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August 8-21
Russian Championship Superfinal
Russian Championship Superfinal  

The Superfinals of the 68th Men's Russian Chess Championship and the 65th Women's Russian Chess Championship will take place between 8 and 21 August in the city of Chita. The competition will be held by the Russian Chess Federation, the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation and the Zabaykalsky Krai Chess Federation, with support from the government of the Zabaykalsky Krai. The competition partners will be Norilsk Nickel and the Baikalsk Mining Company.

The 2015 Superfinal will determine Russia's strongest chess player among the country's reigning champion Igor Lysyj (the Sverdlovsk Region), Dmitry Jakovenko (the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District ― Yugra), Denis Khismatullin (the Republic of Bashkortostan), Sergey Karjakin (Moscow), Evgeny Tomashevsky (the Saratov Region), Peter Svidler, Nikita Vitiugov (both from St. Petersburg), Vladislav Artemiev (the Omsk Region), Alexander Motylev (Moscow), Ivan Bukavshin (the Samara Region), Ildar Khairullin (St. Petersburg), and Daniil Dubov (Moscow).

The women's tournament will be a showdown between the reigning champion Valentina Gunina (Moscow), Alexandra Goriachkina (the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District), Kateryna Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk (both from Moscow), Natalija Pogonina (the Saratov Region), Olga Girya (the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District ― Yugra), Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (Moscow), Marina Guseva (the Stavropol Region), Alina Kashlinskaya, Anastasia Savina (both from Moscow), Anastasia Bodnaruk (St. Petersburg), and Evgenija Ovod (the Leningrad Region). 

The tournaments' total prize fund is 8 million rubles.

A pre-start press conference, to be attended by the organizers and the champions of Russia, will take place at the Monblan hotel on 8 August, at 18:30 local time.

The Superfinal's grand opening will be held on the same day, and will start at 20:00 at the concert hall of the Zabaykalsky Krai Philharmonia. The drawing procedure will be part of the ceremony.

The games will be played at the Megapolis-Sport Youth Palace. The rounds will begin at 15:00 (10:00 Moscow time), while the last round will start at 13:00 (08:00 Moscow time).

The playing days are 9-14 and 16-21 August. A day off will be provided on 15 August.

On that day, a simultaneous exhibition will be held in Chita. Fifty young chess players from the Zabaykalsky Krai will cross swords with famous grandmasters: Evgeniy Najer, Sergei Rublevsky, and Evgenij Miroshnichenko.

A press conference will be arranged on 9 August at 15:30 at the Megapolis-Sport Youth Palace, where the Russian Chess Federation, Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, and  and the Zabaykalsky Krai Chess Federation will present the Chess in Schools project, a new one for the region.

As has become a tradition at these tournaments, the organizers are preparing an extensive additional program for chess lovers of any age.

The Russian Chess Federation's official website will have online and video broadcasting, and well-known grandmasters will commentate the games both in Russian and in English. 

The tournament's official website:

Articles in theme

Evgeny Tomashevsky: I Managed to Turn Disappointment into Extra Motivation
The Russian champion answered Eteri Kublashvili's questions.
Alexandra Goriachkina: "It's Easier for Me to Play in Round Robins"
Eteri Kublashvili interviews the new Russian champion.
Denis the Terrible
Round Ten of the Superfinal in the review of Eteri Kublashvili.
From Siberia with Gold
Eteri Kublashvili reports on the Round Eleven and closing ceremony of the Superfinal.
Eluding Leaders
Round Nine of the Superfinal in the review of Eteri Kublashvili.
An Attacking Inspiration
Review of rounds 4-6 of the Superfinal prepared by grandmaster Sergei Rublevsky.
A Day of Costly Errors
Eteri Kublashvili reviews the Round Seven of the Superfinal.
It's getting quiet in Chita
Round Eight of the Superfinal in the review of Eteri Kublashvili.
Hold me, straw, hold me!
Round Six of the Superfinal in the review of Eteri Kublashvili.
A draw? No, unheard of
Round Five of the Superfinal in the review of Eteri Kublashvili.
Bad Attitude to Kings
Round Four of the Superfinal in the review of Eteri Kublashvili.
Lack of Sleep and the Fight of Generations
Sergey Shipov analyzes the most interesting games of the first three rounds of the Superfinal.
Gunina’s Method
Round Three of the Superfinal in Chita reviwed by Vladimir Barsky.
A Bus Driver and the Zero-Tolerance Rule
Round One of the Superfinal in the review of Vladimir Barsky and Eteri Kublashvili.
Let Them Come Closer
Round Two of the Superfinal in the review of Vladimir Barsky.
Right Into the Bull's Eye!
The official opening ceremony of the Russian Championship Superfinal reviewed by Vladimir Barsky.

News in theme

Tomashevsky and Goryachkina Become Champions
Russian Championship Superfinals ended in Chita today.
Tomashevsky and Goriachkina Lead Before Final Round
Karjakin and Kosteniuk are half a point behind.
Tomashevsky and Karjakin Breaking Away
Goryachkina still leads the women's Superfinal.
Tomashevsky Leads at the Superfinal
Kosteniuk and Goryachkina are sharing the first place in the women's championship.
Goryachkina Breaks to the Top
Tomashevsky remains in the lead in the men's section.
Vitiugov Catches Up With the Leaders
Kosteniuk and Goryachkina are leading the women's championship.
Goryachkina Wins and Breaks Into the Clear First
After four rounds Tomashevsky and Artemiev are on top of the men's event.
Tomashevsky, Artemiev on Top in Men's Superfinal
Lagno and Kosteniuk caught up with Goryachkina in the women's event.
Tomashevsky Takes the Lead in Men's Superfinal
Girya and Goryachkina are still on the first place in the women's event.
Girya and Goryachkina Leading the Women's Superfinal
Four players are tied for the first in the men's event.
Karjakin Seizes the Lead in the Men's Superfinal
Goryachkina, Pogonina, and Girya are leading the women's event.