Poikovsky round 8: "The Terminator" in the lead

9/6/2013 – Pavel Eljanov, nicknamed by the local chess organization as "The Terminator" has taken the lead after two very important back to back victories with the white pieces. The tournament also celebrated Alexander Onischuk's 38th birthday. Onischuk is unique to this event because he has played it all fourteen times! Eljanov recounts how this birthday party contributed to his success over the board.

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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 - round eight

The Karpov Poikovsky tournament continues with interesting results. The Ukrainian grandmaster Pavel Eljanov has taken the lead after two back to back victories against Emil Sutovsky and Ivan Cheparinov. Cheparinov, who has unfortunately not been in the best form this tournament, is currently in the last position and the only player not to have won a game so far in the event. He will be trying to correct that with a last round encounter against Sutovsky.

Inarkiev has had a good tournament so far, with this performance so far he is back at exactly 2700

Pavel Eljanov recounts how one of his important victories came to happen in round seven:

"The story of this game should start from the day before it. The previous day I had lost to Sasha Motylev, and it was absolutely deserved. I played very badly and simply played 'yawn' moves. In the evening I decided to enjoy myself a little more - I celebrated Sasha Onischuk's birthday (his 38th - e.d.), and I had a good time with good company. With only one caveat: I had no time to prepare. So I simply slept and played today against Emil an English Opening, without any claims to an opening advantage. Especially considering that he is probably one of the two or three best experts in the Gruenfeld.

After the opening position both sides had equal chances, but there were still fighting opportunities for both sides. Emil was too optimistic and decided to play 'interesting' by sacrificing the exchange. Although he could perhaps have played it safely instead. As it is often the case in such positions, both sides evaluated the complications in their favor! I thought I wasn't risking much, but as it turns out Emil thought the same. Judging by how the game proceeded, I was probably closer to the truth.

I think the key decision was to exchange his rook, after that I am probably playing on only two results. Possibly after 30. d4 Black was already in big trouble."

[Event "14th Karpov GM"] [Site "Poikovsky RUS"] [Date "2013.09.04"] [Round "7.3"] [White "Eljanov, Pavel"] [Black "Sutovsky, Emil"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A29"] [WhiteElo "2702"] [BlackElo "2660"] [PlyCount "99"] [EventDate "2013.08.28"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 Bb4 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O d6 7. d3 h6 8. Nd5 Bc5 9. e3 Bb6 10. Nd2 Nxd5 11. cxd5 Ne7 12. Nc4 c6 13. dxc6 Nxc6 14. Nxb6 Qxb6 15. b3 Bf5 16. Bb2 Rac8 17. Qd2 Nb4 18. Bc3 a5 19. e4 Bd7 20. Rfd1 Rxc3 21. Qxc3 Rc8 22. Qd2 Rc2 23. Qe3 Qxe3 24. fxe3 Nxa2 25. Rf1 Be6 26. Bf3 Rd2 27. Rf2 Rxf2 28. Kxf2 Bxb3 29. Bd1 Be6 30. d4 Nc3 31. Bc2 Ba2 32. Bd3 b5 33. Bxb5 Nxb5 34. Rxa2 Nc3 35. Rxa5 Nxe4+ 36. Kf3 Ng5+ 37. Ke2 exd4 38. Ra8+ Kh7 39. exd4 f5 40. Ke3 Kg6 41. h4 Ne4 42. Kf4 Nc3 43. Ra6 Ne2+ 44. Ke3 Nxg3 45. Rxd6+ Kf7 46. Kf4 Ne4 47. Ra6 Nd2 48. Kxf5 Nf3 49. Ra7+ Kf8 50. d5 1-0

Eljanov further concluded the following:

"I started to think while I stayed up late yesterday in good company - it does not interfer with play, quite the contrary. It allows players to become more liberated. Don't sit at home on the computer, do not analyze endless variations, instead have a good time with each other and then just play the board: make interesting, creative solutions. Opening analysis, in these cases, fades into the background and it is good for the game".

