Morozevich Beats Svidler In Russian Champs

  • SonofPearl
  • on 8/15/11, 10:02 AM.

Alexander Morozevich beat Peter Svidler in the final round of the 2011 Russian Superfinal to claim a clear second place for himself in the competition.

Peter Svidler could afford the luxury of loss, having already sealed his record sixth title with a round to spare.

Vladimir Kramnik won his final round game with the black pieces against Alexander Galkin to add respectability to his overall score, but the title of Russian Champion still eludes him.

The final cross-table:

 Svidler, Peter  2739 * 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 5
 Morozevich, Alexander  2694 1 * 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1
 Grischuk, Alexander  2746 ½ 0 * 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 4
 Karjakin, Sergey  2788 ½ ½ 0 * 1 ½ ½ 1 4
 Kramnik, Vladimir  2781 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1 1 1 4
 Nepomniachtchi, Ian  2711 0 1 ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ 3
 Galkin, Alexander  2598 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * ½ 2
 Timofeev, Artyom  2665 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ *


Peter Svidler - Six Time Russian Champion!

Peter Svidler-Russian_Champion_2011.JPG






Russian Chess Champions since 1992:

1992  Alexei Gavrilov 
1993  Alexei Bezgodov 
1994  Peter Svidler 
1995  Peter Svidler 
1996  Alexander Khalifman 
1997  Peter Svidler 
1998  Alexander Morozevich 
1999  Konstantin Sakaev 
2000  Sergey Volkov 
2001  Alexander Motylev
2002  Alexander Lastin 
2003  Peter Svidler
2004  Garry Kasparov 
2005  Sergei Rublevsky 
2006  Evgeny Alekseev
2007  Alexander Morozevich 
2008  Peter Svidler
2009  Alexander Grischuk 
2010  Ian Nepomniachtchi
2011  Peter Svidler 


Picture from the official website.
Russian Champions List from Wikipedia.

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  • 5 years ago


    wow 6th title is exceptional. hope he will continue winning and do his best in the upcoming huge tournament. congrats mr svidler

  • 5 years ago


    The level of the USSR Championships will never be approached again. So, in that context, the post-1991 titles don't "weigh" as much as the 17-round or 21-round traditional Soviet Championships, but the winners of the post-1991 events have still won a very-to-extremely strong tournament.

    So Svidler's six titles mean quite a lot, even if not as much as Tal's six titles.

  • 5 years ago


    @ Caliphigia - thanks, now corrected. Smile

  • 5 years ago


    "According to Wikipedia, Kramnik tied for 1st in the 1990 championship"

    According to Chessgames Kramnik won the national championship that year, but if the winners of the Russian event count as national champions in Soviet times Kholmov won it in 1988 when he was 63 years old while Kasparov and Karpov shared first in the Soviet Championship the same year. The event Kholmov won had 18 participants, and Chessmetrics rank 17 of them far below the top 100, Kholmov was #260. The Soviet Championship had all 18 in the top 100, 15 in the top 50 and five in the top 8 of the world.

    Another thing Wikipedia points out is that the Russian Championship in Soviet times didn't have the players from the biggest cities participating, so I wouldn't count Kholmov's and Kramnik's titles on the same level as the one Svidler just won. The event Kramnik won in 1990 didn't have any top 100 participants, by the way.

  • 5 years ago


      In the Kramnik game what if Galkin plays 29 Rh8+? I think after a rook trade Galkin wins.

  • 5 years ago



  • 5 years ago


    So Kramnik is also a poison type, I thought he is limited being a constrictor.

  • 5 years ago


    Morozevich owned Svidler in this game.


  • 5 years ago


    Caliphigia is correct. The last Soviet Championship was in 1991. The last truly great event was in 1988 with Kasparov and Karpov both competing ("There hasn't been a championship like this for fifteen years" Botvinnik noted)...The youngest winner was Kasparov in 1981, the oldest Geller at 54 in 1979.

    Kids today...they see these weak GMs playing in weak events and they think it is strong chess. Sad...

  • 5 years ago


    Before 1992 most important competition was the championship of USSR. Strongest players didn't play in what was then the RSFSR championship. After that the championships were usualy played as Swiss tournaments, which didn't attract strong plater either.

    P.S. I think there's an error in the corss-table: it seems that the result of Karyakin-Galkin game is entered wrongly.

  • 5 years ago


    Not only is Kramnik's name missing, Kasparov's is only there once!!! Did Kasparov participate any of the other years?

  • 5 years ago

    NM dcremisi

    interesting Russian championship and congrats to Peter Svilder!!

  • 5 years ago


    It seems that most years Kramnik hasn't played in the championship. It looks like the last time was in 2005 when he came 7th out of 12.

  • 5 years ago


    Nice attacking game by Kramnik!

  • 5 years ago


    Kramnik has never won this?

  • 5 years ago


    Cool astig!

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