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Russian Superfinals Tournament

Peter Svidler7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Daniil Dubov6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Alexander Riazantsev6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Vladimir Malakhov6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Sanan Sjugirov5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev5/11(+0 -1 =10)[games]
Maxim Matlakov4.5/11(+0 -2 =9)[games]
Evgeny Romanov3.5/11(+0 -4 =7)[games]
Sergey Volkov3/11(+2 -7 =2)[games] Chess Event Description
Russian Superfinals (2017)

The Superfinal of the 70th Russian Championship took place in the State Museum of the Political History of Russia, St. Petersburg, 3-14 December 2017. Time control was 90 minutes for 40 moves then 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. No draw offers allowed before move 40. A tie for first place to be split by two 15+10 Rapid games and, if the score still tied, a 5 vs. 4 Armageddon game. Schedule and regulations: Crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 =1 Vitiugov * 1 1 1 7 =1 Svidler * 0 1 1 1 1 7 =3 Dubov 1 * 0 0 1 1 1 6 =3 Fedoseev 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 6 =5 Malakhov 0 1 1 * 0 1 6 =5 Tomashevsky 1 0 * 1 6 =5 Riazantsev 0 * 1 1 6 =8 Sjugirov 0 1 0 * 1 0 5 =8 Inarkiev 0 * 5 10 Matlakov 0 * 0 4 11 Romanov 0 0 0 0 * 3 12 Volkov 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 3

The tie for first place was resolved by two Rapid games, N Vitiugov vs Svidler, 2017 (0-1) and Svidler vs N Vitiugov, 2017 (1-0): (1, 2)

1 Svidler 1 1 2 2 Vitiugov 0 0 0

Svidler won both games and became Russian Champion for the 8th time. (3)

Previous edition: Russian Superfinals (2016). See also Russian Superfinals (Women) (2017).

(1) (2) (3) Wikipedia article: Russian Chess Championship

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Sjugirov vs E Inarkiev ½-½722017Russian SuperfinalsD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
2. M Matlakov vs Tomashevsky  ½-½672017Russian SuperfinalsE10 Queen's Pawn Game
3. V Fedoseev vs A Riazantsev  1-0572017Russian SuperfinalsE00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. V Malakhov vs E Romanov  ½-½412017Russian SuperfinalsA07 King's Indian Attack
5. Vitiugov vs Svidler  ½-½222017Russian SuperfinalsA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
6. D Dubov vs S Volkov 1-0362017Russian SuperfinalsD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. S Sjugirov vs M Matlakov  ½-½402017Russian SuperfinalsC78 Ruy Lopez
8. Tomashevsky vs V Fedoseev 0-1422017Russian SuperfinalsD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. A Riazantsev vs V Malakhov  ½-½422017Russian SuperfinalsD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. E Romanov vs Vitiugov 0-1342017Russian SuperfinalsA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
11. Svidler vs D Dubov 0-1312017Russian SuperfinalsA37 English, Symmetrical
12. E Inarkiev vs S Volkov  ½-½262017Russian SuperfinalsC11 French
13. D Dubov vs E Romanov 1-0832017Russian SuperfinalsA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
14. M Matlakov vs E Inarkiev  ½-½592017Russian SuperfinalsE10 Queen's Pawn Game
15. S Volkov vs Svidler 0-1322017Russian SuperfinalsD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
16. V Fedoseev vs S Sjugirov 1-0412017Russian SuperfinalsE10 Queen's Pawn Game
17. V Malakhov vs Tomashevsky  ½-½302017Russian SuperfinalsA00 Uncommon Opening
18. Vitiugov vs A Riazantsev  ½-½272017Russian SuperfinalsE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
19. S Sjugirov vs V Malakhov  1-0512017Russian SuperfinalsD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. E Romanov vs S Volkov  ½-½472017Russian SuperfinalsB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
21. E Inarkiev vs Svidler ½-½492017Russian SuperfinalsC48 Four Knights
22. M Matlakov vs V Fedoseev 0-1342017Russian SuperfinalsD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. A Riazantsev vs D Dubov  ½-½292017Russian SuperfinalsD85 Grunfeld
24. Tomashevsky vs Vitiugov  ½-½182017Russian SuperfinalsB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. Svidler vs E Romanov 1-0462017Russian SuperfinalsB42 Sicilian, Kan
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  whiteshark: The 70th Russian Championship Superfinal is taking place in the State Museum of the Political History of Russia in St. Petersburg from 3-14 December 2017.

