Russian Championships Higher League

Russian Championships Higher League

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jun 19, 2011, 7:57 AM |
9 | Chess Event Coverage

The 'Higher League' Russian Chess Championships is currently underway in Taganrog, Russia.

The championships run from 15-26 June and serve as a qualification event to take part in the full championships later this year (some top players are seeded directly to the finals, so don't need to qualify).

The competition is probably the strongest national chess championship qualifying event you are likely to find!

Separate men's and women's competitions are being held, both using the Swiss format, with 11 rounds for the 62 men and 9 rounds for the 34 women.

The prize fund totals 2,500,000 rubles for the men (approx 89,000 USD) and 500,000 rubles for the women (approx 18,000 USD).

After four rounds Sergey Volkov and Evgeny Alekseev (pictured) lead on 3½ points, while Valentina Gunina has the sole lead after three rounds of the women's event with a perfect 3/3.

The time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, and a 30 second increment from the start.

The rounds start at 15:00 local time (11:00 UTC, 07:00 Eastern in the US), and the official coverage can be found here (in Russian). The direct link for the live games broadcast is here.

The top of the men's standings after four rounds:

 Volkov, Sergey  2615
 Alekseev, Evgeny  2673
 Galkin, Alexander  2598 3
 Najer, Evgeniy  2643 3
 Tomashevsky, Evgeny  2707 3
 Kurnosov, Igor  2633 3
 Zvjaginsev, Vadim  2659 3
 Sjugirov, Sanan  2629 3
 Timofeev, Artyom  2665 3
 Matlakov, Maxim  2632 3
 Khismatullin, Denis  2656 3
 Khalifman, Alexander  2627 3
 Inarkiev, Ernesto  2679 3
 Vitiugov, Nikita  2733
 Morozevich, Alexander  2694
 Grachev, Boris  2669
 Jakovenko, Dmitry  2732
 Potkin, Vladimir  2682
 Lysyj, Igor  2629
 Grigoriants, Sergey  2562
 Romanov, Evgeny  2624
 Bukavshin, Ivan  2502
 Savchenko, Boris  2630
 Ponkratov, Pavel  2582

 

 

 

The top women's standings after three rounds:

 Gunina, Valentina  2487 3
 Charochkina, Daria  2320
 Zaiatz, Elena  2430
 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina  2427
 Vasilevich, Irina  2342
 Romanko, Marina  2387
 Ovod, Evgenija  2404 2
 Pustovoitova, Daria  2306 2
 Kovanova, Baira  2361 2
 Tomilova, Elena  2317 2
 Ambartsumova, Karina  2303 2
 Bodnaruk, Anastasia  2419 2
 Matveeva, Svetlana  2380 2
 Shadrina, Tatiana  2397
 Girya, Olga  2394
 Bukhteeva, Viktoria  2178
 Kindinova, Ekaterina  2159
 Kostrikina, Anna  2072
 Drozdova, Dina  2239
 Zizlova, Sofia  2149
 Semenova, Elena  2188

 

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