6 September 2018

Dmitry Andreykin and Nataliya Pogonina are Russias 2018 Chess Champions

Superfinals of the 71st Russian Men’s Championship and the 68th Russian Women's Championship held at the Magnezit Palace of Culture in Satka, Chelyabinsk Region were concluded on September 6, 2018.

Dmitry Yakovenko and Dmitry Andreykin who were level on points (each got 7 out of 11 points) determined the winner in a tiebreak. Their first game in rapid chess ended in a draw, yet the winner in the second game was Dmitry Andreykin thus becoming the two-time champion of Russia.

Final position:

1. Dmitry Andreykin, 2. Dmitry Yakovenko – 7 points each; 3. Evgeny Tomashevsky 6.5 points; 4-6. Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladimir Fedoseev, Yan Nepomnyashchiy 6 points each; 7. Grigory Oparin 5.5 points; 8-10. Daniel Dubov, Alexey Sarana 5 points each; 10-11. Nikita Vityugov, Mikhail Kobalia 4.5 points each; 12. Denis Khismatullin 3 points.

In women’s tournament, Olga Girya and Nataliya Pogonina got 7,5 points each out of 11, and they also played a tiebreaker to determine the winner. Nataliya Pogonina won the first game playing white, and the second game ended in a draw. Winning in the tiebreaker Nataliya Pogonina became champion of Russia repeating her success in 2012.

Final position:

1. Nataliya Pogonina, 2. Olga Girya 7.5 points each; 3. Alexandra Goryachkina, 4. Alina Kashlinskaya 7 points each; 5-6. Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina 6.5 points each; 7. Alisa Gallyamova 6 points; 8. Polina Shuvalova 5 points; 9. Oksana Gritsaeva 4 points; 10. Elena Tomilova 3.5 points; 11. Anastasia Bodnaruk 3 points; 12. Anastasia Protopopova 2.5 points.

The total of the prize fund for both tournaments was 9 million rubles. Besides, the winners of both mens and womens competitions will receive as a gift striking and stylish Renault Captur CUVs.

The organizers of the superfinals were the Russian Chess Federation, the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, the government of the Chelyabinsk Region and the Magnezit Group. The tournament is supported by Renault Russia, PJSC "FGC UES" and PJSC "PhosAgro". The logistics partner of the Russian Chess Federation is FSUE Russian Post.

The tournament was a sequel of the Chess in Museums program, which the Russian Chess Federation has been implementing with the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation since 2012. During the Superfinals at the Magnezit Palace of Culture, an exhibition of the works by Geliy Korzhev (1925-2012), a Soviet and Russian painter, representative of the "severe style», was presented. The display of the exhibition called "Geliy Korzhev: Path to the Painting" included studies, sketches and graphic works from the archive of the artist's family; they were created in 1953-2012 as the painter was creating his major canvases in the military, historical, biblical and other series.

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