29 September 2022

Russian Senior Championships in St. Petersburg Crosses Line

There are five leaders in the open event, Tatiana Ivanova heads the women's section.

Five rounds of the Russian Senior Championships are played in the Olympic Reserve Chess and Checkers Sports School in Saint Petersburg.

Grandmasters Valery Loginov and Sergey Ionov, international masters Alexandr Provotorov and Sergey Pozin, as well as Vladimir Ponfilenok are leading the race in the open tournament with 3.5 points scored. Five players are half a point behind. 

Tatiana Ivanova is the sole leader in the women's event; she's got 4 points scored. WGMs Elena Fatalibekova, Tatiana Bogumil, Galina Strutinskaia, Irina Mikhaylova, and WIM Nina Sirotkina are trailing by half a point. 

The Russian Senior Championships are organised by the Physical Culture and Sports Committee of St. Petersburg, the Chess Federation of Russia and the Sports Chess Federation of St. Petersburg.

The general sponsor of the championship is Gazprom. The CFR general partner is PhosAgro. The tournament's partner is Aeroflot.

About Gazprom

Gazprom is a global energy company focused on exploration, production, transportation, storage, processing and sales of gas, gas condensate and oil, sales of gas as a vehicle fuel, as well as generation and marketing of heat and electric power.

Gazprom holds the world’s largest natural gas reserves being the global leader in gas production. The Company actively implements large-scale gas development projects in the Yamal Peninsula, Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East, as well as a number of hydrocarbon exploration and production projects abroad. 

Gazprom supplies gas to domestic and foreign consumers. The Company is among the top Russian oil and gas condensate producers and owns large generating assets in Russia.

The Company is committed to supporting public social projects by providing assistance to cultural, scientific and educational activities and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Photos by Karina Lekomtseva and Maria Garbuzova