Russian Superfinals 6: Three and two leaders

by Sagar Shah
8/15/2015 – The Superfinals reached the half-way-mark and promise an exciting end. In the men's tournament E. Tomashevsky, V. Artemiev, and N. Vitiugov lead with 4.0/6 each. In the women's tournament Aleksandra Goryachkina and Alexandra Kosteniuk share the lead with 4.5/6 each. Goryachkina won against Ovod, Kosteniuk defeated Kateryna Lagno. Analyses.

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The 68th Men's Russian Chess Championship and the 65th Women's Russian Chess Championship is played in Chita from 9. to 21. August. The competition is held by the Russian Chess Federation, the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation and the Zabaykalsky Krai Chess Federation, with support from the government of the Zabaykalsky Krai. The competition partners are Norilsk Nickel and the Baikalsk Mining Company.

Round 6 - Results (Men)
I. Khairullin ½-½ S. Karjakin
P. Svidler 1-0 I. Lysyj
A. Motylev ½-½ E. Tomashevsky
D. Dubov 0-1 D. Jakovenko
V. Artemiev ½-½ I. Bukavshin
N. Vitiugov 1-0 D. Khismatullin

Nikita Vitiugov won in round six against Dennis Khismatullin and joined Evgeny Tomashevsky and Vladislav Artemiev, who both drew, in the lead.

Nikita Vitiugov


Peter Svidler won a positional game against Igor Lysyi - Svidler's first win in this year Superfinal.


Dmitry Jakovenko

Dmitry Jakovenko played the third decisive game of the round. He won against Daniil Dubov who spoiled a better but tactically complicated position.


Standings after round six


Round 6 - Results (Women)
A. Goryachkina 1-0 E. Ovod
V. Gunina 1-0 K. Lagno
A. Savina ½-½ O. Girya
A. Kashlinskaya 0-1 A. Kosteniuk
N. Pogonina ½-½ E. Kovalevskaya
M. Guseva 0-1 A. Bodnaruk

After her loss in round 5 Aleksandra Goryachkina managed to strike back and won against Evgenija Ovod - it was Goryachkina's fourth win in the tournament.


But Alexandra Kosteniuk kept the pace of her rival: She won against
Alina Kashlinskaya and continues to share the lead with Goryachkina.


Less lucky was Kateryna Lagno: She lost against Valentina Gunina and is no longer part of the leading group.

Valentina Gunina (with and in White) and Kateryna Lagno minutes before the start of their game.


The fourth decisive game was played by Anastasia Bodnaruk: She won with Black against Marina Guseva.


Standings after round six

Photos: Vladimir Barsky and Eteri Kublashvili


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Sagar is an International Master from India with two GM norms. He loves to cover chess tournaments, as that helps him understand and improve at the game he loves so much. He is the co-founder and CEO of ChessBase India, the biggest chess news portal in the country. His YouTube channel has over a million subscribers, and to date close to a billion views. ChessBase India is the sole distributor of ChessBase products in India and seven adjoining countries, where the software is available at a 60% discount. compared to International prices.


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