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Russian Superfinal 2020

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Thursday, 17 December 2020

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Despite the raging COVID pandemic, the Russian Chess Federation nevertheless decided to hold the Russian Superfinals in Moscow from December 5 to 16. One of the participants of the men's event, Mikhail Antipov, actually tested positive for COVID and had to withdraw from the tournament at some point.

The main discovery of this year's women's event is definitely Polina Shuvalova. She is 19, rated 2456 already, not to mention the gains from this tournament. After she scored 6/6 in the starting rounds, it seemed like the winner of the round robin was already set in stone. However, the second highest-rated female player in the world, 22-year old Alexandra Goryachkina (2596) decided to interfere. As a result, both of the competitors scored a remarkable 8/11, leading to a traditional playoff that we get to see pretty much every year in the women's event. After drawing both rapid games, Goryachkina won was White the Armageddon encounter.

It is interesting to note that the players who played a tie-break for the gold medal last year, Olga Girya and Natalia Pogonina, performed relatively modestly this time. Is it a temporary setback, or are we already witnessing a change of guard, as the new generation of talented players keeps improving year by year? Time will tell.

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Natalia Pogonina's results at the Superfinals:


Natalias rating

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Delta Elo






2007 2462 2410 6/11 -2.8









3.5/7, had to withdraw due to medical issues





7/11, silver after playoffs (lost to Galliamova)







2012 2448 2445 6.5/9, gold +19.5
2013 2485 2444 5.5/9, bronze +4.9
2014 2480 2450 2.5/9 -23.7
2015 2460 2460 4/11 -14.9
2016 2484 2438 7/11, silver +8
2017 2469 2432 7/11, silver after playoffs (lost to Goryachkina) +9.4
2018 2469 2442 7.5/11, gold after playoffs (won against Girya) +16
2019 2457 2433 8/11, silver after playoffs (lost to Girya) +21.6
2020 2474 2460 6/11 -2.3

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