RUS SuperFinal 04: Race tightens

by Alejandro Ramirez
12/2/2014 – The race in the open section of the Russian Super Final is increasingly tighter as the sole leader, Morozevich, lost his game against Lysyj. The executioner now tops the leaderboard next to Jakovenko, Nepomniachtchi and the vanquished Morozevich. In the Women's section every single game was decisive, and even more interestingly, all three of the leaders won their games!

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The Russian Super Final and the Russian Women's Super Finals, are taking place in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. The time control of the event is 90 minutes for 40 moves, 30 minutes until the end of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. Participants are not allowed to offer a draw until move 40.

Round Four

Round 04
Lysyj, Igor 2686
Morozevich, Alexander 2724
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2745
Karjakin, Sergey 2770
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2714
Grachev, Boris 2669
Khismatullin, Denis 2679
Svidler, Peter 2743
Vitiugov, Nikita 2738
Zvjaginsev, Vadim 2655

Round four under way

A round that brought the players even closer! Morozevich, the sole leader before the start of the round, fell to a clean game by Lysyj. Zvjaginsev, who had 2.0/3, also lost his game. Vitiugov's pair of bishops proved to be too powerful and Black was unable to defend.

The other three games were drawn. Jakovenko and Karjakin found a way to draw in 25 moves. Nepo pressed against Grachev but without success while Khismatullin held a very sizeable advantage (probably decisive at some point) against Svidler but was unable to find the correct way to make progress.

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Women's Section

Round 04
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2541
Pogonina, Natalja 2480
Goryachkina, Aleksandra 2438
Gritsayeva, Olga 2335
Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 2439
Girya, Olga 2457
Galliamova, Alisa 2471
Bodnaruk. Anastasia 2411
Gunina, Valentina 2522
Kashlinskaya, Alina 2439

What a fighting round! Every single game today was decisive, and all three of the leaders won their games! This leaves Kosteniuk, Goryachkina and Girya still at the top, but now with 3.0/4. The three leaders took very different approaches to their game. Goryachkina took advantage of a strategical mistake by her opponent to gain an advantage and push that forward to victory, Kosteniuk punished a tactical mistake by Pogonina to win her game while Girya went all out with a knight and a rook in the very early phase of the game to secure a pawn and the win!

Gunina got somewhat lucky by trapping her opponent's rook in the middle of the board when she was in a worse position. Lastly Bodnaruk was unable to capitalize on her attack and she was ultimately unable to justify her sacrificed piece against Galiamova.

Round Four Games

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Information and pictures provided by Etery Kublashvili


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Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.


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