Russian Higher League

Esipenko, Andrey vs. Matlakov, Maxim

The Russian Higher League is a 9-round Swiss Open taking place in the Golden Tulip Roza Khutor Hotel in the Krasnaya Polyana ski resort near Sochi from 2-11 July 2017. The top five players in the tournament will qualify for the 2017 Russian Championship Superfinal to be held in St. Petersburg in December. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. No draw offers are allowed before move 40. The overall prize fund is 5 million roubles, or around 75,000 euros. Official website: ruchess.ru

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