Svidler Going for 7th Russian Title

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 08.10.13, 11:27.

Peter Svidler is the sole leader after four rounds at the Russian Championship in Nizhny Novgorod. Winning three games and drawing one, the six-times Russian Champion is half a point ahead of Nikita Vitiugov. World's number 2 Vladimir Kramnik suffered one loss and is on 2.5 points.

The Superfinal of the Russian Championship started on Saturday in Nizhny Novgorod. Often just called "Nizhny", it's the fifth largest city in Russia and the administrative center of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast. Wikipedia also informs that from 1932 to 1990, it was known as Gorky, after the writer Maxim Gorky who was born there.

The tournament runs 5-15 October and is held in the Rukavishnikov Museum. When you say "Russia", "chess" and "museum", you're saying Gennady Timchenko, and indeed the billionaire and art lover, who also co-sponsored the Anand-Gelfand match and the Alekhine Memorial, supports this year's Superfinal of the Russian championship, together with his wife Helen.

The top favourites are GMs Vladimir Kramnik, Peter Svidler and Sergey Karjakin, who will fight it out in a 10-player round robin that also has GMs Dmitry Andreikin, Ernesto Inarkiev, Nikita Vitiugov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Motylev, Anton Shomoev and Aleksey Goganov.

The tournament had a spectacular start with five decisive games in the first round. Especially Vladimir Kramnik's white game was just wonderful and yes, we deem it prudent to use that famous cliché, "in the style of Mikhail Tal"! Laughing

Kramnik and Shomoev at the press conference 

Dmitry Andreikin once again defeated Sergey Karjakin, just like he did at the World Cup. This time, with White he didn't play an irregular 1.d4 line, but an irregular line in the Queen's Indian! Yet another possibility to throw in an early h2-h4:

In the second round, Ian Nepomniachtchi defeated Dmitry Andreikin in a bit of a funny 3...c5 Advance Caro-Kann. Not all the manoeuvres are easy to explain but it's clear that White got a big advantage thanks to the moves 25.g3 and 26.h4; from there even a solid player like Andreikin couldn't save himself.

In the only other decisive game, Nikita Vitiugov outplayed Alexander Motylev from an almost equal endgame:

On Monday there were again two decisive games. Peter Svidler beat Anton Shomoev from a Queen's Indian where Black pushed a pawn to b3 early on, but eventually, with his knight being worse than White's bishop, this pawn was doomed to fall.

Andreikin struck back the next day with an excellent win over Vladimir Kramnik. The opening variation, a sideline of the Berlin that avoids the infamous ending, is supposed to be harmless for Black but somehow Andreikin managed to win a pawn, and eventually the game.

Motylev-Karjakin was quite a nice draw in a Four Knights, but all theory:

Seven Russian chess titles would be an amazing feat, but Peter Svidler might just do it. On Tuesday the grandmaster from St Petersburg grabbed sole lead after beating Dmitry Andreikin from a Berlin Ruy Lopez where White skillfully created a 1.d4 type of middlegame.

Vladimir Kramnik defeated Aleksey Goganov after reaching a Sicilian Dragon with 1.Nf3. Well, with his pawn sacrifice ...e6 and ...d5 Shomoev avoided real a Dragon, but it doesn't look correct and it's a joy to watch Kramnik's technique.

Russian Championship Superfinal | Round 4 standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Score SB
1 Svidler,Peter 2740 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 1 1 3.5/4
2 Vitiugov,Nikita 2729 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 1 3.0/4
3 Kramnik,Vladimir 2796 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 0 1 1 2.5/4 3.75
4 Inarkiev,Ernesto 2695 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 2.5/4 3.75
5 Andreikin,Dmitry 2706 0 1 phpfCo1l0.png 0 1 2.0/4 4.00
6 Nepomniachtchi,Ian 2702 0 1 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 2.0/4 3.00
7 Karjakin,Sergey 2762 ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1.5/4
8 Shomoev,Anton 2579 0 ½ 0 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1.0/4 2.75
9 Motylev,Alexander 2676 0 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1.0/4 1.75
10 Goganov,Aleksey 2575 0 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1.0/4 1.75


Alongside the men, there's also a women's group with GM Valentina Gunina, WGM Alina Kashlinskaya, WGM Baira Kovanova, WGM Natalija Pogonina, GM Tatiana Kosintseva, IM Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, WGM Daria Charochkina, GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, IM Anastasia Bodnaruk, and WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina. After four rounds, Gunina and Kovanova are tied for first place with 3.5 points.

