August 15, 2011 2:32

Svidler wins Russian Championship Super Final with round to spare

Four decisive games in MoscowPeter Svidler has already secured victory at the Russian Championship Super Final. On Sunday he defeated 2010 champion Ian Nepomniachtchi and with one round to go, Svidler has a 1.5-point lead over Grischuk, Karjakin and Morozevich.

General info

The Super Final of the 64th Russian Championship for men takes place August 7-15 (rest day on August 12) at the Botvinnik Central Chess Club in Moscow. It's an 8-player, single round-robin. The time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds per move from move one. Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Morozevich, Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler, Artyom Timofeev and Alexander Galkin play.

Round 6

"Very happy obv[iously']" was the first, quick reaction we got from Peter Svidler, after speaking very briefly to him via Skype on Sunday night. As he still has another game to play (and two hours earlier!) we will try to catch him again after tomorrow's round, and shoot some questions at the new Russian Champion. Because that's what Svidler is, for the sixth time, after securing victory in the penultimate round. He beat reigning champ Ian Nepomniachtchi, while the only player who followed by a point, Alexander Morozevich, drew with Vladimir Kramnik.

Four decisive games in Moscow

Svidler played another excellent game on Sunday, which started as a Symmetrical English. Instead of snatching a pawn on the queenside, which might have been possible, Nepomniachtchi decided to play differently, keeping his king in the centre. A well-timed pawn break d3-d4 opened up the position and even after the queens were exchanged, Black's king couldn't find a safe haven.

The only player left with a chance to catch Svidler was Alexander Morozevich, but playing Vladimir Kramnik with the black pieces he never came close to winning chances. Both Alexander Grischuk and Sergey Karjakin joined Morozevich in shared second place; they beat Alexander Galkin and Artyom Timofeev respectively.

Games round 6

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Russian Championship Super Final 2011 | Schedule & results

Round 1 08.08.11 13:00 CET Rest day 12.08.11 13:00 CET
Svidler 1-0 Kramnik
Karjakin ½-½ Morozevich
Grischuk ½-½ Nepomniachtchi
Galkin ½-½ Timofeev
Round 2 09.08.11 13:00 CET Round 5 13.08.11 13:00 CET
Kramnik 1-0 Timofeev Grischuk ½-½ Kramnik
Nepomniachtchi ½-½ Galkin Galkin ½-½ Karjakin
Morozevich 1-0 Grischuk Timofeev 0-1 Svidler
Svidler ½-½ Karjakin Nepomniachtchi 1-0 Morozevich
Round 3 10.08.11 13:00 CET Round 6 14.08.11 13:00 CET
Karjakin 1-0 Kramnik Kramnik ½-½ Morozevich
Grischuk ½-½ Svidler Svidler 1-0 Nepomniachtchi
Galkin ½-½ Morozevich Karjakin 1-0 Timofeev
Timofeev ½-½ Nepomniachtchi Grischuk 1-0 Galkin
Round 4 11.08.11 13:00 CET Round 7 15.08.11 11:00 CET
Kramnik 1-0 Nepomniachtchi Galkin - Kramnik
Morozevich 1-0 Timofeev Timofeev - Grischuk
Svidler 1-0 Galkin Nepomniachtchi - Karjakin
Karjakin 0-1 Grischuk Morozevich - Svidler

Russian Championship Super Final 2011 | Round 6 Standings


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Author: Peter Doggers


arkan's picture

What a beastly result, congratulations

Adolfo's picture

Now I am really happy for this result. Svidler is such a nice smart open minded person with a great sense of humour and outstanding communicational skills. He is an “eternal” top 20 or even 10 but u can be sure he will talk to you like any other guy around the corner (even in the same type of language), and he won’t shy away from whatever topic u throw at him, anything either within chess or else whatever comes to your mind.
I cant wait for the day he decides to make some DVD ( in his case he shouldn’t “waste” his capabilities in a book), I hope a huge series about whatever he likes, be that his best games or some Russian school (remember he was a Dvoretsky pupil some day) stuff, with lots of insights of that strange internal world, including his several times as second for few distinguished colleagues, his various runs in the WCH, etc.. What else could be better? Chessbase and producers elsewhere, please wake up for us!

Knallo's picture

I agree wholeheartedly, Adolfo!

Nima's picture

Well said Adolfo. He is also the only GM whom I have heard say on more than one occasions about a position: "I have no idea what is going on here". To hear a player of his caliber say it is so liberating.

Remco G's picture

I have had a team called "Batting for Svidler" in cricket-management game Battrick for a while now. Every bit helps, Svidler is the greatest :-)

Estragon's picture

Svidler is showing, as have Ivanchuk, Gelfand, and Shirov, that being one of the elite few Super-GMs is more than the latest rating list.

Congratulations to the once again Champion!

welwitchia's picture

Svidler always enjoys great luck at the Russian champs.I wanted Moro to win......

christos (greece)'s picture

This is an unbelievable result. Such a comfortable victory against players who are in great playing form.
Just look at Karjakin's and Kramnik's rating, Morozevich's recent performances and Grischuk's recent run at the Candidates tournament.
But they all are at least 1.5 point behind Svidler!

noyb's picture

It's nice to see both Svidler and Moro back!

Axel's picture

Congratulations Peter!

rogge's picture

Keep Kramnik away from Dortmund, and he's just an "ordinary superGM".

Sander's picture

A contradictio in terminis!

Anyway congrats to Peter-good-old-Svidler. 5 out of 6 is extremely impressive!

rogge's picture

Really? I thought 2700+ was considered to be the superGM "threshold level" :)

But maybe the term should be apllied to 2800+ only (excluding Kramnik).

Thomas's picture

Once upon a time (but within my own lifetime) the "threshold" was 2600. If facts - including those that don't support your theories - mean anything to you, you have to acknowledge that Kramnik is a stable top5 player. Basically this means: being capable of winning strong events AND consistent enough in all events to maintain whichever rating is required, currently at least 2770. Several other players (e.g. Ivanchuk, Shirov, maybe Morozevich, recently Nakamura) can do the former but not the latter.

If anyone rated above 2700 is a super-GM, Kramnik is one of a few super-super-GMs ... who just doesn't do that well at the Russian Championship.

Csaba's picture

What's up with this crazy ..a6 QGD? Will it be the new chigorin (played by almost no other GM but Morozevich)?

TMM's picture

A nice victory today by Morozevich against Svidler. So for Svidler it's a good thing he was 1.5 points ahead and already clear 1st... Anyway great tournament for both Svidler and Morozevich.

Final standings:
Svidler 5
Morozevich 4.5
Grischuk, Karjakin, Kramnik 4
Nepomniachtchi 3
Galkin 2
Timofeev 1.5

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