Russian Championship Superfinals 2017


Russian Championship Superfinals to Open at the State Museum of Political History of Russia in Saint Petersburg on December 2

The Superfinals of 70th Russian men's championship and 67th Russian women's championship will take place on December 2-15 at the State Museum of Political History of Russia (2-4, Kuybysheva St., Saint Petersburg).

The organizers are the Russian Chess Federation, Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, the State Museum of Political History of Russia, Chess Federation of Saint Petersburg, and Physical Culture, and Sports Committee of Saint Petersburg. The competition is also supported by Renault Russia Company, Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System (FGC UES), and PhosAgro. Logistics partner of the Russian Chess Federation is Russian Post.

The Opening Ceremony will be held on December 2. The exhibition “USSR – A Great Chess Power” will be represented at the Museum’s atrium. One will manage to see the Soviet chess posters of the 1930s-1960s, rare archival photos and many other interesting items. The exposition will be presented by its author, Deputy Head of the Museum's Scientific and Exhibitory Department Margarita Samoylova at 6 p.m.

The press conference with the organizers and two participants will be held from 6:30 till 7 p.m. A Chess Schools: Second Academic Level tutorial (author is Vladimir Barsky), issued by the RCF with support of the Timchenko Foundation, will be presented during the press conference.

The Opening Ceremony, which will include drawing of lots, will start at 7:30 p.m.

President of the Russian Chess Federation, Head Coach of the Russia men's national chess team Andrey Filatov:

  • Russian Championships Superfinals always carry on an intrigue and are very interesting for amateurs and professionals because not only well-known chess stars take part in them, but also those athletes who have gained the right to participate through a number of qualification events. I am sure that young players will manage to assert themselves. Participation of repeated Russian champions Peter Svidler, Valentina Gunina, and Alisa Galliamova will give a special status to the event. It is wonderful that the tournament will take place in Saint Petersburg, which, by the way, hasn’t hosted the Russian Championship since 1998. I hope that a new member of the Chess in Museums programme - the State Museum of Political History of Russia – will be no less interesting for the spectators than Russian Museum, which hosted Alekhine Memorial in 2013 together with the Louvre.

Line-up, men:

Peter Svidler, Vladimir Fedoseev, Maxim Matlakov, Nikita Vitiugov, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladimir Malakhov, Daniil Dubov, Alexander Riazantsev, Sanan Sjugirov, Sergey Volkov, and Evgeny Romanov.

Line-up, women:

Valentina Gunina, Olga Girya, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Natalija Pogonina, Alina Kashlinskaya, Alisa Galliamova, Anastasia Bodnaruk, Marina Nechaeva, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Polina Shuvalova, Evgenija Ovod, and Oksana Gritsayeva.

Total prize fund is 9,000,000 roubles.

Besides, the winners of men's and women's tournaments will also receive a special prize – a four-wheel-drive crossover Renault Kaptur. On May 31, 2016, Renault Russia company signed a partnership deal with the RCF. The papers were signed by Andrey Pankov, General Director of Renault Russia, and RCF President, Head Coach of the Russia men's national chess team Andrey Filatov. According to the deal, Renault Kaptur became an official car of the Russian Chess Federation.

The tournaments are round-robin events with 11 rounds. Time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30 seconds increment for every move played starting from the move one. Chief arbiter is IA Igor Bolotinsky (Saint Petersburg).

Schedule. Opening ceremony: December 2. Playing days: December 3-7 and 9-14, rest day – December 8. Rounds start at 3 p.m., the last round begins at 1 p.m. Closing ceremony will start in 40 minutes after the end of the last game.

The tournament is a part of the Chess in Museums programme, carried out by the RCF together with Timchenko Foundation since 2012. During this period, a number of high-level chess competitions were organized in museums: World Chess Championship 2012 took place in the Tretyakov Gallery, Alekhine Memorial – in the Louvre (Paris) and the Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), Russian Superfinals – in Rukavishnikov Estate (Nizhny Novgorod), State Art Museum of Tatarstan (Kazan), and the Novosibirsk State Museum of Local History, all-Russian Higher League competition – in Fort #5 (Kaliningrad), and the 10th Tal Memorial – in the Museum of Russian Impressionism.

On December 8, the participants will give simuls to young chess players. All chess events running under Chess in Museums project feature a special social program for a rest day, which primarily aims at children. Master-classes and simultaneous displays give chess fans a chance to meet their heroes in person, test their own chess ability, and sometimes even defeat a renowned grandmaster.

Press accreditation: Press officer of the Russian Chess Federation Eteri Kublashvili, e-mail

For reference

Russian Chess Federation (RCF) is a public non-profit organization that brings together individuals and chess federations of republics, regions, federal cities, autonomous regions and districts of the Russian Federation. The mission of the Russian Chess Federation is to promote and popularize chess in the Russian Federation. The RCF was founded on 15 February 1992. The RCF organizes the annual All-Russian children’s chess tournament Belaya Ladya, the Championship of Russia and other chess tournaments. In 2012, the RCF launched the “Chess in Museums” program. In 2014, the RCF launched the Chess to Orphanages program. The first competition between teams from orphanages and boarding schools took place in Zhemchuzhina Grand Hotel in Sochi on May 2-9, 2016.

