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Russian Championship Superfinal Tournament

Alexander Morozevich8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Alexander Grischuk7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Aleksey Dreev5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Konstantin Sakaev5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Peter Svidler5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Farrukh Amonatov4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Andrey Rychagov4/11(+1 -4 =6)[games]
Artyom Timofeev3.5/11(+2 -6 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Superfinal (2007)

The 60th Russian Championship Superfinal was played in the Central Chess House in Moscow, Russia, 18-30 December 2007. Rest days: December 21 and 25. Chief organizer: Russian Chess Federation. Time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 more minutes to move 60, then 10 more minutes to the end of the game, with a 30 second increment from move 1. Prize fund: 5 million rubles, with 1,100,000 rubles (~$44,500) to the winner. Games started at 3 pm, Round 11 at noon Moscow time.

Alexander Morozevich won with 8/11, his second Russian championship title.

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Morozevich 2755 * 1 1 0 1 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 8 2 Grischuk 2715 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 7 3 Tomashevsky 2646 0 0 * ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 6½ 4 Dreev 2607 1 ½ ½ * 1 ½ 0 1 0 0 ½ ½ 5½ 5 Inarkiev 2674 0 ½ 1 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 5½ 6 Vitiugov 2594 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 5½ 7 Sakaev 2634 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ * 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 5½ 8 Jakovenko 2710 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 5½ 9 Svidler 2732 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ 5 10 Amonatov 2637 ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 4½ 11 Rychagov 2528 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ * 0 4 12 Timofeev 2637 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ 0 1 * 3½

Category: XVII (2656). Chief arbiter: Igor Bolotinsky

Official site:
Wikipedia article: Russian Chess Championship#2007

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Jakovenko vs Morozevich ½-½692007Russian Championship SuperfinalC11 French
2. Dreev vs Grischuk ½-½222007Russian Championship SuperfinalE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
3. E Inarkiev vs Sakaev  ½-½402007Russian Championship SuperfinalC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
4. Svidler vs A Rychagov 0-1512007Russian Championship SuperfinalC11 French
5. F Amonatov vs A Timofeev 1-0322007Russian Championship SuperfinalB89 Sicilian
6. Vitiugov vs Tomashevsky  0-1432007Russian Championship SuperfinalE20 Nimzo-Indian
7. A Rychagov vs Tomashevsky  ½-½522007Russian Championship SuperfinalE15 Queen's Indian
8. Grischuk vs F Amonatov 1-0552007Russian Championship SuperfinalB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Sakaev vs Jakovenko 1-0412007Russian Championship SuperfinalE17 Queen's Indian
10. Morozevich vs Vitiugov 0-1712007Russian Championship SuperfinalB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
11. Svidler vs Dreev 1-0362007Russian Championship SuperfinalB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
12. A Timofeev vs E Inarkiev  ½-½642007Russian Championship SuperfinalC78 Ruy Lopez
13. Dreev vs A Rychagov  ½-½342007Russian Championship SuperfinalD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Jakovenko vs A Timofeev 1-0392007Russian Championship SuperfinalB30 Sicilian
15. F Amonatov vs Svidler  ½-½252007Russian Championship SuperfinalB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
16. Tomashevsky vs Morozevich 0-1442007Russian Championship SuperfinalA09 Reti Opening
17. Vitiugov vs Sakaev  ½-½282007Russian Championship SuperfinalD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. E Inarkiev vs Grischuk ½-½382007Russian Championship SuperfinalD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Sakaev vs Tomashevsky 0-1372007Russian Championship SuperfinalE17 Queen's Indian
20. Grischuk vs Jakovenko  ½-½382007Russian Championship SuperfinalA30 English, Symmetrical
21. A Rychagov vs Morozevich 0-1502007Russian Championship SuperfinalE15 Queen's Indian
22. Svidler vs E Inarkiev ½-½512007Russian Championship SuperfinalC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Dreev vs F Amonatov 0-1592007Russian Championship SuperfinalE81 King's Indian, Samisch
24. A Timofeev vs Vitiugov 0-1602007Russian Championship SuperfinalB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
25. Vitiugov vs Grischuk ½-½592007Russian Championship SuperfinalE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Jim Bartle: I'm no expert, but it sure looks as if Inarkiev did a huge favor for Morozevich by voluntarily opening the g and h files.>

That was my impression also, but I guess he did not like having his Rook tied down defending the h-pawn. Although it only served to let the second White Rook into Black's position (with swift and devastating consequences), 47. ... h4 probably appealed to Inarkiev because it eliminated a weak pawn and freed his Rook.

