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Russian Championship Superfinal Tournament

Evgeny Alekseev7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Peter Svidler6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky5.5/11(+1 -1 =9)[games]
Ildar Khairullin5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Sergey Grigoriants5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Denis Khismatullin5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov3.5/11(+0 -4 =7)[games]
Evgeny Najer2.5/11(+0 -6 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Superfinal (2006)

The 59th Russian Championship Superfinal was held in the Central Chess House in Moscow, Russia, 3-15 December 2006. Rest days: December 7 and 12. Organizer: the Russian Chess Federation. Rounds started at 3 pm. One of the favorites Alexander Morozevich had withdrawn and been replaced by Khairullin. Else there were revolutionary many young and relatively unknown players who had qualified from the Russian Championship Higher League (2006). Alekseev and Jakovenko both ended with 7.5/11:

Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 =1 Alekseev 21 2639 * ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 1 1 7˝ =1 Jakovenko 23 2671 ˝ * 1 ˝ ˝ 0 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 7˝ 3 Inarkiev 20 2628 ˝ 0 * ˝ ˝ 1 0 ˝ 1 1 1 1 7 4 Svidler 30 2750 ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ ˝ 6˝ =5 Rublevsky 32 2688 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 5˝ =5 Khairullin 16 2543 ˝ 1 0 ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ 1 0 ˝ ˝ 5˝ =5 Tomashevsky 19 2595 0 0 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ * 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 5˝ =8 Grigoriants 23 2582 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 * ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 5 =8 Nepomniachtchi 16 2545 ˝ 0 0 0 1 0 ˝ ˝ * 1 ˝ 1 5 =8 Khismatullin 21 2583 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 0 * 1 1 5 11 Vitiugov 19 2596 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 * ˝ 3˝ 12 Najer 29 2648 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 0 0 ˝ * 2˝

Category: XV (2622). Chief arbiter: Igor Bolotinsky

The tie for first place was resolved by two 15 min + 10 sec Rapid games after Round 11 (15 December). After a draw in the first game (Jakovenko vs E Alekseev, 2006), Evgeny Alekseev won the second game (E Alekseev vs Jakovenko, 2006) and the title.

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Previous: Russian Championship Superfinal (2005). Next: Russian Championship Superfinal (2007). Women's event: Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2006)

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Vitiugov vs D Khismatullin  0-1432006Russian Championship SuperfinalE12 Queen's Indian
2. Jakovenko vs Svidler ½-½222006Russian Championship SuperfinalC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Rublevsky vs E Inarkiev  ½-½202006Russian Championship SuperfinalC45 Scotch Game
4. E Najer vs Tomashevsky  ½-½232006Russian Championship SuperfinalE20 Nimzo-Indian
5. I Khairullin vs E Alekseev  ½-½402006Russian Championship SuperfinalB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. I Nepomniachtchi vs Grigoriants  ½-½402006Russian Championship SuperfinalB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
7. D Khismatullin vs Jakovenko  ½-½222006Russian Championship SuperfinalB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
8. E Alekseev vs E Najer 1-0752006Russian Championship SuperfinalB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
9. Tomashevsky vs Rublevsky  ½-½252006Russian Championship SuperfinalA09 Reti Opening
10. I Nepomniachtchi vs I Khairullin 0-1582006Russian Championship SuperfinalC77 Ruy Lopez
11. E Inarkiev vs Vitiugov 1-0322006Russian Championship SuperfinalB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
12. Grigoriants vs Svidler  ½-½202006Russian Championship SuperfinalD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
13. Jakovenko vs E Inarkiev 1-0642006Russian Championship SuperfinalC78 Ruy Lopez
14. E Najer vs I Nepomniachtchi 0-1552006Russian Championship SuperfinalD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Rublevsky vs E Alekseev 1-0312006Russian Championship SuperfinalB25 Sicilian, Closed
16. I Khairullin vs Grigoriants  ½-½192006Russian Championship SuperfinalB12 Caro-Kann Defense
17. Svidler vs D Khismatullin 1-0422006Russian Championship SuperfinalB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Vitiugov vs Tomashevsky ½-½152006Russian Championship SuperfinalE12 Queen's Indian
19. E Alekseev vs Vitiugov  1-0532006Russian Championship SuperfinalD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Grigoriants vs D Khismatullin  ½-½322006Russian Championship SuperfinalE15 Queen's Indian
21. I Khairullin vs E Najer  ½-½202006Russian Championship SuperfinalC10 French
22. I Nepomniachtchi vs Rublevsky 1-0382006Russian Championship SuperfinalB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
23. E Inarkiev vs Svidler  ½-½352006Russian Championship SuperfinalE60 King's Indian Defense
24. Tomashevsky vs Jakovenko 0-1492006Russian Championship SuperfinalA35 English, Symmetrical
25. Jakovenko vs E Alekseev  ½-½452006Russian Championship SuperfinalB83 Sicilian
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Dec-18-06  DCP23: <PinkPanther>: <The only really "strong" chess player who participated was Svidler, and not that I really ever respected him that much in the first place, but he's really fallen down a few notches in my book.>

That says nothing about Svidler, but a lot about you.

