Mikhail Panarin and Valentina Gunina Became Russian Rapid Chess Champions

Время публикации: 22.05.2013 20:01 | Последнее обновление: 22.05.2013 20:01

The Russian Men and Women Rapid Chess Championships have finished in St. Petersburg.

In men's section four players tied for first with 6.5/9. The tiebreak result placed them as following: Mikhail Panarin, Alexey Dreev, Vladimir Fedoseev and Anton Shomoev. Ernesto Inarkiev who was leading the competition after first five rounds eventually finished with 5.5 points.  
Final standings

Valentina Gunina took clear first in women's section with 7.5/9. Daria Pustovoitova finished half a point behind the winner, Anastasia Bodnaruk and Irina Sudakova lost gunian a full point.
Final standings


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    Photo - ruchess.ru

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