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Russian Championship Higher League Tournament

Artyom Timofeev8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Konstantin Maslak7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Alexander Riazantsev7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Alexander Lastin7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Konstantin Sakaev7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Alexander Galkin7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Mikhail Kobalia7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Evgeny Najer7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Boris Grachev7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Alexander Motylev6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Ivan Smikovski6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Pavel Maletin6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Sergey Volkov6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Pavel Tregubov6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Dmitry Kokarev6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Alexei Kornev6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Yuri Yakovich6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Igor Lysyj6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Dmitry Bocharov6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Sanan Sjugirov5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Konstantin Landa5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Pavel Smirnov5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Evgeny E Vorobiov5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Alexander Khalifman5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Andrei Deviatkin5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Nikolai Chadaev5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Vladimir Potkin5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Dmitry Kryakvin5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Evgeny Shaposhnikov5.5/11(+1 -1 =9)[games]
* (56 players total; 24 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Higher League (2008)

The 61st Russian Championship Higher League tournament was a 56-player 11-round Swiss held in Novokuznetsk, Russia, 3-14 September 2008. Rest day: September 9. The top five finishers would advance to the Superfinal. Time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 more minutes to move 60, then 10 more minutes to the end of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Prize fund: 2.5 million rubles. Chief organizer: Maxim Ivakhin. Chief arbiter: Igor Bolotinsky.

Artyom Timofeev won with 8/11. He and the next six on the list (including Sakaev who stepped in for an ill Alexander Grischuk) played in the Russian Championship Superfinal (2008).

Official site:
Wikipedia article: Novokuznetsk

Previous: Russian Championship Higher League (2007). Next: Russian Championship Higher League (2009)

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 306  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Malakhov vs A Shomoev  1-0662008Russian Championship Higher LeagueB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. Yakovich vs E Inarkiev  ½-½632008Russian Championship Higher LeagueE73 King's Indian
3. Motylev vs D Kryakvin  1-0492008Russian Championship Higher LeagueC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
4. R Ovetchkin vs E Najer  ½-½592008Russian Championship Higher LeagueD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Zvjaginsev vs E Shaposhnikov 1-0622008Russian Championship Higher LeagueB50 Sicilian
6. I Smikovski vs P Tregubov  ½-½652008Russian Championship Higher LeagueB33 Sicilian
7. F Amonatov vs Kiriakov 1-0442008Russian Championship Higher LeagueC11 French
8. E Vorobiov vs A Timofeev  ½-½292008Russian Championship Higher LeagueB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
9. B Grachev vs Rychagov ½-½1692008Russian Championship Higher LeagueD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. A Rustemov vs A Lastin 0-1192008Russian Championship Higher LeagueD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. S Volkov vs P Maletin  ½-½402008Russian Championship Higher LeagueE20 Nimzo-Indian
12. S Sjugirov vs Sakaev  1-0542008Russian Championship Higher LeagueC67 Ruy Lopez
13. Khalifman vs N Chadaev  ½-½382008Russian Championship Higher LeagueD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. A Kornev vs Potkin  ½-½352008Russian Championship Higher LeagueB40 Sicilian
15. M Kobalia vs K Maslak  1-0772008Russian Championship Higher LeagueB50 Sicilian
16. N Kabanov vs A Riazantsev 0-1412008Russian Championship Higher LeagueC11 French
17. Vitiugov vs D Skorchenko  1-0352008Russian Championship Higher LeagueD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Landa vs Iskusnyh  1-0352008Russian Championship Higher LeagueB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
19. Kalegin vs Khismatullin  0-1312008Russian Championship Higher LeagueB30 Sicilian
20. Korotylev vs M Matlakov  ½-½392008Russian Championship Higher LeagueD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. A Smirnov vs Nepomniachtchi  0-1512008Russian Championship Higher LeagueD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. I Lysyj vs D Chuprikov  1-0632008Russian Championship Higher LeagueD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. N Pokazanjev vs P Smirnov  ½-½422008Russian Championship Higher LeagueB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. D Bocharov vs M Garakov  1-0592008Russian Championship Higher LeagueA43 Old Benoni
25. A Klimov vs D Kokarev  ½-½502008Russian Championship Higher LeagueE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 306  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-09-08  Abdooss: Khalifman is playing solidly at this point. Only 1 win, with the rest drawn. 9/9/08
Sep-09-08  Simonkaser: second !!!
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  whiteshark: 166 games so far and not a single sacrifice. Remarkable?
Sep-10-08  malthrope: <whiteshark: 166 games so far and not a single sacrifice. Remarkable?>

