14th Karpov Poikovsky GM Tournament begins

8/29/2013 – This yearly tournament which is held in the Neptune sports center in Poikovsky, Russia has begun. The field attracts a lot of veterans of the tournament such as Alexander Motylev, Dmitri Jakovenko and Alexander Onischuk - all of which have won this tournament in the past. Summary of rounds one and two as well as an amazing missed opportunity.

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Fourteenth Poikovsky Karpov Tournament

The 14th Poikovsky Karpov 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.

Anatoly Karpov and Vladimir Semenov, head of the Nefteyugansk region

This year's edition features players from Russia, the Czech Republic, Israel, USA, Moldova, Ukraine and Bulgaria. The list is as follows:

# Player Nat. Rtng
1 Ian Nepomniatchi RUS 2717
2 Dmitry Jakovenko RUS 2713
3 Pavel Eljanov UKR 2702
4 Viktor Laznicka CZE 2684
5 Ernesto Inarkiev RUS 2680
6 Ivan Cheparinov BUL 2678
7 Victor Bologan MDA 2672
8 Alexander Onischuk USA 2667
9 Alexander Motylev RUS 2663
10 Emil Sutovsky ISR 2660

Average rating = 2683.6

The list of participants of the Poikovsky Karpov always has many repeats, as the organizers enjoy inviting players they think are attractive to the event. Onischuk won this tournament in 2002 and 2003, Jakovenko was the vanquisher in 2007 while Motylev did the same in 2009, among others.

The tournament had a last minute substitution as Evgeny Tomashevsky was supposed to play, but because if his brilliant performance at the Tromso World Cup he was unable to make the tournament. Instead he was replaced by Alexander Motylev.

Rounds one and two

No player has really taken off as four players start the tournament with 1.5/2. Inarkiev, Nepomniatchi, Jakovenko and Motylev share the lead while Victor Bologan started the tournament with two losses. A fascinating win was missed in the game Cheparinov-Laznicka:

[Event "14th Karpov GM"] [Site "Poikovsky RUS"] [Date "2013.08.28"] [Round "1.4"] [White "Cheparinov, Ivan"] [Black "Laznicka, Viktor"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D15"] [WhiteElo "2678"] [BlackElo "2677"] [Annotator "Ramirez Alvarez, Alejandro"] [PlyCount "75"] [EventDate "2013.08.28"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. e3 b5 6. b3 Bg4 7. a4 b4 8. Ne2 dxc4 9. Ne5 Bxe2 10. Qxe2 cxb3 11. Qc4 Qd5 12. Qxb4 Nbd7 13. Bc4 Nxe5 14. dxe5 Qxe5 15. Qb7 Rd8 16. Qxc6+ Nd7 17. Rb1 h5 18. e4 e6 19. O-O Bd6 20. g3 O-O 21. Rxb3 Nc5 22. Rb6 Be7 23. Bxa6 Nxa6 24. Bf4 Qd4 25. Rxa6 h4 26. Be3 Qd3 {After a hard fight, both players find themselves in an interesting situation. True - White is up a pawn, but he has to deal with Black's activity especially against his weak light squares. In no way does he want to take on h4 and expose his king.} 27. Ra7 $2 {White decides to first attack the bishop on e7 before retreating for the defense.} (27. Ra5 $1 {was the best idea, chasing that pawn if it decides to advance to h3.} h3 28. Rh5 Rb8 $1 {Threatening Rb1.} 29. Rxh3 $2 (29. Qc1 $1 Qxe4 30. Rxh3 {and White's position of the rook on h3 is awkward, but he should hold the balance.}) 29... Rfc8 $19 {a second and surprising threat! The queen is trapped.}) 27... Bd6 $2 {Returning the favor. The immediate attack would've yielded a victory.} (27... h3 $1 {Black's threat is simple - Qe2 followed by either Qf3 or Rd1. It is also surprisingly unstoppable.} 28. Re1 (28. Rxe7 Qe2 29. e5 Rd1 {is lights out.}) 28... Qe2 $1 { simply not caring about the rook on e1 thanks to the back rank weakness. Black will play Qf3 next move and win.}) 28. gxh4 $6 (28. Ra5 {would still give hopes of neutralizing Black's initiative.}) 28... Bxh2+ $1 29. Kg2 Bb8 30. Ra8 Qe2 31. Rc1 Qg4+ 32. Kf1 Rd3 (32... Rd1+ $1 {was more powerful.} 33. Rxd1 Qxd1+ 34. Kg2 Qg4+ 35. Kf1 Rd8 {and to prevent checkmate White must give an exchange, which gives Black reasonable winning chances even though there is still a long road ahead.}) 33. Qb6 Rfd8 (33... Rdd8 $1 {this seems like a sad necessity, but because of Black's initiative against the naked king it would have given him a strong attack.}) 34. Rxb8 Rd1+ 35. Rxd1 Qxd1+ 36. Kg2 Qg4+ 37. Kf1 Qd1+ 38. Kg2 {Cheparinov escapes by the skin of his teeth and secures a half point.} 1/2-1/2

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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   Emil Sutovsky 2760
Alexander Motylev 2755   Ernesto Inarkiev 2713
Pavel Eljanov 2864   Victor Bologan 2774
Ivan Cheparinov 2784   Alexander Onischuk 2782
Viktor Laznicka 2753   Ian Nepomniatchi 2803
Round 04 – September 01 2013, 15:00h
Emil Sutovsky 2760
Ian Nepomniatchi 2803
Alexander Onischuk 2782
Viktor Laznicka 2753
Victor Bologan 2774
Ivan Cheparinov 2784
Ernesto Inarkiev 2713
Pavel Eljanov 2864
Dmitri Jakovenko 2786
Alexander Motylev 2755
Round 05 – September 02 2013, 15:00h
Alexander Motylev 2755   Emil Sutovsky 2760
Pavel Eljanov 2864   Dmitri Jakovenko 2786
Ivan Cheparinov 2784   Ernesto Inarkiev 2713
Viktor Laznicka 2753   Victor Bologan 2774
Ian Nepomniatchi 2727   Alexander Onischuk 2782
Round 06 – September 03 2013, 15:00h
Emil Sutovsky 2760   Alexander Onischuk 2782
Victor Bologan 2774   Ian Nepomniatchi 2803
Ernesto Inarkiev 2713   Viktor Laznicka 2753
Dmitri Jakovenko 2786   Ivan Cheparinov 2784
Alexander Motylev 2755   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

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