Svidler leads Russian Championship

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Svidler leads Russian ChampionshipPeter Svidler leads the 63rd Russian Championship Superfinal in Moscow. In round 6 the grandmaster from St. Petersburg defeated Vladimir Malakhov in his pet variation and he's now on 4.5/6. A brief update on this strong tournament.

General info

The Superfinal of the 63rd Russian Chess Championship for men is held in Moscow at the Central Chess Club, from 10 to 22 December. Alexander Grischuk (2771) defends his title against Sergei Karjakin (2760), Dmitry Jakovenko (2726), Peter Svidler (2722), Ian Nepomniachtchi (2722), Vladimir Malakhov (2720), Nikita Vitiugov (2709), Evgeny Tomashevsky (2699), Igor Kurnosov (2676), Vadim Zvjaginsev (2676), Denis Khismatullin (2659) and Vladimir Potkin (2646). The time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to end of the game with 30 second increment.

Rounds 5-6

With quite a nice victory Peter Svidler grabbed the lead at the Russian Championship. He defeated Vladimir Malakhov in his favorite 8...Nb7 line of the Berlin Ruy Lopez, where two rooks and a strong knight beat a queen and not so strong bishop.

Amazingly, all the other games in rounds 5 and 6 ended in draws. Some of them are quite interesting, such as Malakhov-Nepomniachtchi or Kurnosov-Vitiugov, but others not that much. What to think of Karjakin-Grischuk, where the players started to repeat at move 13 already?

Friday, December 17th was a rest day. Rounds 7-10 start daily at 15.00 local time (14.00 CET - live here); the 11th and last round on Wednesday will start three hours earlier.

Russian Championship 2010 | Round 6 standings
London Chess Classic 2010 | Pairings


Games rounds 5-6



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