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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
Games of multi-board chess were played at the Hockey City sports complex 6 March. They were played against the trainees of two schools of the SKA Academy and players of the Severyanka [North Woman] team, Cherepovets, who competed in the Tough Girls Hockey tournament. More than 30 young hockey players played against international grandmaster Kirill Alekseyenko, holder of the 2018 Cup of Russia for Men and winner of the Russian team championship and European Club Cup as a member of the Medny Vsadnik [Bronze Horseman] team. Also involved in the event was Artyom Zhuk, hockey player of the SKA system. Victory in the game against grandmaster was pulled off by Artemy Kuzmin from the SKA Army[.]  Kirill Alekseyenko highlighted the strong performance by the player and four more participants. These were the SKA Army's Aleksandr Cheishvili and Artyom Sorokin, Severyanka's Aleksandra Loginova and SKA-Strelna's Tikhon Panteleyev. This is not the first meeting of the World of Chess and Good Ice projects, implemented by the Timchenko Foundation's Sports charitable programme. “Hockey is a game not only of strength but tactics; so in mentoring hockey players, we believe that chess is an important addition to the development of next-generation players,” said Igor Baradachov, deputy general director of the Timchenko Foundation. Attending the chess tournament as a guest was Andrey Tochitsky, general director of SKA HC, and the players were supported by their parents. Kirill Alekseyenko plays multi-board chess against SKA Academy trainees. . .
Sport   Mar 08, 2019 14:18
The 11th International Tournament in memory of Mikhail Tal, the eighth world chess champion, will take place for a second time in a row at the Moscow Museum of Russian Impressionism – a major private museum in Russia. The Tournament is one of the projects that are part the international Chess at Museums programme, which the Russian Chess Federation has been implementing jointly with the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko since 2012. The 11th Tal Memorial will have an A-list line-up: the prizes will be contested by famous chess players – Vladimir Kramnik, Aleksandr Grischuk, Pyotr Svidler, Sergey Karyakin, Yan Nepomnyashchy, Daniil Dubov (all from Russia), Shahriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Hikaru Nakamura USA), Viswanathan Anand (India) and Boris Gelfand (Israel). The Grandmasters will play 9 rapid chess rounds and 13 blitz rounds. In the blitz chess tournament, the main players will be joined by four more players, whose names will be announced later. The blitz tournament and the closing of the Tal Memorial will take place at the Central House of Chess Player (No. 14 Gogol Boulevard, stroyeniye [building] 1). The total prize money is 150,000 US dollars. The 11th International Tournament in memory of Mikhail Tal, the eighth world chess champion, will take place for a second time in a row at the Moscow Museum of Russian Impressionism – a major private museum in Russia. The Tournament is one of the projects that are part the international Chess at Museums programme, which the Russian Chess Federation has been implementing jointly with the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko since 2012.
Sport   Feb 28, 2018 10:12