Rus SuperFinal 07: Gunina joins leaders

by Alejandro Ramirez
12/6/2014 – Valentina Gunina found herself in a lost position against Anastasia Bodnaruk, but through cunning, good defense and a lot of help from her opponent she managed to win the game and tie for the lead with Alisa Galliamova and Aleksandra Goryachkina, who drew their game. In the open Igor Lysyj was unable to solve a study-like position and to fell victim to Vadim Zvjaginsev.

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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 Seven

Round 07
Zvjaginsev, Vadim 2655
Lysyj, Igor 2686
Svidler, Peter 2743
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2745
Khismatullin, Denis 2679
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2714
Morozevich, Aelxander 2724
Vitiugov, Nikita 2738
Grachev, Boris 2669
Karjakin, Sergey 2770

The news of the day is Zvjaginsev's victory against tournament leader Lysyj. The win came in a very unusual manner as Lysyj's pieces were placed in such a way that there was a long and forced sequence to save them. In time trouble Lysyj was unable to solve the study-like position and lost quickly.

Lysyj's bishop's placement proved to be problematic!

Svidler tried 1.f4!? as Nepo did against Karjakin, but was unable to break Jakovenko's defenses in a bishop endgame.

Nepo himself played an opening that usually gives Black a slight disadvantage but few weaknesses, and quickly turned it into a better endgame. However that was not enough to win against Khismatullin.

Young players keenly following the games

Morozevich and Vitiugov played a very entertaining game, true to their spirits when they play each other! Morozevich probably had a win on move 19, annotated below, but he missed and allowed Vitiugov to escape with a draw.

Grachev-Karjakin was not very eventful. A lot of trades landed in a drawn bishop endgame.

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Women's Section

Round 07
Galliamova, Alisa 2471
Goryachkina, Aleksandra 2438
Girya, Olga 2457
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2541
Pogonina, Natalja 2480
Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 2439
Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2411
Gunina, Valentina 2522
Gritsayeva, Oksana 2335
Kashlinskaya, Alina 2439

Goryachkina had good chances against Galliamova after outplaying her opponent in a Semi-Slav. She squandered them in a complicated position with time trouble and she was unable to convert. Thanks to these result both of these ladies still share the lead.

Leaders: Goryachkina and...

Galliamova drew their game

Kosteniuk's miscalculation in the middle game cost her a pawn, but Girya's technique was not the best and a draw was reached.

Kovalevskaya tried the elusive Benko Gambit, but she did not follow my recommendation given in the Benko Gambit DVDs and she reached a lost position. Somehow Pogonina did not capitalize on it and the game was drawn.

Never too early to solve serious puzzles

Bodnaruk had a huge advantage against Gunina, but she managed to slowly but surely turn it around until her exposed king gave her too many headaches and a lost position.

Gunina not only saved her losing position, she managed to win it

Gritsayeva's disastrous opening lost her the game against Kashlinskaya.

Round Seven 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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