Dec-18-06  PinkPanther: Oh really? Care to elaborate?
Dec-18-06  Plato: <PinkPanther> Can you name five Grandmasters, past or present, whom you do respect? All I've ever seen you do is denigrate strong GMs.
Dec-20-06  PinkPanther: Would you like that?
Let's see, starting with my chess idol:
1.Michael Adams (a positional god)
2.Vishy Anand (I'm no fan of his, but I do respect him) 3.Garry Kasparov
4.Anatoly Karpov (I have the utmost respect for his style) 5.Akiba Rubinstein (see the comments on Karpov)
6.Mikhail Botvinnik (see the comments on Karpov)
7.Bobby Fischer
8.Alexander Alekhine - I greatly respect tactical accuracy. It seemed to me like most of his combinations were very profund, but also based on correct ideas and calculations.

Do I really need to keep going? Svidler just seems like a guy to me that hasn't accomplished much....I mean really. He just doesn't stand out to me. He seems like a nice guy, but as a chess player it's like "meh", you know? I don't have a lot of respect for tactical tricksters, I prefer a slow, correct, positional crush.

Dec-20-06  adair10: <PinkPanther: He can't even win a 4th rate Russian Championship..... >

This tournament had average rating of about 2622. There are very few national championships that can get that strong (maybe Ukrainian and Armenian) assuming all best players participate. Do you consider those championships 4th rate championships? Also, if Ivanchuk and Aronian don't win, are they not great players anymore?

Dec-20-06  Rawprawn: If anyone is still tuned in, why did Jakovenko resign the second tiebreak game?
Dec-20-06  PinkPanther: 2622 is laughably weak for a Russian Championship. Combine that with the fact that Svidler is what...130 points higher rated than that, and all you're doing is making my point for me.
Dec-20-06  Rolfo: <pink> I think some of the reactions are based on the impression that you are showing lack of respect.. The way you are expressing your opinion.. Think of it
Dec-20-06  Mameluk: <pinkpanther> You don´t get that 9 of the participants were young ambitious players who are on huge rise. Just watch January´s rating list for 3 winners, and 2010 rating list for Khairullin and Nepo.
Dec-20-06  PinkPanther: Too bad the tournament wasn't being played in 2010, idiot. I don't care how they're "weak" or why they're "weak". The main thing is that by Russian championship standards they're weak and for Svidler to not even be able to win this tournament...hell, he never led it at any point, is pathetic.
Dec-20-06  Rolfo: I don't try anymore
Dec-20-06  TIMER: <PinkPanther> Somebody like Morozevich would have taken no prisoners against this kind of opposition. Whereas Svidler doesn't seem to want to take more risks to beat weaker players- it is not his style, and he doesn't get very motivated like Morozevich or Topalov would. I agree that he gave away too many draws, as if as top seed he did not expect to dominate, which is surprising. Svidler could get a similar result to this in a super-tournament despite the much tougher opposition.
Dec-20-06  Mameluk: Of course the main reason, why solid 2650+ players like Malakhov, Motylev, Dreev or Zvjagintsev did not play this tournament was, that these weak youngsters terribly kicked their asses in qualification.
Dec-20-06  PinkPanther: Motylev, Dreev and Zvjagintsev aren't the best Russia has to offer either. They're, at best, 2nd rate Russians. I know why Kramnik wasn't there, but where were Grischuk, Moro and Bareev?
Dec-20-06  PinkPanther: You see what I'm getting at? No Kasparov, no Kramnik, no Moro, no Grischuk, no Dreev, no Bareev...and Svidler still can't win?
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  Gypsy: <Svidler has won the Russian Championship four times, in 1994, 1995, 1997, and 2003.> I'd say that evidence shows Svidler can win it alright; he just didn't this time.
Dec-20-06  PinkPanther: And who was playing in all those tournaments. I'd be interested to see.
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  Gypsy: <And who was playing in all those tournaments. I'd be interested to see.> That's a trick question, right?

Dec-21-06  PinkPanther: <Gypsy>
Thanks for proving my point. Every one of those Russian Championships was second-rate at best.
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  Gypsy: <PinkPanther> Oh, I thought you ment Svidler is just not capable of winning ammong such competition.

< You see what I'm getting at? No Kasparov, no Kramnik, no Moro, no Grischuk, no Dreev, no Bareev...and Svidler still can't win? >

Dec-21-06  PinkPanther: When you say that you're a 4-time Russian champion, the implication is that you beat the very best the country has to offer, which he never did.
Dec-21-06  PinkPanther: In what I said before, I was grasping for straws. I don't really hold Dreev and Bareev in very high regard, but they would have been an improvement over the players that were actually there.
Dec-21-06  petrovalovski: You sound like you have a 300000000 elorating.
Dec-21-06  Prugno: <PinkPanther> If you tried looking at the GAMES instead of the ratings, you would realize that this was in fact a very high level Russian championship, probably better than last year's. It was not the relatively "old guard" like Svidler and Rublevsky who played badly (of course they are also human so the occasional mistake was made), but the youngsters who played well. Let's see if Jakovenko scores more or less points than Moro in the strong closed event in Pamplona beginning tomorrow...
Dec-21-06  PinkPanther: We shall see.
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