Peter Svidler is the top seed for the 12-player round-robin, where the winner receives 1 million roubles (~14,500 euros) and a Renault Kaptur car. The top three finishers qualify automatically for next year's Superfinal.

The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves then 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. No draw offers are allowed before move 40. A tie for first place is split by two 15+10 rapid games and, if the score is still tied, a 5 vs. 4 Armageddon game, where Black wins if the game ends in a draw.

Dec-05-17  paavoh: Fedoseev and Dubov with very good starts at 2/2 for this tournament - maybe the young generation is taking over now?
Dec-05-17  fisayo123: Fedoseev 3/3. He faces a tough challenge against Matlakov in the next round.
Dec-05-17  positionalgenius: What time are the games?
Dec-05-17  waustad: <pg>According to chessbomb, they start at 12:00, no time zone specified. They aren't using According to TWIC they start at noon UK time.
Dec-06-17  Imran Iskandar: Fedoseev fantastic so far!
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  Domdaniel: Fedoseev's 4/4 is incredible at this level.
Dec-08-17  Pawn Dillinger: How soon can Fedoseev reach the Top 15 and up, the elite status? I no longer think it's a matter of if, but when.
Dec-10-17  paavoh: Suddenly, this competition became tighter. Two losses for Fedoseev, and Svidler has pulled within half a point of the triple leaders.
Dec-10-17  Pawn Dillinger: Two losses in a row fro Fedoseev and yet he's still tied for first. If he can finish as hot as he started, he can still notch a clear victory. Impressive.
Dec-11-17  paavoh: Today, Fedoseev-Dubov seems very very sharp. Interesting to find out who will prevail - I am not expecting a draw here...
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  Keyser Soze: <Pawn Dillinger: How soon can Fedoseev reach the Top 15 and up, the elite status? I no longer think it's a matter of if, but when.>

Agree. Besides he is still 22.

Dec-12-17  Boomie: Fedoseev seems to have achieved an epiphany recently. He had been floundering in the mid 2600s (we should be so lucky) for a few years and began having greater success in the middle of this year.

Dec-13-17  paavoh: Well, this is a roller-coaster for sure.

One round to go, and there is at least a four-way tie at the top (Inarkiev-Toma still on, K+2N vs K+2P by the way).

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  diagonal: <paavoh> definitely, a thrilling 70th Russian Superfinals:

Svidler, the record seven times National Russian Champion, <1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2013>, beats leading Fedoseev (+5-3, with only two draws in ten rounds) with black after a long endgame battle to catch up..

A four-way tie at the top now with one round to go.

Dec-14-17  cplyakap: Svidler wins and tie first with Vitiugov! Fedoseev started 4/4, after he lost two games in a row, he comebacks but his game against Dubov would be breakpoint I think. He was clearly winning against him but he spoiled terribly. Subsequently, he collapsed.
Dec-14-17  waustad: Congratulations to Svidler for winning the rapids tiebreak and again becoming Russian champion.
Dec-14-17  et1: Champions are like this - losing the second game and recovering ! Congratulations Peter Svidler !
Dec-14-17  paavoh: Svidler surely is a legend, his 8th title. The young generation did not take over yet...
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  sonia91: Congratulations to Svidler on his 8th national title!

I was rooting for Fedoseev, a pity he didn't take a medal.

Dec-14-17  nok: Fix the wildcard now!
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  Dionysius1: Yeh Petr. A gentleman by the sounds of him, a great commentator and wit, and a top top player!
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