5 July 2024

Evgeniy Najer Wins Russian Championship Higher League

Daria Voit excels at the women's tournament.

The Higher League of the Russian Championships (Open and Women's) has finished in Nizhny Novgorod. According to the Regulations, the participants taking 1-5th places, qualify for the Russian Championships Superfinal (Barnaul, August 16-20).
In the final 9th round, Evgeniy Najer drew Aleksey Dreev, a longtime leader Daniil Lintchevski went down to Arseniy Nesterov, Rudik Makarian defeated Dmitry Kokarev, Artyom Timofeev beat Ivan Rozum, while the games Paravyan – Tsvetkov, Drygalov – Sakaev, and Lavrik – Zvjaginsev were drawn.
Thus, Evgeniy Najer (Moscow), Artyom Timofeev (Republic of Tatarstan), Rudik Makarian (Moscow), and Arseniy Nesterov (Novgorod Oblast) scored 6 points each. This is the order in which the additional tiebreakers sorted them out. 

Places 5-12 were shared by David Paravyan, Aleksey Dreev (both Moscow), Sergey Drygalov (Kurgan Oblast), Dmitry Lavrik (Moscow), Ivan Zemlyanskii (Moscow Oblast), Daniil Lintchevski, Konstantin Sakaev (both of St. Petersburg), and Andrey Tsvetkov (Moscow), who have got 5.5 points each.
Paravyan, Dreev, and Drygalov all had the same additional tiebreakers. Therefore, a tie-break was played between them to determine the qualifying ticket holder. Aleksey Dreev defeated both of his opponents and finished in fifth place. The sixth place went to David Paravyan, who won against Sergey Drygalov.
In the women's section, Daria Voit (Moscow) beat Alisa Nur-Mukhametova (Republic of Tatarstan) to take an unshared first place with 7.5 points. Ekaterina Goltseva (2nd place, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast) and Olga Karmanova (3rd place, St. Petersburg) finished one point behind the winner.
Natalija Pogonina (Saratov Oblast), Daria Charochkina (Moscow), and Olga Matveeva (Perm Krai) scored 6 points apiece. The best additional tiebreakers allowed Pogonina and Charochkina to qualify for the Superfinal.

The competition was organised by the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation, Chess Federation of Russia, the Ministry of Sport of the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, and the Chess Federation of the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast.
The general partner of the CFR is PhosAgro, the partners are Aeroflot and Sima-land.

Tournament on Chess-Results

Photos by Stanistav Serebriakov and Pavel Sirotin