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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ian Nepomniachtchi wins Russian Men's Chess Superfinal 2010

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

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Hello Everyone,

Congratulations to Ian Nepomniachtchi for winning the Russian Championship!

Sergey Karjakin lost the last game of the Russian Men's Chess Superfinal missing a clear first. All he needed was a draw against Vladimir Malakhaov. The loss forced him to go for an Armageddon tiebreak with Ian Nepomniachtchi. They drew the first two games of the playoff. But in the third and final game - (with Karjakin having White and six minutes while Ian having draw odds and 5 minutes) - Karjakin drew. You can find more details at the official website of

All the other games were drawn in the last round. Here is a video of the Armageddon we found at

And, the final standings:

1. Nepomniachtchi, Ian GM 2720, 7
2. Karjakin, Sergey GM 2760, 7
3. Grischuk, Alexander GM 2771, 6.5
4. Svidler, Peter GM 2722, 6.5
5. Malakhov, Vladimir GM 2712, 5,5
6. Vitiugov, Nikita GM 2709, 5.5
7. Potkin, Vladimir GM 2646, 5.0
8. Jakovenko, Dmitry GM 2726, 5.0
9. Kurnosov, Igor GM 2676, 5.0
10. Tomashevsky, Evgeny GM 2699, 5.0
11. Khismatullin, Denis GM 2659, 4.0
12. Zvjaginsev, Vadim GM 2676, 4.0

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