Superfinals: Goryachkina leads

by Eteri Kublashvili
8/13/2015 – Aleksandra Goryachkina, born 1998, is the number one on FIDE's August rating list for girls. At the Russian Superfinals she shows her talent. In round four she won against Anastasia Bodnaruk and now leads with 3.5/4. In the men's tournament Vladislav Artemiev won his second game in a row and now leads together with Evgeny Tomashevsky. Report and analyses.

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Tomashevsky and Artemiev Lead in the Men's Russian Championship Superfinal. Goriachkina ahead in the Women's Contest

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

Peter Svidler, after dodging the main variations, produced quite an original interpretation of the Sicilian as White, and the Dragon Variation with both white bishops fianchettoed emerged on the board. Khismatullin responded in a strong and aggressive way: he sacrificed an exchange and Black's advance soon grew into a dangerous attack. Black played ingeniously and White's king was checkmated on move 29.


Vladislav Artemiev scored his second win in a row, and again with some luck. He played with Black against Ildar Khairullin, who gained a slight edge in the opening and gradually increased the pressure. Black countered with a central breakthrough, White responded inappropriately, lost all his advantage and gave the initiative to his opponent. White's main problem was his exposed king but he lost because he blundered and missed a mate in two.



Vladislav Artemiev had some luck going his way but displayed gret fighting abilitiies

Evgeny Tomashevsky drew against Vitiugov in the fashionable line of Bogo-Indian

Standings after round four


Round 4 - Results (Women)
A. Goryachkina 1-0 A. Bodnaruk
M. Guseva ½-½ K. Lagno
V. Gunina 1-0 O. Girya
N. Pogonina 0-1 A. Kosteniuk
E. Ovod ½-½ E. Kovalevskaya
A. Kashlinskaya ½-½ A. Savina

Valentina Gunina played with White against Olga Girya and won her third game in a row. But not a smooth one. Black got a got a good position from the opening, seized the initiative and put White under pressure. Now Gunina stirred up the waters and was lucky again: in mutual time-trouble she caught Girya's king in a mating net.



Valentina Gunina is playing some very tricky chess!

In the game between Goriachkina and Bodnaruk Black had a decent position after the opening but then made a positional mistake by letting a white knight into her camp. White used this to attack on both flanks and finally overcame Black's tenacious defense. Goriachkina now leads the field with 3.5/4.


Aleksandra Goryachkina is simply unbeatable!

Anastasia Bodnaruk

Alina Kashlinskaya

Kateryna Lagno

Alexandra Kosteniuk

Anastasia Savina

Standings after round four

Photos: Vladimir Barsky and Eteri Kublashvili


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Eteri Kublashvili is a chessplayer and reports and photographs from all official tournaments for the Russian Chess Federation.


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