RUS SuperFinal 06: Leaders cement positions

by Alejandro Ramirez
12/5/2014 – Not the pre-tournament favorites, but the leaders are playing powerful chess. Lysyj in the Open section is performing fantastically at 2924 and his latest victim was Khismatullin. With this win Lysyj leads by a full point. In the Women's, Goraychkina drew Pogonina, but Galliamova was able to turn a bad situation into a tie for the 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 Six

Round 06
Lysyj, Igor 2686
Khismatullin, Denis 2679
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2714
Morozevich, Alexander 2724
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2745
Grachev, Boris 2669
Vitiugov, Nikita 2738
Svidler, Peter 2743
Karjakin, Sergey 2770
Zvjaginsev, Vadim 2655

A fantastic round for Lysyj! Khismatullin's aggressive approach included a pawn sacrifice, and it seemed that he managed to obtain enough compensation, but a serious error landed him with less than adequate play for his missing exchange and he ended up losing the game.

Lysyj's latest victim: Denis Khismatullin

Nepo saw himself in a difficult position against Morozevich who was pressing for the win, but on move 40 he was unable to keep the pressure and the game petered out to a draw.

Nepomniachtchi suffered a bit but he held the draw against Morozevich

Jakovenko and Grachev played a crazy tactical French that is better seen with a real board! Meanwhile you can check out some variations below.

Unafraid of big complications and a fantastic blitz player: Boris Grachev

Vitiugov and Svidler drew without playing while Karjakin crushed Zvjaginsev when the latter somehow forgot how to handle the Pirc pawn structure.

A much needed breather for the #1 seed

This leaves Lysyj a full point ahead of the competition with a fantastic 2900+ performance.

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Women's Section

Round 06
Goryachkina, Aleaksandra 2438
Pogonina, Natalja 2480
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2541
Galliamova, Alisa 2471
Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 2439
Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2411
Gunina, Valentina 2522
Gritsayeva, Oksana 2335
Kashlinskaya, Alina 2439
Girya, Olga 2457

Another bloody round, but this one saw at least one draw. Over the past three rounds a massive 14/15 games have been decisive in the Women's section!

Pogonina tried hard against Goryachkina but without success

Goryachkina saw herself in a difficult position against Pogonina, who was up a pawn in a rook endgame. However the pawn was blockaded and it was too hard to make progress, so Goryachkina was able to hold the half point.

Kosteniuk was outplaying Galliamova but she suddenly stopped attacking. Her initiative on the kingside faded and her position became a series of weaknesses. Further mistakes allowed Galliamova to mop up easily after a panicked Kosteniuk sacrificed two pieces for no compensation.

Alisa Galliamova turned the game from a bad position into a win against...

The highest rated Russian woman: Alexandra Kosteniuk

Kovalevskaya played a very nice White version of the early Qf3 Paulsen Sicilians and beat Bodnaruk, no questions asked. Gunina took advantage of a serious mistake by Gritsayeva to gain the initiative and a decisive material advantage thanks to the awkward placement of some of Black's pieces around move 22.

Kashlinskaya had a pride and joy: her pawn on c7. This compensated her missing pawn and some of her positional weaknesses. Later in the game a mistake allowed tactics that gave Girya the opportunity to pick off this pawn, after which all of White's position fell apart!

Round Six 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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