By move 47, Inarkiev was almost certainly lost whatever he played.

Dec-30-07  virginmind: bravo morozevich!
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  Peligroso Patzer: ... and Sakaev-Amonatov is now the "last game standing" at the 2007 Russian Superfinals.
Dec-30-07  moroloser: I'm already missing him...Gave us fans a very entertaining Xmas. He's not playing Corus, will he play Linares at least??
Dec-30-07  Scarecrow: 8/11, the player with the fewest draws and most wins, a very impressive performance by Morozevich! I'm sure this will boost his rating a bit as well. Very nice new additions to chess theory in the exchange Slav also. Clear 2nd place for Grischuk and clear 3rd for Tomashevsky. Svidler's -1 performance against this field is embarrassing.
Dec-30-07  malthrope: <Peligroso Patzer: ... and Sakaev-Amonatov is now the "last game standing" at the 2007 Russian Superfinals.>

Actually <Peligroso Patzer> - I think the women will finish things up with a 4-way playoff for the their Championship title! Korbut, Tairova, Ovad and Tatinia Kosintseva are all tied up at 7-4! :^) Unless of course some other tiebreak system is being used to sort all this out... ;)

Dec-30-07  DCP23: Alexander Morozevich is the new Russian Champion. Congratulations! The title goes to a most deserving player.
Dec-30-07  malthrope: Amen to that <DCP23> :))
Dec-30-07  The 64 Deadly Sins: Who would have guessed such a score for Moro? :-)

With a little more perfection, he could have one the first game and drawn the last game that he lost.

Dec-30-07  Eyal: And with a very impressive finish as well – serves me right, I guess, for saying earlier that Moro seems to be playing for a draw... coming back now to see how the games have turned out after leaving before, I'm still trying to figure out what started Inarkiev's downfall in the game.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <malthrope: <Peligroso Patzer: ... and Sakaev-Amonatov is now the "last game standing" at the 2007 Russian Superfinals.> Actually <Peligroso Patzer> - I think the women will finish things up with a 4-way playoff for their Championship title! *** >


I assume that will be starting imminently. Will it be carried on the same online site as the regular games (

Dec-30-07  malthrope: <Peligroso Patzer: <malthrope [...] Fantastic! I assume that will be starting imminently. Will it be carried on the same online site as the regular games (>>

Well one can hope so! I'll stick around awhile and refresh the main website... :) Those women play for blood and if it happens - it should be bloody fantastic! ;))

Dec-30-07  JYMMI: A happy day for me. I like Moro. And now? What are the final standings?
Dec-30-07  Microdot: Congratulations!! to Super GM Morozevich.
Dec-30-07  Gouki: The new Russian Champion of 2007, GM Alexander Morozevich.

does anyone why the 2006 Champion Evgeny Alekseev did not participate in this event?

Dec-30-07  CHESSDOCTER: Alekseev played in Moscow Blitz tournament(Kosteniuk won!) according to
Dec-30-07  Nepa Pugna: Today's games have been over for a while and I didn't get the chance to see one "live" today. As luck would have it when I finally tune in I find Moro is champ. Outstanding!
Dec-30-07  Riverbeast: Congratulations to Morozevich, the brilliant champion of Russia!
Dec-31-07  DCP23: The Champs:

Dec-31-07  Larsker: <DCP23: The Champs:> Oh, what a lovely couple.
Dec-31-07  ChessVip: lol Moro was the only in sport dress :)
Dec-31-07  JYMMI: Closing ceremony.
Dec-31-07  jperr75108: Congradulations to Morozevich.
Jan-02-08  Riverbeast: <lol Moro was the only in sport dress :)>

Morozevich, like a true artist, probably does not own a suit (or maybe he owns one, but it was in the cleaners...from the last time he wore it in Mexico City! :-)

Apr-20-08  positionalgenius: Svidler's performance was stunningly bad here.
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