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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Russian Women's Chess Superfinal: Defending champion Alisa Galliamova retains title

Chess news and chess trivia blog (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2010

Call me the Russian National Champion again: GM Alisa Galliamova
You can find great photos of the champion at www.chesspics.com


Hello Everyone,

Grandmaster Alisa Galliamova has become the Russian women's national chess champion for the second time after beating Natalija Pogonina in the speed chess tie-break in Moscow on Saturday.

Galliamova drew the first blitz game as White but won the second one with Black as her e pawn took her home to the championship title all the way to the seventh rank!

The last two rounds at the Russian Women's Superfinal lived up to the excitement that we witnessed throughout the tournament. In the penultimate round, Tatiana Kosintseva and Nazi Paikidze drew level with defending champion Alisa Galliamova to notch up a total score of 6.5 points each.

This happened because Tatiana beat Olga, Paikidze drew with Nadezhda and Galliamova lost to Gunina in the ninth round.

But the last round witnessed further ups and down like every round has. The eleventh and the last round ended with three players tied at 7 points. This happened because Galliamova and Tatiana drew their match while Paikidze lost to Nebolsina. On the other hand, Shadrina lost to Pogonina.

The three-way tie witnessed a blitz tie-break between Galliamova and Pogonina to decide the champion. Tatiana took the third place.


Final standings after Round 11

1-2. Pogonina, Galliamova 7
3. Kosintseva, Tatiana 7
4. Paikidze, Nazi 6.5
5. Kosteniuk, Alexandra 5.5
6-10. Gunina, Nadezhda, Shadrina, Nebolsina, Anastasia 5
11. Girya, Olga 4.5
12. Matveeva, Svetlana 3.5


You can find all the great games, photos and other details at the official website of www.russiachess.org.

Congratulations to Alisa Galliamova for a fine victory. Congratulations to all the lovely women who participated in this tournament, who gave us such exciting chess and who make Russia such a strong chess nation.

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32 Comments:

  • At November 27, 2010 at 12:18 PM , Anonymous Sushant Sharma, New Delhi said...

    Congratulations to Alisa. Congratulations to you too Chess Queen. It was a bad tournament so you finished fifth - that means an average tournament gets you first place so what does an excellent tournament get you? I bet the World Championship. Stay on course lady.

     
  • At November 27, 2010 at 12:19 PM , Anonymous Jean, Newzealand said...

    Wow great chess all around. Thanks Chess Queen for all the updates in English. My computer Russian translator doesn't work too efficiently.

     
  • At November 27, 2010 at 12:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thanks for the great photos at www.chesspics.com. I didn't know you had a site full of such fantastic photos too.

     
  • At November 27, 2010 at 12:24 PM , Anonymous saira fernandes, madrid said...

    Chess Queen stay all revved up for the World Championship. Eat well, sleep well and W.I.N. and defend your title well like Galliamova has. All the best. I am sure you will. And, remember that I wrote first on your blog that you will again win the World Chess title.

     
  • At November 27, 2010 at 12:25 PM , Anonymous Jason Petersons, Australia said...

    My motto for 2011: Never agree to play chess with a Russian woman. Even the worst play like killers.

     
  • At November 27, 2010 at 12:26 PM , Anonymous Greta, London said...

    Oh I will miss Moscow - why cannot they have the championship for the World Title in Moscow only?

     
  • At November 27, 2010 at 12:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Look at the final standings - gosh - three tie for first, then five tie for fifth... what strong chess. It could have been anyone's game by a whisker. Great girls, great chess and great blog. Keep it up Alexandra. Love you.

     
  • At November 27, 2010 at 12:29 PM , Anonymous saira fernandes, madrid said...

    @Anonymous No I said I loved Alexandra first. So, you're second. And no ties because this is not chess. In any case, I write the most comments on this blog so it's me first.

     
  • At November 27, 2010 at 12:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    To all the girls in Moscow Superfinal, with love from Paris, Peter Kastro

     
  • At November 27, 2010 at 12:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Folks there are great photos at www.russiachess.org and some great comments about their games by Pogonina, Paikidze and others. Do check.

