25 August 2018

Russian Chess Championship Superfinals opened in Satka

On August 24, 2018 Superfinals of the 71st Russian Men’s Championship and the 68th Russian Women's Championship were opened in Satka, Chelyabinsk Region.

artistic performance and highlighting the connection of the city to chess. Artistic groups from art high schools Nos. 11 and 12 in Chelyabinsk entertained both the guests and the participants of the championships with a reconstruction, accompanied by choir singing, of the 1970 match game between Larsen and Spassky.

Presentations of the tournament participants and a film about Chess in Museums program were shown on the large-screen monitor, followed by video greetings from Mr. Boris Spassky, the 10th World Chess Champion, and from Andrey Filatov, President of the Russian Chess Federation.

Boris Dubrovsky, Governor of the Chelyabinsk Region, Mark Glukhovsky, executive director of the Russian Chess Federation, and Maria Morozova, general director of the Timchenko Foundation, delivered their addresses at the opening ceremony.

Governor of the Chelyabinsk Region Boris Dubrovsky greeted both championship participants and the guests of Southern Urals with these words:

“We are happy that we have the opportunity of welcoming here leading chess players of Russia. We would also like to thank the Russian Chess Federation and the Timchenko foundation for this great decision of choosing Satki as the site of the championship. This is an amazing city where people know how to work and to think.

Everyone has one’s own perception for chess. Some see it as an art with roots deep in ancient past. For many chess is science. Others find it most important as an opportunity for tough competition, taking risks and experiencing thrill in sports. The main role in this sports game, however, is played by the limitless human intellect that is the main driving force for the progress of the mankind and the development of our civilization.

I would like to congratulate you all with the opening of these superfinals. I wish lots of luck to the tournament participants and for the spectators experiencing most beautiful, unforgettable match games!”

Executive director of the Russian Chess Federation, Mark Glukhovsky, expressed his gratitude to all partners and Superfinals organizers. He noted that never before, in his experience, he could witness such amazing choice for the live chess game—a match game that is well known to all chess aficionados.

Russian Championship Superfinals are by tradition very tough tournaments, with strong representation. World Chess Olympiad will start in Batumi in only a month, and here in Satka you can see Russian womens national team and more than the half of the Russian mens national team, said Mark Glukhovsky.

General director of the Timchenko Foundation, Maria Morozova, congratulated local residents that Satka won the competition for hosting the Superfinals. This victory is doubly pleasant for our Foundation as the activities of the Timchenko Foundation are in many aspects directed at supporting the initiatives of residents in Russias smaller towns, said general director of the Timchenko Foundation in her speech.

She also said that a Social Program Day will be organized at the Magnezit House of Culture on August 31: famous grandmasters will play simultaneous displays with young chess players and with veterans. I have no doubt that such a major event, Superfinals of the Russian Chess Championships, will remain a memorable event and will provide additional motivation for young sports enthusiasts. Thus, we may soon become aware of new names in the world of chess, the names of Satka residents or those who live in the Chelyabinsk Region, noted Maria Morozova.

Vladimir Staratorzhsky, international arbiter and meet chairman of the superfinals tournament, cast lots and, as a result, the participants got the following start numbers:


1. Dmitry Andreykin, 2. Mikhail Kobalia, 3. Dmitry Yakovenko, 4. Yan Nepomnyashchiy, 5. Alexey Sarana, 6. Grigory Oparin, 7. Ernesto Inarkiev, 8. Daniel Dubov, 9. Nikita Vityugov, 10. Evgeny Tomashevsky, 11. Vladimir Fedoseev, 12. Denis Khismatullin

First round duos:

Andreykin – Khismatullin, Kobalia Fedoseev, Yakovenko Tomashevsky, Nepomnyashchiy Vityugov, Sarana Dubov, Oparin Inarkiev


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

First round duos:

Bodnaruk Shuvalova, Gritsaeva Girya, Gallyamova Kosteniuk, Gunina Protopopova, Kashlinskaya Goryachkina, Tomilova Pogonina

Konstantin Arabchikov, director of the Geliy Korzhev Fund, spoke after the opening ceremony about the exhibition which opened as part of the Chess in Museums program showing works of Geliy Korzhev (1925-2012), a Soviet and Russian painter, a representative of the "severe style». The display of the exhibition called "Geliy Korzhev: Path to the Painting" includes 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.

