14th Karpov Poikovsky - planting for the future

9/4/2013 – Though overshadowed by the World Cup just won by Vladimir Kramnik, the 14th Karpov Poikovsky is now well underway with six of the nine rounds played, and it is just that it will now enjoy the full attention of chess fans as the last three rounds determine a winner. Motylev and Eljanov are the co-leaders, but all the players joined in planting for the future.

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The 14th Karpov Poikovsky tournament is taking place from August 27th to September 6th in Poikovsky, which is in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug of Russia.

Poikovsky, originally an oil drilling village, today has a population of 20,000

The name of the town comes from the Poika river. It is situated in the Nefteyugansk region which is between the rivers Ob' and Irtysh. The region is about a three hour drive away from Khanty-Mansiysk, the host of the 2010 Chess Olympiad.

14th Karpov Poikovsky - planting for the future

Though overshadowed by the World Cup just won by Vladimir Kramnik, the 14th Karpov Poikovsky is now well underway with six of the nine rounds played, and it is just that it will now enjoy the full attention of chess fans as the last three rounds determine a winner.

In spite of it, the competition has been extremely hard fought with 50% of the games having ended with decisive results, no mean feat with a near 2700 average rating. The early lead was taken by Ian Nepomniachtchi, but after an unusually bloodthirsty sixth round, the leaderboard is shared between Alexander Motylev, the second lowest rating, and Pavel Eljanov, with 4.0/6. For the Ukrainian, it is a welcome respite after having enjoyed a brief moment in the world top ten in 2010 with 2761, only to suffer a bad phase in which he left the 2700 club.

Round six: white to play and win

The combativity is not to be denied, but whatever the reason, a number of games have been marred by unusually ugly blunders, in which the balance was destroyed by the most elemental of tactics.

In Cheparinov-Inarkiev, White could have played 17.Qe3, 17.Qd2, or
17.Qc1 with no problems, but after 17.Qf3?? was forced to resign. Can
you see why? Answers at the end.

Laznicka certainly could not expect Bologan's 47...Nxe3??
that threw away the draw. What did White play that forced
his resignation two moves later?

It wasn't all about blunders though, as Sutovsky capped off
a fine attack with his next move. White to play and win.

It has also been a genuine celebration for White, with 12 of the 15 decisive games having been won by White, including the exceptional sixth round, in which four of the five games ended 1-0.

After round five, the players had a free day which was spent at the benefit of children, planting trees, playing simuls, but also a pleasant boat ride on the Poika river.

Pavel Eljanov plants a tree for the future

Viktor Bologan helps some children to plant a tree oftheir own

A group shot of the organizers, players, and children

Cheparinov was one of the grandmasters to give a simul

Tag team chess: one plays the moves, and the other writes them down

Dmitry Jakovenko studies up on chickens

Answers to positions:

Cheparinov-Inarkiev: After 17.Qf3?? Black plays 17...d5! winning the piece. White resigned in view of 18.Bxe7 dxe4 attacking the queen and winning a piece.

Laznicka-Bologan: After the unfortunate 47...Nxe3?? White played 48.h6!gxh6 49.d6+! and Black resigned as his king cannot stop one of the pawns from queening.

Sutovsky-Onischuk: White played 40.Rf3! winning after 40...Bf5 41.Rxf5 Rxf5 42.Qc8+. Note that 40.Qc8+ fails to 40...Qe8, protected by the bishop on g6.

Standings after six rounds

Schedule

Round 01 – August 28 2013, 15:00h
Ernesto Inarkiev 2713
1-0
Emil Sutovsky 2760
Dmitri Jakovenko 2786
1-0
Victor Bologan 2774
Alexander Motylev 2755
½-½
Alexander Onischuk 2782
Pavel Eljanov 2864
½-½
Ian Nepomniatchi 2803
Ivan Cheparinov 2784
½-½
Viktor Laznicka 2753
Round 02 –August 29 2013, 15:00h
Emil Sutovsky 2760
½-½
Viktor Laznicka 2753
Alexander Motylev 2755
0-1
Ivan Cheparinov 2784
Alexander Onischuk 2782
½-½
Pavel Eljanov 2864
Victor Bologan 2774
0-1
Alexander Motylev 2755
Ernesto Inarkiev 2713
½-½
Dmitri Jakovenko 2786
Round 03 – August 30 2013, 15:00h
Dmitri Jakovenko 2786
½-½
Emil Sutovsky 2760
Alexander Motylev 2755
½-½
Ernesto Inarkiev 2713
Pavel Eljanov 2864
½-½
Victor Bologan 2774
Ivan Cheparinov 2784
½-½
Alexander Onischuk 2782
Viktor Laznicka 2753
½-½
Ian Nepomniatchi 2803
Round 04 – September 01 2013, 15:00h
Emil Sutovsky 2760
½-½
Ian Nepomniatchi 2803
Alexander Onischuk 2782
1-0
Viktor Laznicka 2753
Victor Bologan 2774
1-0
Ivan Cheparinov 2784
Ernesto Inarkiev 2713
0-1
Pavel Eljanov 2864
Dmitri Jakovenko 2786
½-½
Alexander Motylev 2755
Round 05 – September 02 2013, 15:00h
Alexander Motylev 2755
½-½
Emil Sutovsky 2760
Pavel Eljanov 2864
1-0
Dmitri Jakovenko 2786
Ivan Cheparinov 2784
0-1
Ernesto Inarkiev 2713
Viktor Laznicka 2753
1-0
Victor Bologan 2774
Ian Nepomniatchi 2727
½-½
Alexander Onischuk 2782
Round 06 – September 03 2013, 15:00h
Emil Sutovsky 2760
1-0
Alexander Onischuk 2782
Victor Bologan 2774
1-0
Ian Nepomniatchi 2803
Ernesto Inarkiev 2713
1-0
Viktor Laznicka 2753
Dmitri Jakovenko 2786
½-½
Ivan Cheparinov 2784
Alexander Motylev 2755
1-0
Pavel Eljanov 2864
Round 07 – September 04 2013, 15:00h
Pavel Eljanov 2864   Emil Sutovsky 2760
Ivan Cheparinov 2784   Alexander Motylev 2755
Viktor Laznicka 2753   Dmitri Jakovenko 2786
Ian Nepomniatchi 2803   Ernesto Inarkiev 2713
Alexander Onischuk 2782   Victor Bologan 2774
Round 08 – September 05 2013, 15:00h
Emil Sutovsky 2760   Victor Bologan 2774
Ernesto Inarkiev 2713   Alexander Onischuk 2782
Dmitri Jakovenko 2786   Ian Nepomniatchi 2803
Alexander Motylev 2755   Viktor Laznicka 2753
Pavel Eljanov 2864   Ivan Cheparinov 2784
Round 09 – September 06, 13:00h
Ivan Cheparinov 2784   Emil Sutovsky 2760
Viktor Laznicka 2753   Pavel Eljanov 2864
Ian Nepomniatchi 2803   Alexander Motylev 2755
Alexander Onischuk 2782   Dmitri Jakovenko 2786
Victor Bologan 2774   Ernesto Inarkiev 2713

Links

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