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Russian Higher League 2012 Qualifiers

  • SonofPearl
  • on 6/28/12, 10:50 AM.

The 65th Russian Higher League Championship was held from 16-27 June in Tyumen, Siberia.

The "Higher League" serves as a qualification event for the main Russian Chess Championships in August, where the top players are seeded directly into the event.

The format was an 11-round Swiss with 46 players, and the top five qualified through to the Russian Championships. They were the three players that tied for first with 7½/11 points - Dmitry Andreikin, Daniil Dubov and Nikita Vitiugov, with Sanan Sjugirov and Vladimir Potkin joining them thanks to having the best tie-break scores among the group half a point behind.

One of the qualifiers deserves special mention - Daniil Dubov is just 16 years old, but he was the long-time leader of the competition, only losing his last round game with black to be denied an outright victory!

A name for the future...Daniil Dubov

Daniil Dubov.jpg

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The top standings were:

# Name Elo Pts TB
1 Andreikin, Dmitry 2700 7.5 70.0
2 Dubov, Daniil 2569 7.5 69.0
3 Vitiugov, Nikita 2703 7.5 68.5
4 Sjugirov, Sanan 2625 7.0 70.5
5 Potkin, Vladimir 2642 7.0 68.0
6 Alekseev, Evgeny 2677 7.0 65.0
7 Demchenko, Anton 2575 7.0 62.0
8 Bocharov, Dmitry 2600 6.5 69.5
9 Prizant, Jaroslav 2524 6.5 67.0
10 Panarin, Mikhail 2538 6.5 66.5
11 Grachev, Boris 2680 6.5 65.5
12 Timofeev, Artyom 2641 6.5 64.0
13 Ovetchkin, Roman 2501 6.5 63.5
14 Khairullin, Ildar 2631 6.5 62.5
15 Matlakov, Maxim 2668 6.5 61.5

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There was also a women's event in the same format with 32 players taking part which was won by Baira Kovanova with an excellent score of 9/11, a point ahead of second placed Natalia Pogonina.

Baira Kovanova dominated the women's event

Baira Kovanova.jpg

The top standings in the women's event:

# Name Elo Pts TB
1 Kovanova, Baira 2391 9.0 73.0
2 Pogonina, Natalija 2447 8.0 73.5
3 Ubiennykh, Ekaterina 2336 7.5 71.5
4 Ovod, Evgenija 2410 7.5 70.5
5 Girya, Olga 2414 7.0 72.5
6 Timofeeva, Ekaterina 2273 7.0 71.0
7 Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2394 7.0 70.5
8 Vasilevich, Irina 2375 6.5 68.0
9 Severiukhina, Zoja 2337 6.5 63.5
10 Shadrina, Tatiana 2359 6.0 70.0
11 Schepetkova, Margarita 2181 6.0 65.5
12 Sukhareva, Evgeniya 2236 6.0 58.0

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The time control was 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 30 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment from the start.  No draw offers were permitted before move 40.

Games via TWIC. Dubov photo: Chessbase

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  • 2 years ago

    imsodumicantdie

    Go Natalia!

  • 2 years ago

    rimma35

    black lost on time

  • 2 years ago

    rimma35

    he lost on time

  • 2 years ago

    Czechman

    Our own Natalia Pogonina was the only woman to go undefeated in this tournament. Way to go Natalia!

  • 2 years ago

    nyLsel

    nice games!

  • 2 years ago

    _chessMark

    Wow!good job Daniil keep up the good workLaughing

  • 2 years ago

    k1nderkakke

    Daniil Dubov is a great playerCool

  • 2 years ago

    Jordan_G

    @ kludvig6

    Black is better in the first game of the article, and black won. Didn't you notice the result at the top right of the diagram that says 0-1?

  • 2 years ago

    Stanya

    Cool article, but why didn't they post all the womens games... not that i really follow womens chess much. Ever.

  • 2 years ago

    JBades6310

    he didn't @kludvig6 he won

  • 2 years ago

    gxtmfa

    No draws before move 40?? That's mad.

  • 2 years ago

    kludvig6

    Black is much better in game one. Why did Daniil Dubov lose?

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