Russian Super Finals - Lysyj and Gunina become 2014 Russian Champions Print
Sunday, 07 December 2014 13:36

Lysyj and Gunina become 2014 Russian Champions

The Russian Chess Championship Super Final, the 67th for men and the 64th for women, is taking place from 27 November till 8 December in the city of Kazan, in a branch of the State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan (the Khazine Gallery). The Super Final is the main individual competition in the Russian chess calendar: it determines the country’s strongest male and female chess player. The tournament is a follow-up of the Chess in Museums project, an international programme run by the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) in conjunction with the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation. 

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The Super Final’s participants are playing in a hall hosting an exposition of paintings by Nicolai Fechin, a famous artist born in Kazan. The works exhibited in the hall include the famous pictures Slaughterhouse and Showering with Water. Students of the Fechin Kazan Art School are attending the tournament every day to do sketches of the players. When the competition finishes, the jury will award prizes to the authors of the best works.

The closure of the 67th Men’s Russian Chess Championship Superfinal and the 64th Women’s Russian Chess Championship was held at a branch of the Tatarstan State Museum of Fine Arts (the Khazine Gallery) on 7 December. Ten male and ten female players waged an arduous battle of nine rounds to identify the strongest. Finally, the names of the champions became known today.
In the final round of the men’s tournament, Nikita Vitiugov destroyed Ian Nepomniachtchi with Black. The opponents played out a complex opening line in which Black was in a very promising position. White failed to castle and Black launched a powerful central attack. Vitiugov won major material and soon drove the point home. 

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Peter Svidler outplayed Vadim Zvjaginsev in a long duel. The latter sacrificed a pawn in the middlegame but did not obtain any serious compensation. The extra pawn had its say in the endgame and Peter finished the tournament on a winning note.
The games B. Grachev – I. Lysyj, D. Khismatullin – D. Jakovenko and A. Morozevich – S. Karjakin ended in draws. Igor Lysyj became the Russian Champion with 5.5 points in 9 games. The silver medallist was Dmitry Jakovenko, who lagged behind the winner by half a point. Denis Khismatullin took third place, gaining 4.5 points, like four other participants, but staying ahead of them in terms of additional indicators.
In the women’s tournament, it all boiled down to one game: the match between the leaders Alisa Galliamova and Valentina Gunina, which ended in the latter’s favour. Valentina sacrificed a pawn in the opening and obtained compensation. During time trouble, the game swung like a pendulum and, at one point, White had a decisive edge. But then Galliamova made a blunder and the advantage swung back to Black. Valentina Gunina brought the game to a ruthless conclusion and became the Russian Champion for the second time in a row. Alisa Galliamova won the silver. The round also saw a sensational defeat of Alexandra Kosteniuk, playing Black, by Superfinal first-timer Oksana Gritsayeva.

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Anastasia Bodnaruk, who had also done very badly in the tournament, outplayed Olga Girya, who had been among the leaders for nearly the entire distance. Olga made a mistake in a better endgame and Anastasia achieved a win. In a lengthy tug-of-war, Alina Kashlinskaya gradually outsmarted Natalija Pogonina with Black.
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya and Aleksandra Goriachkina drew. The 16-year-old Aleksandra took third place, overcoming Olga Girya in terms of additional indicators. 


Final results:

Men:
1. I. Lysyj – 5.5; 2. D. Jakovenko – 5; 3-7. D. Khismatullin, I. Nepomniachtchi, P. Svidler, A. Morozevich, N. Vitiugov – 4.5; 8-10. V. Zvjaginsev, B. Grachev, S. Karjakin – 4.

Women:
1. V. Gunina – 7; 2. A. Galliamova – 6; 3-4. A. Goriachkina, O. Girya – 5.5; 5. A. Kashlinskaya – 5; 6-7. E. Kovalevskaya, A. Kosteniuk – 4.5; 8-9. A. Bodnaruk, N. Pogonina – 2.5; 10. O. Gritsayeva – 2.

