Russian Higher League LIVE

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7/3/2018 – Live games from the 2018 Russian Higher League, where top Russian grandmasters battle for one of five qualification spots to the 2018 Russian Championship Superfinal. The overall prize fund is 5 million rubles, or around 68,000 euros. | Pictured: Alexey Sarana | Photo: Dmitry Kryakvin / Russian Chess Federation

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Round 7

The Russian Higher League is a 9-round Swiss Open taking place in Yaroslavl from June 26th to July 5th, 2018. The top five players in the tournament will qualify for the 2018 Russian Championship Superfinal. Players have 90 minutes to make 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the result of the game, plus 30 seconds per move starting from the first move.

No draw offers are allowed before move 40.

Live games - Open


Current standings (top 10)


Live games - Women


Current standings (top 10)


The road to the Russian Championship

Most prestigious national championships can be proud to include one or more 2700 players, but in Russia there are currently 247 grandmasters with the top ten having a combined average rating of 2742 — far ahead of the next strongest country by this measure (China). The pre-eminent qualifier, known as the Russian Higher League, typically includes past champions and a number of 2600 and 2700 players.

As we wrote in 2017, it's part of "a series of Herculean qualification events determine who will earn the right to fight for the coveted title in the subsequent Russian Super-Final."

Northeast of Moscow, Yaroslav is part of the "Golden Ring group" of ancient towns

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