The Grand Finals of the 70th Russian championship for men and the 67th Russian championship for women took place at the National Museum of Russia’s Political History (2-4 Kuibyshev St., St. Petersburg) between 2 and 14 December.
In the men’s tournament, 7 points out of 11 were scored by Petersburgers Pyotr Svidler and Nikita Vitiugov, who had a play-off for first place. Both games were won by Pyotr Svidler, who won the title of champion of Russia for the eighth time.
Third place went to Daniil Dubov (Moscow), who scored more additional points than did Vladimir Fedoseyev (St.Petersburg).
The women also had a tie breaker for first place because Aleksandra Goryachkina (YaNAO [Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug]) and Natalia Pogonina (Saratov Oblast) scored 7 points each.
Aleksandra Goryachkina won both games, repeating her success at the Grand Final 2015.
Alina Kashlinskaya (Moscow) was third, beating Olga Girya (KhMAO [Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug]-Yugra) on extra points.
Speeches at the closing ceremony were given by Mark Glukhovsky, executive director of the RCF, and Yevgeny Artyomov, general director of the National Museum of Russia’s Political History. Yevgeny Artyomov presented the winners with annual tickets to any exhibition at the Museum.
The winners of the men’s and women’s tournaments were awarded with certificates for Renault Captur subcompact crossovers – special prizes from Renault Russia.
The tournaments’ total prize money was 9 million roubles.
The organizers were the Russian Chess Federation, the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko, the National Museum of Russia’s Political History, the Chess Sport Federation of St. Petersburg and the Committee for Physical Education and Sports of St. Petersburg. The tournament was sponsored by Renault Russia, PAO FGC UES and PAO PhosAgro. Logistics Sponsor of the Russian Chess Federation is the Russian Post Office.
The Grand Finals are a traditional sequel to the Chess at Museums programme, which the Russian Chess Federation has been running jointly with the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko since 2012.