The Superfinal’s closing ceremony was held at the Khazine Gallery on the same day. The participants received congratulations and awards from Vladimir Leonov, Tatarstan Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports; Igor Baradachev, Deputy General Director of the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation; Gennady Zakharov, President of the Tatarstan Chess Federation; and Mark Glukhovsky, Chairman of the Management Board of the Russian Chess Federation. Prizes were also awarded to students of the Kazan Art School, who had been sketching the players during the event. Ulyana Babakayeva won the third-place prize, whereas the second prize went to Ksenia Vlasova and the first to Elvina Sabirova.

Andrey Filatov, President of the Russian Chess Federation, summed up the event: “The Kazan Superfinal has been a real feast for both participants and fans and has yet again showcased Russia’s outstanding chess talent. I congratulate with all my heart Russian Champions Igor Lysyj and Valentina Gunina on this great victory.

On behalf of the Russian Chess Federation, I would like to thank the first President of the Republic of Tatarstan, head of the Organising Committee of the Superfinal Mintimer Shaimiev, thanks to whose personal involvement the competition was held at the highest standard; head of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin for the opportunity to hold the tournament at one of Russia’s best regional museums; and our loyal partner ‒ the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation.

As part of the Chess in Museums project, we were able to combine chess and art once again. This combination not only provides an impressive backdrop to the dramatic chess matches, but also brings new audiences to museum halls. The Superfinal gave chess fans a unique opportunity to enjoy the participants’ good play and to familiarise themselves with works by the great Russian-American artist Nicolai Fechin. The RCF and the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation will continue this project and I am confident that a large number of impressive games held in Russian and the world’s best museums are still ahead of us.”

Deputy General Director of the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation Igor Baradachev said: “To conclude another Russian Championship Superfinal jointly held by the RCF and the Timchenko Foundation as part of the Chess in Museums project, I would like to thank everyone who has made a huge contribution to making this event happen at the highest level here in Kazan. I hope that the participants and the audience have truly enjoyed the harmony of beauty, art, elegance and sport on the chess boards and the easels. For the first time, a synergy of chess and art has given us not only chess champions, but also nice paintings drawn during the game, their authors receiving well-deserved awards.”


Lysyj leads before the last round at the Superfinal. In the women’s tournament, Galliamova and Gunina race ahead


The Russian Chess Championship Super Final, the 67th for men and the 64th for women, is taking place from 27 November till 8 December in the city of Kazan, in a branch of the State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan (the Khazine Gallery). The Super Final is the main individual competition in the Russian chess calendar: it determines the country’s strongest male and female chess player. The tournament is a follow-up of the Chess in Museums project, an international programme run by the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) in conjunction with the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation.

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The Super Final’s participants are playing in a hall hosting an exposition of paintings by Nicolai Fechin, a famous artist born in Kazan. The works exhibited in the hall include the famous pictures Slaughterhouse and Showering with Water. Students of the Fechin Kazan Art School are attending the tournament every day to do sketches of the players. When the competition finishes, the jury will award prizes to the authors of the best works.

Games of penultimate round 8 of the 67th Men’s Russian Chess Championship Superfinal and the 64th Women’s Championship Superfinal were played on 6 December at a branch of the Tatarstan State Museum of Fine Arts.

Only one decisive game was played in the men’s tournament: Denis Khismatullin defeated Nikita Vitiugov with Black. He mounted an attack on his opponent’s king, made several precise aggressive moves and scored a convincing win.

Igor Lysyj and Ian Nepomniachtchi had a peaceful game in which the position hardly changed beyond equal. White gained some initiative but Black’s stance remained sufficiently strong. A draw by move repetition ensued.

Peter Svidler and Sergey Karjakin had a complex, manoeuvring game where Black was able to equalise. Both players had to be fairly careful but the game was played out without mistakes and ended in a logical draw.

