Korobov brilliant at Poikovsky

by Albert Silver
8/2/2016 – The Karpov Poikovsky tournament celebrated its 17th edition this year in Nefteyugansk, Russia, and it must be said that it was a singularly exciting event to watch. This was not simply because many of the players are justifiably famed for their creativity, but because a number of the games were wild speculative affairs to leave spectators gaping at the players’ courage. The event was won by Anton Korobov who signed a brilliancy against Sutovsky.

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The playing hall has been consistent over the years, with a spacious area and elegant carpeting

An interesting curiosity is that although only three of the ten players sports a 2700+ rating, every single one of them has been over 2700 at some point over the past years. Maxim Matlakov is no exception, and had a solid plus one performance with 5.0/9.

Alexander Motylev only managed 50% this year, but is also the owner of the greatest (crushingest?) result ever at the European Championship when he won it in 2014.

Co-top seed Polish GM Wojtaszek played well with 5.5/9, but it was not enough to win the event

Dmitry Andreikin shared the top-seed status with 2733, but failed to shine with 5.0/9. Igor Kovalenko, the top player in Latvia, had a tough time and ended on 3.0/9.

Anton Korobov was the name of the event, winning it alone with 6.0/9 in spite of a loss. In round six he played a small brilliancy against Emil Sutovsky who is no stranger to amazing tactics.

Korobov - Sutovsky

Viktor Bologan had a very rough start and never really got his footing

Bologan, seen here watching the live boards as he waits for Andreikin to arrive, did score a win against his tardy opponent and did not leave the event without a win of his own.

It was an excellent, nay, superb result for Korobov, who adds a significant title to his resumé

A group shot of all the players

TV report of the event, simul and players

Final standings


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Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.
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Mel Griffin Mel Griffin 8/3/2016 05:06
This is directed at the staff of Chessbase. I was wondering if it would be at all possible to include the ECO code in the game header of the annotated games.
For as long as I can remember it has been included up until the new game player came into use.
My concern is that when searching for saved games in my edition of Chessbase 13, I may not be able to find so readily the above Korobov beauty and the likes thereof when needed. Thanks so much and keep up the great work.

Kind Regards, Mel Griffin
KevinC KevinC 8/3/2016 04:12
@vernonh Although it was poorly written, the comment about Andreikin does not say anything about him being Kovalenko's opponent there, only that they shared the top seed status. I do read Russian Cyrillic (not Kryillian), and it does indeed show that Jakovenko is sitting there as white.
riceberg riceberg 8/3/2016 03:23
Yes and Bologan doesn't wait for Andreikin because his opponent's flag is for Kovalenko.
mstefa mstefa 8/3/2016 02:15
you are right, the name is Jakovenko Dmitri at the table in Russian
vernonh vernonh 8/3/2016 12:40
If only I could read Kyrillian letters, then I could tell for sure that it is Jakovenko on the picture where it says that it is Andreikin playing Kovalenko.