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Russian Superfinal – Round Eight

Svidler first with 5.5, Vitiugov, Timofeev and Alekseev in the chasing pack

Four-time Russian champion Peter Svidler is holding a half point lead after eight rounds of the Russian Superfinal championship. After the furious start, when he won first three games, Svidler made five consecutive draws but is still maintaining short distance ahead of Vitiugov, Timofeev and Alekseev.

Evgeny Tomashevsky beat the last-year champion Alexander Morozevich in the 8th round, to make the only decisive score of the day. Morozevich defended with Nimzo-Indian, but White was able to make good use of the “natural” opening resource – pair of Bishops. Timely d4-d5 allowed Tomashevsky to transpose to a slightly better endgame. He gradually increased pressure on the queenside and eventually clinched the game by penetrating with Rooks to the 7th rank. Both players are now sharing 6th place with Alexander Lastin and 50% score.

Round 8 results:

Alexander Lastin 2651 – Evgeny Alekseev 2715 draw

Konstantin Maslak 2544 – Dmitry Jakovenko 2737 draw

Konstantin Sakaev 2640 – Artyom Timofeev 2670 draw

Peter Svidler 2727 – Nikita Vitiugov 2638 draw

Alexander Riazantsev 2656 – Ernesto Inarkiev 2669 draw

Evgeny Tomashevsky 2646 – Alexander Morozevich 2787 1-0

Round 8 standings:

1. Peter Svidler 2727 – 5.5

2-4. Nikita Vitiugov 2638, Artyom Timofeev 2670 and Evgeny Alekseev 2715 – 5.0

5. Dmitry Jakovenko 2737 – 4.5

6-8. Alexander Lastin 2651, Alexander Morozevich 2787 and Evgeny Tomashevsky 2646 – 4.0

9. Konstantin Sakaev 2640 – 3.5

10. Alexander Riazantsev 2656 – 3.0

11. Konstantin Maslak 2544 – 2.5

12. Ernesto Inarkiev 2669 – 2.0

Round 9 pairings:

Ernesto Inarkiev 2669 – Alexander Lastin 2651

Evgeny Alekseev 2715 – Konstantin Maslak 2544

Dmitry Jakovenko 2737 – Konstantin Sakaev 2640

Artyom Timofeev 2670 – Peter Svidler 2727

Nikita Vitiugov 2638 – Evgeny Tomashevsky 2646

Alexander Morozevich 2787 – Alexander Riazantsev 2656

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