Vadim Zvjaginsev and Boris Grachev forced a draw by move repetition early in the game.

Dmitry Jakovenko put some pressure on Alexander Morozevich with White, but Black defended precisely and the game was drawn.

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In the women’s showdown, Alexandra Kosteniuk defeated Aleksandra Goriachkina with White. The players castled on opposite sides, with Black castling queenside. Kosteniuk was able to launch a direct attack on her opponent’s king and achieved a brilliant win.

Valentina Gunina outplayed Natalija Pogonina in a lengthy combat. White obtained a space advantage and pushed her pawns far ahead on the queenside. Valentina gradually achieved an overwhelming position and won.

Alisa Galliamova and Ekaterina Kovalevskaya had a very convoluted game. The rivals played a sharp line, then White sacrificed a piece and complications emerged on the board. As the players found themselves in time trouble, they made several mistakes passing the advantage from one to the other. Ekaterina was the last to make a mistake and the position shifted in Black’s favour. Alisa was able to bring the game to a win.

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Olga Girya beat Oksana Gritsayeva, who made a blunder in the final stage of the game and lost an exchange. Olga converted her material edge to win successfully.

Alina Kashlinskaya and Anastasia Bodnaruk had a tricky game that finished in a draw, despite all the complications.

After eight rounds, Igor Lysyj leads in the men’s tournament with 5 points. The leaders of the women’s tournament are Alisa Galliamova and Valentina Gunina, who scored 6 points each and will confront each other in the final round.

Final round 9 will start at 13.00 Moscow time. If two or more participants share 1st place, a tie breaker will be held.

Men:

Round 8 results:

I. Lysyj – I. Nepomniachtchi ½-½, N. Vitiugov – D. Khismatullin 0-1, D. Jakovenko – A. Morozevich ½-½, S. Karjakin – P. Svidler ½-½, V. Zvjaginsev – B. Grachev ½-½

Standings after round 8:

1. I. Lysyj – 5; 2-3. D. Jakovenko, I. Nepomniachtchi – 4.5; 4-6. D. Khismatullin, A. Morozevich, V. Zvjaginsev – 4; 7-10. S. Karjakin, B. Grachev, N. Vitiugov, P. Svidler – 3.5.

Round 9 pairings:

B. Grachev – I. Lysyj, P. Svidler – V. Zvjaginsev, A. Morozevich – S. Karjakin, D. Khismatullin – D. Jakovenko, I. Nepomniachtchi – N. Vitiugov

Women:

Round 8 results:

A. Kosteniuk – A. Goriachkina 1-0, E. Kovalevskaya – A. Galliamova 0-1, V. Gunina – N. Pogonina 1-0, A. Kashlinskaya – A. Bodnaruk ½‒½, O. Girya – O. Gritsayeva 1-0

Standings after round 8:

1-2. A. Galliamova, V. Gunina – 6; 3. O. Girya – 5.5; 4. A. Goriachkina – 5; 5. A. Kosteniuk – 4.5; 6-7. E. Kovalevskaya, A. Kashlinskaya – 4; 8. N. Pogonina – 2.5; 9. A. Bodnaruk – 1.5; 10. O. Gritsayeva – 1.

Standings after round 9:

O. Gritsayeva – A. Kosteniuk, A. Bodnaruk – O. Girya, N. Pogonina – A. Kashlinskaya, A. Galliamova – V. Gunina, A. Goriachkina – E. Kovalevskaya


Lysyj retains the lead in the Super Final. Gunina joins the leaders in the women’s tournament

The Russian Chess Championship Super Final, the 67th for men and the 64th for women, is taking place from 27 November till 8 December in the city of Kazan, in a branch of the State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan (the Khazine Gallery). The Super Final is the main individual competition in the Russian chess calendar: it determines the country’s strongest male and female chess player. The tournament is a follow-up of the Chess in Museums project, an international programme run by the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) in conjunction with the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation.

