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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 Baradachov, 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 at Museums programme, which the Russian Chess Federation has been running jointly with the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko since 2012. Grand Finals of 72nd and 69th Russian championships for men and women, respectively, ended in Izhevsk. . .
Sport   Sep 09, 2019 15:36
Results are in for the Competition to join the Chess at Schools project run by the Russian Chess Federation and the Timchenko Foundation since 2014. The project is to be joined by 5 new regions: Voronezh Oblast, Kurgan Oblast, Rostov Oblast, Republic of Mordovia and Khabarovsk Krai. A total of 8 provinces took part in the Competition. The competition panel evaluated the entries using the same criteria. The chess federations gave the number of schools where chess was already a subject, the number of those planning to introduce chess lessons in the next academic year, as well as describing the province's teacher training requirements and capabilities. There was also explored interest from local schools in a competition for best chess teaching among secondary schools. Another important criterion in identifying the winners was chess education support from the state and municipal authorities. Chess at Schools expands its reach every year. The project was launched in Pskov Oblast in 2014. In the 2015-2016 school year, it was joined by Zabaykalsky Krai, and in the 2016-2017 school year a competition was held among chess federations, which added another four provinces to the project: Altai Krai, Krasnodar Krai, Novosibirsk Oblast, as well as the Republic of Ingushetia. In the 2017-2018 school year the project was joined by Kemerovo Oblast and the Chuvash and Udmurt Republics. The 2018-2019 school year saw the addition of Bryansk and Tula Oblasts to the project. With the new participants counted in, the number of project-affiliated provinces has risen to 16. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to the entrants for their interest in the project!. Chess at Schools project joined by 5 provinces after competition. . .
  Sep 03, 2019 17:08
The Grand Finals of the 72nd Russian championship for men and the 69th Russian championship for women will take place between 9 and 23 August in the Udmurt Republic. On 9 to 12 the competitions will be hosted by the Tchaikovsky House Museum in the city of Votkinsk, and on 13 to 23 August by the House of Friendship of Peoples in Izhevsk. They are organized by the Russian Chess Federation and the Charitable Foundation of Еlena and Gennady Timchenko. 18 August is a social programme day, which is traditionally held as part of the Grand Finals of the Russian championship. Big-name grandmasters will offer multi-board chess sessions to youngsters and veterans; enthusiasts will rub shoulders with big names in chess and test themselves over the board. The men's Grand Final tournament will feature: Vladislav Artemyev (Republic of Tatarstan), Vladimir Fedoseyev, Nikita Vitiugov, Maksim Matlakov and Kirill Alekseyenko (St Petersburg), Dmitry Yakovenko (KhMAO [Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug]-Yugra) and Yevgeny Tomashevsky (Saratov Oblast), Ernesto Inarkiev and Aleksandr Motylyov (Moscow), Aleksey Dreyev and Aleksey Sarana (Moscow Oblast), and Aleksandr Predke (Samara Oblast). The women's tournament line-up: Olga Girya (KhMAO - Yugra), Aleksandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina, Alina Kashlinskaya, Daria Charochkina and Polina Shuvalova (Moscow), Alexander Goryachkina (YaNAO [Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug]), Natalia Pogonina (Saratov Oblast), Zarina Shafigullina (Republic of Tatarstan), Anastasia Bodnaruk (St Petersburg), Yelena Tomilova (Rostov Oblast) and Margarita Potapova (Krasnodar Krai). The competitions are held on a round-robin basis in 11 rounds. The prize money totals 10,000,000 roubles. The prize money guaranteed for the men's competition is 6,500,000 roubles. The prize money guaranteed for the women's competition is 3,500,000 roubles. Also, the winners of the men's and women's tournaments will be given a Renault Arkana car. Chief referee of the Grand Finals: Yelena Polovina, international arbiter/SSVK [Pan-Russian Umpire]. The tournament is sponsored by Renault Russia, PAO FGC UES and PAO PhosAgro. Logistics Sponsor of the Russian Chess Federation is the Russian Post Office. The tournament is a sequel to the Chess at Museums programme, which the Russian Chess Federation has been running jointly with the Tmchenko Foundation since 2012. Grand Finalists named in Russian chess championships . . .
