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Russian Championship Superfinal Tournament

Garry Kasparov7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Alexander Grischuk6/10(+3 -1 =6)[games]
Aleksey Dreev5.5/10(+3 -2 =5)[games]
Alexander Morozevich5/10(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Alexander Motylev5/10(+3 -3 =4)[games]
Peter Svidler5/10(+3 -3 =4)[games]
Evgeny Bareev5/10(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Vladimir Epishin4.5/10(+0 -1 =9)[games]
Alexey Korotylev4.5/10(+3 -4 =3)[games]
Artyom Timofeev4.5/10(+1 -2 =7)[games]
Vitaly Tseshkovsky2.5/10(+1 -6 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Superfinal (2004)

The 57th Russian Championship was held in the Festive Hall of Rossiya Hotel, adjacent to the Red Square in Moscow, 15-27 November 2004, with rest days on 19 and 23 November. Instigated by the Russian Chess Federation and its new (2003-2009) President Alexander Dmitriyevich Zhukov, the usual Swiss championship tournament was from 2004 on replaced by a qualifying "Higher League" tournament (Swiss) (actually two such in 2004) and a 12-player "Superfinal" (round robin). Prize fund: $125,000, with $50,000 to the winner. Time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 more minutes to move 60, then 10 more minutes to the end of the game, with a 30 second increment per move from move one. World champion Vladimir Kramnik could not participate due to health reasons, and so it was decided to have only 12 players (rather than 14), meaning that 1st reserve Alexander Khalifman could not step in. Then Anatoly Karpov withdrew at the last moment, reducing the number of players to eleven. Of which three had qualified from the Russian Championship Higher League Tomsk (2004), with three players from the Russian Championship Higher League St Petersburg (2004).

Garry Kasparov dominated with 7.5/10, his only national title.

Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 1 Kasparov 41 2813 * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 7½ 2 Grischuk 21 2704 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 6 3 Dreev 35 2698 0 ½ * 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 5½ =4 Morozevich 27 2758 ½ ½ 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 5 =4 Motylev 25 2651 ½ 0 ½ 0 * 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 5 =4 Svidler 28 2735 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 0 1 5 =4 Bareev 38 2715 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 5 =8 Epishin 39 2599 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 4½ =8 Korotylev 27 2596 ½ 1 0 0 1 0 0 ½ * 1 ½ 4½ =8 Timofeev 19 2611 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 4½ 11 Tseshkovsky 60 2577 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * 2½

Category: XVIII (2678). Chief arbiter: Vladimir Dvorkovich

Wikipedia article: Russian Chess Championship#2004
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Wikipedia article: Rossiya Hotel
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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 55  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Dreev vs A Timofeev ½-½202004Russian Championship SuperfinalD80 Grunfeld
2. Motylev vs Grischuk 0-1342004Russian Championship SuperfinalB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
3. Kasparov vs Bareev 1-0482004Russian Championship SuperfinalB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
4. Epishin vs Morozevich ½-½702004Russian Championship SuperfinalD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Tseshkovsky vs Svidler 0-1532004Russian Championship SuperfinalB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
6. A Korotylev vs Kasparov ½-½262004Russian Championship SuperfinalE12 Queen's Indian
7. Morozevich vs Dreev 0-1362004Russian Championship SuperfinalB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
8. A Timofeev vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½442004Russian Championship SuperfinalB07 Pirc
9. Grischuk vs Epishin ½-½442004Russian Championship SuperfinalB41 Sicilian, Kan
10. Bareev vs Motylev ½-½842004Russian Championship SuperfinalE73 King's Indian
11. Svidler vs A Timofeev 0-1632004Russian Championship SuperfinalB33 Sicilian
12. Tseshkovsky vs Morozevich 1-0632004Russian Championship SuperfinalC45 Scotch Game
13. Motylev vs A Korotylev 0-1452004Russian Championship SuperfinalB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
14. Epishin vs Bareev ½-½262004Russian Championship SuperfinalD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Dreev vs Grischuk ½-½102004Russian Championship SuperfinalD80 Grunfeld
16. A Korotylev vs Epishin  ½-½272004Russian Championship SuperfinalE12 Queen's Indian
17. Morozevich vs Svidler ½-½252004Russian Championship SuperfinalA00 Uncommon Opening
18. Grischuk vs Tseshkovsky 1-0572004Russian Championship SuperfinalB07 Pirc
19. Bareev vs Dreev ½-½212004Russian Championship SuperfinalD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. Kasparov vs Motylev ½-½762004Russian Championship SuperfinalC42 Petrov Defense
21. Epishin vs Kasparov ½-½422004Russian Championship SuperfinalE46 Nimzo-Indian
22. A Timofeev vs Morozevich  ½-½572004Russian Championship SuperfinalC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Tseshkovsky vs Bareev 0-1292004Russian Championship SuperfinalC11 French
24. Dreev vs A Korotylev 1-0392004Russian Championship SuperfinalD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Svidler vs Grischuk  ½-½222004Russian Championship SuperfinalB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
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Nov-28-04  suenteus po 147: <clocked> Were there more than one type of predictions to participate in? Starting with round 3 or so I was predicting results non-stop!
Nov-28-04  clocked: I only collected the prematch predictions of top three finishers.
Nov-28-04  suenteus po 147: <clocked> Aha! Thank you. Yes, I didn't participate in those predictions.