Chess represents a powerful mental exercise while the artistic profession is full of many stereotypes, and thus only few people understand that the activities of a true artist, a master in his métier, are also related to titanic efforts. What people can see is only the end result, and only very few may be able to step into the painters studio thus witnessing the tortuous process of creating true masterworks. This is why we show in our exposition what paths Geliy Korzhev followed while creating his world-known paintings. Everyone may see here the arduous psychological toil of this painter and thinker. In this sense, very many aspects of the process are bringing together the theme of stressful chess competitions and the titanic, unfathomable work of the painter who has become the glory of the Russian realistic school, said Konstantin Arabchikov.

The organizers of the superfinals are 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 continues Chess in Museums program that has been implemented by the Russian Chess Federation and the Timchenko Foundation since 2012.

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

The tournament will be conducted in 11 rounds in accordance with the all-play-all system. Match days are August 25-30 and September 1-5. August 31 is a day off. The rounds start at 3 p.m. local time (1 p.m. Moscow time); the last round will be played at 1 p.m. (11 a.m. Moscow time). Closing ceremony will start 40 minutes after the end of the last game.

Tournament location: Magnezit House of Culture.

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Supplemental information:

Russian Chess Federation (RCF) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that brings together individuals and chess federations of republics, territories, regions, cities of federal significance, autonomous regions and autonomous districts of the Russian Federation. The activities of the RCF are aimed at developing and popularizing chess in the Russian Federation. The RCF was founded on February 15, 1992. The management bodies of the RCF are the Congress and the Supervisory Board of the RCF. The Board of Trustees of the RCF is the collegiate body for deliberation and consultation that acts on a pro-bono basis.

The RCF is the organizer of Belaya Ladya Tournament, the annual All-Russian Children's Championship among educational institutions, the National Championship of Russia, and other chess competitions. Since 2012, the Chess in Museums program has been implemented in Russia at the initiative of the RCF, together with the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation.

The RCF develops and implements programs for the development of chess, including chess for children, and assists in expanding the network of chess clubs and leagues in Russian regions. It organizes individual and team competitions in Russia as well as the participation of Russian chess players in international competitions. It assists in strengthening the positions of Russian chess players on the international arena, and develops sports connections with international chess federations, national and international organizations, including the FIDE.

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The Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation is the largest family charity in Russia. The Timchenkos have been involved in charitable work in Russia and abroad for over 25 years. The Timchenko Foundations was created in 2010 with aim of achieving long-term results in the family charitable work. The activities of the Foundation are aimed at supporting active ageing, sports development, resolving the problem of social orphanhood, and sponsoring cultural development of Russias regions.

The Timchenko foundation supports those people who change for the better their own life and the world around them.

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Chess in Museums is an international program implemented by the Russian Chess Federation in cooperation with the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation. The original idea of conducting chess competitions in the larger cultural centers was put into practice in 2012: the match for the crown of the world champion was conducted at the State Tretyakov Gallery following the initiative of Andrey Filatov and Gennady Timchenko. In spring 2013, the RCF and the Timchenko Foundation conducted the Alyokhin Memorial super-competition at the Louvre and at the Mikhailovsky Palace of the State Russian Museum, and in the fall of the same year the superfinals of the Russian National Chess Championship were set in the museums of Nizhni Novgorod. The opening of the Higher League of Russian National Championship in 2015 was conducted at Fort No. 5 (Kaliningrad), the one-of-a-kind fortified structure built at the end of the 19th century. The 2015 Superfinals were set in the halls of the Khazine National Art Gallery at the Kazan Kremlin. The 2016 Mikhail Tal Memorial was conducted at the Museum of Russian Impressionism (Moscow).

