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Russian Chess Championships 2016 Super Finals, Novosibirsk 2016

The Russian Chess Championships 2016 Super Finals took place in Novosibirsk 15th-28th October in the Novosibirsk State Museum of Local History and Nature. Rest day 22nd October.
1. Alexander Riazantsev - 7 out of 11 scores, 2-3. Alexander Grischuk, Evgeny Tomashevsky - 6.5, 4-5. Peter Svidler, Vladimir Fedoseev - 6, 6-9. Grigoriy Oparin, Nikita Vitiugov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Aleksey Goganov - 5.5, 10. Ernesto Inarkiev - 5, 11. Dmitry Kokarev - 4.5, 12. Dmitry Bocharov - 2.5.
Alexander Riazantsev is the new Russian Men's Chess Champion.

Round 11, 27.10.2016
Vitiugov-Svidler 1/2. The Spanish Game, Marshall Counterattack.
Oparin-Fedoseev 1-0. The Spanish Game. A sharp fight, Grigoriy had a clear advantage, attacked on the kingside and won.
Bocharov-Tomashevsky 0-1. The Nimzo-Indian Defence. Evgeny sacrificed a queen, therefore Dmitry obtained an advantage, 19.Nxd6 was better. Then after errors Evgeny got a big edge.
Jakovenko-Riazantsev 0-1. The Caro-Kann Defence. Alexander stormed the kingside with 33...g3.
Grischuk-Kokarev 1-0. The Sicilian Defence. Dmitry made a mistake, 21...Qf2?. 21...a5 or 21...Rc8= was better. So Alexander had a huge edge and won.
Goganov-Inarkiev 1/2. The Queen's Indian Defence. With equality.
Russian Chess Championship Super Final, Novosibirsk 2016, Round 11 Games

Round 10, 26.10.2016
Inarkiev-Vitiugov . The Spanish Game. Ernesto grabbed a pawn in the endgame.
Svidler-Oparin 1/2. The English Opening. A draw by perpetual check (repetition).
Fedoseev-Bocharov 1-0. The Caro-Kann Defence. Vladimir seized space on the queenside, with a small edge.
Tomashevsky-Jakovenko 1/2. The Italian Game. Evgeny had a slight advantage due to the isolated d5-pawn.
Riazantsev-Grischuk 1/2. The King's Indian Defence.
Kokarev-Goganov . The Spanish Game. With counterplay. Aleksey grabbed a pawn, could have won with 57...Qb7.
Russian Chess Championship Super Final, Novosibirsk 2016, Round 10 Games

Round 9, 25.10.2016
Bocharov-Svidler 1/2. The Reti Opening. Dmitry grabbed a pawn and had a big advantage in the endgame, could have won with 67.Rd8.
Jakovenko-Fedoseev 1/2. The Queen's Gambit Declined. Dmitry had a small advantage.
Grischuk-Tomashevsky 1/2. The opening 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.b3. Two bishops vs two knights.
Goganov-Riazantsev 1/2. The Reti Opening. Alexander obtained an edge with 10...c5.
Kokarev-Inarkiev 1/2. The Spanish Game, Berlin Variation. A quick draw by perpetual check (repetition).
Oparin-Vitiugov 1/2. The Spanish Game, 6.Bxc6.
Russian Chess Championship Super Final, Novosibirsk 2016, Round 9 Games

Round 8, 24.10.2016
Inarkiev-Oparin 1-0. The Sicilian Defence. Ernesto sacrificed a pawn and had excellent compensation.
Vitiugov-Bocharov 1-0. The Nimzo-Indian Defence. Nikita had two strong bishops.
Svidler-Jakovenko 1/2. The Italian Game. Two bishops vs two knights.
Fedoseev-Grischuk 1/2. The Sicilian Defence.
Tomashevsky-Goganov 1/2. The Reti Opening. Evgeny had a small advantage.
Riazantsev-Kokarev 1-0. The Gruenfeld Defence. Dmitry grabbed a pawn, but Alexander attacked with 3 pieces on the kingside and won.
Russian Chess Championship Super Final, Novosibirsk 2016, Round 8 Games

Round 7, 23.10.2016
Grischuk-Svidler 1/2. The Spanish Game. Peter sacrificed the exchange, with good compensation.
Goganov-Fedoseev 1/2. An original defence.
Kokarev-Tomashevsky 1/2. The Spanish Game. A draw.
Riazantsev-Inarkiev 1/2. The Ragozin Defence. A draw.
Jakovenko-Vitiugov 1/2. The Bogo-Indian Defence. Dmitry had a small advantage due to the bishop pair. But in the middlegame Nikita got better chances, could have won in the endgame with 45...Bd5.
Bocharov-Oparin 1/2. The Ragozin Defence or Nimzo-Indian Defence.
Russian Chess Championship Super Final, Novosibirsk 2016, Round 7 Games

