs N Pogonina  ½-½502016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
10. A Goryachkina vs A M Galliamova  0-1332016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
11. A Kashlinskaya vs D Charochkina  ½-½592016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A90 Dutch
12. Kosteniuk vs V Gunina 1-0292016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
13. V Gunina vs A Kashlinskaya  1-0632016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
14. D Charochkina vs O Girya  0-1352016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A06 Reti Opening
15. A M Galliamova vs E Ovod  ½-½572016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. N Pogonina vs A Bodnaruk 1-0452016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A48 King's Indian
17. D Voit vs Kosteniuk 0-1362016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A15 English
18. E Ubiennykh vs A Goryachkina 0-1242016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E46 Nimzo-Indian
19. A Bodnaruk vs A M Galliamova  1-0982016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
20. A Goryachkina vs D Charochkina  ½-½1022016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
21. E Ovod vs E Ubiennykh  1-0392016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
22. O Girya vs V Gunina  0-1552016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
23. Kosteniuk vs A Kashlinskaya 1-0352016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A18 English, Mikenas-Carls
24. D Voit vs N Pogonina  ½-½312016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
25. N Pogonina vs Kosteniuk 1-0802016Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  PhilFeeley: I'll root for Kosteniuk this year. She did fairly well at the Olympiad this summer.
Oct-14-16  Mr. V: I say it's about time Goryachkina showed her stuff.
Oct-14-16  technical draw: <Mr. V> Now I know who dropped 5 bills on Gory in the chessbookie game.
Oct-15-16  mathlover: who are the players here ?
Oct-15-16  Nerwal: Line-up : Aleksandra Goryachkina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Natalija Pogonina, Valentina Gunina, Olga Girya, Alisa Galliamova, Anastasia Bodnaruk, Evgenija Ovod, Daria Pustovoitova, Alina Kashlinskaya, Ekaterina Ubiennykh, Daria Charochkina.
Oct-15-16  Mr. V: <technical draw> Actually I would never make such a risky bet. I only wish it would happen. Have no idea who in their right mind would actually take those odds.
Oct-16-16  mathlover: thanks Nerwal
Oct-18-16  notyetagm: Gunina won today, after starting 0-2.

Her plan is to win all of her remaining games and take the title, just like she did in 2014.

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  Annie K.: <Gunina won today, after starting 0-2>

She's employing the Topalov Tournament Gambit. ;)

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  whiteshark: Only 5 draws out of 18 games so far
Oct-18-16  notyetagm: <Annie K.: <Gunina won today, after starting 0-2> She's employing the Topalov Tournament Gambit. ;)>

We call that the <SWISS GAMBIT> in the US.

But someone needs to tell Gunina that it really doesn't apply to close round-robin events. :-)

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  Annie K.: That's why it's the Topalov Gambit rather than the Swiss... he's done it in closed round-robins too, several times as I recall. ;)
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  HeMateMe: Go Natalie, in second place!
Oct-23-16  Mr. V: After seven rounds, Kosteniuk in the lead, Girya and Pogonina chasing, Gunina with all decisive games, and Goryachkina with a boring +1 score. Nobody is surprised.
Oct-24-16  et1: Any explanation to the fact that in this tournament in 8 rounds we have 33 decisive games and 15 draws whereas in the men's tournament we have 13 decisive games and 35 draws ? Super GMs know how to draw more and are harder to beat ?
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  whiteshark: Congratulations to Alexandra Kosteniuk for winning <The Superfinal of the 66th Russian Women's Championship> with a lead of 1.5 points before the final round.
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  HeMateMe: She regains the title.
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  AylerKupp: <et1> The average rating in the men's tournament was 2684 and in the women's tournament 2441, a significant 243-point Elo rating point difference. If in order to win or lose a game mistakes or at least inaccuracies must be made by at least one of the players, the chances for a mistake are greater the lower the players' playing strength. Hence, the chances for decisive games should be (much) greater.
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  AylerKupp: And congratulations to Pogonina for second place thanks to a great recovery after consecutive stumbles against Ubiennykh and Charochkina.
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  HeMateMe: yes, Natalie won two of her last three games to get sole possession of second. A fighter!
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