The Super Final’s participants are playing in a hall hosting an exposition of paintings by Nicolai Fechin, a famous artist born in Kazan. The works exhibited in the hall include the famous pictures Slaughterhouse and Showering with Water. Students of the Fechin Kazan Art School are attending the tournament every day to do sketches of the players. When the competition finishes, the jury will award prizes to the authors of the best works.

Games of round 7 of the 67th Men’s Russian Chess Championship Super Final and the 64th Women’s Championship Super Final were played on 5 December at a branch of the Tatarstan State Museum of Fine Arts (the Khazine Gallery).

The leader of the men’s tournament, Igor Lysyj, lost to Vadim Zvjaginsev with Black. White got a promising position in the opening but allowed several exchanges and the game simplified. When the worst seemed to be behind Black, Igor made a fatal blunder and White scored a win with precise moves.

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Alexander Morozevich and Nikita Vitiugov had a sharp position after the opening. In a key moment, White failed to find the best line winning a piece, after which the position simplified and gradually equalised. The opponents agreed to a draw in an endgame with opposite-coloured bishops.

Boris Grachev and Sergey Karjakin played an equal and relatively peaceful game. The Moscow players’ encounter ended in a draw immediately after the time control.

Denis Khismatullin and Ian Nepomniachtchi’s game was also virtually equal, and they agreed to draw on move 43.

Peter Svidler and Dmitry Jakovenko signed yet another draw in an equal endgame after a long, manoeuvring game in which attack and defence balanced each other out.

The leaders of the women’s contest, Alisa Galliamova and Aleksandra Goriachkina, played a very complicated game. White was the first to gain the edge but Black then stole back the initiative. Galliamova was a pawn down but she defended very precisely and was able to trade down to an equal endgame. The game ended in a draw.

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Anastasia Bodnaruk and Valentina Gunina’s encounter was very dramatic. At first, White got a big advantage and Black had to give up an exchange but, in the middlegame, Black managed to activate her pieces and equalise. In a position with an unusual material balance, the players made a few mistakes, sometimes failing to see the winning lines. Anastasia was the last to make a mistake, however, and Valentina snatched her fifth win in a row.

Olga Girya managed to win a pawn in her game against Alexandra Kosteniuk, but White failed to find a precise winning plan in the conversion stage, whereas Black defended very tenaciously. The players agreed to a draw on move 61.

Natalija Pogonina failed to convert her extra pawn in a game against Ekaterina Kovalevskaya. Black found the optimal defensive position and stopped the white pawns from advancing.

Oksana Gritsayeva was unable to counter the difficulties in her game with Alina Kashlinskaya and got into a very bad position in the middlegame. Alina played precisely and gained a decisive edge; Oksana surrendered owing to the inevitable material losses.

After seven rounds, Igor Lysyj leads in the Men’s tournament with 4.5 points. The leaders of the Women’s tournament are Alisa Galliamova, Valentina Gunina and Aleksandra Goriachkina, with scores of 5 points each.

Men:

Round 7 results:

V. Zvjaginsev – I. Lysyj 1-0, B. Grachev – S. Karjakin ½-½, P. Svidler – D. Jakovenko ½-½, A. Morozevich – N. Vitiugov ½-½, D. Khismatullin – I. Nepomniachtchi ½-½

Standings after round 7:

1. I. Lysyj – 4.5; 2-3. D. Jakovenko, I. Nepomniachtchi – 4.5; 4-6. N. Vitiugov, A. Morozevich, V. Zvjaginsev – 3.5; 7-10. S. Karjakin, B. Grachev, D. Khismatullin, P. Svidler – 3.

