Maksim Chigaev and Valentina Gunina win Russian "Higher League"

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10/19/2020 – The Russian "Higher League" is a qualifying tournament for the "Superfinal" of the Russian Championship, and this year it was played in Sochi. Maksim Chigaev won the "Open" section with 6½/9, while Valentina Gunina dominated the "Women's" tournament and won with 8.0/9. The five best players from both groups qualified for the Superfinal that will take place in December. | Photo: Alina l'Ami (Archive)

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Russian Championships Higher League

Apart from tournament winner Maksim Chigaev, Mikhail Antipov, Vladimir Fedoseev, Alexey Goganov and Andrey Esipenko qualified for the Superfinal. But number one seed Vladislav Artemiev did not really find his rhythm in this tournament and finished tenth and failed to qualify for the Superfinal.

Two women started in the Open section: Aleksandra Goryachkina and Polina Shuvalova. With 5½/9 Goryachkina had one point less than Chigaev and finished 12th. Shuvalova scored 4½/9 and also had a good tournament.

The 23-year old Chigaev started with 5.0/6, and then finished with three draws to safely qualify for the Superfinal. In round six Chigaev scored a crucial win with Black against Mikhail Antipov, and showed why the pawn on e4 can become a target in the Italian.

 

Maksim Chigaev

Final standings

Rk. Snr   Name EloI Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3 
1 16 GM Chigaev Maksim 2598 6,5 47,5 44,5 4
2 20 GM Antipov Mikhail Al. 2591 6,0 49,5 45,0 4
3 5 GM Fedoseev Vladimir 2674 6,0 48,5 44,0 3
4 23 GM Goganov Aleksey 2573 6,0 47,5 44,5 3
5 2 GM Esipenko Andrey 2682 6,0 47,0 43,0 3
6 3 GM Predke Alexandr 2676 6,0 46,0 42,5 4
7 17 GM Sakaev Konstantin 2596 6,0 44,0 42,0 3
8 7 GM Paravyan David 2653 6,0 41,5 38,5 6
9 8 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr 2646 5,5 47,5 44,0 3
10 1 GM Artemiev Vladislav 2716 5,5 47,0 43,5 2
11 19 GM Lysyj Igor 2593 5,5 46,5 42,5 2
12 22 GM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2582 5,5 42,0 39,5 3
13 28 IM Lobanov Sergei 2510 5,5 42,0 39,0 4
14 15 GM Khismatullin Denis 2604 5,5 41,5 38,5 2
15 11 GM Ponkratov Pavel 2628 5,0 47,0 43,5 2
16 27 GM Iljiushenok Ilia 2515 5,0 45,0 41,0 3
17 12 GM Alekseev Evgeny 2626 5,0 43,5 40,5 3
18 26   Sviridov Valery 2558 5,0 43,0 40,0 3
19 38 FM Gaifullin Artur 2440 5,0 43,0 39,5 3
20 10 GM Demchenko Anton 2632 5,0 42,5 39,0 3
21 9 GM Riazantsev Alexander 2638 5,0 41,5 38,5 3
22 24 GM Rozum Ivan 2566 5,0 39,5 37,5 3
23 13 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim 2617 5,0 37,0 35,0 3
24 6 GM Sarana Alexey 2657 5,0 36,5 33,5 3
25 4 GM Sjugirov Sanan 2675 4,5 46,5 43,0 2
26 18 GM Pridorozhni Aleksei 2596 4,5 45,0 42,5 2
27 30 IM Zabotin Alexander 2486 4,5 41,0 38,5 2
28 25 GM Lintchevski Daniil 2559 4,5 39,5 37,5 1
29 37 IM Shuvalova Polina 2441 4,5 39,5 37,0 3
30 21 GM Yuffa Daniil 2583 4,5 37,5 34,5 3
31 14 GM Kobalia Mikhail 2614 4,5 34,0 31,0 2
32 35 IM Pogosyan Stefan 2442 4,5 31,5 29,5 3
33 32 IM Samusenko Maksim 2459 4,0 45,5 41,5 2
34 31 IM Murzin Volodar 2465 4,0 43,5 39,5 1
35 43 FM Ovchinnikov Vsevolod 2349 4,0 42,0 38,0 1
36 44 FM Rodchenkov Vitaly 2321 4,0 32,0 30,0 2
37 34 IM Kardashevskiy Evgeny 2449 4,0 31,5 29,5 2
38 36 IM Makarian Rudik 2441 3,5 40,0 37,0 2
39 29 GM Nesterov Arseniy 2510 3,5 39,5 36,5 2
40 51 FM Klimentov Evgeny 2222 3,5 38,5 35,5 1
41 41 FM Obgolts Erik 2376 3,5 37,0 34,5 2
42 45 FM Stukan Martin 2316 3,5 36,5 34,5 2
43 33 IM Belyakov Bogdan 2458 3,5 36,5 33,5 1
44 46 FM Nazaretyan Tigran 2308 3,5 33,0 31,0 2
45 50   Tugarin Anton 2224 3,5 33,0 30,5 1
46 40 FM Rodin Dmitrij 2388 3,5 31,0 29,0 0
47 39 GM Lugovskoy Maxim 2420 3,0 37,5 35,5 1
48 48 FM Saidov Bilukhadzh 2259 3,0 35,5 33,5 2
49 47 FM Ibadov Dashgyn 2296 3,0 35,5 33,0 1
50 42 FM Sergeyev Alexander 2374 2,5 34,5 32,5 1
51 49   Bimiev Ahmad 2252 2,5 32,5 30,5 0

