Russian Superfinals: Karjakin and Nepomniachtchi win, Shuvalova starts with 6.0/6!

by André Schulz
12/11/2020 – After six rounds Sergey Karjakin and Ian Nepomniachtchi continue to share the lead in the Superfinal of the Russian Championship - both won their games in round 6. In the women's tournament Polina Shuvalova continues to win and with 6.0/6 she is now 1½ points ahead of the field. | Photos: Eteri Kublashvili

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Russian Superfinals, Round 6

Sergey Karjakin and Ian Nepomniachtchi were joint leaders after five rounds, and they still share the lead after round six – both won their games.

Sergey Karjakin had White against Maxim Matlakov.


Ian Nepomniachtchi had Black against Andrey Goganov, and after winning an exchange he successfully defended against Goganov's kingside attack.

Ian Nepomniachtchi


Vladislav Artemiev scored the third win of the round by defeating Andrey Esipenko. Artemiev and Vadim Fedoseev are now one point behind the leaders and share third and fourth place.







Women's Championship

In the women's tournament Polina Shuvalova continues to win. Maybe she is inspired by Beth Harmon from the Netflix series "The Queen's Gambit".

Polina Shuvalova

After all, she plays against the best women players of country but still wins game after game. She started with 5.0/5 and also won in round six and outplayed Natalia Pogonina in the endgame.

Shuvalova's closest rival, Aleksandra Goryachkina, lost some ground by drawing against Alexandra Kosteniuk.

Alekesandra Gorayachkina

After six rounds Shuvalova is now 1½ points ahead of the field and currently has an Elo-performance of more than 3200.







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André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.


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