Round 6, 21.10.2016
Inarkiev-Bocharov 1-0. The Caro-Kann Defence. Ernesto had a clear edge due to an extra pawn.
Oparin-Jakovenko 1/2. The Reti Opening. Dmitry won a pawn and obtained a big advantage in the endgame.
Vitiugov-Grischuk 1/2. The Saemisch King's Indian or Modern Benoni.
Svidler-Goganov 1/2. The Reti Opening.
Fedoseev-Kokarev 1/2. The Sicilian Defence. Vladimir grabbed a pawn.
Tomashevsky-Riazantsev 1/2. The Catalan Opening. Evgeny took the initiative on the kingside.
Russian Chess Championship Super Final, Novosibirsk 2016, Round 6 Games

Round 5, 20.10.2016
Kokarev-Svidler 1/2. The Spanish Game. Unclear.
Riazantsev-Fedoseev 1/2. The Queen's Gambit Declined. A quick draw by repetition.
Tomashevsky-Inarkiev 1-0. The Ragozin Defence. Evgeny had a slight edge in the endgame, then seized the open b-file with 24.Rb1 to fight for a win.
Goganov-Vitiugov 1/2. The Queen's Gambit Declined. Nikita grabbed a pawn in the opening, but in the endgame Aleksey had an extra pawn. Two knights vs two bishops.
Grischuk-Oparin 1-0. The Sicilian Defence.
Jakovenko-Bocharov 1-0. The Pirc-Ufimtsev Defence. Black attacked on the kingside with ...g5-g4, but White defended well.
Russian Chess Championship Super Final, Novosibirsk 2016, Round 5 Games

Round 4, 19.10.2016
Inarkiev-Jakovenko 0-1. The Spanish Game, Berlin Variation. A theoretical duel. Dmitry won the rook endgame due to the passed d-pawn.
Bocharov-Grischuk 1/2. The English Opening. A draw by perpetual check.
Oparin-Goganov 1-0. The Reti Opening. Grigoriy had a big advantage after 40.Ke3.
Vitiugov-Kokarev 1/2. The Gruenfeld Defence.
Svidler-Riazantsev 1/2. The Caro-Kann Defence.
Fedoseev-Tomashevsky 1/2. The Italian Game.
Russian Chess Championship Super Final, Novosibirsk 2016, Round 4 Games

Round 3, 18.10.2016
Tomashevsky-Svidler 1/2. The English Opening.
Fedoseev-Inarkiev 1/2. The Italian Game.
Riazantsev-Vitiugov 1/2. The Sicilian Defence, 3.c3. A draw by perpetual check.
Kokarev-Oparin 1/2. The Caro-Kann Defence. Dmitry had a huge edge, could have won with 26.Nxf6+ and 28.h4.
Goganov-Bocharov 1/2. The English Opening. Aleksey grabbed a pawn. 17...Rc5= and 21.Nb5 were better.
Grischuk-Jakovenko . The Italian Game. A very popular opening in this year. Alexander sacrificed a pawn, however Dmitry played well and obtained a clear advantage, then Alexander had sufficient counterplay with 32.Ne6.
Russian Chess Championship Super Final, Novosibirsk 2016, Round 3 Games

Round 2, 17.10.2016
Inarkiev-Grischuk 1/2. The English Opening. Alexander had good counterplay. A draw in 42 moves.
Jakovenko-Goganov 0-1. The English Opening. Dmitry obtained a small advantage: more active pieces, 40.Rg1 was better. 58.Kd4? was a mistake, 58.Bc2= was better.
Bocharov-Kokarev 1/2. The Trompowsky Attack. Dmitry had a slight edge, 43.Bxc5! was better.
Oparin-Riazantsev 1/2. The French Defence. A theoretical duel.
Vitiugov-Tomashevsky 1/2. The Queen's Indian Defence. With equality in the endgame.
Svidler-Fedoseev 1/2. The Queen's Gambit Declined. With counterchances.
Russian Chess Championship Super Final, Novosibirsk 2016, Round 2 Games

Round 1 (16th October 2016)
Svidler-Inarkiev 1-0. The Spanish Game. Peter won a queen and the game.
Fedoseev-Vitiugov 1-0. The Caro-Kann Defence. Vladimir seized space on the queenside, had a small advantage. Nikita counterattacked on the kingside with 13...g5.
Tomashevsky-Oparin 1/2. The Queen's Gambit Declined. Evgeny had a good knight in the centre. The endgame was drawish.
Riazantsev-Bocharov 1-0. The Nimzo-Indian Defence. Alexander had an advantage in development, attacked the black king with 25.Rxf7+ and won.
Kokarev-Jakovenko 1/2. The Spanish Game, Berlin Variation.
Goganov-Grischuk 1/2. The Dutch Defence. A sharp fight.
Russian Chess Championship Super Final, Novosibirsk 2016, Round 1 Games

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Novosibirsk State Museum of Local History and Nature. Photo by Boris Schipkov
Novosibirsk State Museum of Local History and Nature. Photo © Boris Schipkov

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