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Women's Tournament

The winners of the Women's Tournament | Photo: Vladimir Barsky

Valentina Gunina and Anastasia Bodnaruk were the top seeds in the Women's Tournament but only Gunina was able to live up to her role as favourite. She dominated the field from beginning to end and finished clear first, 1½ points ahead of her closest rival, Marina Guseva. Apart from Gunina and Guseva, Leya Garifullina, Yulia Grigorieva and Tatyana Getman also qualified for the Superfinal, which is to take place in December.

Final standings

Rk. Snr   Name EloI Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3 
1 1 GM Gunina Valentina 2431 8,0 49,0 46,0 8
2 5 IM Guseva Marina 2377 6,5 45,0 42,5 5
3 12 WGM Garifullina Leya 2335 6,0 46,5 43,5 3
4 25 WFM Grigorieva Yulia 2237 6,0 46,5 43,0 5
5 19 WFM Getman Tatyana 2271 6,0 44,0 41,5 4
6 4 IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2384 6,0 43,0 41,5 5
7 10 WGM Dordzhieva Dinara 2354 6,0 37,5 34,5 4
8 17 FM Goltseva Ekaterina 2294 5,5 47,5 45,0 3
9 11 WGM Voit Daria 2343 5,5 45,0 41,0 4
10 22 WIM Schepetkova Margarita 2257 5,0 49,0 46,0 5
11 13 WGM Kovanova Baira 2324 5,0 45,0 42,0 3
12 16 WFM Shafigullina Zarina 2296 5,0 44,5 43,0 3
13 15 WGM Belenkaya Dina 2297 5,0 43,0 40,5 5
14 27 WFM Nasyrova Ekaterina 2171 5,0 41,5 38,5 4
15 2 IM Bodnaruk Anastasia 2428 5,0 39,5 36,5 3
16 18 WIM Semenova Elena 2284 5,0 39,0 36,5 4
17 30 WFM Garmash Aliona 2093 5,0 38,5 36,0 4
18 24 WGM Paramzina Anastasya 2237 4,5 45,5 43,0 3
19 3 WGM Bivol Alina 2393 4,5 44,5 41,5 3
20 6 WFM Gritsayeva Oksana 2373 4,5 40,5 37,5 2
21 23 WFM Lysenko Margarita 2239 4,5 40,0 38,5 2
22 9 IM Charochkina Daria 2356 4,5 36,0 33,5 4
23 21 WFM Yakimova Mariya 2269 4,0 43,0 40,5 2
24 20 WIM Potapova Margarita 2270 4,0 42,5 38,5 2
25 14 WIM Solozhenkina Elizaveta 2301 4,0 40,0 37,5 2
26 29 WFM Miroshnik Ekaterina 2104 4,0 36,5 34,0 4
27 37   Komissarova Soigina 1780 4,0 36,0 33,5 2
28 31 WFM Kochukova Anna 2093 4,0 34,5 33,0 3
29 7 IM Ovod Evgenija 2372 4,0 32,5 30,0 2
30 26 WFM Bykova Anastasia 2215 3,5 44,0 40,0 2
31 32 WFM Mironenko Galina 2061 3,0 37,0 35,5 1
32 28 WFM Gorovenko Darya 2120 3,0 36,0 33,5 1
33 33 WFM Mukhina Jana 2025 3,0 32,0 29,5 1
34 36   Makarova Olga 1875 2,5 34,5 33,0 0
35 35   Salakhova Adelya 1885 2,5 33,5 32,0 1
36 8 IM Vasilevich Tatjana 2360 2,0 36,0 33,0 1
37 34   Berezina Mariya 1982 1,5 33,0 30,5 0

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