Grigoriy Oparin wins Russian "Higher League"

by Klaus Besenthal
7/4/2016 – The Russian "Higher League", which finished 1st July and was played in Kolomna, is a strong tournament and a qualifier for the "Superfinal", the Russian Championship. Grandmaster Grigoriy Oparin, who turned 19 during the tournament, won with 6.5/9, half-a-point ahead of the field. He and four more players qualified for the "Superfinal".

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The "Higher League" offers Russian talents the chance to qualify for the Russian Championship, where they can play against some of the world's best players. Since 1992, when the "Superfinal" took place for the first time, players such as Peter Svidler, Garry Kasparov or Alexander Grischuk have won. In 2015 Evgeny Tomashevky became Russian Champion, ahead of Sergey Karjakin and Nikita Vitiugov. All three have the right to play in the "Superfinal 2016".

In Kolomna, which is about 110 km away from Moscow, five players qualified for this year's "Superfinal". Tournament winner Grigoriy Oparin (Elo 2597), Vladimir Fedoseev (Elo 2665), Dmitry Kokarev (Elo 2624), Alexander Riasantsev (Elo 2646) and Alexey Goganov (2620). It was a strong tournament, which can can be seen from the fact that Maxim Matlakov, Vadim Zvjaginsev and Daniil Dubov, the three top-seeded, failed to qualify.

The winner: Grigoriy Oparin, here in Gibraltar, January 2016

Silver went to Vladimir Fedoseev, here in Warsaw 2014

Grigoriy Oparin won convincingly. He started with 4.5/5, which put him one point ahead of the field and allowed him to finish the tournament with four draws - which was enough to become clear first.

In round four he scored a crucial win against Maksim Vavulin. In a complicated position Oparin was objectively worse but handled the tactics much better than his opponent and won a wild game.

 

Final standings after nine rounds

Rg. Snr   Name Country Elo Club/Place  Wtg1   Wtg2   Wtg3 
1 22 GM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2597 Москва 6,5 47,5 43,5
2 4 GM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2665 Санкт-Петербург 6,0 49,5 45,5
3 16 GM Kokarev Dmitry RUS 2624 Пензенская область 6,0 46,0 42,5
4 9 GM Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2646 Москва 6,0 45,5 42,0
5 18 GM Goganov Aleksey RUS 2620 Санкт-Петербург 6,0 45,0 41,5
6 26 GM Ponkratov Pavel RUS 2573 Челябинская область 6,0 44,5 42,0
7 2 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim RUS 2677 Москва 6,0 42,5 39,5
8 5 GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2665 Самарская облать 6,0 39,5 36,5
9 20 GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2604 Республика Мордовия 6,0 37,5 35,0
10 23 GM Timofeev Artyom RUS 2586 Республика Татарстан 5,5 49,0 45,0
11 1 GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2691 Санкт-Петербург 5,5 47,0 43,0
12 6 GM Lysyj Igor RUS 2663 Свердловская область 5,5 43,5 40,0
13 25 GM Alekseenko Kirill RUS 2576 Санкт-Петербург 5,5 43,0 40,0
14 21 GM Eliseev Urii RUS 2602 Москва 5,5 41,5 38,5
15 14 GM Khairullin Ildar RUS 2629 Санкт-Петербург 5,5 38,0 34,5
16 17 GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2623 Республика Башкортостан 5,5 36,0 33,0
17 27 GM Pridorozhni Aleksei RUS 2552 ХМАО-Югра 5,5 32,0 31,0
18 38 IM Vavulin Maksim RUS 2507 Москва 5,0 47,5 43,0
19 28 GM Predke Alexandr RUS 2550 Самарская область 5,0 47,0 43,5
20 30 GM Shaposhnikov Evgeny RUS 2545 Саратовская область 5,0 45,0 42,5
21 29 GM Kryakvin Dmitry RUS 2547 Тюменская область 5,0 42,5 40,0
22 15 GM Alekseev Evgeny RUS 2626 Санкт-Петербург 5,0 42,0 39,0
23 7 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2655 Вологодская область 5,0 39,5 36,5
  12 GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2638 Москва 5,0 39,5 36,5
25 49 FM Khegay Dmitriy RUS 2434 Красноярский край 5,0 38,5 35,5

... 60 participants

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Women's tournament

The women's tournament was won by IM Evgenija Ovod who finished with 7.0/9. FM Daria Pustovoitova, IM Alina Kashlinskaya, WIM Ekaterina Ubiennykh and IM Daria Charochkina qualified for the Russian Championship.

Final standings

Rg. Snr   Name Country Elo Club/Place  Wtg1   Wtg2   Wtg3 
1 13 IM Ovod Evgenija RUS 2338 Ленинградская область 7,0 47,5 43,5
2 18 FM Pustovoitova Daria RUS 2297 Москва 6,5 51,0 48,0
3 1 IM Kashlinskaya Alina RUS 2467 Москва 6,5 44,5 42,0
4 16 WIM Ubiennykh Ekaterina RUS 2324 Красноярский край 6,5 44,0 40,5
5 8 IM Charochkina Daria RUS 2359 Москва 6,0 47,5 43,5
6 3 IM Nechaeva Marina RUS 2425 Ставропольский край 6,0 47,5 43,5
7 7 IM Vasilevich Tatjana UKR 2367 Республика Крым 6,0 46,5 43,0
8 21   Maltsevskaya Aleksandra RUS 2285 Ростовская область 6,0 42,0 39,0
9 4 WFM Shuvalova Polina RUS 2409 Москва 5,5 50,5 46,0
10 2 IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina RUS 2466 Москва 5,5 47,5 44,5
11 10 WIM Schepetkova Margarita RUS 2355 Владимирская область 5,5 46,5 43,0
12 6 WGM Kovanova Baira RUS 2382 Саратовская область 5,5 46,0 43,0
13 9 WIM Bivol Alina RUS 2359 Московская область 5,5 44,5 41,0
14 5 IM Savina Anastasia RUS 2384 Москва 5,5 42,5 39,0
15 14 WFM Gritsayeva Oksana RUS 2336 Республика Крым 5,5 37,5 36,0

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Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.
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