Round 8 pairings:

I. Lysyj – I. Nepomniachtchi, N. Vitiugov – D. Khismatullin, D. Jakovenko – A. Morozevich, S. Karjakin – P. Svidler, V. Zvjaginsev – B. Grachev

Women:

Round 7 results:

O. Girya – A. Kosteniuk ½-½, O. Gritsayeva – A. Kashlinskaya 0-1, A. Bodnaruk – V. Gunina 0-1, N. Pogonina – E. Kovalevskaya ½-½, A. Galliamova – A. Goriachkina ½-½

Standings after round 7:

1-3. A. Goriachkina, A. Galliamova, V. Gunina – 5; 4. O. Girya – 4.5; 5. E. Kovalevskaya – 4; 6-7. A. Kosteniuk, A. Kashlinskaya – 3.5; 8. N. Pogonina – 2.5; 9-10. A. Bodnaruk, O. Gritsayeva – 1.

Round 8 pairings:

A. Kosteniuk – A. Goriachkina, E. Kovalevskaya – A. Galliamova, V. Gunina – N. Pogonina, A. Kashlinskaya – A. Bodnaruk, O. Girya – O. Gritsayeva


Lysyj strengthens his lead at the Super Final. In the women’s contest, Galliamova catches up with Goriachkina

The Russian Chess Championship Super Final, the 67th for men and the 64th for women, is taking place from 27 November till 8 December in the city of Kazan, in a branch of the State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan (the Khazine Gallery). The Super Final is the main individual competition in the Russian chess calendar: it determines the country’s strongest male and female chess player. The tournament is a follow-up of the Chess in Museums project, an international programme run by the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) in conjunction with the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation.

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The Super Final’s participants are playing in a hall hosting an exposition of paintings by Nicolai Fechin, a famous artist born in Kazan. The works exhibited in the hall include the famous pictures Slaughterhouse and Showering with Water. Students of the Fechin Kazan Art School are attending the tournament every day to do sketches of the players. When the competition finishes, the jury will award prizes to the authors of the best works.

Games of round 6 of the 67th Men’s Russian Chess Championship Super Final and the 64th Women’s Championship Super Final were played on 4 December at a branch of the Tatarstan State Museum of Fine Arts (the Khazine Gallery).

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The leader of the men’s tournament, Igor Lysyj, defeated Denis Khismatullin. Denis erred in a position with a non-standard balance of forces, following which, it was only a matter of technique to convert White’s extra material, and Igor did this successfully.

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Sergey Karjakin scored his first win at the tournament against Vadim Zvjaginsev. Black got into trouble right at the opening. Playing carefully, Sergey obtained a decisive advantage and won the game.

Nikita Vitiugov and Peter Svidler, both from St Petersburg, played the Gruenfeld Defence. The game ended in a draw by move repetition.

Another peaceful game was that between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexander Morozevich: the opponents played an interesting game but the position remained nearly equal, the encounter ending in a logical draw.

Dmitry Jakovenko outplayed Boris Grachev in the middlegame and won an exchange, but his rival defended tenaciously and Dmitry failed to find a precise way to score a win. The round’s longest game finished in a draw.

In the women’s showdown, Valentina Gunina outplayed Oksana Gritsayeva with White. Black made a gaffe in a complex position and White gained a material edge. Valentina converted her advantage with confidence.

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Alisa Galliamova, playing Black against Alexandra Kosteniuk, obtained a promising position in the middlegame. After White broke through in the centre, Black stood much better and gradually started to dominate across the board, turning all the complications in her own favour. Alexandra sacrificed two minor pieces for an initiative but failed to mount a serious attack. Alisa warded off all threats and won.

Alina Kashlinkskaya and Olga Girya’s struggle was equal for a long time but Alina made several mistakes in time trouble and Olga was able to finish the game with a beautiful winning attack.

Ekaterina Kovalevskaya outplayed Anastasia Bodnaruk in a positional game, won a pawn and drove her advantage home in a rook endgame.

Aleksandra Goriachkina, leader of the race, drew against Natalija Pogonina. Although Aleksandra was a pawn down in the middlegame, she managed to trade her pieces successfully and equalise in the endgame.

