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Karpov Poikovsky Tournament

Anton Korobov6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Viktor Antonovich Bologan6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Emil Davidovich Sutovsky5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Denis Khismatullin5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Igor Lysyj4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Ilya Yulyevich Smirin4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Alexey Shirov3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Alexander Morozevich3.5/9(+3 -5 =1)[games]
Viktor Laznicka3/9(+2 -5 =2)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Karpov Poikovsky (2015)

The 16th Karpov tournament took place in Poikovsky, Russia 28 September - 7 October 2015. Rounds 1-8 at 3 pm local time, Round 9 at 1 pm. Rest day: October 2. Time controls: 100 minutes for 40 moves, 50 more minutes for the next 20 moves, and 15 more minutes to reach the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. Anton Korobov won on tiebreak ahead of Viktor Antonovich Bologan, both with 6/9.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Korobov * ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 6 2 Bologan ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 6 3 Inarkiev 1 ½ * ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 1 5 4 Sutovsky 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 0 5 5 Khismatullin ½ ½ 1 0 * ½ 0 ½ 1 1 5 6 Lysyj ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 0 4 7 Smirin 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ * 1 0 ½ 4 8 Shirov 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 3½ 9 Morozevich 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 ½ * 1 3½ 10 Laznicka ½ 0 0 1 0 1 ½ 0 0 * 3

Category: XVII (2668). Chief arbiter: Yuri Lobanov

Official site: http://xn----7sbooiklil0c.xn--p1ai/...

Previous: Karpov Poikovsky (2014). Next: Karpov Poikovsky (2016)

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sutovsky vs D Khismatullin 1-0442015Karpov PoikovskyB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Morozevich vs Bologan 0-1302015Karpov PoikovskyA06 Reti Opening
3. Shirov vs E Inarkiev  ½-½612015Karpov PoikovskyC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. I Lysyj vs A Korobov ½-½582015Karpov PoikovskyE12 Queen's Indian
5. V Laznicka vs Smirin  ½-½242015Karpov PoikovskyA26 English
6. A Korobov vs Morozevich 1-0552015Karpov PoikovskyD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
7. E Inarkiev vs V Laznicka  1-0512015Karpov PoikovskyC10 French
8. D Khismatullin vs Bologan  ½-½172015Karpov PoikovskyD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Sutovsky vs Shirov  1-0342015Karpov PoikovskyB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Smirin vs I Lysyj  ½-½242015Karpov PoikovskyA04 Reti Opening
11. Morozevich vs Smirin 1-0402015Karpov PoikovskyB40 Sicilian
12. Shirov vs D Khismatullin  ½-½412015Karpov PoikovskyD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Bologan vs A Korobov  ½-½332015Karpov PoikovskyB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
14. I Lysyj vs E Inarkiev 1-0572015Karpov PoikovskyD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. V Laznicka vs Sutovsky  1-0612015Karpov PoikovskyB33 Sicilian
16. Shirov vs V Laznicka  1-0372015Karpov PoikovskyC41 Philidor Defense
17. E Inarkiev vs Morozevich 1-0252015Karpov PoikovskyA10 English
18. D Khismatullin vs A Korobov  ½-½332015Karpov PoikovskyD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. Smirin vs Bologan 0-1552015Karpov PoikovskyC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. Sutovsky vs I Lysyj  ½-½452015Karpov PoikovskyC67 Ruy Lopez
21. Morozevich vs Sutovsky 0-1222015Karpov PoikovskyA00 Uncommon Opening
22. V Laznicka vs D Khismatullin 0-1372015Karpov PoikovskyA46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. A Korobov vs Smirin  1-0352015Karpov PoikovskyD85 Grunfeld
24. I Lysyj vs Shirov  ½-½252015Karpov PoikovskyA06 Reti Opening
25. Bologan vs E Inarkiev  ½-½342015Karpov PoikovskyD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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  Penguincw: Official site: (I know, right?).

Round 8 live:

Games start at 6 am <cg> time!

