2 October 2022

Vladimir Ponfilenok Becomes Russian Senior Champion

Galina Strutinskaia won the women's event.

Photo: Karina Lekomtseva
Photo: Karina Lekomtseva
The Russian Senior Championships have finished in the Olympic Reserve Chess and Checkers Sports School in Saint Petersburg.

Having scored 6.5 points out of 9, Vladimir Ponfilenok became a new Russian champion. GM Yuri Balashov finished in second place with 6 points. GM Sergey Ionov, IM Alexandr Provotorov, and GM Valery Loginov shared the 3rd-6th places with 5.5 points scored; thanks to his superior tie-break, Ionov won bronze. 

WGMs Galina Strutinskaia, Tatiana Bogumil, Irina Mikhaylova, IM Nina Sirotkina, and Tatiana Ivanova got 6 points each to split the 1st-5th places in the women's tournament. Tiebreakers put them in the above-mentioned order. 

The next event in Saint Petersburg will be the Russian Senior Rapid Championships, which will be held at the same place on 3-4 October. The participants will play 10 rounds. 

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 Eduard Sigorskiy