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7th Poikovsky Tournament

Alexey Shirov6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Alexey Dreev5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Vadim Zvjaginsev5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Evgeny Najer4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Ivan Sokolov4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Alexander Vasilyevich Onischuk3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
Viktor Antonovich Bologan2.5/9(+2 -6 =1)[games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Sokolov vs E Najer  ½-½4920067th Poikovsky TournamentD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Dreev vs V Zvjaginsev  ½-½1820067th Poikovsky TournamentD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
3. Ponomariov vs Onischuk 1-06620067th Poikovsky TournamentC78 Ruy Lopez
4. Bareev vs Shirov ½-½9120067th Poikovsky TournamentA20 English
5. Bologan vs Rublevsky 0-16220067th Poikovsky TournamentB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
6. V Zvjaginsev vs Bareev ½-½5820067th Poikovsky TournamentB12 Caro-Kann Defense
7. E Najer vs Dreev  ½-½5320067th Poikovsky TournamentB12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. Ponomariov vs I Sokolov  ½-½2220067th Poikovsky TournamentC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. Onischuk vs Rublevsky  ½-½3520067th Poikovsky TournamentD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. Shirov vs Bologan 1-03120067th Poikovsky TournamentB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. I Sokolov vs Onischuk  ½-½5920067th Poikovsky TournamentD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
12. Bologan vs V Zvjaginsev 0-12720067th Poikovsky TournamentB32 Sicilian
13. Dreev vs Ponomariov  ½-½2020067th Poikovsky TournamentE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
14. Rublevsky vs Shirov  ½-½5220067th Poikovsky TournamentB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
15. Bareev vs E Najer  ½-½6320067th Poikovsky TournamentD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. I Sokolov vs Dreev  ½-½4720067th Poikovsky TournamentD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Ponomariov vs Bareev  ½-½1920067th Poikovsky TournamentC10 French
18. V Zvjaginsev vs Rublevsky  ½-½4620067th Poikovsky TournamentB40 Sicilian
19. Onischuk vs Shirov ½-½5820067th Poikovsky TournamentD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. E Najer vs Bologan 1-03620067th Poikovsky TournamentC66 Ruy Lopez
21. Dreev vs Onischuk ½-½5120067th Poikovsky TournamentA46 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Shirov vs V Zvjaginsev ½-½2320067th Poikovsky TournamentB30 Sicilian
23. Bologan vs Ponomariov 1-06320067th Poikovsky TournamentC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Rublevsky vs E Najer  ½-½1920067th Poikovsky TournamentC48 Four Knights
25. Bareev vs I Sokolov  ½-½3420067th Poikovsky TournamentD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Mar-28-06  BIDMONFA: 7th Poikovsky Tournament (2006)

Champion - Alexei Shirov
Sub-Champion - Ruslan Ponomariov

Mar-28-06  PinkPanther: "Sub-Champion"??
Mar-28-06  suenteus po 147: <PinkPanther> I think it's kind of like a Battleship-Champion, only you're a champion underwater :D

Also, congratulations to Shirov on a most impressive win. Not a single loss to boot!

Mar-28-06  iron maiden: Sad to see Onischuk and Bologan faring so poorly, though.
Mar-28-06  jperr75108: Shirov has finally overcome his recent couple bad tournaments.
Mar-29-06  EmperorAtahualpa: It's great to see Shirov back on top again! A victory for attacking chess!
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  Jim Bartle: Did Shirov play any of his patented attacking games in this tourney?
Mar-29-06  alicefujimori: <aw1988><I still recall how some pathetic people in <> kept attacking his past achievement (beating Kasparov) when he came last at Sofia in 2005. Hint, hint hint, hint hint. Hint.>You would do much better if you say this to Topzilla and his gang. :) I was glad that you've "reacted" to this because at least it shows someone feeling guilty about his past deeds here. Hint hint... :)
Mar-29-06  VishyFan: Rating changes for Pojkovsky 2006

Player Rating ELO
--- --- --- --- --- --------
Ponomariov 2723 -0.9
Shirov 2709 +11.0
Bareev 2698 +2.6
Dreev 2697 +2.8
Sokolov 2689 -1.0
Rublevsky 2664 +7.3
Bologan 2661 -17.2
Najer 2652 +4.0
Onischuk 2650 -5.7

