And the Winner is….Svidler

This is why you shouldn’t bet on chess or maybe you should. Anyways, Volkov ends up in a lost position in his pet-line after 14 moves against Vitiugov and Svidler beats Malakhov in a totally one-sided affair. That led to a tiebreak between Svidler and his friend and second from the candidates Vitiugov. Svidler won the first game with black and then Vitiugov basically threw the second game. Surprisingly or not Svidler became the new Russian Champion, for the 8th time. Meanwhile Fedoseev and Dubov shared third place.

Here are the most memorable games:


Source: Youtube