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Russian Championship Superfinal Tournament

Peter Svidler7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Evgeny Alekseev7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Alexander Morozevich6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Artyom Timofeev6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Alexander Lastin5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev4/11(+1 -4 =6)[games]
Konstantin Sakaev4/11(+0 -3 =8)[games]
Alexander Riazantsev3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
Konstantin Maslak3/11(+0 -5 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Russian Championship Superfinal (2008)

The 61st Russian Championship Superfinal was held in the Central Chess House, Moscow, Russia, 3-15 October 2008. Rest days: October 7 and 12. Chief organizer: Russian Chess Federation. Prize fund: 5 million rubles (~$193,000). 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. Draw offers were only allowed through an arbiter. Games started at 3 pm Moscow time, Round 11 at 1 pm. Three players ended with 7/11:

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 =1 Svidler 2727 * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 7 =1 Jakovenko 2737 ½ * 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 7 =1 Alekseev 2715 0 0 * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 7 =4 Morozevich 2787 0 1 ½ * 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 6½ =4 Tomashevsky 2646 ½ ½ ½ 1 * ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 6½ =4 Vitiugov 2638 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 6½ 7 Timofeev 2670 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 6 8 Lastin 2651 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ * 0 ½ ½ 1 5 =9 Inarkiev 2669 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 1 * ½ ½ ½ 4 =9 Sakaev 2640 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 4 11 Riazantsev 2656 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 3½ 12 Maslak 2544 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 * 3

Category: XVII (2673). Chief arbiter: Igor Bolotinsky.

After Round 11 was finished it was too late in the evening for tiebreak games, and on the next day the three finalists had to rush off to the European Club Cup (2008). But a week later (28 October in Moscow at 1 pm) it was ready for the Russian Championship Superfinal (Tiebreaks) (2008) (15 min + 10 sec Rapid):

1 Svidler ** ½1 1½ 3 2 Jakovenko ½0 ** 11 2½ 3 Alekseev 0½ 00 ** ½

Peter Svidler took his 5th Russian championship title.

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Svidler vs E Inarkiev 1-0422008Russian Championship SuperfinalD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Vitiugov vs E Alekseev ½-½842008Russian Championship SuperfinalE00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Sakaev vs Morozevich 0-1422008Russian Championship SuperfinalD85 Grunfeld
4. A Timofeev vs Jakovenko  ½-½532008Russian Championship SuperfinalC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. A Lastin vs Tomashevsky 1-0402008Russian Championship SuperfinalC78 Ruy Lopez
6. K Maslak vs A Riazantsev 0-1472008Russian Championship SuperfinalE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
7. Morozevich vs Svidler 0-1872008Russian Championship SuperfinalA20 English
8. E Alekseev vs A Timofeev 1-0542008Russian Championship SuperfinalB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. A Riazantsev vs Sakaev  ½-½612008Russian Championship SuperfinalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. A Lastin vs K Maslak 1-0472008Russian Championship SuperfinalB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. Tomashevsky vs Jakovenko  ½-½312008Russian Championship SuperfinalD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. E Inarkiev vs Vitiugov 0-1452008Russian Championship SuperfinalC19 French, Winawer, Advance
13. K Maslak vs Tomashevsky ½-½912008Russian Championship SuperfinalE15 Queen's Indian
14. A Timofeev vs E Inarkiev 1-0412008Russian Championship SuperfinalC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. Jakovenko vs E Alekseev 1-0652008Russian Championship SuperfinalC67 Ruy Lopez
16. Vitiugov vs Morozevich  ½-½562008Russian Championship SuperfinalD85 Grunfeld
17. Sakaev vs A Lastin  ½-½642008Russian Championship SuperfinalD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Svidler vs A Riazantsev 1-0382008Russian Championship SuperfinalC11 French
19. E Inarkiev vs Jakovenko  ½-½142008Russian Championship SuperfinalC67 Ruy Lopez
20. K Maslak vs Sakaev  ½-½252008Russian Championship SuperfinalD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
21. A Lastin vs Svidler ½-½142008Russian Championship SuperfinalC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. A Riazantsev vs Vitiugov ½-½1282008Russian Championship SuperfinalD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Tomashevsky vs E Alekseev  ½-½302008Russian Championship SuperfinalA30 English, Symmetrical
24. Morozevich vs A Timofeev ½-½252008Russian Championship SuperfinalD80 Grunfeld
25. E Alekseev vs E Inarkiev 1-0502008Russian Championship SuperfinalE60 King's Indian Defense
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Oct-15-08  acirce: Maslak missed clear wins earlier in the game. Such a tragedy, I liked the way he was playing it.
Oct-15-08  Harvestman: More like Maslak threw it into the fire!

What a way to not achieve your first win of the tournament. He must be gutted.

Oct-15-08  Mameluk: This game was a clear proof, that Moro is easily the best player in the world. Who else can give a mate in such position?:)
Oct-15-08  Alphastar: <Question: could Maslak have won with 70.Rd8 ?>

I presume with the idea Qxd8 Kf1 followed by promotion? I don't have an engine with me to work it out, but if anyone can win, it's white, because after the exchange of (promoted) queens black has 1 pawn remaining with which he could win and it's a rook pawn with a bishop of the wrong color. So even if white would lose all his remaining pawns, it would be a draw.