<cu8sfan> Woo-hoo! Last place! It takes a lot of work to finish last, people.

Nov-28-04  Minor Piece Activity: Nice. I have the best average (3.8!) and participated in 5 rounds. Should have started earlier. :( I had a feeling that Kaspy would win this one for some reason.
Nov-28-04  iron maiden: Hey, nice guys always finish last. ;-)

Seriously though, you undoubtedly would have placed higher if there'd been bonus points for correctly predicting upsets, like in a lot of organized betting systems.

Nov-28-04  iron maiden: That last was directed to sp147, of course.
Nov-29-04  arjunkakar: <clocked> what happened to your final list of prediction scores.
Nov-29-04  clocked: .

38.5 TylerD

38 Phoenix

37.5 AdrianP, clocked, <arjunkakar>, Dionyseus, Spassky69, iron maiden*

35.5 Dedalus

35 Poisonpawns, iron maiden

32.5 Yoozum, cu8sfan, Dave Murray, percyblakeney, Moonlitknight, acirce, arielbekarov

31.75 Bogdanel

31.5 alexandrov, tacticsjokerxxx

*iron maiden changed his picks after the 1st round

Nov-30-04  Phoenix: Congratulations to <TylerD>!

<clocked> We can't thank you enough for all the time and effort you put into the prediction-keeping. Maybe you'll be able to do the same for Corus? :-)

Nov-30-04  yoozum: i'll return to form come corus time. all of you should beware.
Dec-04-04  GufeldStudent: How do people think this compares to previous Kasparov performances. I think this was pretty damn impressive.
Dec-04-04  GufeldStudent: What is going on with the Kasparov Kasim match?
Dec-04-04  yoozum: <gufeldstudent>, there's little news about the match other than that it may be played in turkey. it's still in a state of limbo. kasparov's victory is without a doubt impressive, but his rustiness/age did show in a few games.
Dec-10-04  AdrianP: Why wasn't the Russian Championship on the ACP Tour: see here
Dec-10-04  unsound: <AdrianP> Because it was only open to Russians?
Dec-10-04  AdrianP: <unsound> I thought that might be the case but inclusion on the tour doesn't seem to be dependent on any sort of inclusiveness - e.g. the Leko-Kramnik match seems to be rated for the ACP Tour.
Dec-10-04  AdrianP: The Tour Rules do not appear to preclude a single nationality tournament. I guess the more likely explanation for my query is simply that the Russian Championship didn't ask to be on the ACP Tour.
Dec-10-04  acirce: The WC match could have been between players of any nationality, but it happened to be between Kramnik and Leko, while the Russian Superfinal was per definition only for Russians. Although in any case, it goes to show the arbitraryness of the ACP Tour - no matter how well you do in some tournaments, it doesn't count if it's not the right ones. If this somehow were to produce a WC candidate it would be totally absurd.
Dec-15-04  acirce: <The Tour Rules do not appear to preclude a single nationality tournament.> Well, they do:

III 1.
<This means that blitz tournaments, team competitions, national championships and insufficiently strong individual tournaments will not be part of the ACP Tour.>

Dec-16-04  AdrianP: <acirce> Thanks, well spotted.
Dec-16-04  ruylopez900: Does anyone know if there are plans for a similiar final next year/in two years time? Thanks.
Nov-12-12  pericles of athens: i didn't start playing chess until 2008. so cool you guys got to kibitz this tournament live!!!
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  Williebob: This text, from the above tournament description, is a little misleading:
“ Kasparov dominated with 7.5/10, his only national title.“

From the Kasparov bio:
“He was joint Soviet Champion in 1980-81 with Lev Psakhis and in 1988 Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov tied in the Super-Soviet Championship. In 2004, Garry Kasparov won the Russian Championships (2004) with a stunning +5 score.”

He was a ‘National champion‘ three times.
Dec-05-20  SChesshevsky: Seems some sort of Russian Superfinal is going on now. Think Svidler, Artemiev, maybe Karjakin are playing. Women's division also with think I saw Pogonina.

It's OTB with masks and see-through partitions. Video on YouTube. But it's classical time, which I find difficult to watch for any period of time.

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  Williebob: <SChesshevsky> That's right, the 2020 Russian Superfinal is now underway. Svidler has won this event 8 times - might be his most impressive "stat" overall. Nepomniachtchi looks hungry for victory this year, scoring a good win over Matlakov in the first round.
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