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Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) Tournament

Valentina Gunina7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Natalija Pogonina5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Aleksandra Goryachkina4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Baira Kovanova4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Tatiana Kosintseva3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Anastasia Bodnaruk3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Alina Kashlinskaya3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Daria Charochkina2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2013)

The 63rd Russian Women's Championship Superfinal was played in the Nizhny Novgorod State Museum of History and Architecture in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 5-14 October 2013. Rest day: October 10. Organizers: Russian Chess Federation and the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Foundation, with the support of the Government of the Nizhny Novgorod Region. Time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves, 30 more minutes to the end of the game, with a 30 second increment from move 1. No negotiated draws allowed before move 40. Games started at 3 pm, last round at 1 pm local time. Prize fund: 1.7 million rubles (~US $31,800), with 450,000 rubles (~US $8,500) to the winner. If players tied for first, a playoff would be held with shortened time control.

Valentina Gunina took her second title with 7/9.

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Gunina 2506 * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 7 2 Kosteniuk 2495 ½ * 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 6½ 3 Pogonina 2485 0 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 5½ 4 Kovalevskaya 2410 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 4½ 5 Kovanova 2396 0 1 0 ½ * ½ 0 ½ 1 1 4½ 6 Goryachkina 2436 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 4½ 7 Kosintseva 2515 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ * 0 ½ ½ 3½ 8 Bodnaruk 2459 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ 1 * 0 ½ 3½ 9 Kashlinskaya 2435 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 * ½ 3 10 Charochkina 2343 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 2½

Category: VIII (2448). Chief arbiter: Anatoly Bykhovsky

Official site:
Wikipedia article: Russian Chess Championship#2013
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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Charochkina vs T Kosintseva  ½-½472013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A22 English
2. V Gunina vs Goryachkina  1-0552013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A06 Reti Opening
3. B Kovanova vs Kosteniuk 1-0532013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
4. A Bodnaruk vs A Kashlinskaya  0-1452013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C42 Petrov Defense
5. N Pogonina vs E Kovalevskaya ½-½532013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Goryachkina vs B Kovanova  ½-½422013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
7. Kosteniuk vs N Pogonina 1-0422013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C54 Giuoco Piano
8. D Charochkina vs A Bodnaruk  ½-½422013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
9. A Kashlinskaya vs V Gunina 0-1522013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
10. T Kosintseva vs E Kovalevskaya ½-½682013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B30 Sicilian
11. N Pogonina vs Goryachkina  ½-½552013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. A Bodnaruk vs T Kosintseva  1-0542013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. V Gunina vs D Charochkina  ½-½632013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
14. E Kovalevskaya vs Kosteniuk ½-½292013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
15. B Kovanova vs A Kashlinskaya 1-0362013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. Goryachkina vs E Kovalevskaya ½-½462013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
17. D Charochkina vs B Kovanova  0-1422013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C58 Two Knights
18. A Kashlinskaya vs N Pogonina ½-½582013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C45 Scotch Game
19. T Kosintseva vs Kosteniuk  0-1652013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
20. A Bodnaruk vs V Gunina 0-1402013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
21. Kosteniuk vs Goryachkina  ½-½422013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B30 Sicilian
22. E Kovalevskaya vs A Kashlinskaya  ½-½562013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
23. V Gunina vs T Kosintseva ½-½1112013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
24. N Pogonina vs D Charochkina 1-0282013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D85 Grunfeld
25. B Kovanova vs A Bodnaruk  ½-½492013Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A15 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Oct-12-13  dx9293: Oh no Natalia...
Oct-13-13  Calar: Two leaders meet on the morrow in the ultimate round. If Kosteniuk wins against Gunina, she clinches the title. Otherwise, Gunina does.
Oct-13-13  Kaspablanca: Calar: What if they draw the game?
Oct-14-13  siggemannen: IMO, Gunina is like Stein, crazy tactician, but perhaps not stable enough to get all the way to the top
Oct-14-13  Nerwal: <IMO, Gunina is like Stein, crazy tactician, but perhaps not stable enough to get all the way to the top>

Well she has been piling up titles in recent years, so she's doing fine despite playing all those crazy games. The women's world championship cycle is so unsatisfactory, it's not even sure it's a big priority for top female players anymore.

Oct-14-13  Calar: <Kaspablanca> As seen from the table, Gunina has 6.5 points, while Kosteniuk is at 6. If they draw the game, you can do the math :P
Oct-14-13  redwhitechess: It's cool.. because seeing the table (and with a math), Kosteniuk has nothing to worry about, even if she lost. But the game is now even vs Gunina, after 22 moves played.
Oct-14-13  Beholder: Congratulations to the 2013 Russian Women's Champion -- GM Valentina Gunina !
Oct-14-13  dx9293: <Natalia> won her last two she beat Kosintseva after a victory over Kovanova. If only she could have closed out Gunina.
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  Natalia Pogonina: Three familiar faces:
Oct-14-13  Beholder: <Natalia Pogonina> Should we hold a caption contest?

I suggest <Chess Appeal>.

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  tamar: Three Amigas
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  whiteshark: Elo 7486
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  tamar: PR 7789
Oct-14-13  Kaspablanca: Calar: Bad me, i didnt see the scoreboard until now.
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  HeMateMe: Great photo!


1. Pushkin Riot! (hehhehehehe)

2. "...Rose and Natalie, screaming from the gallery, 'Alexandra must go free!'"

[a little Beatlesque comment, if I may be so bold].

3. Femme FaTALs.

BTW, Natalie, there is a recent picture of you on chessbase, where you are all alone in a room, perhaps post round, looking at a position. I was curious about what round that was and what you are examining?

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  Natalia Pogonina: <HeMateMe> I haven't seen that photo...
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  HeMateMe: Hi Natalie, it's in the recent que of chessbase stuff, from this years Russia Superfinals. Saw it just last night, your pouring over a position, all alone in the tournament hall.

Maybe someone else here can procure it?

If you can't win it this year, I'm hoping for AK, who has been kind of shoved aside, in recent years. best wishes.

Oct-14-13  Jim Bartle: The photo is on this page:

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  Natalia Pogonina: <Jim Bartle> My game was the last one remaining. I was just sitting at the board while my opponent went for a walk. It has nothing to do with post-mortem analysis :)
Oct-14-13  Vincenze: <waustad: Was that game an error? The game we have between those players is: A Bodnaruk vs A Kashlinskaya, 2013> Yes I was following on and they lost the feed. I thought a phone...again. When will these girls learn – stop talking. But no, it was the site.
Oct-14-13  Vincenze: A friend of mine gave me a book on positional analysis – Kama Sutra – I swapped it for the mighty Batsford's E4 E5
Oct-14-13  Vincenze: Pyotr the Great wins the mens. Boy oh boy he's on form. He plays with same deft, calculating style as the mighty Sachin Tendulkar. Nepo makes second, wins more games but loses one. And nice work Nikita Vitiugov 3=.
Oct-15-13  Kikoman: Congratulations GM Valentina Gunina! :D
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  Everett: < Vincenze: A friend of mine gave me a book on positional analysis – Kama Sutra – I swapped it for the mighty Batsford's E4 E5>

In many areas of life, there are some things you just can't learn from books.

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