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Russian Summer

August is generally the month in chess where we seldom see elite tournaments. But this year is different, with the rescheduling of the über-strong Russian Championship Super-final from December to guarantee the participation of former world champion and Russian No.1, Vladimir Kramnik.

Something had to give, as Kramnik again had accepted an invitation to play in the London Chess Classic through early December, so the only option to have the strongest Russian Championship of recent years was to move it from its usual time slot of late December to August. The switch secured Kramnik - who is on a hot streak, after his big win win last month at Dortmund, that saw him reclaim the Russian No.1 spot - to lead an elite Moscow line-up that also includes: Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Grischuk, Peter Svidler, Alexander Morozevich, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Artyom Timofeev and Alexander Galkin.

 

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Date
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7
Mon, 15 Aug
GM Alex Yermolinsky

GM Alexander Galkin
GM Vladimir Kramnik

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6
Sun, 14 Aug
GM Alex Yermolinsky

GM Ian Nepomniachtchi
GM Peter Svidler

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5
Sat, 13 Aug
GM Alex Yermolinsky

GM Artyom Yimofeev
GM Peter Svidler

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4
Thurs, 11 Aug
GM Alex Yermolinsky

GM Sergey Karjakin
GM Alexander Grischuk

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3
Wed, 10 Aug
GM Alex Yermolinsky

GM Sergey Karjakin
GM Vladimir Kramnik

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2
Tue, 9 Aug
GM Alex Yermolinsky

GM Alexander Morozevich
GM Alexander Grischuk

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1
Mon, 8 Aug
GM Alex Yermolinsky

GM Peter Svidler
GM Vladimir Kramnik

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And Kramnik has had a remarkable four round roller-coaster ride so far in Moscow, with four decisive games, winning two and losing two. But at the top, in joint first place, on 3/4, going into rest-day is Peter Svidler and Alexander Morozevich, who are the only two in the field still unbeaten. And each day, GM Alex Yermolinsky has his Game of the Day spin on the Russian Championship Super-final. Play resumes on Saturday, 13 August, with live games from ICC starting at 7:00am ICC Server Time.

 

64th ch-RUS 2011 Moscow (RUS), 8-15 viii 2011 cat. XIX (2715)
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  
1. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2739 * 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 5 2869
2. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2694 1 * ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 2820
3. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2788 ½ ½ * 0 1 ½ ½ 1 4 2754
4. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2746 ½ 0 1 * ½ ½ 1 ½ 4 2760
5. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2781 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1 1 1 4 2755
6. Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2711 0 1 ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ 3 2665
7. Galkin, Alexander g RUS 2598 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ * ½ 2 2574
8. Timofeev, Artyom g RUS 2665 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 2492

 

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