18 June 2024

Vladislav Artemiev and Kateryna Lagno Win Rapid Tournaments at BRICS Games

Valentina Gunina is in third place.

The individual rapid chess tournaments have finished at the BRICS Games in Kazan  26 and 23 players have participated in the men's and women's tournaments, respectively.
Vladislav Artemiev, the rating favourite in the men's tournament, won the competition. The Russian scored 7.5 points out of 9 and the additional tiebreakers favoured him over silver medalist Maksim Tsaruk (Belarus) and bronze medallist Bai Jinshi (China).
Vladislav Artemiev: "The tournament was a challenge: the winner was unclear until the very last moment. To be honest, I was rather pessimistic about my chances, because I had Black pieces against Andrey Esipenko - probably the worst drawing of lots for me. At the same time, the opponent of my rival Maksim Tsaruk is inferior in class than the Belarusian player. Apparently, luck sided with me: I saved my hopeless position whereas Maksim drew his game, so I became the first".
Russia's Kateryna Lagno took a clear first place in the women's tournament with 7.5 points under her belt. Song Yuxin (2nd place, China) and Valentina Gunina (3rd place, Russia) finished one point behind the winner.
Kateryna Lagno: "The time control was quite a challenge in this competition, it was the first time I played it. The time flies by very quickly! Overall, I thought I played decently today. There was one difficult game with Valentina Gunina, but I can say that I was as lucky as the winner. I managed to bail out against Valentina, which was very important. Even though I had a one-point cushion, losing that game would have made a great difference".
The individual blitz tournaments will take place on Wednesday, June 19. Participants will play 11 rounds to the Swiss system with time control "3+2". Games start at 10:00 AM (Moscow time).
We congratulate our players on their victory and successful participation in the rapid tournament!
Technical information


Games Live (Men)
Games Live (Women)
Video broadcast
Tournament page

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Photos by Eteri Kublashvili