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Russian Championship Higher League (Women) Tournament

Baira Kovanova9/11(+8 -1 =2)[games]
Natalia Pogonina8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Ekaterina Ubiennykh7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Evgenija Ovod7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Olga Girya7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Ekaterina Timofeeva7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Anastasia Bodnaruk7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Irina Vasilevich6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Zoja Severiukhina6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Tatiana Shadrina6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Margarita Schepetkova6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Evgeniya Sukhareva6/11(+6 -5 =0)[games]
Dina Drozdova5.5/11(+5 -5 =1)[games]
Ekaterina Valentinovna Kovalevskaya5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Daria Voit5.5/11(+5 -5 =1)[games]
Elena Yevgenyevna Zaiatz5.5/11(+5 -5 =1)[games]
Inna Ivakhinova5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Marina Romanko Nechaeva5.5/11(+5 -5 =1)[games]
Tamara Cheremnova5.5/11(+5 -5 =1)[games]
Lyudmila Gubernatorova5.5/11(+5 -5 =1)[games]
Ekaterina Kabanova5/11(+5 -6 =0)[games]
Elena N Sazonova5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Olga Iljushina4.5/11(+4 -6 =1)[games]
Maria Butuc4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[games]
Anastasia Chigaeva4/11(+3 -6 =2)[games]
Irina Korchenkova4/11(+3 -6 =2)[games]
Ksenia Manina4/11(+3 -6 =2)[games]
Tuyara Adamova4/11(+4 -7 =0)[games]
Viktoria Korchagina4/11(+3 -6 =2)[games]
* (32 players total; 3 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Higher League (Women) (2012)

The 62nd Russian Women's Championship Higher League tournament was a 32-player 11-round Swiss held in Tyumen, Russia (about 2,500 km east of Moscow), 16-27 June 2012. Rest day: June 22. The top five finishers would advance to the Superfinal. Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 30 more minutes to the end of the game, with 30 seconds added per move starting from move 1. No draw offers before move 41. Prize fund: 500.000 rubles (~$15,500), with 100,000 rubles (~$3,100) to the winner. Chief organizer: Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev. Chief arbiter: Alexander Khasin.

Baira Kovanova won with 9/11. Pogonina (2nd), Ubiennykh (3rd), Ovod (4th) and Girya (5th on tiebreak) also went to the Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2012).

Wikipedia article: Tyumen
Official site:
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 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 171  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Pogonina vs E Timofeeva ½-½412012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)B83 Sicilian
2. D Drozdova vs Zaiatz  1-0292012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
3. I Ivakhinova vs T Adamova  1-0382012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)A57 Benko Gambit
4. A Chigaeva vs D Voit  1-0492012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
5. E Ubiennykh vs K Manina  1-0282012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)A81 Dutch
6. E Rassokhina vs Z Severiukhina 0-1252012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)E81 King's Indian, Samisch
7. O Iljushina vs V Korchagina  1-0522012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)E97 King's Indian
8. A Dotdaeva vs T Shadrina  ½-½692012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. I Vasilevich vs E Sazonova  1-0552012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)A20 English
10. E Kabanova vs B Kovanova 0-1462012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. A Bodnaruk vs M Schepetkova  ½-½442012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
12. M Butuc vs E Ovod  0-1602012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)A15 English
13. O Girya vs E Sukhareva  1-0412012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. L Gubernatorova vs E V Kovalevskaya  0-1422012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. M R Nechaeva vs T Cheremnova  1-0242012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)D47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. D Voit vs I Korchenkova  1-0322012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)B42 Sicilian, Kan
17. T Cheremnova vs E Rassokhina  1-0432012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)E16 Queen's Indian
18. V Korchagina vs L Gubernatorova  0-1332012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)C12 French, McCutcheon
19. E Sukhareva vs E Likhovid  1-0352012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)A54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
20. K Manina vs M Butuc  0-1532012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)B23 Sicilian, Closed
21. T Adamova vs E Kabanova  0-1522012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)B27 Sicilian
22. Zaiatz vs E Sazonova  1-0362012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)E73 King's Indian
23. E Timofeeva vs A Dotdaeva  1-0422012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)A35 English, Symmetrical
24. T Shadrina vs A Bodnaruk  1-0562012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. O Iljushina vs M R Nechaeva  1-0562012Russian Championship Higher League (Women)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Jun-22-12  Kinghunt: You were so close to an automatic requalification, just a half a point shy... But it seems that you didn't take that loss too hard and are looking to get back with a vengeance!
Jun-22-12  parmetd: Go Natalia Go!
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  HeMateMe: Looks like Natalie is well on her way to a trip to the closed Russian Championships. I guess the other top russian players are in that tournament that includes Kosteniuk and the Kointseva sisters, and they have already qualified.
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  Natalia Pogonina: @HeMateMe The sisters will be invited by rating. Alexandra doesn't have a spot in the Superfinal unless the RCF will make up a new rule.

The way things are supposed to be, Kosintsevas will qualify by rating; Gunina, Galliamova and Charochkina for winning medals in 2011, and 5 more players - for their performance at the Top League.

Jun-25-12  Wild Bill: Congratulations, Natalia Andreevna! Now go get 'em in Moscow!
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  Open Defence: <Wild Bill> you old avtaar is available now I think
Jun-25-12  Wild Bill: Why, thank you, <Defi>.

I've grown accustomed to Darth Vader, however. He represents my dark side so well. A good chess player should always be in touch with his dark side.

Jun-25-12  goommba88: Natalia,
How does it feel to be the hottest chessplayer on the planet!?
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  Sneaky: How many rounds left?
Jun-25-12  Kinghunt: Two rounds to go, and Natalia edges up to equal first!
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  OhioChessFan: <Wild Bill: I've grown accustomed to Darth Vader, however. He represents my dark side so well. A good chess player should always be in touch with his dark side.>

Jun-25-12  twinlark: Wonder why Goryachkina's not playing?
Jun-25-12  twinlark: Google translate is a laugh sometimes.

Using it to translate the official webpage, Ekaterina Ubiennykh is translated as "Murdered Catherine".

Olga Girya becomes "Olga Kettlebell", Evgenija Ovod becomes "Eugene Gadfly" and Daniil Dubov becomes "Daniel Oaks"...I actually looked up "Oaks" before I understood it was Dubov.

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  HeMateMe: That would make them the second worst in linguistics--right behind ChessBase.
Jun-26-12  Kinghunt: Natalia secures an invitation to the Superfinal with one round to go! In the last round, the pressure is off and she's just playing for glory.
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  HeMateMe: As always, the Russian finals are an orgy of talent. I guess the USA is number two.
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  Natalia Pogonina: Thanks for the support, guys! +5 =6 -0 is not bad, although before the tournament I expected this result to be enough for gold, not silver! :D
Jun-27-12  parmetd: Congrats Natalia! And wow yea who would have thought +5Kh8 was going to be 2nd!
Jun-27-12  Kinghunt: Kovanova had an absolutely phenomenal event, all the way through. Eight wins in this field is unbelievable.
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  brankat: 8/11 would have been enough for the gold most of the times, but B.Kovanova had an incredible score.
Premium Chessgames Member Congratulations Natalia. Best of luck in the Superfinals!
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  HeMateMe: Clearly, Kovanova was a Supernova!
Jun-30-12  apple scruffs: A mere matter of spelling, but I'd say Kovanova was a Supanova.
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  PhilFeeley: <AS> <Kovanova Supanova> I sense a <> pun title in the works...
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  HeMateMe: I haven't had a pun chosen in six months. It's a Punspiracy, mark my words.
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