The Superfinals of 71st Russian men's championship and 68th Russian women's championship will take place from 24th August till 6th September 2018 in Satka, Chelyabinsk Oblast. The venue is Magnezit Palace of Culture.
The organizers are the Russian Chess Federation, Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, Government of Chelyabinsk Oblast, and Magnezit Group. 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 tournament is a part of the Chess in Museums program, 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 Louvre (Paris) and Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), Russian Superfinals – in Rukavishnikov Estate (Nizhny Novgorod), State Art Museum of Tatarstan (Kazan), the Novosibirsk State Museum of Local History, and the State Museum of Political History of Russia (Saint Petersburg), all-Russian Higher League competition – in Fort №5 (Kaliningrad), and the 10th and 11th Tal Memorials – in the Museum of Russian Impressionism.
Ian Nepomniachtchi (2768), Dmitry Jakovenko (2748), Nikita Vitiugov (2730), Dmitry Andreikin (2710), Vladimir Fedoseev (2707), Evgeny Tomashevsky (2702), Daniil Dubov (2691), Ernesto Inarkiev (2690), Denis Khismatullin (2634), Mikhail Kobalia (2619), Alexey Sarana (2613), and Grigoriy Oparin (2609).
Alexandra Kosteniuk (2559), Aleksandra Goryachkina (2535), Valentina Gunina (2528), Natalija Pogonina (2469), Olga Girya (2462), Anastasia Bodnaruk (2449), Alina Kashlinskaya (2440), Alisa Galliamova (2424), Polina Shuvalova (2413), Oksana Gritsayeva (2391), Anastasiya Protopopova (2332), and Elena Tomilova (2332).
Total prize fund is 9,000,000 roubles. Besides, the winners of both men's and women's tournaments will also receive a special prize – bright and stylish city crossover Renault Kaptur.
The tournaments are round-robin events with 11 rounds. The match days: August 25-30 and September 1-5. Free day - August 31. The rounds start at 1 p.m. (Moscow time), the final 11th round begins at 11 a.m. (Moscow time).
During the Superfinals, the exhibition of the Soviet and Russian painter, a representative of the “Severe Style” Geliy Korzhev (1925-2012) will be opened in Magnezit Palace of Culture. The exposition called Painting’s Way. Geliy Korzhev will include sketches and graphics from the archive of the artist's family. The sketches and graphics were made by Korzhev during the work on his key paintings on historical, biblical and other series from 1953 till 2012.
On August 31st, grandmasters 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 exhibitions give chess fans a chance to meet their heroes in person, test their own chess ability, and sometimes even defeat a renowned grandmaster.