Russian Women's Chess Championship 2013: Valentina Gunina is Champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk Vice-Champion
In an exciting finish at the Russian Women's Chess Superfinal today, GM Valentina Gunina drew with GM Alexandra Kosteniuk to become the Russian Women's Chess Champion 2013. Kosteniuk ended just half-point behind the winner and is the Women's Vice-Champion of Russia 2013.
Gunina and Kosteniuk went into the last round with only half point as a difference. While Gunina needed to draw to win the title, Kosteniuk needed a win. In fact, the 12th Women's World Chess Champion got out of the opening with a winning edge but, the hard-fought game drifted into a draw eventually.
Valentina Gunina and Alexandra Kosteniuk very much set the pace of the tournament ahead of the rest of the field which was bunched together a full point away. The final results had Valentina Gunina at 7 points, Alexandra Kosteniuk at 6.5 points, Natalia Pogonina at 5.5 points. At fourth-sixth place were Aleksandra Goryachkina, Baira Kovanova and Ekaterina Kovalevskaya at 4.5 points each. Seventh and eighth were Tatiana Kosintseva and Anastasia Bodnaruk with 3.5 points. The last two places went to Alina Kashlinskaya at 3 points and Daria Charochkina with 2.5 points.
You can find games and detailed tournament updates at the official website of the Russian Chess Federation. (The men's section has gone into a tiebreak between Peter Svidler and Ian Nepomniachtchi. Stay tuned for updates.)
The tournament was organised by the Russian Chess Federation in cooperation with the Charity Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko with support from the Government of the Nizhny Novgorod region. Continuing with the tradition of 'Chess in the museums' begun by hosting the Anand-Gelfand World Chess Championship 2012 at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow on the initiative of businessmen Andrei Filatov and Gennady Timchenko, the Russian Superfinal The venue for the prestigious tournament in Nizhny Novgorod will be the State Historical and Architectural Museum Manor Rukavishnikov. The Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum also took part in the organization of the tournament.
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