Oct-15-08  Harvestman: Thanks <Alphastar>. I hadn't considered that white might exchange queens.
Oct-15-08  arkansaw: So Svidler proved that sometimes Caro-can, and Maslak proved that he is as good as Kramnik
Oct-15-08  arkansaw: Moro sure didn't want to lose to somebody 200+ beneath him
Oct-15-08  visayanbraindoctor: I think they used to play tie-breaks in the past in order to determine who is the winner. But with three GMs on top, what happens? Will Svidler, Alekseev, and Jakovenko play a double round robin or something like that?

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  Peligroso Patzer: It seems that Lastin - Morozevich (1/2 - 1/2) from Round 10 is still mising from the database for this event. (Admittedly, the only remarkable thing about that game is that Moro agreed to a short draw when he was still in position to catch the leaders (as today's amazing developments have showed was a more than merely theoretical possibility if he had won in the penultimate round).
Oct-15-08  17.Bxg7: Very incredible last two moves from Maslak. 68..Re8 allows a forced draw from Moro (68..Re6 was completely winning); well that is acceptable, not easy to see with 3 minutes in the clock; but 69..Kf1??. I haven't seen such an incredible act of chess blindness since Kramnik's help mate against Deep Fritz.

The sad thing was that Maslak was playing an incredible game until that point, outplaying Morozevich. For a moment I thought Moro was conducting the black pieces here.

Oct-15-08  Pflueger76: Hi all. According to Peter Svidlers Homepage, there will be Playoffs played on October 28. 6 games (double round-robin) of 15'+10''.
Oct-15-08  Pyke: <The 61st Russian Championship SuperFinal took place 3rd-15th October 2008. There was a three way tie on 7/9. (...) Playoffs are on 28th October 1pm Moscow time - according to the regulations it was supposed to after the final round, but that would have lasted until 1am - the format will be 6 games (double-round robin) of 15'+10''.>

from "The week in chess"

Oct-15-08  SniperOnG7: I'm very happy for Svidler. He's a nice guy and it would have been trully sad to be leading eight (correct me if I'm wrong) rounds and then losing the top spot. It's chess I know but still would have been the sux. Furthermore, such a crucial win is fantastic for himself too. Similarly, if he wins the playoff and secures the tournament, it will be a huge boost for him...about time someone of his level wins a toplevel tournament.
Oct-15-08  SniperOnG7: You know what, I just discovered...this Lastin guy should get [insert punishment here]. He actually played the same forced Zaitsev draw against BOTH Svidler AND Moro. He wasn't even doing half badly, havng got two wins. Kinda funny though, like going up to the faces of the top seeds and saying BOOYA.
Oct-15-08  gazzawhite: Maybe the game between Moro and Lastin is so short, it can't be found in the database......
Oct-15-08  visayanbraindoctor: <Pflueger76, Pyke: <The 61st Russian Championship SuperFinal took place 3rd-15th October 2008. There was a three way tie on 7/9. (...) Playoffs are on 28th October 1pm Moscow time - according to the regulations it was supposed to after the final round, but that would have lasted until 1am - the format will be 6 games (double-round robin) of 15'+10''.>>

Thanks for the info.

Oct-16-08  SniperOnG7: <gazzawhite> If you go to Lastin vs Svidler, you will see the (most probable) reasoning why it was not included in cg, as explained nicely by <Kangaroo> there.
Oct-16-08  Eyal: There's no "reasoning" here, just some confusion - it happens sometimes... I've left a message about it in chessforum (that's usually the place to post such messages if you want the thing fixed, btw, rather than the tournament page) and I hope they'll fix it shortly.
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  Peligroso Patzer: Interesting playoff situation.

As many will remember, Evgeny Alekseev and Dmitry Jakovenko had a two-way playoff for the Russian Superfinal championship in 2006.

It should be that much more interesting with Peter Svidler added into the mix this time around.

Oct-22-08  braimondi: When playoff starts?
Oct-28-08  BIDMONFA: Russian Superfinals (2008)

Tie-break in live


Oct-28-08  Ichiro: Svidler won!
Oct-28-08  cannibal: Ha! Svidler wins again in his living room (although this time it was a real tournament, not just a Swiss). Just like in the regular tournament, he had a must-win in the last game, and again he played a crushing attack.
Oct-29-08  Eyal: Final standings of the playoff:

Svidler 3/4
Jakovenko 2.5/4
Alekseev 0.5/4

Once again (as in E Alekseev vs Svidler, 2008), Svidler managed to win a must-win final round game, this time against Jakovenko who had a 0.5 point lead:

Svidler - Jakovenko
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.a4 Bd7 9.c3 0-0 10.Nbd2 Na5 11.Ba2 c5 12.Re1 h6 13.Nh4 Kh7 14.Nf5 Bxf5 15.exf5 Nc6 16.g4 Kg8 17.h4 Nh7 18.Bd5 Rc8 19.axb5 axb5 20.Qf3 Nb8

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21.g5 hxg5 22.Ne4 Nd7 23.hxg5 Nxg5 24.Bxg5 Bxg5 25.Ra6 Qe7 26.Ra7 Rfd8 27.Qh5 Bh6 28.Kh1 Kh8 29.Rg1 Nf6 30.Nxf6 Qxa7 31.Ng4 Kh7 32.Nxh6 gxh6 33.f6 Rg8 34.Be4+ Rg6 35.Rxg6 1-0

Oct-31-08  visayanbraindoctor: Svidler should play more games like the above.

Five time Russian Champion! Quite a record. Svidler deserves it too, winning must-win situations in great style.

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