Sound advice from the leader of the Poikovsky, who has been nicknamed "The Terminator"

Eljanov will have a tough match against Viktor Laznicka in the last round, and he will need to win to guarantee himself first place.

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Standings after eight rounds

Schedule

Round 01 – August 28 2013, 15:00h
Ernesto Inarkiev 2680
1-0
Emil Sutovsky 2660
Dmitri Jakovenko 2713
1-0
Victor Bologan 2672
Alexander Motylev 2663
½-½
Alexander Onischuk 2667
Pavel Eljanov 2702
½-½
Ian Nepomniatchi 2717
Ivan Cheparinov 2678
½-½
Viktor Laznicka 2684
Round 02 –August 29 2013, 15:00h
Emil Sutovsky 2660
½-½
Viktor Laznicka 2684
Alexander Motylev 2663
0-1
Ivan Cheparinov 2678
Alexander Onischuk 2667
½-½
Pavel Eljanov 2702
Victor Bologan 2672
0-1
Alexander Motylev 2663
Ernesto Inarkiev 2680
½-½
Dmitri Jakovenko 2713
Round 03 – August 30 2013, 15:00h
Dmitri Jakovenko 2713
½-½
Emil Sutovsky 2660
Alexander Motylev 2663
½-½
Ernesto Inarkiev 2680
Pavel Eljanov 2702
½-½
Victor Bologan 2672
Ivan Cheparinov 2678
½-½
Alexander Onischuk 2667
Viktor Laznicka 2684
½-½
Ian Nepomniatchi 2717
Round 04 – September 01 2013, 15:00h
Emil Sutovsky 2660
½-½
Ian Nepomniatchi 2717
Alexander Onischuk 2667
1-0
Viktor Laznicka 2684
Victor Bologan 2672
1-0
Ivan Cheparinov 2678
Ernesto Inarkiev 2680
0-1
Pavel Eljanov 2702
Dmitri Jakovenko 2713
½-½
Alexander Motylev 2663
Round 05 – September 02 2013, 15:00h
Alexander Motylev 2663
½-½
Emil Sutovsky 2660
Pavel Eljanov 2702
1-0
Dmitri Jakovenko 2713
Ivan Cheparinov 2678
0-1
Ernesto Inarkiev 2680
Viktor Laznicka 2684
1-0
Victor Bologan 2672
Ian Nepomniatchi 2727
½-½
Alexander Onischuk 2667
Round 06 – September 03 2013, 15:00h
Emil Sutovsky 2660
1-0
Alexander Onischuk 2667
Victor Bologan 2672
1-0
Ian Nepomniatchi 2717
Ernesto Inarkiev 2680
1-0
Viktor Laznicka 2684
Dmitri Jakovenko 2713
½-½
Ivan Cheparinov 2678
Alexander Motylev 2663
1-0
Pavel Eljanov 2702
Round 07 – September 04 2013, 15:00h
Pavel Eljanov 2702
1-0
Emil Sutovsky 2660
Ivan Cheparinov 2678
½-½
Alexander Motylev 2663
Viktor Laznicka 2684
½-½
Dmitri Jakovenko 2713
Ian Nepomniatchi 2717
½-½
Ernesto Inarkiev 2680
Alexander Onischuk 2667
½-½
Victor Bologan 2672
Round 08 – September 05 2013, 15:00h
Emil Sutovsky 2660
1-0
Victor Bologan 2672
Ernesto Inarkiev 2680
½-½
Alexander Onischuk 2667
Dmitri Jakovenko 2713
½-½
Ian Nepomniatchi 2717
Alexander Motylev 2663
½-½
Viktor Laznicka 2684
Pavel Eljanov 2702
1-0
Ivan Cheparinov 2678
Round 09 – September 06, 13:00h
Ivan Cheparinov 2678   Emil Sutovsky 2660
Viktor Laznicka 2684   Pavel Eljanov 2702
Ian Nepomniatchi 2717   Alexander Motylev 2663
Alexander Onischuk 2667   Dmitri Jakovenko 2713
Victor Bologan 2672   Ernesto Inarkiev 2680

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