Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Russian Championship Superfinal Tournament

Evgeny Tomashevsky7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Sergey Karjakin7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko5.5/11(+1 -1 =9)[games]
Daniil Dubov5.5/11(+1 -1 =9)[games]
Denis Khismatullin5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Igor Lysyj5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Peter Svidler5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Ivan Bukavshin5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Alexander Motylev4/11(+0 -3 =8)[games]
Ildar Khairullin4/11(+1 -4 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Superfinal (2015)

The 68th Russian Championship Superfinal was held 9-20 August 2015 in the Youth Palace "Megapolis Sport" in the eastern city of Chita, Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia, not far from Mongolia and China. Rest day: August 15. Organizer: the Russian Chess Federation, the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation and the Trans-Baikal Territory Chess Federation. Sponsors: Government of the Trans-Baikal Territory, Norilsk Nickel and Baikal Mining Company. Time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves, 30 more minutes to the end of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move one. No agreed draws before move 40. Total prize fund (men & women): 8 million roubles (~$127,000), with 1,210,000 roubles (~$19,200) to the winner. If players tied for first, a playoff would be held (two 15 + 10 Rapid games and eventually an Armageddon).

Evgeny Tomashevsky won with 7.5/11, his first Russian Championship title.

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Tomashevsky 2747 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 7½ 2 Karjakin 2753 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 7 3 Vitiugov 2719 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 6½ 4 Jakovenko 2759 ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 5½ 5 Dubov 2654 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 5½ 6 Khismatullin 2642 0 0 0 ½ 0 * 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 5½ 7 Artemiev 2671 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 * 0 ½ ½ 1 1 5½ 8 Lysyj 2673 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 * 0 ½ ½ ½ 5 9 Svidler 2739 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ 5 10 Bukavshin 2655 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 5 11 Motylev 2658 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * 0 4 12 Khairullin 2662 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 * 4

Category: XVIII (2694). Chief arbiter: Anatoly Bykhovsky

Official site:
Wikipedia article: Russian Chess Championship#2015
Wikipedia article: Chita, Zabaykalsky Krai

Previous: Russian Championship Superfinal (2014). Next: Russian Championship Superfinal (2016). Women's section: Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2015)

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Khairullin vs Dubov ½-½602015Russian Championship SuperfinalA59 Benko Gambit
2. V Artemiev vs Vitiugov  ½-½262015Russian Championship SuperfinalE10 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Tomashevsky vs Jakovenko ½-½412015Russian Championship SuperfinalE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
4. Motylev vs Svidler ½-½322015Russian Championship SuperfinalC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. Karjakin vs Khismatullin 1-0772015Russian Championship SuperfinalA13 English
6. I Bukavshin vs I Lysyj ½-½342015Russian Championship SuperfinalE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
7. Svidler vs Jakovenko  ½-½612015Russian Championship SuperfinalA07 King's Indian Attack
8. Motylev vs I Khairullin 0-1362015Russian Championship SuperfinalC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. Dubov vs V Artemiev  ½-½402015Russian Championship SuperfinalD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Vitiugov vs I Bukavshin 1-0282015Russian Championship SuperfinalD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. I Lysyj vs Karjakin  ½-½232015Russian Championship SuperfinalE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
12. Khismatullin vs Tomashevsky 0-1402015Russian Championship SuperfinalA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
13. I Khairullin vs Svidler  ½-½282015Russian Championship SuperfinalA28 English
14. I Bukavshin vs Dubov  ½-½522015Russian Championship SuperfinalA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
15. Jakovenko vs Khismatullin  ½-½322015Russian Championship SuperfinalB50 Sicilian
16. Karjakin vs Vitiugov  ½-½362015Russian Championship SuperfinalA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
17. Tomashevsky vs I Lysyj 1-0402015Russian Championship SuperfinalD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
18. V Artemiev vs Motylev 1-0242015Russian Championship SuperfinalD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. I Khairullin vs V Artemiev 0-1472015Russian Championship SuperfinalD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. I Lysyj vs Jakovenko  ½-½622015Russian Championship SuperfinalD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Motylev vs I Bukavshin  ½-½542015Russian Championship SuperfinalB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
22. Svidler vs Khismatullin 0-1292015Russian Championship SuperfinalB23 Sicilian, Closed
23. Dubov vs Karjakin  ½-½412015Russian Championship SuperfinalD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Vitiugov vs Tomashevsky ½-½352015Russian Championship SuperfinalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
25. I Bukavshin vs I Khairullin 1-0592015Russian Championship SuperfinalE17 Queen's Indian
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2)  

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 4 OF 4 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingscrusher: Do you think the games of amateurs at the British championship are in many ways far more exciting and fun than these games .e.g. the games of Charles Storey :

British Championships (2015)/Charles H Storey

Or do you think the higher level games are more fun?!

