Svidler clinches 7th Russian title; Gunina wins Women's Championship

Peter Svidler won the Russian Championship Superfinal on Monday in Nizhny Novgorod. The grandmaster from St Petersburg beat Ian Nepomniachtchi 1.5-0.5 in a rapid playoff after both had finished on 6.5/9. It is Svidler’s 7th Russian title, after previous victories in 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2008 and 2011. In the last round Nepomniachtchi defeated Vladimir Kramnik, who was hoping to win his first title. Valentina Gunina won the women’s section for the second time in her career.