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13th Karpov International Tournament

Dmitry Jakovenko6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Alexander Motylev5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Wang Yue4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Viktor Antonovich Bologan4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Lazaro Bruzon Batista4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Alexander Onischuk4/9(+0 -1 =8)[games]
Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Nigel Short3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Motylev vs R Wojtaszek 0-1123201213th Karpov InternationalB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Onischuk vs Wang Yue  ½-½56201213th Karpov InternationalD94 Grunfeld
3. Ponomariov vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½28201213th Karpov InternationalB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
4. Jakovenko vs Bologan 1-046201213th Karpov InternationalE15 Queen's Indian
5. Short vs Rublevsky 1-062201213th Karpov InternationalA28 English
6. R Wojtaszek vs Ponomariov 0-167201213th Karpov InternationalD97 Grunfeld, Russian
7. Short vs Jakovenko 0-151201213th Karpov InternationalA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
8. Rublevsky vs L Bruzon Batista 1-064201213th Karpov InternationalC45 Scotch Game
9. Wang Yue vs Motylev 0-133201213th Karpov InternationalD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Bologan vs Onischuk  ½-½24201213th Karpov InternationalC67 Ruy Lopez
11. Jakovenko vs Rublevsky  ½-½33201213th Karpov InternationalD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. L Bruzon Batista vs R Wojtaszek ½-½20201213th Karpov InternationalA30 English, Symmetrical
13. Onischuk vs Short ½-½64201213th Karpov InternationalA10 English
14. Motylev vs Bologan ½-½48201213th Karpov InternationalB42 Sicilian, Kan
15. Ponomariov vs Wang Yue  ½-½29201213th Karpov InternationalC24 Bishop's Opening
16. Short vs Motylev  ½-½40201213th Karpov InternationalB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
17. Jakovenko vs Onischuk 1-032201213th Karpov InternationalD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Rublevsky vs R Wojtaszek  ½-½55201213th Karpov InternationalB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
19. Bologan vs Ponomariov 1-068201213th Karpov InternationalE60 King's Indian Defense
20. Wang Yue vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½58201213th Karpov InternationalA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Onischuk vs Rublevsky  ½-½17201213th Karpov InternationalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Ponomariov vs Short 1-044201213th Karpov InternationalE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
23. L Bruzon Batista vs Bologan 0-145201213th Karpov InternationalA04 Reti Opening
24. R Wojtaszek vs Wang Yue  ½-½42201213th Karpov InternationalD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Motylev vs Jakovenko  ½-½15201213th Karpov InternationalE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-28-12  Shams: Past winners:

2011: Bacrot (tiebreaks over Karjakin)
2010: Karjakin/Bologan
2009: Motlyev
2008: Rublevsky
2007: Jakovenko
2006: Shirov

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  HeMateMe: Ponomariov v. Short--2 games, 2000, 2005, both drawn. I thought there might be more, but maybe Short was easing out of chess, back when Pono was just getting some notoriety.
Sep-30-12  Octavia: the games!
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  HeMateMe: no kibitizing here, seems odd. Some very strong players at this one.

wouldn't it be something if this was played in say, 1975 in the old USSR, and the winner was given the choice to be paid in a) Rubles, b) sacks of flour, or c) vodka?

Oct-04-12  galdur: Short vs. Bruzon

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54. Rd4?? Ne4? 55. Rd8 Nc3 56. Rd4?? a2 57. Kb2 Ne2 and white resigned

Oct-04-12  Blunderdome: Looks like it got overshadowed by London and Bilbao. I'll have to check out Jakovenko's games.
Oct-05-12  kia0708: a twist in the endgame between Bologan and Wojtaszek

Bologan vs R Wojtaszek, 2012

BTW, I have the feeling that nobody will stop Jakovenko

Oct-05-12  waustad: Short played the Budapest gambit and ended up in a draw.
Oct-06-12  KingV93: Great to see GM Short playing the Evans Gambit and the Budapest Gambit, it makes for interesting and exciting chess, I wish more of the top players did this.
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  parmetd: Jakovenko wins with a round to go.
Oct-06-12  Marmot PFL: Guess Jako did what he had to do, beat the tail enders and draw with the rest.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <KingV93: Great to see GM Short playing the Evans Gambit and the Budapest Gambit, it makes for interesting and exciting chess, I wish more of the top players did this.>

His results here are not likely to inspire epigones. His one win through eight rounds was playing the White side of an English Opening against Rublevsky in the first round.

Oct-06-12  fisayo123: <Kingv93> I don't think any of those gambits produce more exciting games than Sicilians and KID's for example. Short is just trying to get out of book early but the opposition here is much too strong for that tactic.
Oct-06-12  Shams: <parmetd><Jakovenko wins with a round to go.> How so? He's only a point clear of the field.
Oct-07-12  Kinghunt: <Shams> And that means he was guaranteed at least a share of first. As it happened, he didn't lose his last round game, and so finished in sole first.
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  parmetd: Shams... As king hunt said.

Fisayo123. Depends on your definition of exciting. I find the sicilian to be the most boring opening of chess.

Oct-07-12  goodevans: <fisayo123 ... Short is just trying to get out of book early but the opposition here is much too strong for that tactic>

If you look at the games themselves you will see that there was nothing wrong with that "tactic" (I'd call it a strategy, myself). In almost all his games Short achieved good positions through playing unusual openings or lines. It was a succession of errors in the later stages of the games that did for him.

Short's choice of openings lead in most cases to dynamic positions with chances for both sides. If anyone were to suggest to him that he should stick to better known openings I'm pretty sure he'd ignore them and I, for one, would be happy that he did.

Oct-07-12  Everett: Ruslan ground out a nice knight ending vs Rublevsky in the final round.
Oct-09-12  hillsong: whats happening to my man short,he is really having a bad tournament
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