Sutovsky and Najer supreme at Karpov-Poikovsky

by Albert Silver
5/3/2017 – The 18th edition of the Karpov–Poikovsky tournament was just held and it once again brought together a fascinating and eclectic group of players. The tournament ended in a spectacular win by Emil Sutovsky and Evgeny Najer, both finishing with 7.0/9 and both with 2900 performances. There were many very attractive games to enjoy. Here is the illustrated report with analysis and quiz positions.

ChessBase 17 - Mega package - Edition 2024 ChessBase 17 - Mega package - Edition 2024

It is the program of choice for anyone who loves the game and wants to know more about it. Start your personal success story with ChessBase and enjoy the game even more.


Sutovsky and Najer supreme at Karpov-Poikovsky

All photos by Vasily Papin

It started with a generous lineup of players, ranging from top seed Ernesto Inarkiev (2727), Dmitry Jakovenko (2718), and Maxim Rodshtein (2700), but also including players such as Anton Korobov, who won it last year, Spanish talent David Anton Guikarro, who tied Nakamura at Gibraltar (though lost the playoff), European Champion Evgeny Najer, as well as Viktor Bologan, Emil Sutovsky, Daniil Dubov, and Sergey Zhigalko.

The competition is held in honor of Anatoly Karpov, the 12th World Champion

The opening ceremony was to a packed house of players, officials, and many chess fans, many of whom brought their families with them

Ernesto Inarkiev and Daniil Dubov share a selfie

The players, organizers, and special guests Anatoly Karpov and Sergey Karjakin

The opening game of round one, very much set the tone, as Emil Sutovsky beat last year's winner, Anton Korobov in convincing fashion

David Anton Guijarro had a slightly sub-par event, though it helped give him a lot of experience, which will be of great benefit as he grows

Rodshtein - Dubov



Second seed Dmitry Jakovenko was unable to shine, and settled at 4.0/9. This was in spite of being 5th, another consequence of two players achieving superlative results in the same event.

That other was of course, Evgeny Najer. Although Najer finished with 7.0/9 also, he lost his individual game against Sutovsky and only caught him in the very last round as he scored the only win of the final round. With black no less!

His own win against Anton Korobov was a fantastic game that is shown below

Evgeny Najer vs Anton Korobov

Although Anton Korobov lost to both the winners of the tournament, he did not let this hold him back and scored 6.0/9, coming in sole third, and with a 2800 performance no less. Some people talk about taking it one game at a time, and some people do it.

Final standings

(click for high-res)


You can use ChessBase 14 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs to replay the games in PGN. You can also download our free Playchess client, which will in addition give you immediate access to the chess server

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, and the content creator of the YouTube channel, Chess & Tech.


Rules for reader comments


Not registered yet? Register