Superfinals 8: Three rounds to go

by Sagar Shah
8/18/2015 – Eight of eleven rounds are played in the Superfinals. In round eight only one game had a winner in the men's tournament - Khismatullin defeated Motylev - but there were no changes at the top and Tomashevsky kept the lead. Aleksandra Goryachkina scored the only win the women's tournament. The 16-year old is now a-point ahead of Alexandra Kosteniuk. Games and 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 8 - Results (Men)
V. Artemiev ½-½ E. Tomashevsky
D. Dubov ½-½ I. Lysyj
P. Svidler ½-½ N. Vitiugov
I. Bukavshin ½-½ S. Karjakin
I. Khairullin ½-½ D. Jakovenko
A. Motylev 0-1 D. Khismatullin

The main contenders for the title all drew their games in round eight and thus there were no changes at the top. Evgeny Tomashevsky is still sole leader and is half-a-point ahead of Sergey Karjakin and Nikita Vitiugov.

Evgeny Tomashevsky

Dennis Khismatullin was the only player who won in round eight. In a Najdorf Sicilian that looked similar to the Sicilian Dragon he succeeded against Alexander Motylev.


Dennis Khismatullin

Standings after round eight

Games of round eight




Round 8 - Results (Women)
N. Pogonina ½-½ E. Ovod
A. Kashlinskaya ½-½ E. Kovalevskaya
O. Girya ½-½ A. Kosteniuk
A. Savina ½-½ K. Lagno
A. Goryachkina 1-0 M. Guseva
V. Gunina ½-½ A. Bodnaruk

In the women's tournament Aleksandra Goryachkina has the best chances to win the title. In round eight the 16-year old talent won against Marina Guseva and now is sole leader again.


Aleksandra Goryachkina - the 16-year old has good chances to become Russian Champion.

Half-a-point behind follows Alexandra Kosteniuk, who drew against Olga Girya. The other games also ended in a draw, though not without fight. Particularly exciting was the encounter between Alina Kashlinskaya and Ekaterina Kovalevskaya.


Alina Kashlinskaya

Standings after round eight

Games of round eight



Photos: Vladimir Barsky and Eteri Kublashvili


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