The final tournament “Rapid Grand Prix of Russia 2012″ was played on 22-24th December in Kirov.

The final was a knock-out event with 16 participants who scored most points in the Grand Prix rapid events throughout the year.

Famous Grandmaster Aleksey Dreev, who became the European Rapid champion last weekend, added another title by winning the prestigious Russian Rapid Grand Prix.

In the final match Dreev defeated the 14-years old prodigy Vladislav Artemiev from Omsk. In the earlier rounds Dreev eliminated Yana Kim, Pavel Maletin and Anton Shomoev.

Artemiev defeated Alexander Galkin, Russian champion Dmitry Andreikin and young star Sanan Sjugirov on his way to the final.

The time control was 15 minutes plus 10 seconds per move. Each mini-match consisted of two games. In case of a tie, a deciding game with 5 min (white) and 4 min (black) plus 3 sec increment from move 61 was played.

The prize pool was 1,4 million rubles (34,400 EUR). 1st place – 320 000 rubles (7,800 EUR), 2nd place – 180 000 rubles, 3-4th place – 110 000 rubles, 5-8th place – 70 000 rubles, 9-16th place – 50 000 rubles.

Two weeks ago Bartosz Socko and Aleksandra Goryachkina won the Russian Cup with classical time control.

Round 1 results:

Yana Kim – Aleksey Dreev 0-2
Boris Savchenko – Ekaterina Ubiennykh 2-0
Dmitry Andreikin – Dinara Dordzhieva 2-0
Evgeniya Sukhareva – Sanan Sjugirov 0-2
Sergei Yudin – Pavel Maletin 1-2
Anton Shomoev – Pavel Smirnov 2-1
Vladislav Artemiev – Alexander Galkin 2-1
Pavel Ponkratov – Andrey Stukopin 0,5-1,5

Round 2 results:

Aleksey Dreev – Pavel Maletin 2-0
Vladislav Artemiev – Dmitry Andreikin 1,5-0,5
Anton Shomoev – Boris Savchenko 2-0
Sanan Sjugirov – Andrey Stukopin 2-1

Semifinal matches:

Anton Shomoev – Aleksey Dreev 0,5-1,5
Vladislav Artemiev – Sanan Sjugirov 2-0

Final match:

Aleksey Dreev – Vladislav Artemiev 1,5-0,5

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