Grand Finals of Russian championships to have A-list line-up

Nov 23, 2020 at 10:00 • Sport

The Grand Finals of the 73nd and 70th Russian championships for men and women respectively will take place at the Botvinnik Central House of Chess Player in Moscow between 4 and 17 December.

The competition will be held as part of the Chess at Museums programme, which the Chess Federation of Russia has been implementing jointly with the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko since 2012. The main tournament of the Russian chess calendar will feature an A-list line-up.

Men (Elo rating as of 01.11.2020):

Yan Nepomnyashchy (2784, Moscow), Sergey Karyakin (2752, Moscow), Pyotr Svidler (2723, St Petersburg), Nikita Vitiugov (2722, St Petersburg), Vladislav Artemyev (2708, Republic of Tatarstan), Daniil Dubov (2699, Moscow), Maksim Matlakov (2685, St Petersburg), Andrey Yesipenko (2683, Rostov Oblast), Vladimir Fedoseyev (2676, St Petersburg), Maksim Chigayev (2615, Tyumen Oblast), Mikhail Antipov (2607, Moscow) and Aleksey Goganov (2602, St Petersburg).

Women (Elo rating as of 01.11.2020):

Aleksandra Goryachkina (2592, YaNAO), Alina Kashlinskaya (2494, Moscow), Natalia Pogonina (2475, Saratov Oblast), Aleksandra Kosteniuk (2471, Moscow), Olga Girya (2469, KhMAO – Yugra), Polina Shuvalova (2454, Moscow), Valentina Gunina (2451, Moscow), Alisa Galliamova (2438, Republic of Tatarstan), Marina Guseva (2352, Moscow Oblast), Leia Garifullina (2348, Sverdlovsk Oblast), Yulia Grigoryeva (2343, Republic of Bashkortostan) and Tatiana Getman (2303, St Petersburg).

The competitions are held on a round-robin basis in 11 rounds.

Play days: 5-10 and 12-16 December. Off day: 11 December. Rounds start at 15:00 (Moscow time).

In the event of a tie for first place between two or more contestants, a blitz Armageddon game will be held.

The prize money totals 10 million roubles.

The Grand Finals are organized by the Russian Chess Federation and the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko with support from the Sports Ministry of the Russian Federation. The primary sponsor of Russia’s national chess teams is Rosseti FGC UES. PhosAgro PAO is the primary sponsor of FShR [Chess Federation of Russia (CFR)].