Rus SuperFinal 08: Exciting Penultimate Round

by Alejandro Ramirez
12/7/2014 – The Russian Super Final is nearing its end, and in the Open section Lysyj continues with a half point lead. All the games were drawn in that second today except for Khismatullin's win a gainst Vitiugov. If Lysyj wins against Grachev tomorrow he will be Russian Super Final Champion! The race in the Women's is between Galliamova and Gunina, both tied with 6.0/8..

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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 Eight

Round 08
Lysyj, Igor 2686
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2714
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2745
Morozevich, Alexander 2724
Karjakin, Sergey 2770
Svidler, Peter 2743
Vitiugov, Nikita 2738
Khismatullin, Denis 2679
Zvjaginsev, Vadim 2655
Grachev, Boris 2770

The children that visited the tournament also drew the players!

The tournament leader played some kind of weird Dutch against Nepomniachtchi. His slight advantage was never enough to make any progress and eventually the game was drawn.

Jakovenko had a dangerous advantage in the endgame against Morozevich, but some creative and resourceful defense with the active king saved the game for the Russian. A good example to study for defending bad rook endgames.

Karjakin could not best Svidler who continues on a very solid seven draws and one loss.

Sergey Karjakin in the duel of titans against...

Peter Svidler, with a beautiful background

Khismatullin was the only player to win today after his attack on the kingside quickly became unstoppable after transferring both of his rooks to that side of the board. Vitiugov seemed to play rather planless and was duly punished.

Zvjaginsev did not find anything against his opponent's opening

Zvjaginsev and Grachev provided the "how to find a repetition in under 20 moves" game of the day.

A little rest day for Boris Grachev

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Women's Section

Round 08
Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 2439
Galliamova, Alisa 2471
Gunina, Valentina 2522
Pogonina, Natalja 2480
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2541
Goryachkina, Aleksandra 2438
Girya, Olga 2457
Gritsayeva, Oksana 2335
Kashlinskaya, Alina 2439
Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2411

Penultimate round under way

The women continue to provide us with entertainig rounds! Big results at the top as Galliamova won yet again against Kovalevskaya. An unusual three passed pawns vs. three passed pawns endgame proved why bishops are so valuable over knights in these kinds of situations.

Kovalevskaya ended up losing to one of the current tournament leaders: Galliamova

Gunina showed wonderful comprehension of this QGD structure

Gunina played a masterful game cracking down on Pogonina's Lasker Defense. A clean game by Gunina who has recovered wonderfully from her relatively poor start.

Kosteniuk, who has been rather luckless this tournament, smashed Goryachkina, effectively knocking her out of competition for first place.

Alexandra Kosteniuk with a crushing victory

A silly blunder cost Gritsayeva the game against Girya. Without this error the endgame was probably around equal.

A little luck never hurt anyone: Olga Girya

Finally Kashlinskaya forced a perpetual in style:

Black to play and draw (she is worse without this move). Answer in the game!

Round Eight Games

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The action finishes tomorrow at 1 p.m. Moscow time to determine the Russian Super Final Champion in both the Open and Women's section!

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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