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Three Players Share First At The Russian Superfinal

Svidler, Jakovenko and Alekseev collected 7 points each

After the 19-move disaster against Timofeev in round 9, Peter Svidler’s Caro-Kann worked perfectly in the crucial last round, when he was battling the then-leading Evgeny Alekseev. With this beautiful win, Svidler caught Alekseev on the first place tie in the final standings. The third to finish with 7.0 points was Dmitry Jakovenko, who beat Nikita Vitiugov in his favorite French defence.

Since most of the participants are immediately heading to Kallithea, Greece, to play the 2008 European Club Cup, the tiebreak tournament to determinate single Russian champion will most likely take place on 28th October and with blitz time control.

Round 11 results:

Alexander Riazantsev 2656 – Alexander Lastin 2651 draw

Alexander Morozevich 2787 – Konstantin Maslak 2544 1-0

Ernesto Inarkiev 2669 – Konstantin Sakaev 2640 draw

Evgeny Alekseev 2715 – Peter Svidler 2727 0-1

Dmitry Jakovenko 2737 – Nikita Vitiugov 2638 1-0

Artyom Timofeev 2670 – Evgeny Tomashevsky 2646 0-1

Final standings:

1-3. Peter Svidler 2727, Dmitry Jakovenko 2737 and Evgeny Alekseev 2715 – 7.0

4-6. Nikita Vitiugov 2638, Alexander Morozevich 2787 and Evgeny Tomashevsky 2646 – 6.5

7. Artyom Timofeev 2670 – 6.0

8. Alexander Lastin 2651 – 5.0

9-10. Konstantin Sakaev 2640 and Ernesto Inarkiev 2669 – 4.0

11. Alexander Riazantsev 2656 – 3.5

12. Konstantin Maslak 2544 – 3.0

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