Grand Finals of 72nd and 69th Russian championships for men and women, respectively, ended in Izhevsk.
The men’s tournament was won by Yevgeny Tomashevsky, who repeated his 2015 success. The Saratov grandmaster went the full distance without a single defeat, scoring 7 points out of 11. 6.5 points was the score of Nikita Vitiugov, Maksim Matlakov and Ernesto Inarkiev. Additional criteria put Vitiugov in second and Matlakov in third places.
Among the women, 8 points was scored by Olga Girya and Natalia Pogonina. Like last year, the female chess players competed for the title of national champion in an additional match.
The first game of the tie breaker was won by Olga Girya who played white; Natalia Pogodina took her revenge in the next game, however. The destination of the title was decided in an Armageddon, where Olga Girya gained the upper hand, winning with white. The Yugor chess player won the title of champion of Russia for the first time. Aleksandra Goryachkina took unshared third place with 7.5 points to her name, repeating her 2018 score.
The prize money totalled 10,000,000 roubles. The winners of the men’s and women’s tournaments will be given a Renault ARKANA coupé SUV, the official car of the RCF since 2019.
The closing ceremony was hosted by the Tchaikovsky National Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Udmurtian Republic. In the official part, the attendees were welcomed by Aleksandr Brechalov, head of the Udmurtian Republic, Igor Baradachev, head of the Sports programme of the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko, and Aleksandr Tkachov, deputy executive director of the Russian Chess Federation.
In the entertainment section of the event, musical numbers were performed by the cast of the Aikai Udmurtian National Theatre of Traditional Song and Dance, the famous Buranovskiye Babushki and the Blues Makers band.
The tournament was a sequel to The Chess in Museums project, which the Russian Chess Federation has been running jointly with the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko since 2012.