Hehehe... ;) Time for <> to install a brand new <"Sacrifice Meter!"> ~lol~ <grin> - Mal

PS: Go Nepo! :^)

Sep-10-08  jon01: The best game so far has to be Inarkiev - Shomoev.
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  whiteshark: Thank you <> for updating of 'sacrifice viewer'. :D

<jon01: The best game so far has to be E Inarkiev vs A Shomoev, 2008 > (it's good/comfortable to post the link) :D

Sep-11-08  kellmano: Check out Inarkiev's game today:

Sadly i think he is losing. Nepo lost again as well :-(

Sep-11-08  visayanbraindoctor: Is this tournament a qualifier for the Russian Championship in December?

If so, how many of the top placers will qualify?

Sep-12-08  Ichiro: 5 of them go to the Superfinal.
Sep-13-08  visayanbraindoctor: <Ichiro: 5 of them go to the Superfinal.>


Does any one know who the rest of the players are (beside the 5 top placers here) in the Russian Superfinals?

Sep-13-08  Ichiro: Maybe Morozevich(Champion), Grischuk, Tomashevsky, Svidler, Jakovenko, Dreev and Rychagov(Kramnik?).
Sep-13-08  visayanbraindoctor: <Ichiro: Maybe Morozevich(Champion), Grischuk, Tomashevsky, Svidler, Jakovenko, Dreev and Rychagov(Kramnik?>

Thanks again. I hope Kramnik plays.

Sep-14-08  kellmano: Could anyone post either the webpage or a crosstable of leaders. Seems like my man Inarkiev has done well, but i'm not sure how well.
Sep-14-08  unsound: <kellmano> Inarkiev tied for 2nd-3rd and so qualified. See:
Sep-15-08  visayanbraindoctor: Timofeev 8
Vitiugov 7½
Inarkiev 7½
Lastin 7
Sakaev 7
Kobalia 7
Riazantsev 7
Galkin 7
Maslak 7
Najer 7
Grachev 7

There are many players with 7 points. If only 5 qualify, does it specifically mean that only Timofeev, Vitiugov, Inarkiev, Lastin, and Sakaev make through the Russian Superfinals?

Sep-15-08  kellmano: Nice one. I fully expect Inarkiev to go on to play some interesting games, losing most of them :-)
Sep-15-08  Chesscomedian: Best Game so far: A Timofeev vs I Smikovski, 2008
Sep-19-08  Xeroxx: < Best Game so far:> Hahahaha you posted that comment when the tournament was over :D :D :D
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  Tabanus: I can't find the official standings table here.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessdreamer: As of today 7 games not in this database;

Round 1 Daniil Lintchevski - Alexander Galkin,
Round 6 Andrey Rychagov - Sergei Iskusnyh,
Round 8 Petr Kiriakov - Vladimir Malakhov,
Round 9 Pavel Smirnov - Ian Nepomniachtchi,
Round 10 Vladimir Potkin - Yuri Yakovich,
Round 11 Ernesto Inarkiev - Nikita Vitiugov and
Round 11 Petr Kiriakov - Alexander Rustemov.

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  Tabanus: I just sent in

[Event "Russian Championship Higher League"]
[Site "Novokuznetsk RUS"]
[Date "2008.09.14"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Ernesto Inarkiev"]
[Black "Nikita Vitiugov"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[Source ""

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Qd2 Bb4 8. f3 d5 9. a3 Qa5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nb3 Bxc3 12. Nxa5 Bxd2+ 13. Bxd2 Nxa5 14. Bxa5 Ne3 15. Kf2 Nxf1 16. Rhxf1 Bd7 17. Rfd1 Bc6 18. Rd6 O-O 19. Rad1 h6 20. Rd8 Rfxd8 21. Rxd8+ Rxd8 22. Bxd8 f6 23. Be7 Kf7 24. Bd6 Ke8 25. Bc5 Kf7 26. Bd6 Ke8 27. Bc5 Kf7 1/2-1/2

Someone else send the other six ;)

Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: E Inarkiev vs Vitiugov, 2008. No procrastination in <this> case.

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