13 October 2023

Vladislav Artemiev and Baira Kovanova are New Russian Champions

Our congratulations!

Thursday, October 12, the final 11th round of the Russian Championships Superfinals finished at Tsarskoe Selo State Museum and Heritage Site (Pushkin, Saint Petersburg).  

In the open tournament Maxim Matlakov defeated Ivan Rozum in a long struggle, and Andrey Esipenko defeated Klementy Sychev as White. The games Goryachkina vs. Artemiev, Timofeev vs. Lagno, Murzin vs. Ponkratov, and Najer vs. Tomashevsky ended in a draw.

As it is known, Vladislav Artemiev became the Russian champion with one round to go. He ended up with a score of 8.5 out of 11. Maxim Matlakov, Pavel Ponkratov, and Evgeniy Najer have scored 6.5 points apiece. The best additional tiebreakers have landed Matlakov in the second place, and Ponkratov in the third place. 

Final standings:

1. Vladislav Artemiev – 8.5 points
2-4. Maxim Matlakov, Pavel Ponkratov, Evgeniy Najer – 6.5
5. Andrey Esipenko – 6
6-7. Aleksandra Goryachkina, Evgeny Tomashevsky – 5.5
8. Volodar Murzin – 5
9. Artyom Timofeev – 4,5
10-11. Kateryna Lagno, Ivan Rozum – 4
12. Klementy Sychev – 3,5.

In the Women's event, Baira Kovanova and Marina Korneva made a quick draw. Only Olga Badelka could catch up with Kovanova, but she lost to Ekaterina Goltseva.   

CFR President Andrey Filatov, "I congratulate Baira Kovanova on winning the title of Russian Champion for the first time in her career. The Superfinal is always a very strong and difficult tournament to play, so you need to be in great shape to win. Baira's tournament performance was very confident, and she pleased her fans with her beautiful play. I wish her more successes and victories to come!"  

Valentina Gunina defeated Mariya Yakimova as Black to take second place, ahead of Olga Badelka and Polina Shuvalova. The latter has defeated Natalija Pogonina.  

Leya Garifullina outplayed Anna Shukhman, and Alina Bivol outperformed Olga Matveeva.  

Final standings:

1. Baira Kovanova – 8 points 
2-4. Valentina Gunina, Polina Shuvalova, Olga Badelka – 7
5. Leya Garifullina – 6.5
6. Marina Korneva – 6
7. Ekaterina Goltseva – 5
8-9. Alina Bivol, Anna Shukhman – 4.5
10-11. Natalija Pogonina, Mariya Yakimova – 4
12. Olga Matveeva – 2.5.  

The Superfinals have been co-organised by the Chess Federation of Russia, the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation and the Timchenko Foundation together with the Tsarskoe Selo State Museum and Heritage Site, the St. Petersburg Committee for Physical Culture and Sport, the St. Petersburg Committee for Foreign Relations, and the St. Petersburg Sports Chess Federation.

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Pictures by Eteri Kublashvili