  Jul 17, 2019 16:11
The Russian Chess Federation and the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko announce the outcomes of the competition to host the Grand Finals of Russia's 72nd and 69th chess championship for men and women respectively. The competition has been won by the Udmurt Republic. The tournament will take place in Votkinsk and Izhevsk. In Votkinsk, the chess players will play in the house museum of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, where the great Russian composer was born in 1840. The competitions will be held in August 2019 as part of the Chess at Museums programme. Chess at Museums is an international programme implemented jointly by the Russian Chess Federation and the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko. The unorthodox format of chess tournaments hosted by the world's and Russia’s best museums is designed to emphasize the close link between chess, culture, history and art. Grand Finals of the Russian championship under the programme have been held since 2013, when the tournament was staged in the Rukavishnikov house museum in Nizhny Novgorod. In 2014, Grand Finals were in the Kazan Kremlin and the Khazine National Art Gallery; in 2016, in the Novosibirsk State Museum of Local History; in 2017, in the National Museum of Political History of Russia (St Petersburg). In 2018, Grand Finals were hosted by the town of Satka, Chelyabinsk Oblast, where the Magnezit [Magnesite] House of Culture was used to display a show by Gely Korzhev, Soviet and Russian artist. National championships held as part of the Chess at Museums project receive wide media coverage, showcase the cultural heritage of the region and get people of all ages interested in chess. Grand Finals of Russian championship traditionally include a social programme day: big-name grandmasters play games of multi-board chess against young chess players and veterans. Aficionados can rub shoulders with famous chess players in an informal setting, test themselves at the board and, who knows, win a memorable victory.
Sport   Apr 15, 2019 13:45
The Tough Girls Hockey third annual all-Russian ice hockey tournament for 2007-2009-born girl teams ended in St Petersburg. Traditionally, the Good Ice programme of the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko holds the competition in the run-up to International Women's Day. Between 3 and 7 March, the main trophy was contested by the following teams: - SKA-Avrora, St Petersburg Pantery [Panthers], - SKIF, Nizhny-Novgorod Oblast - Combined team of the Republic of Tatarstan - Combined team of Murmansk Oblast - Severyanka [North Woman], Cherepovets - Combined team of Irkutsk Oblast - Posomakha [Wolverine], Perm Krai As part of the tournament, the girl hockey players were offered an extensive developmental programme: character-building exercises for the teams and seminars for the parents in attendance were held under the guidance of sports psychologist Yulia Rodygina, Dr. Sci. Med. The purpose of such meetings is to identify issues in the relationships within the teams, as well as promote mutual understanding and team spirit among children and adults. The tournament participants were taken on guided tours of St Nicholas Cathedral of the Sea in the city of Kronshtadt, Peterhof, the Grand Maket Rossiya museum and a planetarium. The tournaments of the Good Ice programme give children not only sporting experience but also a wealth of impressions and knowledge. The girls also toured the Moscow Hockey Museum, and the Severyanka team visited Hockey City, a mixed-use complex, and took part in the chess tournament being held there with the involvement of grandmaster Kirill Alekseyenko. The sporting girls from Cherepovets were offered a masterclass by the American Hayley Williams, a professional hockey player, a forward on the team of the Gorny SC, Women's Ice Hockey League. On the ice, the girls were taught the techniques of skating and stick handling. The Tough Girls Hockey tournament was brought to a spectacular end with an awards ceremony. It was attended by dignitaries such as: Igor Baradachev, deputy general director of the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko, Valery Belenkov, mayor of MO [municipality] of Strelna Township, Irina Klimachova, head of the Local  Administration of MO Strelna Township, Yelena Khomko, general director [CEO], Academy for Ice Hockey Sport Studies, Hayley Williams, a player of the Gorny SC team, Daniel Bochner, player development coach, the headquarters of Russia's national team and SKA HC, Denis Yezhov, general director, SKA-Strelna hockey school, and Anton Bushmanov, head of physical education, the Nakhimov School. The young Nakhimov cadets performed hot dance routines for the audience, and the children presented each of the tournament entrants with souvenir gifts. Individual tournament awards were conferred on: - Best Goalkeeper: Yelizaveta Marach, SKA-Avrora - Best Defender: Daria Aristova, Severyanka - Best forward: Yelizaveta Dubei, Rosomakha - Best player of the tournament: Maria Polozkova, SKIF - Audience award: Alia Akhmetshina, combined team of the Republic of Tatarstan - Special prize from the organizing committee: Darina Sukhinina, combined team of Irkutsk Oblast Cups, medals, hockey gear certificates and other valuable prizes were presented by dignitaries to the Tough Girls Hockey tournament medallist teams: - 1st place: SKIF (Nizhny Novgorod Oblast) - 2nd place: Rosomakha (Perm Krai) - 3rd place: combined team of the Republic of Tatarstan. Third annual all-Russian ice hockey tournament for girl teams ended in St Petersburg. . .
Sport   Mar 11, 2019 13:27