Russian Higher League

Ponkratov, Pavel vs. Artemiev, Vladislav

The Russian Higher League is a 9-round Swiss tournament from which 5 players will qualify for the 2015 Russian Championship Superfinal. The event takes place in the Baltica Hotel in Kaliningrad and features no less than 23 players rated 2600 and above, including rising talents Vladimir Fedoseev and Vladislav Artemiev. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves and then 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30 second increment from move one. Draws are not allowed before move 40. Apart from qualification to the Superfinal the prize fund includes 530,000 roubles or about 8,500 euros for first place. Official website: www.ruchess.ru

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