After six rounds, Igor Lysyj leads in the Men’s tournament with 4.5 points. The Women’s tournament is led by Alisa Galliamova and Aleksandra Goriachkina, who have scored 4.5 points each and will confront each other in round 7.

Men:

Round 6 results:

I. Lysyj – D. Khismatullin 1‒0, I. Nepomniachtchi ‒ A. Morozevich ½‒½, N. Vitiugov ‒ P. Svidler ½‒½, D. Jakovenko ‒ B. Grachev ½‒½, S. Karjakin ‒ V. Zvjaginsev 1‒0

Standings after round 6:

1. I. Lysyj ‒ 4.5; 2-3. D. Jakovenko, I. Nepomniachtchi ‒ 4; 4-5. N. Vitiugov, A. Morozevich ‒ 3; 6-10. S. Karjakin, V. Zvjaginsev, B. Grachev, D. Khismatullin, P. Svidler ‒ 2.5.

Round 7 pairings:

V. Zvjaginsev – I. Lysyj, B. Grachev ‒ S. Karjakin, P. Svidler ‒ D. Jakovenko, A. Morozevich ‒ N. Vityugov, A. Morozevich ‒ N. Vitiugov, D. Khismatullin ‒ I. Nepomniachtchi

Women:

Round 6 results:

A. Kosteniuk – A. Galliamova 0‒1, A. Goriachkina – N. Pogonina½‒½, E. Kovalevskaya – A. Bodnaruk 1‒0, V. Gunina – O. Gritsayeva 1‒0, A. Kashlinskaya – O. Girya 0‒1

Standings after round 6:

1-2. А. Goryachkina, A. Galliamova – 4.5; 3-4. O. Girya, V. Gunina – 4; 5. E. Kovalevskaya – 3.5, 6. A. Kosteniuk – 3; 7. A. Kashlinskaya – 2.5; 8. N. Pogonina – 2; 9-10. A. Bodnaruk, O. Gritsayeva – 1.

Round 7 pairings:

O. Girya – A. Kosteniuk, O. Gritsayeva ‒ A. Kashlinskaya, A. Bodnaruk ‒ V. Gunina, N. Pogonina ‒ E. Kovalevskaya, A. Galliamova ‒ A. Goriachkina



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The Russian Chess Championship Super Final, the 67th for men and the 64th for women, is taking place from 27 November till 8 December in the city of Kazan, in a branch of the State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan (the Khazine Gallery). The Super Final is the main individual competition in the Russian chess calendar: it determines the country’s strongest male and female chess player. The tournament is a follow-up of the Chess in Museums project, an international programme run by the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) in conjunction with the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation.

The Super Final’s participants are playing in a hall hosting an exposition of paintings by Nicolai Fechin, a famous artist born in Kazan. The works exhibited in the hall include the famous pictures Slaughterhouse and Showering with Water. Students of the Fechin Kazan Art School are attending the tournament every day to do sketches of the players. When the competition finishes, the jury will award prizes to the authors of the best works.

Games of round 5 of the 67th Men’s Russian Chess Championship Super Final and the 64th Women’s Championship Super Final were played on 2 December in a branch of the Tatarstan State Museum of Fine Arts (the Khazine Gallery). 

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Igor Lysyj won his second consecutive game in the men’s tournament. His opponent in round 5 was Sergey Karjakin, the competition’s rating favourite. In a complex, manoeuvring game, Sergey made several inaccurate moves, found himself in time trouble and had to give up an exchange. Igor was precise in the conversion stage and scored a victory with flying colours.

Alexander Morozevich, playing White, suffered his second loss in a row: this time he was defeated by Denis Khismatullin. Black got a promising position after the opening; to turn the tables, White sacrificed an exchange for a pawn in the middlegame, pinning his hope on his strong central pawns. The opponents played far from perfectly in time trouble, and the assessment of the position swung from one side to the other several times. At the end of the day, Black won the game.

