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Karpov Poikovsky Tournament

Alexander Motylev7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Vugar Gashimov6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Emil Sutovsky5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Sergei Rublevsky4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Victor Bologan4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Alexander Onischuk4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch3.5/9(+3 -5 =1)[games]
Zahar Efimenko3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Alexey Shirov2/9(+0 -5 =4)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Karpov Poikovsky (2009)

The 10th Karpov tournament took place in Poikovsky, Russia 3-12 June 2009. Rounds started at 3 pm local time. Rest day: June 8. Time controls: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves and 30 more minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move one. The only undefeated player Alexander Motylev won with 7/9.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Motylev 2677 * 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 7 2 Gashimov 2730 0 * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 6 3 Sutovsky 2660 0 ½ * 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 5 4 Inarkiev 2676 ½ ½ 0 * 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 5 5 Rublevsky 2702 0 ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 4½ 6 Bologan 2690 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ 4½ 7 Onischuk 2684 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 1 1 4½ 8 Naiditsch 2700 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 3½ 9 Efimenko 2682 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 0 0 * ½ 3 10 Shirov 2745 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ * 2

Category: XVIII (2695). Chief arbiter: Yuri Lobanov

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Motylev vs Rublevsky 1-0612009Karpov PoikovskyB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
2. E Inarkiev vs Shirov 1-0332009Karpov PoikovskyC78 Ruy Lopez
3. Sutovsky vs Efimenko  ½-½302009Karpov PoikovskyC67 Ruy Lopez
4. Naiditsch vs Onischuk 1-0232009Karpov PoikovskyC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
5. V Gashimov vs Bologan 1-0272009Karpov PoikovskyC41 Philidor Defense
6. Shirov vs Naiditsch 0-1492009Karpov PoikovskyE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
7. Onischuk vs Motylev  ½-½422009Karpov PoikovskyD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Sutovsky vs E Inarkiev 1-0222009Karpov PoikovskyC42 Petrov Defense
9. Efimenko vs Bologan 0-1642009Karpov PoikovskyC41 Philidor Defense
10. Rublevsky vs V Gashimov  ½-½262009Karpov PoikovskyB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. Bologan vs Rublevsky ½-½522009Karpov PoikovskyB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. Naiditsch vs Sutovsky ½-½122009Karpov PoikovskyB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
13. E Inarkiev vs Efimenko 1-0672009Karpov PoikovskyC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
14. V Gashimov vs Onischuk 1-0282009Karpov PoikovskyC67 Ruy Lopez
15. Motylev vs Shirov 1-0242009Karpov PoikovskyC48 Four Knights
16. Sutovsky vs Motylev 0-1362009Karpov PoikovskyC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
17. Shirov vs V Gashimov 0-1552009Karpov PoikovskyC42 Petrov Defense
18. E Inarkiev vs Naiditsch 1-0392009Karpov PoikovskyE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
19. Onischuk vs Bologan  ½-½232009Karpov PoikovskyE92 King's Indian
20. Efimenko vs Rublevsky 1-0642009Karpov PoikovskyB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
21. Naiditsch vs Efimenko 1-0392009Karpov PoikovskyC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. Rublevsky vs Onischuk  ½-½422009Karpov PoikovskyC48 Four Knights
23. Bologan vs Shirov  ½-½242009Karpov PoikovskyC42 Petrov Defense
24. V Gashimov vs Sutovsky  ½-½322009Karpov PoikovskyC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. Motylev vs E Inarkiev  ½-½182009Karpov PoikovskyB01 Scandinavian
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Jun-12-09  paavoh: <virginmind> I guess Fritz did not see as far as Motylev did. I believe that he saw the advantages of the exchange sac and the vulnerability of the pawns on dark squares quire early. A fascinating game!
Jun-12-09  NewLine: ..Be6 is ridiculous for a human brain
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  tamar: Motylev has the advantage, but took the repetition.

