Konstantin Nikonov strated the tournament with 6/6 (!) but losing the next two games and a key game against Ivan Danilin who took the lead after 8 rounds of play with 6.5p followed by Nikonov and Epifanov.
Things are just warming up as there are still three more days and 6 more games to play. Who will be the next Russian Champion? Follow the exciting second half of the tournament in this renju.net link.