Russian Championships Superfinals Officially Opened in Votkinsk
The Superfinals of the 72nd Russian Championship and the 69th Russian Women's Championship were officially opened in Votkinsk, the Udmurt Republic, on August 9. The opening ceremony took place under the open sky on the premises of the Museum Estate of Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
Head of the Udmurt Republic Alexander Brechalov, Director General of the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation Maria Morozova, and Executive Director of the Russian Chess Federation Mark Glukhovsky delivered speeches in the official part of the ceremony.
Then a drawing of lots was held by the chief arbiter of the competition IA Elena Polovina. Chess players were offered the choice of books The Childhood Years of P. Tchaikovsky, which had the starting numbers hidden inside:
1 Alexander Motylev, 2. Aleksandr Predke, 3. Dmitry Jakovenko, 4. Kirill Alekseenko, 5. Alexey Sarana, 6. Alexey Dreev, 7. Nikita Vitiugov, 8. Evgeny Tomashevsky, 9. Vladimir Fedoseev, 10. Maxim Matlakov, 11. Vladislav Artemiev, 12. Ernesto Inarkiev.
1 Olga Girya, 2. Daria Charochkina, 3. Polina Shuvalova, 4. Alexandra Kosteniuk, 5. Natalija Pogonina, 6. Valentina Gunina, 7. Zarina Shafigullina, 8. Elena Tomilova, 9. Aleksandra Goryachkina, 10. Anastasia Bodnaruk, 11. Margarita Potapova, 12. Alina Kashlinskaya.
Round one pairings of August 10 are as follows:
Motylev - Inarkiev, Predke - Artemiev, Jakovenko - Matlakov, Alekseenko - Fedoseev, Sarana - Tomashevsky, Dreev - Vitiugov.
Girya - Kashlinskaya, Charochkina - Potapova, Shuvalova - Bodnaruk, Kosteniuk - Goryachkina, Pogonina - Tomilova, Gunina - Shafigullina.
The creative part of the evening began with the performance of Andrey Shashkin, the scholarship holder of Denis Matsuev's New Names charity foundation, winner of the Udmurt Republic Government Prize and of the All-Russian Young Talents Competition, a young pianist and child prodigy. It was followed by the musical ensemble Saikan (Awakening) performing Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings on the national Udmurt instrument krez. Towards the end of the ceremony several musical pieces were performed by Yuri Rozum, the People’s Artist of Russia, a laureate of international competitions and a famous pianist.