Mar-29-06  sapfy: <VishyFan> You've left out Zvjaginsev, or rather, you've assigned Zvjaginsev's score to Rublevsky.
Mar-30-06  Father Karras: How can anyone NOT like or admire Shirov? You may side with Topalov or Kramnhik, but Shirov is like Tal - his games and style is so fresh - he has to be loved by all!
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  acirce: Why does everybody have to like Tal then? Last I checked, taste was completely subjective.
Mar-30-06  VishyFan: Rating changes for Pojkovsky 2006

Player Rating ELO
--- --- --- --- --- --------
Ponomariov 2723 -0.9
Shirov 2709 +11.0
Bareev 2698 +2.6
Dreev 2697 +2.8
Sokolov 2689 -1.0
Rublevsky 2665 -2.9
Zvjaginsev 2664 +7.3
Bologan 2661 -17.2
Najer 2652 +4.0
Onischuk 2650 -5.7

thanks for pointing it out <sapfy>

Mar-30-06  TylerD: In general I think people associate a sacrifical-attacking-intuitive-approach with a kind of heroism that they do not find in a defensive player.
Mar-30-06  TylerD: It is a human thing: we appreciate the "heroes" - those that throw themselves out there... Those who rather lose a great fight, than draw an uninteresting dito.
Mar-30-06  babakova: I like the games of Tal but I wouldnt put him on my top ten of favorite players when it comes to style. Same goes for Shirov today.
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  acirce: <TylerD> True, although even if you like the approach it's not the same as liking the style.

Personally I have to struggle a lot to understand that kind of game. It's a challenge for sure but in my opinion not nearly as <enjoyable> as a clear, logical strategic masterpiece, preferably well annotated. Or an attacking game not as adventurous but rather with a logical build-up before the merciless finish.

Mar-30-06  euripides: I think my favourite Tal game is Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960. If I didn't know the players I might guess Karpov was playing White.
Mar-30-06  Runemaster: Karpov? After how many drinks?
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  Appaz: Good to have Shirov back.

I wonder if he is really the "same" player :) My impression is that he chose to play more solid. An example is the first round against Bareev, where he answered 1.c4 with 1.- e5, where I believe he used to prefer 1.- c5 or 1.- Nf6 as in Bareev vs Shirov, 2003

Still he tried hard to win most of his games, and at least once he only barely escaped with a draw (Rublevsky vs Shirov, 2006).

Mar-30-06  Father Karras: <euripides> <I think my favourite Tal game is Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960. If I didn't know the players I might guess Karpov was playing White.> But seriously, Karpov would NEVER place his Rooks on the 3rd and 4th ranks on such a crowded board! Kasparov might, though.
Mar-30-06  CloudDragon: seriously karpovs king has been to the 4th rank king in the middlegame to boot and many so called positional players have subjected thier king to attack in view of the fact that many attacks need to be refuted especially when launched from a poor position.boxing martial arts and chess like anything has a defence and offence and counterattacks .im tired of opening the pages seeing tese comments about chess good and great chess is played counterattacking defending playing great endgames collecting lost material from your oppenent and imprving your own position so much your oppenent in an inferior position attacks and losses-more material before resigning doen a rook or piece.Beutifull attacks must be studied alekhine fischer and kasparov produced many fine combinations but look in informator and you will see many fine combinations from kramnik karpov anand etc grandmasters are just that and morethey can be respected and beaten all the same my last post on this site its a waste if you dont appreciate all and i meam all chess has to offer.offense and defense need to be studied or you can stay at your current rating forever.
Mar-30-06  hayton3: <If I didn't know the players I might guess Karpov was playing White.> Except that the Winawer is not trademark Karpov territory.
Mar-31-06  euripides: <FK> Karpov vs Hort, 1971 is one of the first great Karpov games.
Mar-31-06  euripides: <hayton> I was not thinking of the variation chosen but the approach. But in common with most grandmasters Karpov has played 3 Nc3 often in recent years.
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