Oct-06-15  Mr. V: Yes! Finally it's working! Thank you, Chessgames.
Oct-06-15  Mr. V: bologan fans be proud! Let's hope our guy can retain the lead for the remainder of the tournament.
Oct-06-15  fgh: Game of the tournament (for me):

V Laznicka vs D Khismatullin, 2015

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  jith1207: What is <cg> Time?
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  jith1207: I guess EDT, thanks.
Oct-06-15  Illogic: Mr. Moro fighting back after an awful start!
Premium Chessgames Member Fun fact: you can always check CG server time here:
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  PhilFeeley: Nice to see Bologan winning several games with black.
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  plang: Excellent fighting tournament
Oct-06-15  Mr. V: We still need a tournament page for the Women Grand Prix in Monaco.
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  sonia91: Congratulations to Korobov and Bologan (this is his 4th first or shared first place, after 2000, 2001 and 2005 ones!).

Sadly with last round losses both Shirov and Morozevich dropped out of 2700 club :(

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  parmetd: Sad indeed. -5 for Moro? Wow. :(
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  plang: Morozovich lost 5 games in the first 5 rounds - actually finished strongly.

Of course he is not close to the player he was 10-15 years ago but he is still a fighter

Oct-08-15  haydn20: Fairly hard fought, with 56% decisive.
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  diagonal: <Congratulations to Bologan>

Yes, of course, but it has to be added, that the annual Poikovsky tournament cultivates a rather similar and homogenous group of same participants again and again, there is quite a stable stock of frequently invited players, eg. Shirov, Onischuk, Motylev, Moro or Bolo. Especially Viktor Bologan got <an invitation almost always, he played 15-times within 16 years> (as of 2015):

He was invited from 2000 to 2010 eleven times in a row, and since 2012, (only "missing" the tournament in 2011).

Can’t recall such a series in any other international invitation tournament of note; oops: Van Wely got a spot at Wijk aan Zee - A group already more than 20-times (never reaching the podium until now; well, he will surely be invited again next year...)

Back to Siberia: This year’s international tournament in Poikovsky saw nine out of ten invited players coming from the former Soviet Union (the handwriting of A. Karpov), the only player not fitting this criteria was Viktor Laznicka.

In the field, no youngster under 25 years, no veteran as let’s say Beliavsky (Big Al never ever was invited), rather biased, all players born between 1968 and 1988.

It's a fact, that the Poikovsky tournament, started in 2000, with the invited player being more or less of same strength (meaning no top ten grandmasters, as well as no fodder players), rarely invited a player of Karpov's own generation (eg. Beliavsky, or in earlier years Ljubojevic, Hübner, not to mention Portisch or Korchnoi).

Anyway, I just want to pint out, that <multiple wins at a closed invitation tournament have to be related to the number of invitations>, especially if a player is (arbitrarily) invited by the organizers in 15 out of 16 editions.

It's math & stats: compare eg. Shirov, another repeatedly invited participant at Poikovsky, in 2006 he won outright (that year Bologan was sole last / ten players of near even strength), in 2009 then Shirov was sole last with two points / ten players, sometimes (including the recent two years), Shirov placed in-between. Statistically perfectly sound, the normal distribution predicts some stochastic expectation for the outcome in the long run on average (Gauss could have formulated it better, though).

Bologan has an ELO of 2607 (October), now 2630 (November), Beliavsky, a fighting player too, still rated 2622 ELO (October and November), but within sixteen editions, he never was invited, in such cases, it's even deterministic: you have no chance to win! Am I little bit too sarcastic? *sorry*

Congratulations to GM Viktor Bologan, Moldava - and honourable reminiscence: Biggest tournament success of Bologan: Dortmund 2003 (winning outright ahead of joint runners-up Anand and Kramnik, 6 players): Dortmund/Sparkassen Chess Meeting (2003)

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  sonia91: Anton Korobov won on tiebreak from Bologan:
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  diagonal: thanks for your clarification, <sonia91>

As it is the trend in most closed (round robin) tournaments, since 2008 which saw a four way-tie at Poikovsky, the first on tie-break is declared winner, up to and including 2005, there were apparently shared first prizes, no tie-break ruling.

A good survey of Poikovsky Karpov Tournament is presented by the French Wikipedia:

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