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Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) Tournament

Alisa Mikhailovna Galliamova7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Natalia Pogonina7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Tatiana Kosintseva7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Nazi Paikidze6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Valentina Gunina5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Nadezhda Kosintseva5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Tatiana Shadrina5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Vera Nebolsina5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Anastasia Bodnaruk5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Olga Girya4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Svetlana Matveeva3.5/11(+2 -6 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2010)

The 60th Russian Women's Championship Superfinal was played in the Central Chess House in Moscow, Russia, 16-27 November 2010. Rest day: November 22. Chief organizers: Alexander Tkachev and the Russian Chess Federation, with the support from Gazprom, Sberbank, Almaz-Antei, E4 Group and others. All the best players in the country participated, including the entire national team. Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, 30 more minutes to the end of the game, with a 30 second increment from move 1. Prize fund: 1.4 million rubles (~35,000 euros), with 400,000 rubles (~10,000 euros) to the winner. Games started at 3 pm.

Three players ended on 7/11, of which Tatiana Kosintseva was 3rd on tiebreak (S-B score):

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 =1 Galliamova 2487 * 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 7 =1 Pogonina 2472 * 1 0 1 1 1 7 3 T Kosintseva 2581 * 0 1 1 1 1 7 4 Paikidze 2401 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 0 1 6 5 Kosteniuk 2507 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 0 5 6 Gunina 2479 1 1 0 0 * 0 0 0 1 1 5 7 N Kosintseva 2576 0 0 1 * 1 1 0 0 5 8 Shadrina 2384 1 0 0 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 5 9 Nebolsina 2377 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 * 0 1 5 10 Bodnaruk 2407 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 1 1 5 11 Girya 2435 1 0 0 0 0 * 1 4 12 Matveeva 2389 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 * 3

Category: IX (2458). Chief arbiter: Igor Bolotinsky

According to the regulations (, Galliamova and Pogonina played a Rapid (15m + 10s) mini-match for 1st place:

1 Galliamova 1 1 2 Pogonina 0

Alisa Mikhailovna Galliamova won the second game and became Russian champion for the third time.

Official site:
Wikipedia article: Russian Chess Championship#2010

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Nebolsina vs N Kosintseva 0-1262010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
2. V Gunina vs N Paikidze 0-1492010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. T Kosintseva vs A Bodnaruk  ½-½1032010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. S Matveeva vs A M Galliamova 0-1732010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. N Pogonina vs O Girya  ½-½552010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. Kosteniuk vs T Shadrina  1-0572010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. A Bodnaruk vs S Matveeva  1-0602010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C18 French, Winawer
8. V Nebolsina vs V Gunina  1-0452010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. N Kosintseva vs T Shadrina  1-0812010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
10. A M Galliamova vs N Pogonina  ½-½532010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
11. N Paikidze vs T Kosintseva 1-0342010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E20 Nimzo-Indian
12. O Girya vs Kosteniuk  0-1512010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E15 Queen's Indian
13. T Kosintseva vs V Nebolsina 1-0252010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C43 Petrov, Modern Attack
14. V Gunina vs N Kosintseva 0-1372010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
15. N Pogonina vs A Bodnaruk  1-0672010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
16. S Matveeva vs N Paikidze  ½-½262010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. T Shadrina vs O Girya  1-0492010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
18. Kosteniuk vs A M Galliamova  0-1562010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
19. N Paikidze vs N Pogonina 0-1502010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
20. A M Galliamova vs T Shadrina  0-1532010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
21. A Bodnaruk vs Kosteniuk ½-½632010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C55 Two Knights Defense
22. N Kosintseva vs O Girya  ½-½512010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
23. V Nebolsina vs S Matveeva  1-0442010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
24. V Gunina vs T Kosintseva  ½-½682010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
25. T Shadrina vs A Bodnaruk  1-0802010Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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Nov-25-10  visayanbraindoctor: I hope FIDE re-installs back the old system. Kosteniuk gets to defend her Title in a long one-on-one match. The issue is not regarded as important as the Men's Title for the simple reason that the Women's World Champion has always been far weaker than any Men's Candidate ever, but it would still be nice to see the Women's old long Title matches back. Even 10 to 12 games looks fine to me.
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  HeMateMe: Definitely. Having a defending champion and a longer match gives respect and meaning to the title.
Nov-26-10  visayanbraindoctor: <HeMateMe: Maybe nazi or one of the K girls will win it. I am sort of hoping that Yifan will win.>

I would love to see a Hou vs Nazi match. (",)

However, they are still both young and will have their chances later anyway. Therefore I am hoping that one of their seniors such as one of the Kosintsevas, who both delivered so well for the Russian Women's team in the Olympiad, or as you say Natalie P., win the Women's Title.

Nov-26-10  Billy Vaughan: Re: the painting, that looks like typical DeviantArt fare.
Nov-26-10  percyblakeney: Paikidze, Galliamova and Tatiana K share the lead with one round to go. Paikidze is white against one of the few players in the field with a lower rating than her, Nebolsina, while Galliamova and Tatiana K face each other. So it isn't impossible that this will end up with the most sensational winner ever in a Russian Superfinal.
Nov-26-10  turbo231: <Billy Vaughan: Re: the painting, that looks like typical DeviantArt fare.>

I agree, and she probably knew it.