Since 2016 the location for the superfinals has been chosen on a competitive basis. The location for the 2016 Superfinals was won by the Novosibirsk State Local History Museum. In 2017 the competition for the title of the best chess player in Russia was conducted at the St. Petersburg State Museum of Political History which won the contest. At the start of 2018, the Mikhail Tal Memorial Super-Tournament was once again organized at the Museum of Russian Impressionism (Moscow).

Chess is a special sport, a game that is closely related to cultural and historical background. Chess in Museums program is there to make this relation visible and natural for everyone. The organizers found this original and organic format at the interface of sports and culture: chess competitions inside the walls of the best global and Russian museums.

Magnezit Group is an acknowledged world leader in manufacturing magnesia refractory products. The company has been producing them for the basic, primary branches of Russian industry, first of all for the metal industry. The 15 production facilities of the Magnezit Group are located in Russia, China, Germany, and Slovakia. Southern Ural, however, has still remained the core production of the company where its main potential is concentrated.

Magnezit Group remains committed to its mission as a socially responsible company. We have been actively contributing to the social, economic and cultural development of the regions where our facilities are located. The key directions of our social policies are the improvement of the quality of life, further development of educational programs aimed at training individuals for working in the innovative economy as well as harmonious personally development.

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Renault Russia, a company created in 1998, is one of the largest car producers in Russia as well as one of the largest investors in Russian car industry. Company assets include two production sites: a factory in Moscow and a car assembly line in Togliatti, co-owned with partners in the Alliance. A well-developed dealership network, with some 150 outlets around the country, can always provide a high level of service to all clients. Over 1.7 million Renault cars were sold in Russia after the companys debut at the Russian market in 1998. Renault Russia occupies the lead positions in local manufacturing content during car production plus it has become the definitive leader for the import phase-out. At the moment the company is actively involved in developing its exports of car, car components and spare parts of Russian make to foreign countries.

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PJSC "FGC UES" is one of the worlds largest public power grid companies, both in terms of the length of transmission routes and the transformer capacity. The FGC is responsible for about 143.2 thousand kilometers of high-voltage trunk power line and 946 electrical substations with the total capacity of over 347.3 thousand MWA. The company provides reliable power supply of clients in the 77 regions of Russia serving the land area of about 15.1 million square kilometers

The company is a part of PJSC RosSeti, the largest electrical power holding in the country that owns 80.13% of the company. 22 thousand specialists are employed with the FGC UES. Over 60% of the employees have higher technical education. The company is headed by Andrey Murov, Chairman of the Management Board.

FGC UES has been general sponsor of the Russian national chess teams since 2016.

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PJSC "PhosAgro" is a traditional partner of the Russian Chess Federation. PhosAgro Group is the acknowledged leader in supplying all types of fertilizers to the Russian market; it is one of the three largest global producers of the phosphor-containing fertilizers.

The main products of the company include phosphate stock, 39 brands of fertilizers, feed phosphates, ammonia and sodium tripolyphosphate which are used by clients in 100 countries on all habitable continents. Besides Russia and NIS countries, priority markets of production distribution are countries in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

The company has been the general partner of the Russian Chess Federation since 2010. Andrey Guriev, Chairman of the Board of PJSC "PhosAgro", is RCFs vice president and also a member of its supervisory board. Also the company is the strategic partner of Russian grandmaster Sergei Karyakin.

PhosAgro also supports Candidates Tournament and the match for the title of the World Chess Champion which will be held in London (both events are a part of the World Chess Championship cycle in 2017-2018).

PhosAgro was the sponsor of the World Chess Champion matches in Sochi and in New York where Russian grandmaster Sergei Karyakin showed his truly engrossing style. At the same time, the company keeps popularizing chess in the regions of its operations by opening chess classes in high schools and kindergartens which it patronizes and by financing the training of chess teachers.

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