Gunina won a nice game in round 4, where she got three minor pieces for a queen:


Photos © Eteri Kublashvili courtesy of the Russian Chess Federation. You can follow the games live here.

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  • vor 2 Jahre


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  • vor 3 Jahre


    Poor Svidler has been going for it for a long least since 10/8, the last post on the topic...

  • vor 3 Jahre


    @Marcokim: but Shirov is from Latvia, and Gelfand from Belarus. Not Russians. Don't know about Gareev and Onischuk, but Timur isn't a very Russian name.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    @kikvors, if you add Kamsky (US), Shirov (Spain), Gelfand (Israel), Gareev (US), Onischuk (US) and others..... and he might not make it to top 80 at all.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    @Marcokim: Shomoev is Russia's #56 player, see

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Its trully frightening when a 2570 GM is the whipping boy of a national tournament?! But then again this is Russia.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    @linlaoda. I think it would be great if entering selection-criteria would be possible. Like: rating, or only games of last year. Could it be done to add this to the explorer?

  • vor 3 Jahre


    very cool! Smile

  • vor 3 Jahre

    VasilisKokkalis pgn reader is really ugly, i hope they could make it somewhat more decent, like get rid of the blue color for variations and use bold for main line like everyone else in the planet does Smile

    i read the same article on chessvibes and it was so much better looking...

  • vor 3 Jahre

    NM Petrosianic

    i like the theoretical annotations, they're well chosen.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Sorry, in the first game Kramnik, Vladimir (2796) vs. Shomoev, Anton (2579), what is wrong with: 9. .. Nxe2 ?, could somebody please explain?? Thanks!! :)

  • vor 3 Jahre


    What a game by Kramnik!

  • vor 3 Jahre


    @linlaoda: I'm rated only a little over 2000 FIDE and I find most games between two 2300s instructive. Especially in an opening variation I don't know, it helps to have a few similar games and see what the ideas are. 2300-ish games are often more instructive because they show what can happen if a side makes a mistake, whereas 2700s just don't make those mistakes so you can't use such games for that purpose.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    @Firestopr  It's actually the pawn from the logo. Laughing

    @linlaoda They're intended to point out the theoretical status of the variation and therefore not necessarily improvements (usually not, in fact). Obviously 2700 games will get preference when choosing which to include.

    @ Natalia Thanks for the additional info!

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Oh ...finally Andreikin managed to beat Kramnik! Just a revenge from FIDE World Cup.....

  • vor 3 Jahre

    NM linlaoda

    I have to complain about something, even though chessvibes' handling of chess news is much better than previous news editors, there is still somethings. Maybe someone will read this, maybe not, but it's worth a try:

    I find it a bit odd that when going through these super GM games, within the first 15 moves of each game there is a "alternate" game for opening reference, often played by sub 2500 rated players or by correspondence players. Sometimes even 2300 rated players! It is ironic to me that these are shown as sub variations, suggesting, even, that they are "improvements" over a game played by 2700 rated players. And it's not like I can easily ignore these either: there is no easy distinction between these lines and the game annotations (which are just, amazing!).

    I would like these "reference games" to be excluded from the games of 2700 rated players, because besides being of lower quality (and even included without commentary!), there isn't really anyone who finds them useful (especially since they are played by <2500 players!).

    If "reference games" MUST be included, then could I request that they be from 2700+ players? That would, at least, be much better.

    Good work, though, this post is a bit sour but I just want my chess news to be *perfect.

  • vor 3 Jahre

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    After Kramnik finished his R1 game the arbiter asked him if he had blundered both Ne4 and Ra6. Vladimir smiled and said he isn't yet a pensioner to overlook this. However, after 19...Ba8 White is objectively lost. Still, great practical chances and an exciting game as a result. Laughing

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  • vor 3 Jahre


    The Gunina game is really good. Like Morphy or Fischer good. 

  • vor 3 Jahre


    That Svidler on the Roof is really a great Russian champion. 

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