Russian Championship Superfinals will be held in Novosibirsk on October 15-27
The Superfinals of 69th Russian men’s championship and 66th Russian women’s championship will take place on October 15-27 at the Novosibirsk State Museum of Local History. The organizers are Russian Chess Federation, Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, government of Novosibirsk Region, and Novosibirsk mayor’s office. General partner of the event – RATM Holding.
The Superfinal is one of the most prestigious competitions not only in Russia, but also in the world. Last year’s tournament in Chita produced two new champions: Evgeny Tomashevsky and Aleksandra Goryachkina. The most decorated participant of the coming men’s Superfinal is Peter Svidler, the 7-time Russian champion, 5-time Olympiad champion, winner of the World Cup.
This year the winners of men’s and women’s tournament will also receive a special prize – Renault Kaptur car. On May 31, Renault Russia company signed a partnership deal with RCF, and Renault Kaptur became an official car of the Russian Chess Federation.
The tournament is a part of the Chess in Museums program, carried out by RCF together with Timchanko Foundation since 2012. During this period, a number of high-level chess competitions were organized in museums: World Chess Championship 2012 took place in the Tretyakov Gallery, Alekhine Memorial – in Louvre (Paris) and Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), Russian Superfinals – in Rukavishnikov Estate (Nizhny Novrogod) and State Art Museum of Tatarstan (Kazan), all-Russian Higher League competition – in Fort #5 (Kaliningrad), and the 10th Tal Memorial – in the Museum of Russian Impressionism.
“For the first time the venue of the next Superfinal was determined in an open national contest”, said Maria Morozova, General Director of Timchenko Foundation. “Two out of three bids that made it to the final were submitted from Siberia. In the end we chose the project of Novosibirsk Region Chess Federation and Novosibirsk State Museum of Local History. We hope this tournament will increase popularity of chess in the region and draw more attention to this wonderful museum. We are also happy to see that Novosibirsk Region together with Moscow Region, Republic of Ingushetia, Altai Krai, and Krasnodar Krai has joined our another joint project with RCF, Chess in Schools, which supports chess education at regular schools. Hopefully chess in our region will eventually match in popularity among children biathlon, figure skating, hockey, and skiing.”
Evgeny Tomashevsky (Saratov Region), Alexander Grischuk (Moscow), Peter Svidler (St. Petersburg), Nikita Vitiugov (St. Petersburg), Dmitry Jakovenko (Ugra), Ernesto Inarkiev (Moscow), Grigory Oparin (Moscow), Vladimir Fedoseev (St. Petersburg), Dmitry Kokarev (Penza Region), Alexander Riazantsev (Moscow), Alexei Goganov (St. Petersburg), Dmitry Bocharov (Novosibirsk Region).
Aleksandra Goryachkina (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug), Alexandra Kosteniuk (Moscow), Natalija Pogonina (Saratov Region), Valentina Gunina (Moscow), Olga Girya (Ugra), Alisa Galliamova (Tatarstan), Anastasia Bodnaruk (St. Petersburg), Evgenija Ovod (Leningrad Region), Daria Pustovoitova (Moscow), Alina Kashlinskaya (Moscow), Ekaterina Ubiennykh (Krasnoyarsk Krai), Daria Charochkina (Moscow).
Total prize fund of the Superfinal is 9,000,000 RR.
The events are 11-round round-robins. Time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 bonus second per each move.
Chief Arbiter – IA Maxim Ivakhin (Novokuznetsk).
Schedule: opening ceremony – October 15, 6:30 pm, playing days – October 16-21 and 23-27, rest day – October 22, closing ceremony – October 27, in 40 minutes after the end of the last game.
On a rest day, the players will give simuls to all chess fans in three different venues – chess department of Junior Sports School (Chelyuskintsev, 50), Biotechnopark (Koltsovo, Technopark st. 8), and Junior Chess Center Maestro (Berdsk, Vokzalnaya st. 54). All simuls start at 2 pm.
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