Reports | October 09, 2012 13:30

Leinier Dominguez wins St Petersburg Rapid on tie-break

Leinier Dominguez wins St Petersburg Rapid on tie-break

Leinier Dominguez won a strong 12-player rapid event in St. Petersburg on Sunday. The Cuban grandmaster edged out local hero Peter Svidler on tie-break as both finished on 7.5/11. Another St Petersburg citizen finished third: Nikita Vitiugov.

Leinier Dominguez | Photos © Ray Morris-Hill

Event St Petersburg Rapid Cup | PGN via TWIC
Dates October 5-7, 2012
Location St Petersburg, Russia
System 12-player round robin
Players Dominguez, Svidler, Vitiugov, Alekseev, Khalifman, Khairullin, Matlakov, Zvjaginsev, Inarkiev, Shimanov, Efimenko and Movsesian
Rate of play

15 minutes+ 10 seconds per move

A strong rapid event took place last weekend in St. Petersburg. The websites of the St Petersburg chess federation and the Russian Chess Federation haven't presented much information, but the field of participants is enough reason to pay attention to it with a short report. The 12-player round robin had (in order of the final standings) Leinier Dominguez, Peter Svidler, Nikita Vitiugov, Evgeny Alekseev, Alexander Khalifman, Ildar Khairullin, Maxim Matlakov, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Ernesto Inarkiev, Aleksandr Shimanov, Zahar Efimenko and Sergei Movsesian.

Leinier Dominguez, who finished 10th at the FIDE Grand Prix in London last Wednesday, apparently travelled from there to the Russian city. The Cuban didn't start well (two draws and a loss against Matlakov) but then found his form. He defeated Movsesian, then drew with Svidler, Khalifman and Vitiguov and finished with four victories, against Khailrullin, Alekseev, Shimanov and Zvjaginsev.

Peter Svidler, who had to withdraw from the London Grand Prix at the last minute, could be found behind the chess board again. He did well, staying undefeated and beating Alekseev, Shimanov, Inarkiev and Efimenko. In the end it turned out that Dominguez' tie-break was a little better.


PGN file

St Petersburg Rapid Cup 2012 | Final standings


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redivivo's picture

Funny to see Khalifman managing to draw all his eleven games also in rapid chess (see for example the exciting ten mover with white against Zvjaginsev).

Joe's picture

Apparently he got punished by being placed BELOW the two 5-pointers in the standings :)

Anonymous's picture

Naka 2800 before the end of time ? I steal choufleur line since he is so buzy talking about Spasky

sab's picture

Lol, you should open an anti-Naka-fan tweeter account where you'll respond to all the Naka's tweets by that sentence : 'Naka 2800 before the end of year/time?' :)

S3's picture

Will Svidler still play in other GP events, and if so how many ?

Anonymous's picture

Assuming he doesn't withdraw from them, he still has three of his four events left to play in, and only the top three results count, so he could still place well in the Grand Prix if he does well in them.

S3's picture

Thanks, hope he will. Tho I guess he won't have to do well in the GP if he does well in the candidates tournament.

eric's picture

Hey, Magnus-Hater comments on something else:)

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