RUS SuperFinal 05: Big results!

by Alejandro Ramirez
12/2/2014 – How the standings have changed in both sections! Thanks to big upsets in the Open section (Khismatullin defeating Morozevich, Lysyj defeating Karjakin) there are new leaders. Lysyj sits alone with 3.5/5 followed by Jakovenko and Nepo with 3.0/5. In the Women's we had five decisive results again (!) but this time only one of the leaders won: Goryachkina leads with a half point lead.

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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 Five

Round 05
Zvjaginsev, Vadim 2655
Javovenko, Dmitry 2745
Morozevich, Alexander 2724
Khismatullin, Denis 2679
Karjakin, Sergey 2770
Lysyj, Igor 2686
Svidler, Peter 2743
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2714
Grachev, Boris 2669
Vitiugov, Nikita 2738

The beautiful artwork of the subway in Kazan

An interesting round in Kazan! Two of the pre-tournament favorites fell with the White pieces. First Morozevich's exchange sacrifice in a complex endgame was dubious at best. Khismatullin patiently rearranged his pieces and obtained a winning advantage with his extra material.

Khismatullin with a huge win against Morozevich

The new tournament leader: Igor Lysyj

Karjakin, who is having a horrible tournament and is dead last, was simply positionally outplayed by Lysyj who is now leading the event! Lysyj has been one of the best players in Russia for many years but never quite the elite, and this might be after a long time his breakthrough event!

Svidler and Nepomniachtchi played a very, very strange game. At the end the draw by repetition seemed to be the best for both sides.

Zvjaginsev essayed a King's Gambit (that is still played nowadays?) and although he got a horrible position from the opening he managed to hold it at the end. Grachev and Vitiugov played an interesting but nothing special draw.

Vitiugov stays at 50%

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Women's Section

Round 05
Kashlinskaya, Alina 2439
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2541
Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2411
Goryachkina, Aleksandra 2438
Gritsayeva, Olga 2335
Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 2439
Girya, Olga 2457
Gunina, Valentina 2522
Pogonina, Natalja 2480
Galliamova, Alina 2471

As if yesterday was not enough, the women have graced us with another round of all decisive games! Again, they came in all different types.

Kashlinskaya had a slightly worse position against Kosteniuk for most of the game, but a trick in time trouble caused Kosteniuk to panic and drop a pawn and then a piece, losing her the game.

A stroke of cunning and luck: Alina
Kashlinskaya vanquished Alexandra Kosteniuk

Goryachkina showed better understanding of a complex structure against Bodnaruk and took a nice victory. Kovalevskaya had a relatively easy time against Gritsayeva as White lost a pawn early in the game and was always worse.

Girya and Gunina played a bizarre game where neither side wanted to win material, instead they kept focusing on improving their position. At the end of the complications Gunina's position was much better and she confidently took the point home.

Pogonina seemed very confused in the opening and she also dropped a pawn early in the game. Galliamova played cleanly and with good technique won a nice game, which allows her to grab second place by leapfrogging Girya and Kosteniuk!

Pogonina couldn't find a good continuation in the opening

Round Five 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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