Nov-27-10  visayanbraindoctor: Nazi Paikidze lost to another young Russian Vera Nebolsina who conjured up a mating attack out of a Petrov.

GMs Tati K and Galliamova did a grandmaster draw, and so share 1st place.

It amazing but nearly all the games of the Russian ladies feature attempts at slam bang attacks. They certainly act more aggressively than their males counterparts, who often indulge in fine positional maneuvering, in terms of style.

Nov-27-10  polarmis: I'm not sure it's true, but I've seen it said that the alleged contrast in playing styles between men and women is really just a matter of rating. Men at the same rating level also tend to play more tactical chess (it's also tactical higher up, but both players see more of the tricks before they get the chance to end up on the board).

A funny thing about the last round of this tournament. Apparently the organisers didn't bother to inform the spectators or journalists that they were starting 3 hours earlier! Evgeny Surov at wasn't very impressed: (in Russian)

Nov-27-10  percyblakeney: Paikidze did well but the last round also shows that it's early to talk about her facing Hou in a match, the difference is almost 200 points and things did go Paikidze's way in several games here. Not so against the player with the lowest rating in the field, Nebolsina, who won with black in just 24 moves.
Nov-27-10  wanabe2000: From Russia Chess. "Of the three chess players, divided the first place, the worst ratio was Tatiana Kosintseva.

Natalia Pogonina and Alisa Galliamova will play an extra match in rapid chess to determine the champion.

It will begin at 18.25 Moscow time on the fifth table game room."

Nov-27-10  polarmis: Yep, here now:
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  HeMateMe: That painting is too clean, to perfect to be done by hand, right? Any art forgers here?
Nov-27-10  14DogKnight: <turbo231: <stanleys: A fan painted a portrait of Nadezhda Kosintseva and offered it to her:> That painting is so beautiful it looks like a photograph. In fact it looks better than a photograph! Amazing work that man is a world class artist.>

<Vakus: That painting really sucks. <turbo> I hope your remark <that man is world class artist> was dripping with sarcasm .>

I liked the painting. It's definately closer to "world class" than "really sucks". I guess Vakus is comparing the fan to Rembrandt. That reminds me of the Naka-haters who say Nakamura sucks because he's not as good as Carlsen...

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  HeMateMe: The table here shows T. Kosintseva tied with first with Galliamova. Is this final, and if Pogonina is in fifth with 5.5 points, why is she in a tie breaker match?
Nov-27-10  percyblakeney: Galliamova wins the Superfinal just as last year, after rapid tiebreak.
Nov-27-10  Sequoia: <HeMateMe: The table here shows T. Kosintseva tied with first with Galliamova. Is this final, and if Pogonina is in fifth with 5.5 points, why is she in a tie breaker match?>

Because cg did not update the standings, leaving Pogo with one game less than the others (draw against Matveeva) and she was the last one to finish her game with Shadrina today, so 5.5 + 0.5 +1.0 = 7

Nov-27-10  percyblakeney: Nadezhda Kosintseva looked like a probable winner after three rounds but had an extremely bad finish, going -4 in the last six games, all against much lower rated opposition. Surprising from an otherwise very stable top player.
Nov-27-10  Sequoia: Again it is noticeable how they are playing for the fun: quite a few draws, attacking, only look at the last round games: sacrifices! Entertaining, even if not without mistakes.
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  jahhaj: <14DogKnight> It's the dreadful sentimentality of the composition not the quality of the painting that is the problem. <Watermate> said it best, 'that man is a world class stalker'.
Nov-28-10  turbo231: <HeMateMe: That painting is too clean, to perfect to be done by hand, right? Any art forgers here?>

I agree. It looks like digital art, a skin, or wallpaper.

Nov-28-10  geeker: Congratulations to Galliamova! I get the impression she doesn't play a lot of tournaments, but she seems to usually do well in the all-distaff events. [I'm no doubt the umpteenth person to mention this, but CG really oughta drop the "-Ivanchuk" from her name, as they divorced *long* ago.]
Nov-28-10  turbo231: Nazi had the perfect chance to win this tourney. She was playing with white and had the lowest ranking opponent. Did she choke?
Nov-29-10  wanabe2000: <turbo231> Yea, in USA sports we would say she "choked". Paikidze doesn't have much experience at this level and she is some what inconsistent with her play. I'm sure she is disappointed yet she almost won the tournament. 2010 has been a good year for her with two IM norms (maybe a third here?).

She is probably going to join the Russia Chess Federation which would open up more opportunities. She has dual citizenship, Georgia and Russia, and has lived in Moscow since 2006.

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  Natalia Pogonina: Nice event, but very tiresome in the sense of being an 11-round round robin with no weak players. Four of us are leaving for the Women's World Championship in a few days.
Nov-30-10  turbo231: <wanabe2000> I agree

<Natalia> good luck.

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