Nov 02, 2016

Riazantsev and Kosteniuk are 2016 Russian Chess Champions

The finale of the Russian Superfinal was easily the most exciting phase of the event, with a marked increase in decisive games in the Men’s final, and more action overall. After a six-way tie (out of 12 players) for first after seven rounds, it was Alexander Riazantsev who broke away to take clear first. Alexandra Kosteniuk all but left her rivals in the dust taking clear first in the Women’s a round in advance.

It had seemed like the competition was a tribute to sleeping pills, with the occasional spark, no question, but overall lackadaisical play. This was in spite of plenty of incentive to truly go for it. The first cash prize was certainly reasonable, with of course that ineffable item on a player’s CV: Russian Champion. Of course, the title of national champion is of note for any player in any country, but let’s be honest: winning the toughest and most famous stands apart from the rest.

There was great interest to see the final round, and the spectators were not left wanting

Still, this year’s championship had a very special first prize for both the winners of the Men’s and Women’s event: a Renault Kaptur car. Alexandra Kosteniuk actually explained that this held a special appeal to her and was key in drawing her to participate in this year’s championship.

After seven rounds, the Men’s event saw six out of the twelve players tied for first with 4.0/7, essentially meaning the tournament was still wide open. The first sign of things to come was when Alexander Raizantsev defeated tailender Dmitry Bocharov in round eight. This might not seem so unexpected considering Bocharov had been doing so poorly, but it had the virtue of finally creating a leader.

The final round still saw everything up for grabs. Everything. While it is true that both Riazantsev and Fedoseev enjoyed a half point lead over the rest with 6.0/10, there was a small pack of four 2700 players at 5.5/10, and every reason to believe a last-round miracle


might see them lifting the trophy.Chess base

Jun 11, 2016

Russia – China Friendship Chess Tournament starts in Moscow

The traditional match between the national chess teams of Russia and China starts in Moscow. The opening ceremony of the friendship tournament, which was established in 2001, will be held on 10 June 2016 at the Botvinnik Central House of Chess (14/1 Gogolevski Boulevard).

Game dates: June 11-15. Games will begin at 3pm Moscow time. The match will be held on 10 boards (5 men and 5 women), according to the Scheveningen system. The team with the most points will be declared the winner.

The match is organized by the Russian Chess Federation with the support of the Volga Group, the official partner of the men’s national chess team of Russia, and UES Federal Grid Company, the general sponsor of Russia’s national chess teams.

Live games will be daily on starting at 15:00 CET

Russian National Teams

Men: Ian Nepomnyashchiy, Dmitry Yakovenko, Daniil Dubov, Dmitry Andreykin and Maxim Matlakov. Coaches: Alexander Motylev and Vladimir Potkin.
Women: Valentina Gunina, Natalia Pogonina, Anastasia Bodnaruk, Alexandra Goryachkina, and Ekaterina Lagno. Coaches: Sergey Rublevsky and Alexander Ryazantsev.

Chinese National Teams

Men: Wang Yue, Yu Yangyi, Lu Shanglei, Wen Yang and Zhou Jianchao. Coach: Yu Shaoten
Women: Tan Zhongyi, Shen Yang, Guo Qi, Ding Yixin, and Lei Tintsze. Coach: Yu Shaoten.

The first friendship match between Russia and China was held in 2001 in Shanghai with the participation of six of the strongest teams of Russia and China (2 men’s, 2 women’s and 2 junior teams). A total of nine tournaments were held between 2001 and 2015, with matches in Shanghai, Moscow, Beijing, Ningbo, Sochi, St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod. While the tournaments were held in accordance with different systems and with different line-ups, at least 50% of all team line-ups were members of the Olympic teams.

In 2015, according to the results of traditional tournaments, the total score was 4:5 in favor of the Chinese team. However, at the suggestion of China, an additional knockout match among men’s teams was held in 2015. Russia’s Sergey Karyakin who played the first board during the match, beat the entire Chinese Olympic team.

«Russia and China attach great importance to the development of chess at the state level and are the countries that set the world chess calendar», said the President of the Russian Chess Federation Andrey Filatov. «We are glad that the Russian-Chinese relations in the field of chess have been strengthening year after year. White Castle, a chess tournament for school teams, has just finished in Sochi. This year, young Chinese players took part in this renowned competition for the first time and showed a brilliant winner result. The friendship match between the national teams of Russia and China, which starts today, will be another step towards developing our cooperation, and we are very pleased to host the match in Moscow, in the historic walls of the Botvinnik Central House of Chess.»

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