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Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation is the biggest family fund in Russia. Elena and Gennady Timchenko have been involved in charitable activities for over 25 years. In 2010, they established a charitable foundation to pursue long-term philanthropic goals especially focused on the development of small territories. The core activities of the Foundation are to support active longevity, develop amateur youth sports, help families and children, promote Russian regions through culture, and international humanitarian collaboration. These strategic objectives are aimed at systematically addressing contemporary issues in Russia and strengthening international relations.

The Foundation helps people who change their lives and the world around them for the better. We are working for the present and future of our country.

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State Museum of Political History of Russia, located in the historic centre of Saint Petersburg, recounts key events, which influenced the destiny of Russia, changes of political regimes, wars, revolutions, and reforms. The buildings which house the museums are two art nouveau landmarks – Mathilda Kshesinskaya and Vasily Brandt’s mansions.

The central exhibition Man and Power in Russia in the 19th – 21st Centuries creates a complete image of the Russian political history from the times of Catherine the Great till present day. The exposition Soviet Epoch: Between Utopia and Reality is dedicated to the most actual and disputable time of the Russian history. Its heroes are the Communist Party leaders and common people, the so-called “udarniki” (that was the name for all foremost communist-way workers) and outstanding scientists, people from NKVD (People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs) and KGB (the Committee for State Security) and GULAG prisoners, dissidents and councillors of the USSR leaders, workers of official culture and representatives of Soviet underground. The exposition The Russian Revolution 1917-1922 is devoted to the tragic events which befell the Russian people during a military struggle of different political powers. The exposition includes reconstructed memorial halls - Vladimir Lenin’s workroom, from which he and other Bolshevist leaders gave speeches to workers and soldiers of Petrograd, and the secretariat of the Central and Petersburg Committees of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (Bolsheviks).

The Museum has a modern infrastructure which allows to receive a big number of visitors at a high level. A spacious atrium houses a sightseeing tour agency, a souvenir shop, a recreation area with free Wi-Fi, and a virtual museum.

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Chess in Museums is an international project implemented by Russian Chess Federation (RCF) together with the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Foundation. The idea of organizing chess events in major museums was for the first time realized in 2012, when the World Chess Championship match between Viswanthan Anand and Boris Gelfand took place in the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), thanks to the efforts of Andrey Filatov and Gennady Timchenko. Chess is a very special game that is strongly connected with history and cultural heritage. The Chess in Museums project aims at demonstrating these bonds to everyone. We found an original format of organizing chess events in the best museums of Russia and the world, thus exposing both chess and art to the broader audience.

Renault Russia company, established in 1998, is one of the leaders of Russian automotive industry and one of the major investors into the Russian automotive field. The company’s actives include two manufacturing areas: the Moscow factory and the assembly line in Tolyatti (together with the partners of Avtovaz-Renault-Nissan Alliance). A well-developed dealer net, comprised of 169 points in Russia, allowes to provide our clients with a permanently high level of service. Since 1998, more than 1.5 million Renault cars have been sold. Renault Russia relies heavily on local manufacturing and produces a wide range of popular models adapted to Russian conditions and possessing good export potential.

Renault has a rich history with sports, and its partnership with RCF aims at expanding the popularity of chess as wide as possible.

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FGC UES (Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System) – is one of the largest electricity transmission company grid of the world. The Company’s assets include 140,9 thousand km of transmission lines with capacity up to 1,150 kV (PTL) and 939 substations with more than 336.5 GVA. The company maintains and develops the grid system and supervises grid facilities and infrastructure in 77 Russian regions, covering a territory of 15.1 million square kilometres. The company is a part of PAO Rosseti, the largest power holding of Russia which owns 80.13% of the company’s shares. The company includes more than 22 thousands of workers. More than 60% of the employees have a higher professional education.

Since 2016, the company is the general sponsor of the Russian chess national teams.

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PhosAgro is a general partner of the Russian Chess Federation. PhosAgro group is the leader in supplying of all kinds of fertilisers to the Russian market and is of one of the world’s leading producers of phosphate-based fertilisers. Its core line of business - 33 sorts of fertilisers, including phosphate raw materials, fodder phosphates, ammonia, and sodium tripolyphosphate, - is being used by the consumers from 100 countries of all inhabited continents of the world. Top-priority markets, besides Russia and CIS states, are the countries of the Latin America, Europe and Asia.

The company has been the general partner of the Russian Chess Federation since 2010; PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev is a member of the RCF Board of Trustees. The company is also Sergey Karjakin's strategic sponsor.

PhosAgro will support the Candidates Tournament and the World Chess Championship Match in 2018.

PhosAgro sponsored the World Chess Championship Matches in Sochi and New York. In the latter, the Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin demonstrated a really exciting play. Simultaneously, the company is popularizing chess in the regions of its presence by opening chess classes in schools and kindergartens supported by it, and financing training of chess pedagogues.

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