Karjakin, Bologan win Karpov Poikovsky tournament

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6/13/2010 – 20-year-old Sergey Karjakin came straight from a victory in the World Rapid Cup in Odessa; Moldavian GM Viktor Bologan had won his ninth and tenth round games. Both scored full points, against Sutovsky and Motylev respectively, in the final round to finish at 7.0/11. Karjakin took the final victory on tiebreak points. Final report.

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Eleventh Poikovsky Tournament

The 11th Poikovsky Karpov tournament took place from June 2nd to 14th June, 2010 – in Poikovsky, which is in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug of Russia.

The position on the table after ten rounds

In the final round Moldavian GM Viktor Bologan won his third game in succession – he had beaten Baadur Jobava in round nine and Arkadij Naiditsch (with black) in round ten. Now he faced one of the tail-enders.

Viktor Bologan with a big finish in Poikovsky

Bologan,V (2668) - Motylev,A (2704) [C42]
11th Karpov Poikovsky RUS (11), 13.06.2010
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Be7 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Nc3 Nxc3 9.bxc3 Bg4 10.Re1 0-0 11.Bf4 Rb8 12.h3 Bh5 13.g4 Bg6 14.Bxg6 hxg6 15.Qd3 Re8 16.Rab1 Qd7 17.c4 dxc4 18.Qxc4 Bd6 19.Bd2 Rxe1+ 20.Rxe1 Re8 21.Rxe8+ Qxe8 22.Ng5 Nd8 23.d5 c6 24.Qe4 Qxe4 25.Nxe4 Bb8 26.c4 cxd5 27.cxd5 f5 28.Ng5 Bd6 29.Kf1 b5 30.Ke2 a6 31.Kd3 Nf7 32.Nf3 Ne5+ 33.Nxe5 Bxe5 34.Bb4 Kf7 35.Bc5 Bf6 36.Ke3 Be5 37.Bb4 Ke8 38.f3 Kd7 39.h4 Kc7 40.h5 gxh5 41.gxh5 Kd7 42.Kd3 Kc7 43.Bf8 Kd7 44.Kc2 Kc7 45.Kb3 Kd7 46.Bc5 Kc7 47.a4 bxa4+ 48.Kxa4 Bc3 49.Bf8 Kd7 50.Kb3 Bf6 51.Kc4 Be5 52.Bb4 Kc7 53.Bd2 Kd6 54.Bc1 Kc7 55.Bd2 Kd6 56.Be1 Kc7 57.Ba5+ Kd7 58.Kc5 Bd6+ 59.Kd4 Ke7 60.Kc4 Kf6 61.Bd2

After 61...g5 the game should be a draw – but not after 61...f4? 62.Bc3+ Kg5 63.Bxg7 Kxh5 64.Bd4 Kh4 65.Bc5 Bb8 66.Kd4 Kg5 67.d6 a5 68.Kd5 a4 69.Bb6 1-0.

Sergey Karjakin, who won the game and tournamen on tiebreak points

Karjakin,Sergey (2739) - Sutovsky,E (2661) [C19]
11th Karpov Poikovsky RUS (11), 13.06.2010
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Ne7 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.Qg4 cxd4 8.Qxg7 Rg8 9.Qxh7 Qc7 10.Ne2 Nbc6 11.f4 dxc3 12.Nxc3 Nd4 13.Bb2 Bd7 14.0-0-0 Qb6 15.Qd3 Ndf5 16.Nb5 Rc8 17.g3 Rc4 18.Nd6+ Nxd6 19.exd6 Nf5 20.Kb1 Ba4 21.Rd2 Kd7 22.Bh3 Nd4 23.f5 e5 24.f6+ Kxd6 25.c3 e4 26.Qe3 Nb5 27.Qxb6+ axb6 28.Rc1 d4 29.cxd4 e3 30.Re2 Rxc1+ 31.Kxc1 Re8 32.Re1 Nc7 33.Bf5 Nd5 34.h4 Nxf6 35.d5 Nh5 36.g4 Nf4 37.h5 Ng2 38.Re2 Nf4 39.Re1 Bd7 40.Bxd7 Nd3+ 41.Kd1 Kxd7 42.Bg7 Nxe1 43.Kxe1 Rc8 44.h6 Rc1+ 45.Ke2 Rh1 46.Kxe3 Ke7 47.Kf4

In this game it has been mainly Emil Sutovsky who has been pressing, with the black pieces. But his advantage has slipped and now the Israeli GM loses the thread completely: 47...Rh3? 47...Kd6 was required. Now Sergey Karjakin seizes his chance with youthful vigor: 48.g5 Kd6 49.Kf5 Rh1 50.Bf8+ Kd7 [50...Kxd5 51.Kf6 Rf1+ 52.Ke7 Re1+ 53.Kxf7] 51.Kf6 Ke8 52.Bb4 Rh5 53.d6 b5 54.Bc5 Kd7 55.Bb4 Ke8 56.Bd2 Rh2 57.Kg7 f6 58.g6 1-0.

An aggressive game and unlucky loss by Emil Sutovsky

Most of the players tried to finish before the next Football World Championship game bagan

The pictures and information in this article orginated at the Russian chess newspage ChessPro. Our colleagues there are doing full pictorial reports with annotated games. Definitely worth a visit, even if it is in Russian. You can use Google Translate to catch the gist.

Final standings (after eleven rounds)


Of the 66 games played at the Karpov
Poikovsky 2010 tournament:

  • 62% (41 games) ended in draws
  • White won 18 games = 27%
  • Black won 7 games = 11%


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