Peter Svidler drew with Ian Nepomniachtchi. White sacrificed a pawn and got a very promising position at the end of the opening, but failed to take full advantage of his chances. The game ended in a draw by move repetition.

Boris Grachev and Nikita Vitiugov had a long positional battle. In a rook endgame, Vitiugov tried to convert his extra pawn into a full point, but Grachev was able to save the game, which ended in a draw.

Another draw was registered between Vadim Zvjaginsev and Dmitry Jakovenko. Dmitry gained an advantage as Black, but played inaccurately, and the position equalised. The players agreed to a draw in the endgame.

In the Women’s tournament, Aleksandra Goriachkina outplayed Anastasia Bodnaruk with Black. After White lost a pawn in a complicated game, Black developed her initiative on the kingside and caught the white king in a mating net.

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Alexandra Kosteniuk lost to Alina Kashlinskaya. In a roughly equal endgame, Black gave up a pawn for the initiative, but that proved to be a mistake. Alina was able to create a strong passed pawn, and the game was decided in her favour.

Alisa Galliamova, who played Black against Natalija Pogonina, got a good position in the opening, seized the initiative, won a pawn and scored a victory.

Oksana Gritsayeva executed a curious but flawed combination in a game against Ekaterina Kovalevskaya. As a result, Black gained a material advantage and gradually converted it into a win.

Russia’s reigning champion Valentina Gunina pulled off her third consecutive win as she outplayed Olga Girya in the nuances of a lengthy tug of war. Black had the initiative in the middlegame, but then the game was closer to equal. When it seemed that the worst was over for White, Olga made a fatal blunder and lost.

After five rounds, Igor Lysyj leads in the Men’s tournament with 3.5 points. The Women’s tournament is led by its youngest participant, 16-year-old Aleksandra Goriachkina, who has scored 4 points.

3 December is the Super Final’s rest day. Since the event is part of the Chess in Museums project, which traditionally includes a social programme, a simultaneous exhibition will be given to 60 children from Kazan and various parts of Tatarstan in the Tatar Ekiyat State Puppet Theatre on the rest day.

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Men:

Round 5 results:

S. Karjakin – I. Lysyj 0-1, V. Zvjaginsev – D. Jakovenko ½- ½, B. Grachev – N. Vitiugov ½- ½, P. Svidler – I. Nepomniachtchi ½-½, A. Morozevich – D. Khismatullin 0-1

Standings after round 5:

1. I. Lysyj – 3.5; 2-3. D. Jakovenko, I. Nepomniachtchi – 3; 4-7. N. Vitiugov, V. Zvjaginsev, A. Morozevich, D. Khismatullin – 2.5; 8-9. P. Svidler, B. Grachev – 2; 10. S. Karjakin – 1.5.

Round 6 pairings:

I. Lysyj – D. Khismatullin, I. Nepomniachtchi – A. Morozevich, N. Vitiugov – P. Svidler, D. Jakovenko ‒ B. Grachev, S. Karjakin – V. Zvjaginsev

Women:

Round 5 results:

A. Kashlinskaya – A. Kosteniuk 1-0, O. Girya – V. Gunina 0-1, O. Gritsayeva – E. Kovalevskaya 0-1, A. Bodnaruk – A. Goriachkina 0-1, N. Pogonina – A. Galliamova 0-1

Standings after round 5:

1. A. Goryachkina – 4; 2. A. Galliamova – 3.5; 3-5. O. Girya, V. Gunina, A. Kosteniuk – 3; 6-7. A. Kashlinskaya, E. Kovalevskaya – 2.5; 8. N. Pogonina – 1.5; 9-10. A. Bodnaruk, O. Gritsayeva – 1.

Round 6 pairings:

A. Kosteniuk – A. Galliamova, A. Goryachkina – N. Pogonina, E. Kovalevskaya – A. Bodnaruk, V. Gunina – O. Gritsayeva, A. Kashlinskaya – O. Girya

 
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