Premium Chessgames Member
  kingscrusher: E.g. can we compare the top 10 most exciting games played here (so far) to the top 10 most exciting games played in the British as an example - and go through them from an entertainment perspective. I think actually I did find the Svidler loss here quite a bit of fun as an example.

Here are my two quite exciting games encountered here:

N Vitiugov vs I Bukavshin, 2015

Svidler vs D Khismatullin, 2015

Aug-15-15  jith1207: Considering the fact that some of those US top 4 never actually grew up in US and just changed nationality recently, it is baseless, only based on the strength of these 4 players, to compare the quality of USA and Russia. USA still needs to nurture young talents from the country like many other countries do.
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Isn't Wesley So also at the next USA ch.?
Aug-16-15  jith1207: Talking about the Russian players having the tougher second half, it's true that most of the players really have tougher set of opponents going forward. Only one player stands out as an exception. Nikita Vitiugov has already played everyone of the leaders in the standings and has only games against the players who are lower ranked in current standings. It is not the case for other leaders some of whom have really tough road after this rest day.

So it goes to show Nikita has a very beautiful setup to go for the win if he plays calculated chess now. Others will need to spring surprises to get to the top. That makes the tournament exciting at least for next few rounds to see how things get heated up.

Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Don't Jakovenko and Max LeGrave look a bit alike?



Aug-16-15  Beholder: <HeMateMe: Don't Jakovenko and Max LeGrave look a bit alike?>

Relatively, yes. A bit. Well, they look a lot more alike than Kramnik and Hou Yifan, at any rate.

Aug-16-15  1850Patzer: The US championship will probably be a 3 way armageddon for first as long as So doesn't be the egotistical drama queen he was this year.
Aug-17-15  MindCtrol9: This is a hard tournament difficult to predict who is going to be winner.I think is up to the last round to find that out.
Aug-17-15  haydn20: 3 wins (and no losses)in 8 rounds is a fine accomplishment in this crowd. Go Toma!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Troller: Bloody 9th round so far, 1 draw and 4 wins. Last remaining game should be drawn soon, though.

Tomorrow Karjakin-Tomashevsky is the battle between current no.2 and no.1 in the standings.

Aug-18-15  fisayo123: Yeah, it's been one of the more entertaining Russian Superfinals i've seen in a while, after some pretty dour events.

Karjakin - Tomashevsky tomorrow. I hope the professor can get the desired result. Not only because I bet chessbucks on him to win this event, but also because he's shown the best chess and has played fighting chess in most games, unlike Karjakin. Tomashevsky is the best player in this event.

Aug-18-15  paavoh: Glad to see Khismatullin improving towards the end.
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: I can't believe that Lysyj is doing as bad as he is since he won this tournament last year. He & Motylev still haven't won a game yet! I didn't expect him to win it again this year but I expected him to have *at least* 1 win at this point.
Aug-18-15  1971: Is the worst Russian championship ever quality wise? These players stink.
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: this might be one of the few decades where The World might win a Russia v. The World match.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Troller: <HeMateMe: this might be one of the few decades where The World might win a Russia v. The World match.>

I believe there was such a match around year 2000. As I recall it was a Scheveningen rapid, the World won, and Kasparov scored horribly for Russia.

Aug-19-15  paavoh: All games drawn in round 10, and Toma wins. He had a better position basically all the time against Karjakin, and they drew by move 40.
Premium Chessgames Member
  sydbarrett: How many rounds is this thing? I can't seem to find such basic information online. Argh.
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <sydbarrett>

<The playing days are 9-14 and 16-21 August. A day off will be provided on 15 August.>

Not the best designed web page/site with detailed information, I know.

Aug-19-15  jith1207: Chess24 is the best site in that regard. You could see easily the standings and pairings and results in this page:

So it is a 11-round tournament and ends on 20th. I think they have marked end date as 21st as they might have scheduled a rapid playoff in case of the title race being dragged on late after the final classical round.

Aug-20-15  haydn20: A really good tournament. What struck me was how many different lines were played, and how deep they were known--maybe I shouldn't be surprised, among this company.
Aug-20-15  sonia91: I was rooting for Vitiugov, anyway congrats to well-deserved winner Tomashevsky!
Aug-21-15  devere: Becoming champion of Russia ahead of Karjakin, the man who finished runner-up in the last Candidates tournament, is a fine achievement. I think that if the next Candidates tournament is held in Russia, Tomashevsky will be the wild-card choice.
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: <>

thank god he lost the embarrassing sandwich board blazers:


Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 4)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 4 OF 4 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific tournament only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC