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Russian Superfinal 2014: Preview

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Venue: Kazan, Russia
Schedule: November 28 - December 7; rest day on December 3
Format: round robin, 9 rounds
Time control: each players gets 90m/40 moves, 30 minutes for the rest of the game and 30s/move starting from move one
Prize fund: appr. $150,000 total and $108k in the men's event ($25k for 1st); $42k in the women's event ($11k for the 1st place)
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Meet the players:

FIDE Rating Qualified by

Sergey Karjakin
2770 Rating

Dmitry Jakovenko
2745 Top League
Peter Svidler
2743 Russian Superfinal 2013, gold

Nikita Vitiugov
2738 Russian Superfinal 2013, bronze
Alexander Morozevich
2724 Rating
Ian Nepomniachtchi
2714 Russian Superfinal 2013, silver
Igor Lysyj
2686 Top League
Denis Khismatullin
2679 Top League

Boris Grachev
2669 Top League
Vadim Zvjaginsev
2655 Top League

Notable absentees (2700+ only): Grischuk (2795), Kramnik (2760), Andreikin (2717), Tomashevsky (2714), Malakhov (2708).

The oldest participant is 7-time Russian Champion Peter Svidler (38). The youngest player is Ian Nepomniachtchi (24), who won the event in 2010.

Introducing the ladies:

Player FIDE Rating Qualified by

Alexandra Kosteniuk
2541 Russian Superfinal 2013, silver

Valentina Gunina
2522 Russian Superfinal 2013, gold

Natalia Pogonina
2480 Russian Superfinal 2013, bronze

Alisa Galliamova
2471 Rating

Olga Girya
2457 Top League

Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
2439 Top League

Alina Kashlinskaya
2439 Top League
Aleksandra Goryachkina
2438 Top League

Anastasia Bodnaruk
2411 Rating

Oksana Gritsayeva
2335 Top League

Notable absentees (2400+): Lagno (2530), Kosintseva N (2517), Kosintseva T (2483), Turova (2421).

The most experienced participant is Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (40). The youngest player is Aleksandra Goryachkina (16).

Natalia Pogonina's results at the Superfinals:


Natalias rating

Average rating of opponents


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2007 2462 2410 6/11 -2.8









3.5/7, had to withdraw due to medical issues





7/11, silver on tie-break







2012 2448 2445 6.5/9, gold +19.5
2013 2485 2444 5.5/9, bronze +4.9

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