Not sure if it is winnable.

Jun-12-09  DCP23: Congrats to Alexander Motylev on a very convincing tournament victory! And on entering the 2700+ club!
Jun-12-09  BushWhacker: I think as long as Bologan's king stays on white squares Motylev can't do anything constructive, specially white covers the queening square by his white-square bishop!
Jun-12-09  Shajmaty: <BushWhacker: I think as long as Bologan's king stays on white squares Motylev can't do anything constructive, specially white covers the queening square by his white-square bishop!> Well, the game ended some time ago... Draw, by the way.
Jun-12-09  malthrope: WoW - was on the edge of my seat for that last game! ;) Congrats to GM Alexander Motylev for not only winning the Karpov Tournament but to do so undefeated! (+5 =4 -0). Looks like we have a new entry in the +2700 club! :D
Jun-12-09  geeker: Ditto on the congratulations for "Mr. Moto"! And to all the players for providing many exciting games. The final round was more interesting than usual!
Jun-12-09  wordfunph II: ahhhh! what a draw between Bologan and Motylev though i think still playable til the end....chess is brutal!...not for the weak hearts!
Jun-12-09  arman07: Congrats GM Motylev. ...welcome 2 2700 club
Jun-12-09  Absentee: Shirov wins M-Tel undefeated only to place last, failing to score a single win, in a category 18 tournament. Either he was mentally drained after M-Tel, or this is Shirov's evil twin.
Jun-12-09  visayanbraindoctor: Impressive last game in Bologan vs Motylev. They really went for each other's chess throats, instead of the usual peacefully quick last round draw.

This needs more analysis but I think that Motylev's exchange sacrifice was sound. It allowed his King to zoom right in the white Kingside and massacre the pawns there, and gave him two dominating bishops. Bologan in fact was forced to give back his rook for one of the bishops; or after Motylev Queens his pawn, the subsequent Queen plus Bishop plus Bishop attack would have been immediately fatal for White.

Jun-12-09  acirce: What a performance by Motylev.

Too bad Shirov couldn't get a consolation win like Ivanchuk did in the last round of Sofia.

Jun-12-09  euripides: I remember quite liking Motylev's games in the 2004/5 (??) Russian superchamionship. Not that that means a lot, but some bloke who won that tournament liked them as well.
Jun-13-09  micahtuhy: Didn't Shirov just WIN a super-tournament, what in the fire on board blazes happened?
Jun-13-09  amadeus: This is Shirov's worst performance in the last 12 years -- at least. Hopefully, he will play much better in Bilbao.
Jun-13-09  whiskeyrebel: Shirov will bounce back of course. The boards must have been coated with asbestos. Good job Motylev.
Jun-13-09  frogbert: and while shirov <started> with 4 losses, naiditsch <finished> with 4 losses - and i think <his> next event is dortmund in less than a month.

the last round pulled rublevsky up above 2700 again, while naiditsch dropped nearly 20 points in his last 4 games to fall below 2700...

Jun-13-09  adair10: <whiskeyrebel: Shirov will bounce back of course>

He will have that chance in a tournament in Romania that starts tomorrow

Jun-14-09  melianis: OK, they may play also 1.d4... looked a bit like this was a themed 1.e4 :-)
Jun-14-09  DCP23: Bazna Kings in Romania starts today.

The pairings are already announced, and the first round is:

Kamsky - Shirov
Radjabov - Gelfand
Nisipeanu - Ivanchuk

Waiting for to set up a page for the event.

Jun-18-09  dumbgai: I don't get Shirov. He was in great form at M-Tel...
Jun-19-09  positionalgenius: <dumbgai> he is a very unstable player
Jun-19-09  kurtrichards: In Bazna Tournament, after 5 rds of play GM Shirov has +1-1=3 enough for a share of 3rd place with still 5 more rds to go.
Jul-04-09  whiteshark: 24 decisive games out of 45, that are impressive 53,3%.
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