CHESS ROUND ABOUT
With Wednesday being a rest day for all 4 players involved in the matches (Short and Sokolov lead, each with 2 points from 3 games; each match consists of 6 games), attention turns to the 9-round Open tournament, where 10 GMs and 9 IMs are participating amongst some 81 players. After 6 rounds of play (the 7th round is today, Thursday) there are not less than 6 Indians (!) in the lead:
SOME GAMES FROM YESTERDAY
SOME PHOTOS FROM THE ‘REST DAY’
Foreest (l) and Short playing chess on some sort of bike…
Hou Yifan (l) playing with Foreest
Hou Yifan and Van Wely spectating
(all photos courtesy of Ootes)
MORE PHOTOS FROM THE OPEN
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The Superfinals of 69th Russian men’s championship (as well as the 66th Russian women’s championship) is taking place between October 15-27 at the Novosibirsk State Museum of Local History. (For more information read THIS)
Total prize fund of the Superfinal is 9,000,000 RR. The events are 11-round round-robins. Time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 bonus second per each move. There is excellent LIVE coverage of these two events at the traditional sites, ChessDom, Chess24 and ChessBomb. (Links on the side bar to the right)
Always one of the most interesting national championships to watch in the yearly calender of important events, it is difficult to say who is the favourite this year. Only 4 rounds have taken place so far, and while nothing special yet stands out, it must be noted that that Ernesto Inarkiev ( who is currently the Individual European Champion ) might be in poor form, having already lost 2 games (and 2 draws).
Ernesto Inarkiev might find his well known watermellon-eating skills ineffective in this tournament.
SOME INTERESTING GAMES