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December 2-15
Russian Championships Superfinal
Saint Petersburg
Russian Championships Superfinal  

The Superfinals of 70th Russian men's championship and 67th Russian women's championship will take place on December 2-15 at the State Museum of Political History of Russia (2-4, Kuybysheva St., Saint Petersburg). 

The organizers are the Russian Chess Federation, Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, the State Museum of Political History of Russia, Chess Federation of Saint Petersburg, and Physical Culture, and Sports Committee of Saint Petersburg. The competition is also supported by Renault Russia Company, Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System (FGC UES), and PhosAgro. Logistics partner of the Russian Chess Federation is Russian Post.

The tournament is a part of the Chess in Museums program, carried out by the RCF together with Timchenko Foundation since 2012. 

Line-up, men:

Peter Svidler, Vladimir Fedoseev, Maxim Matlakov, Nikita Vitiugov, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladimir Malakhov, Daniil Dubov, Alexander Riazantsev, Sanan Sjugirov, Sergey Volkov, and Evgeny Romanov. 

Line-up, women:

Valentina Gunina, Olga Girya, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Natalija Pogonina, Alina Kashlinskaya, Alisa Galliamova, Anastasia Bodnaruk, Marina Nechaeva, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Polina Shuvalova, Evgenija Ovod, and Oksana Gritsayeva. 

Total prize fund is 9,000,000 roubles. Besides, the winners of men's and women's tournaments will also receive a special prize – a four-wheel-drive crossover Renault Kaptur. 

The tournaments are round-robin events with 11 rounds. The default time is 15 minutes. If a player arrives at his/her place after a chess clock was started, but within first 15 minutes, he/she shall be fined at a rate of 10,000 roubles.   

Schedule. Opening ceremony: December 2. Playing days: December 3-7 and 9-14, rest day – December 8. 

Tiebreakers: 1) number of games played with Black, 2) Sonneborn-Berger, 3) number of wins, 4) direct encounter, 5) Koya system. 

In case of a tie for the 1st place by two or more participants, an additional rapid competition is played to determine the winner. 

Chief arbiter is IA Igor Bolotinsky (Saint Petersburg).

Press accreditation: Press officer of the Russian Chess Federation Eteri Kublashvili, e-mail kublashvili@yandex.ru.