     
  • At November 27, 2010 at 12:32 PM , Anonymous Jennifer Bentley, London said...

    Goodbye Moscow but thankfully chess goes on. I was worried I would get withdrawal symptoms when the tournament ended. Oh I want some big chess transmission every day otherwise my body refuses to get to work.

     
  • At November 27, 2010 at 12:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    London is cold, Moscow is colder but chess keeps us warm.

     
  • At November 27, 2010 at 12:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Congratulations Galliamova and good show Chess Queen. You did great.

     
  • At November 27, 2010 at 12:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Chess Queen please write a sequel to Diary of a Chess Queen.

     
  • At November 27, 2010 at 12:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    East or West, Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk is the best. Loads of luck and good wishes for defending your title in the coming days. Don't let the nerves get you.

     
  • At November 27, 2010 at 12:39 PM , Anonymous Andrea Simone, London said...

    Thunderous applause for Galliamova and all the other girls of the Superfinal.

     
  • At November 27, 2010 at 12:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It's always women with names beginning with A and ending in A win titles.

     
  • At November 28, 2010 at 3:58 AM , Anonymous James, Maryland said...

    Congratulations Galliamova and Congratulations Chess Queen for real super game against Nadezhda. And, sad about Paikidze game that you lost but I read a comment on the official website where Paikidze herself said - quote unquote - that the game was not a win for her in any way possible. Cheers Chess Queen and all the best for World Championship.

     
  • At November 28, 2010 at 3:59 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Very nice. Congratulations. The lead changed every round virtually. What a tournament. Congratulations to Galliamova.

     
  • At November 28, 2010 at 4:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Great games all around. Absolute sitters some of them. Brilliant. Great show. Congrats Alisa.

     
  • At November 28, 2010 at 4:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I support the idea of Russia vs Rest of the World Match.

     
  • At November 28, 2010 at 4:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Great tournament. Congrats Galliamova.

     
  • At November 28, 2010 at 5:11 AM , Blogger Admin said...

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  • At November 28, 2010 at 5:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Very fighting chess - hardly any draws. Congrats Galliamova, Pogonina, Kosintseva. Good job Chess Queen. You almost were in the top but for unlucky losses. Even your opponents said so. Guess you have a great World Championship ahead.

     
  • At November 28, 2010 at 7:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    What fun... the entire team has now packed their bags and is heading for the World Championship. heh heh spending more than a month seeing the same faces. Quite a chess family this.

     
  • At November 28, 2010 at 7:56 AM , Anonymous Aniruddha Pathan, Nepal said...

    Yeah I loved the roll of the e pawn. In the end when Galliamova had two minor pieces for a rook, I thought no way she would be able to hold that. But it was one theoretical lesson - the White Rook was on e1 when it should have been behind the pawn to prevent it from queening. Cool. And the way the Bishop and the Knight guarded the e1 square so the White King couldn't do much. I liked the blitz game - as powerful as any regular game. Congratulations Galliamova.

     
  • At November 28, 2010 at 8:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Actually it was very close. It could have gone either way. Congrats to all winners.

     
  • At November 28, 2010 at 8:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I loved all the chess played in the Superfinal. I was so impressed by everyone that by the end of it didn't know whom to shout for. Tough to be a fan ha.

     
  • At November 28, 2010 at 8:11 AM , Anonymous Andrea Simone, London said...

    I agree.

     
  • At November 28, 2010 at 8:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Great tournament. I loved all the games even the one in which the Kosintseva sisters drew - did you guys see it?

     
  • At November 28, 2010 at 8:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I can't wait for the World Championship. It is sure to be fireworks like never before.

     
  • At November 28, 2010 at 8:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    My bags are packed I am leaving on a jet plane. Internet is a real boon for chess fans. I get to watch all the high-level tournaments at home. This was not possible a few years ago. Now they even have high resolution videos. Chess rocks.

     

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