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Russian Championship Higher League Tournament

Alexey Sarana6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Grigoriy Oparin6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Denis Khismatullin6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Mikhail Kobalia6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Vadim Zvjaginsev6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Kirill Alekseenko6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Sanan Sjugirov6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Alexander Motylev5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Aleksandra Goryachkina5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Aleksandr Rakhmanov5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Igor Lysyj5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Artyom Timofeev5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
David Paravyan5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Vladimir Potkin5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Maxim Matlakov5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Evgeny Najer5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Alexey Goganov5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Evgeny Shaposhnikov5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Ivan Popov5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Valery Sviridov5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Pavel Ponkratov5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Evgeny Alekseev5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Evgeny Romanov5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Alexandr Predke5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Dmitry Gordievsky5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Artur Gaifullin5/9(+5 -4 =0)[games]
Dmitry Kokarev5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
* (59 players total; 30 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Higher League (2018)

Played in the Rachmaninoff Conference Hall of Ring Premier Hotel in Yaroslavl, Russia, 26 June - 5 July 2018, as the 4th (next last) stage of the 71st Russian Championship. Day of rest: 1 July. Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 30 more minutes for the whole game, with 30 seconds per move added from move 1. Draw offers not allowed prior to move 41. Total prize fund: 5 million rubles. Rounds started at 3 pm. Chief arbiter: Alexey Moskvin. The top 5 players would advance to the Superfinal.

The 18-year-old Alexey Sarana won on tie-break ahead of Oparin, both with 6.5/9. Inarkiev was 3rd on tie-break, and Khismatullin and Kobalia also qualified for the Russian Championship Superfinal (2018).

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Previous: Russian Championship Higher League (2017). Next: Russian Championship Higher League (2019). Women's section: Russian Championship Higher League (Women) (2018)

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 261  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Okrugin vs Sakaev  0-1422018Russian Championship Higher LeagueB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. R Yanchenko vs M Antipov  ½-½912018Russian Championship Higher LeagueD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. A Predke vs T Fakhrutdinov 0-1432018Russian Championship Higher LeagueC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
4. O Girya vs M Kobalia 0-1412018Russian Championship Higher LeagueE70 King's Indian
5. Ivan Popov vs A Gaifullin  1-0332018Russian Championship Higher LeagueB15 Caro-Kann
6. M Oganian vs D Kokarev  ½-½512018Russian Championship Higher LeagueA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
7. M Turov vs O Vastrukhin  ½-½412018Russian Championship Higher LeagueD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
8. Z Tekeyev vs A Esipenko  ½-½612018Russian Championship Higher LeagueB15 Caro-Kann
9. Potkin vs A Gogolev 1-0302018Russian Championship Higher LeagueA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
10. D Rodin vs A Pridorozhni  ½-½482018Russian Championship Higher LeagueC05 French, Tarrasch
11. G Oparin vs D Zakaryan  1-0402018Russian Championship Higher LeagueA35 English, Symmetrical
12. O Bykov vs A Timofeev  ½-½252018Russian Championship Higher LeagueD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. S Volkov vs E Bykov  1-0392018Russian Championship Higher LeagueE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
14. K Sek vs P Ponkratov  0-1372018Russian Championship Higher LeagueB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. A Rakhmanov vs V Usmanov  1-0402018Russian Championship Higher LeagueA04 Reti Opening
16. A Goryachkina vs E Alekseev  1-0592018Russian Championship Higher LeagueA63 Benoni, Fianchetto, 9...Nbd7
17. K Alekseenko vs Iskusnyh  ½-½882018Russian Championship Higher LeagueC11 French
18. A Goganov vs M Matlakov  ½-½492018Russian Championship Higher LeagueC49 Four Knights
19. E Inarkiev vs A Sarana  ½-½272018Russian Championship Higher LeagueA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
20. E Shaposhnikov vs E Najer  0-1322018Russian Championship Higher LeagueD02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. S Sjugirov vs A Moskalenko 1-0202018Russian Championship Higher LeagueC10 French
22. M Vavulin vs Motylev  0-1322018Russian Championship Higher LeagueB30 Sicilian
23. A Dreev vs Semyon Lomasov  ½-½402018Russian Championship Higher LeagueE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
24. R Ovetchkin vs D Gordievsky  ½-½632018Russian Championship Higher LeagueB42 Sicilian, Kan
25. D Paravyan vs K Sychev 1-0342018Russian Championship Higher LeagueA10 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-04-18  Troller:
Jul-07-18  bugoljubow2000: How many rounds to play?
Jul-07-18  siggemannen: it was 9 rounds. chess-results has Sarana as winner on tiebreaks
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  Check It Out: Is there a Russian Highest League, or is this tops?
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  ChessHigherCat: <Check It Out: Is there a Russian Highest League, or is this tops?>

The best chess player is officially Vladmir Putin, but he's in a class myself. After him come the oligarchs, who pay USD 1 million per rating point at underground auctions.

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  ChessHigherCat: <Check It Out: Is there a Russian Highest League, or is this tops?> The best chess player is officially Vladmir Putin, but he's in a class by himself. After him come the oligarchs, who pay USD 1 million per rating point at underground auctions.
Jul-09-18  siggemannen: If i recall correctly, the best guy(s) from here go through the real championship which is invitational(?) type of closed RR-tourney
Jul-09-18  sonia91: Yes, top 5 finishers qualify for the Russian Championship Superfinal, which is R-R.
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