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Russian Championship Superfinal Tournament

Evgeny Tomashevsky7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Maxim Matlakov6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Alexander Motylev5.5/11(+1 -1 =9)[games]
Alexandr Predke5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Kirill Alekseenko5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Aleksey Dreev5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Alexey Sarana4.5/11(+0 -2 =9)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko3.5/11(+0 -4 =7)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Superfinal (2019)

The 72nd Russian Championship Superfinal took place in the cities of Votkinsk (rounds 1-2) and Izhevsk (rounds 3-11), Russia from 10-22 August 2019, with rest days on August 12 and 18. Organizers: the Russian Chess Federation, the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Foundation and the Government of the Udmurt Republic. Sponsors: Renault Russia, the Federal Grid Company of the Unified Energy System (Rosseti Group), PhosAgro, and others. Tournament director: Alexander Tkachev. The event was a 12-player round-robin, and the champion would receive one million roubles (~15,000 dollars) and a Renault Arkana car. The top three finishers would qualify automatically for next year's Superfinal. The time control was 90 minutes for 40 moves then 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. No draw offers allowed before move 40. A tie for first place would be split by two 15+10 rapid games and, if the score still tied, a 5 vs. 4 Armageddon game. Games started at 3 pm, except round 11 which started at 1 pm (local time).

No playoff was necessary: Evgeny Tomashevsky won with 7/11, his second Russian championship title.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Tomashevsky 2706 * 1 1 1 7 2 Vitiugov 2728 * 1 1 6 3 Matlakov 2710 * 1 1 6 4 Inarkiev 2682 * 0 1 0 1 1 1 6 5 Artemiev 2757 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 5 6 Motylev 2668 0 * 1 5 7 Predke 2650 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 5 8 Alekseenko 2668 0 0 * 1 1 5 9 Dreev 2662 0 0 1 * 5 10 Fedoseev 2671 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 4 11 Sarana 2655 0 0 * 4 12 Jakovenko 2704 0 0 0 0 * 3

Category: XVIII (2688). Chief arbiter: Elena Polovina

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Wikipedia article: Russian Chess Championship#2019
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Previous edition: Russian Championship Superfinal (2018). Women's section: Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2019)

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Motylev vs E Inarkiev  0-1612019Russian Championship SuperfinalC77 Ruy Lopez
2. A Predke vs V Artemiev  ½-½392019Russian Championship SuperfinalD85 Grunfeld
3. Jakovenko vs M Matlakov  ½-½1012019Russian Championship SuperfinalC53 Giuoco Piano
4. K Alekseenko vs V Fedoseev  1-0402019Russian Championship SuperfinalC42 Petrov Defense
5. A Sarana vs Tomashevsky  ½-½542019Russian Championship SuperfinalD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. A Dreev vs Vitiugov  ½-½352019Russian Championship SuperfinalE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
7. Motylev vs A Predke  1-0832019Russian Championship SuperfinalC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
8. V Artemiev vs Jakovenko  ½-½622019Russian Championship SuperfinalA06 Reti Opening
9. M Matlakov vs K Alekseenko  ½-½602019Russian Championship SuperfinalD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. V Fedoseev vs A Sarana  1-0392019Russian Championship SuperfinalD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
11. Tomashevsky vs A Dreev  ½-½412019Russian Championship SuperfinalD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. E Inarkiev vs Vitiugov  ½-½412019Russian Championship SuperfinalC67 Ruy Lopez
13. Vitiugov vs Tomashevsky  ½-½362019Russian Championship SuperfinalC53 Giuoco Piano
14. A Dreev vs V Fedoseev  ½-½412019Russian Championship SuperfinalD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
15. A Sarana vs M Matlakov  ½-½412019Russian Championship SuperfinalD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. K Alekseenko vs V Artemiev  0-1472019Russian Championship SuperfinalB12 Caro-Kann Defense
17. Jakovenko vs Motylev  ½-½272019Russian Championship SuperfinalA28 English
18. A Predke vs E Inarkiev  1-0402019Russian Championship SuperfinalD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. E Inarkiev vs Tomashevsky  ½-½272019Russian Championship SuperfinalB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
20. A Predke vs Jakovenko  1-0752019Russian Championship SuperfinalD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Motylev vs K Alekseenko  ½-½452019Russian Championship SuperfinalC45 Scotch Game
22. V Artemiev vs A Sarana  ½-½412019Russian Championship SuperfinalA20 English
23. M Matlakov vs A Dreev  1-0602019Russian Championship SuperfinalD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. V Fedoseev vs Vitiugov  ½-½432019Russian Championship SuperfinalC78 Ruy Lopez
25. Tomashevsky vs V Fedoseev  1-0442019Russian Championship SuperfinalD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-19-19  csmath: Artemiev lost three games in a row to old guy Dreev, Vitiugov, and Tomashevsky. If Russians are looking for new Kasparov/Karpov/Kramnik this guy is not the one. He might beat Fedoseev today, looks like it, wild game.
Aug-19-19  csmath: So after 8 rounds veterans Tomashevsky and Vitiugov lead with 5/8. Alekseenko (22-year-old) is doing the best of younger players. Other youngsters nowhere in sight, Sarana and Artemiev with -1.
Premium Chessgames Member
  paavoh: Yes, a bit surprising to see both Artemiev and Fedoseev playing so dismally (along with Jakovenko). I was expecting a bit more from this trio. Too many games over the last weeks perhaps? Suboptimal preparation?
Aug-21-19  BUNA: <csmath: If Russians are looking for new Kasparov/Karpov/Kramnik this guy is not the one.>

Artemiev's tournaments this year:

- Gibraltar 8.5/10 - won
- World Team Championship 6.5/8 - won
- European Championship 8.5/11 - won
- Russian Team Championship 7.5/9 - best result
- Poikovsky 5.5/9 - won
- Danzhou 3.5/7

In June 2019 he climbed into the top ten without artificially pushing his rating in "Grand chess tour" events or Grand Prix. Give him a break.

Premium Chessgames Member
  paavoh: Tomashevsky with a final round win takes it!
Aug-22-19  csmath: Tomashevsky-Alekseenko after 58th move by white:

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draw by 58. ...Rh7 but Alekseenko plays 58. ...Kc5 and loses the ending.

Aug-22-19  csmath: This ending is very instructive. Black draws by threatening promotion as well, using rook on c7 and king going down with the pawn. White loses a-pawn and black rook sacs itself for g-pawn while white rook has to sac itself for d-pawn.

Precise ending play was needed and 22-year-old Alekseenko just did not have it and ends the tourney with 50%,

21-year-old Artemiev ends up with 50% as well. 19-year-old Alexsey Sarana winds up with -1.

So the veterans are still the best. Tomashevsky is 32, Vitiugov the same, sharing second place with Matlakov who is 28 and Inarkiev who is 33, all with +2.

Aug-22-19  csmath: Something real bad happened to Jakovenko. He is older but he played like a pensioner. The last game he lost in a totally passive manner. He also lost to Alekseenko playing some totally passive anti-Sicilian, look what position he got himself into:

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[Find the winning move for black! Yes, you have a draw by repetition but there is also a win that Alekseenko found.]

He also "succeeded" to lose a game with Inarkiev where he had solid advantage.

He also lost in probably drawn ending with Predke, in this position:

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which is most likely a draw after 49. ...g6 but Jakovenko lost it with overall bad ending play.

He ended up with -4, dead last.

Aug-22-19  fabelhaft: <Something real bad happened to Jakovenko>

Fell like a stone to 2681 after having been stable 2700+ for more than a dozen years. Ten years ago he was #5.

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