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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Record 7th Russian Chess Title: Peter Svidler goes 'Wheeeeeeeee' with Joy

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013

Hello everyone,

From left: Peter Svidler, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Nikita Vitiugov

Peter Svidler has become the Russian National Chess Champion 2013 thereby creating a Russian chess record of having won the title seven times. Svidler picked up the title after beating Ian Nepomniachtchi in the tiebreak. Svidler tweeted "wheeeeeeeee" right after winning the title as congratulations poured in! Svidler has previously won the title in 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2008 and 2011.
In the last round, Ian Nepomniachtchi was able to capitalise on a blunder by Vladimir Kramnik to catch up with Svidler as the latter drew a game with Sergey Karjakin. Svidler and Nepomniachtchi then faced each other in a 15-minute rapid playoff which was won by Svidler 1.5-0.5. Also, Nikita Vitiugov was able to beat Vladimir Kramnik for the third spot on a better tiebreak score.

Meanwhile, hope you also read the Chess Blog earlier post: 

Russian Women's Chess Championship 2013: Valentina Gunina is Champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk Vice-Champion

This was Valentina Gunina's second title at the Russian Chess Super Finals.
The Russian Chess Championship Super Final 2013 for men and women was held from 5th to 14th October at the State Historical and Architectural Museum in Nizhny Novgorod. Both events were held according to the round robin system with 10 players each. The total prize fund for both groups is 6 million RUB (approx 138,000 EUR).
Final Standings:
1. Peter Svidler 6.5 2. Ian Nepomniachtchi - 6.5
3. Nikita Vitiugov 4. Vladimir Kramnik - at 5.5
5. Dmitry Andrejkin - 5
6. Sergey Karjakin, 7. Ernest Inarkiev - 4.5
8. Aleksey Goganov - 3.5
9. Alexander Motylev - 2.5 
10. Anton Shomo - 1

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