Superfinals of the Russian Championship begin

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8/23/2018 – On August 24th the Superfinals of the Russian Championship will begin in Satka. The Superfinals feature an open tournament and a tournament for women. Both are 12-player round-robin tournaments and both have a strong line-up. In the open tournament Ian Nepomniachtchi is the number one seed, and in the women's tournament it's Alexandra Kosteniuk. | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

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Russian Championship Superfinals to start in Satka on August 24th

Press release

The Superfinals of 71st Russian men's championship and 68th Russian women's championship will take place from 24th August till 6th September 2018 in Satka, Chelyabinsk Oblast. The venue is Magnezit Palace of Culture.

The organizers are the Russian Chess Federation, Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, Government of Chelyabinsk Oblast, and Magnezit Group. The competition is also supported by Renault Russia Company, Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System (FGC UES), and PhosAgro. Logistics partner of the Russian Chess Federation is Russian Post.

The tournament is a part of the Chess in Museums program, carried out by the RCF together with Timchenko Foundation since 2012. 

Line-up (Men)

  • Ian Nepomniachtchi (2768)
  • Dmitry Jakovenko (2748)
  • Nikita Vitiugov (2730)
  • Dmitry Andreikin (2710)
  • Vladimir Fedoseev (2707)
  • Evgeny Tomashevsky (2702)
  • Daniil Dubov (2691)
  • Ernesto Inarkiev (2690)
  • Denis Khismatullin (2634)
  • Mikhail Kobalia (2619)
  • Alexey Sarana (2613)
  • Grigoriy Oparin (2609)

Line-up (Women)

  • Alexandra Kosteniuk (2559)
  • Aleksandra Goryachkina (2535)
  • Valentina Gunina (2528)
  • Natalija Pogonina (2469)
  • Olga Girya (2462)
  • Anastasia Bodnaruk (2449)
  • Alina Kashlinskaya (2440)
  • Alisa Galliamova (2424)
  • Polina Shuvalova (2413)
  • Oksana Gritsayeva (2391)
  • Anastasiya Protopopova (2332)
  • Elena Tomilova (2332)

The total prize fund is 9,000,000 roubles (about 117,000 Euros). Besides, the winners of both men's and women's tournaments will also receive a special prize – bright and stylish city crossover Renault Kaptur.

The tournaments are round-robin events with 11 rounds. The match days: August 25-30 and September 1-5. Free day - August 31. The rounds start at 1 p.m. (Moscow time), the final 11th round begins at 11 a.m. (Moscow time).

During the Superfinals, the exhibition of the Soviet and Russian painter, a representative of the “Severe Style” Geliy Korzhev (1925-2012) will be opened in Magnezit Palace of Culture. The exposition called Painting’s Way. Geliy Korzhev will include sketches and graphics from the archive of the artist's family. The sketches and graphics were made by Korzhev during the work on his key paintings on historical, biblical and other series from 1953 till 2012.

On August 31st, grandmasters will give simuls to young chess players.  All chess events running under Chess in Museums project feature a special social program for a rest day, which primarily aims at children. Master-classes and simultaneous exhibitions give chess fans a chance to meet their heroes in person, test their own chess ability, and sometimes even defeat a renowned grandmaster.

Tournament page

Contact information

Press service of the Russian Chess Federation
Eteri Kublashvili




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Ardalan Ardalan 8/23/2018 08:24
Where is Svidler ??
Jarman Jarman 8/23/2018 07:14
So Vladislav Artemiev won't be joining the event - that's unfortunate. He is currently rated better than half of the participants.
Hamsuns Hamsuns 8/23/2018 06:25
Does anyone know what is going on with Morozevich? Seems he is not playing much chess these days, but I could be mistaken. I surely miss his creativity and contribution in the tournaments.
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