Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Peter Svidler leads the Russian Championship Super Final by half a point


Russian Championship Super Final

The Russian Championship Super Final is taking place from October 3rd to 15th in the Moscow Central Chess Club. Participants are the top players by rating and qualifiers from the higher league competitions. The rate of play is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves, and then 15 minutes and a 30 second increment per move to end the game. Players cannot offer draws directly to their opponents but have to do so through an arbiter. Play starts at 15:00h local Moscow time (13:00 CEST, 07:00 New York). The prize fund is five million roubles, which translates to 139,000 Euros or US $193,000.

The participants are:

Alexander Morozevich 2787   Alexander Riazantse 2656
Dmitry Jakovenko 2737   Alexander Lastin 2651
Peter Svidler 2727   Evgeny Tomashevsky 2646
Evgeny Alekseev 2715   Konstantin Sakaev* 2640
Artyom Timofeev 2670   Nikita Vitiugov 2638
Ernesto Inarkiev 2669   Konstantin Maslak 2544
* Konstantin Sakaev jumped in for Alexander Grischuk who fell ill before the event


Svidler-Tomashevsky: White hung onto the pawn sacrificed by his opponent, and probably should have made more of his chances. But Tomashevsky's two bishops kept him in the game. Eventually, he traded one off to reach a rook + opposite colored bishop ending, which was soon drawn.

Inarkiev-Morozevich: Black built up a clear advantage against the out-of-form Inarkiev, but possibly rushed his positional exchange sacrifice, and White held on to draw.

Vitiugov-Sakaev and Jakovenko-Lastin saw the same Slav line, but whilst the former was a hard-fought Slav draw, Jakovenko picked up a pawn in the late middlegame and won.

Alekseev-Riazantsev: White obtained a large space advantage against Riazantsev's French, and won without too much trouble.

Timofeev-Maslak: White played the game of the day, with a positional exchange sacrifice that produced a convincing win.

Source: Chessbase

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