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Russian Top League-2012

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Dmitry Jakovenko and Natalia Pogonina are the top seeds at the Top League

The Russian Top League will be taking place in Tyumen from June 15th to 28th. The format is Swiss, 11 rounds. Players can qualify for participation by doing reasonably well in the last years Superfinal; having a high rating; finishing in the top-3 in regional championships of the country; being a junior Russian champion. It serves as a qualification event for the Superfinal (one has to finish in the top-5) & for the national team and hence attracts some of the strongest Russian players. For example, the reigning European Champion Dmitry Jakovenko is taking part.

Some of the highest-rated players in the mens tournament (47 participants overall):

Dmitry Jakovenko, 2736

Ian Nepomniatchi, 2716

Ernesto Inarkiev, 2707

Nikita Vitiugov, 2703

Dmitry Andreikin, 2700

Vadim Zvyagintsev, 2683

Boris Grachev, 2680

Evgeny Alekseev, 2677

Maxim Matlakov, 2668

Igor Kurnosov, 2663

Alexander Khalifman, 2651

Vladimir Potkin, 2642

Artem Timofeev, 2641

Ildar Khairullin, 2631

Sanan Sjugirov, 2625

Ivan Popov, 2609

Dmitry Bocharov, 2600

Alexandr Shimanov, 2600

The highest-rated players in the womens Swiss (31 participants overall):

Natalia Pogonina, 2447

Elena Zaiatz, 2446

Marina Romanko, 2420

Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, 2417

Olga Girya, 2414

Evgenia Ovod, 2410

Anastacia Bodnaruk, 2394

Baira Kovanova, 2391

Irina Vasilevich, 2375

Tatiana Shadrina, 2359

Olga Ilyushina, 2354

Natalia's performances at the Top League:


Natalias rating

Average rating of opponents


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Comments (3)
1. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 18:21 13 2012 .
Best wishes for the Top League
Well, good luck to all participants. and especially to you Natalia, I pray that it will be very successful for you. 
Good luck, and keep us informed of course. 
2. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 15:49 19 2012 .
Best wishes for the Top League
Waiting to see the games. Should be fun for us. 
3. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 12:00 18 2012 .
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happy that you came up earlier strong. wish u come up this time even stronger. hope one day to her ur name challenging world chess champion. keep it up. 

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