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19th Karpov Poikovsky Tournament

Dmitry Jakovenko6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Boris Gelfand6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Vladislav Kovalev4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Anton Korobov4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Emil Davidovich Sutovsky2.5/9(+1 -5 =3)[games]
Viktor Antonovich Bologan1.5/9(+1 -7 =1)[games]
* Chess Event Description
19th Karpov Poikovsky (2018)

The 19th Karpov tournament took place in Poikovsky, Russia 27 May - 5 June 2018. Chief arbiter: Alexander Al Ivanov. Official site: http://ерма... Crosstable: and

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Jakovenko * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 6½ 2 Nepomniachtchi ½ * 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 6 3 Gelfand ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 6 4 Vidit ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 5½ 5 Fedoseev 0 1 ½ ½ * 1 0 ½ ½ 1 5 6 Kovalev ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 0 1 4½ 7 Korobov ½ 0 0 0 1 ½ * ½ 1 ½ 4 8 Artemiev 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 3½ 9 Sutovsky 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ * 0 2½ 10 Bologan 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 * 1½

Previous edition: 18th Karpov Poikovsky (2017).

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Jakovenko vs V Artemiev 1-046201819th Karpov PoikovskyB42 Sicilian, Kan
2. Sutovsky vs V Kovalev  1-080201819th Karpov PoikovskyC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Gelfand vs I Nepomniachtchi 0-140201819th Karpov PoikovskyA33 English, Symmetrical
4. A Korobov vs V Fedoseev  1-038201819th Karpov PoikovskyA46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. V S Gujrathi vs Bologan 1-030201819th Karpov PoikovskyE17 Queen's Indian
6. V Artemiev vs V Fedoseev ½-½60201819th Karpov PoikovskyC22 Center Game
7. Bologan vs A Korobov  ½-½21201819th Karpov PoikovskyE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
8. V Kovalev vs V S Gujrathi  ½-½41201819th Karpov PoikovskyB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
9. Jakovenko vs Gelfand  ½-½16201819th Karpov PoikovskyB30 Sicilian
10. I Nepomniachtchi vs Sutovsky 1-041201819th Karpov PoikovskyC11 French
11. Sutovsky vs Jakovenko 0-152201819th Karpov PoikovskyC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
12. V Fedoseev vs Bologan 1-023201819th Karpov PoikovskyE12 Queen's Indian
13. A Korobov vs V Kovalev  ½-½42201819th Karpov PoikovskyE92 King's Indian
14. Gelfand vs V Artemiev  1-040201819th Karpov PoikovskyD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. V S Gujrathi vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½20201819th Karpov PoikovskyD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Jakovenko vs V S Gujrathi  ½-½24201819th Karpov PoikovskyC77 Ruy Lopez
17. Gelfand vs Sutovsky  1-038201819th Karpov PoikovskyD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
18. I Nepomniachtchi vs A Korobov 1-061201819th Karpov PoikovskyB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. V Kovalev vs V Fedoseev  0-147201819th Karpov PoikovskyB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
20. V Artemiev vs Bologan 1-058201819th Karpov PoikovskyA14 English
21. Bologan vs V Kovalev  0-152201819th Karpov PoikovskyE70 King's Indian
22. Sutovsky vs V Artemiev  ½-½27201819th Karpov PoikovskyB12 Caro-Kann Defense
23. A Korobov vs Jakovenko  ½-½69201819th Karpov PoikovskyD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. V S Gujrathi vs Gelfand ½-½64201819th Karpov PoikovskyB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
25. V Fedoseev vs I Nepomniachtchi 1-062201819th Karpov PoikovskyE60 King's Indian Defense
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  jith1207: This is an exciting tournament, very level field, and expect more contests in terms of results than the world's strongest tournament being played. I'm glad a lot of new players in 2700 club like Fedoseev, Vidit along with established guys like Nepo and Jakovenko are invited along with strong veteran group. And the first round resulted in all wins. This is one tournament most of them would not be a surprise to emerge as winner.
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  plang: yes it is an exciting tournament
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  offramp: Nepo, whose name is Greek for "no one" has started with 3½ out of 4. No one has done better than him.
May-31-18  paavoh: Fedoseev beat Nepo in round 5... but yes,
<no one has done better than him>. They are just tied in the lead with +3 =1 -1.
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  whiteshark: CB Rd 1 Report w/ game analysis and photos:
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  FSR: V S Gujrathi vs Gelfand, 2018 is a tremendous game.
Jun-02-18  CountryGirl: Viktor, Viktor, Viktor... Please win a game for us fans.
Jun-03-18  stst: The two Vladislav's appeared handsome before, hope at least one of them floats to top here...
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  diagonal: Exactly eight postings after eight rounds :)

In general, same procedure as in 2017 or in 2016, Anatoly is inviting nine out of ten participants coming from the former Soviet Union, with Vidit as the only exception in 2018. And again there are no players at all from decadent West Europe, North or South America.

For instance, Granda Zuniga – a popular player with an exceptional biography, who had to go through tough swiss system Open nowadays. His longtime level of quite consistent Elo 2600plus (with 2699 knockin’ on heavens 2700 Elo door in 2016) would have matched with Poikovsky tournament over years, but JEGZ never ever got an invitation.

The Karpov Poikovsky tournament, launched in 2000, the first edition was held to celebrate the 25th anniversary since Karpov became World Champion, features contestants of more or less the same strength, meaning usually no top five grandmasters, as well as no fodder players, rarely saw a player of Karpov's own generation (eg. Beliavsky, a fighting player as Bologan).

After Bologan finished co-last two years ago, and clear last on minus six last year with just 1.5 points out of 9 rounds, he nevertheless got another chance this year.

GM Bologan was given <an invitation almost always, he played 18-times within 19 editions at Poikovsky> (as of 2018):

He was invited from 2000 to 2010 eleven times in a row, and since 2012, thus only "missing" the tournament in 2011, overall multiple (co-)winner, and multiple (co-)last, mostly in a relatively even field.

My posting may be a bit harsh, I appreciate Bologan and his playing approach, the great winner at Dortmund 2003 in his breakthrough year (clear first a full point ahead of joint runners-up Anand and Kramnik) as well as winner of strong Open tournaments from the legendary New York Open, claimed already in 1997, to the Aeroflot Open in Moscow, amongst others. A Reminiscence of the corresponding New York Open follows!

In fact, it seldom happens, that a non-top ten player has 18 out 19 entries in the same closed series, meanwhile ‘comparable’ players like let’s say Ljubojevic, Beliavsky or Granda Zuniga never ever got a spot at Poikovsky during all the years. Not to mention Portisch, Hübner, or Korchnoi, in the 2000s (decade) they would have been fit to play.

Alas, between 1992 and 2017 inclusive, Dutchman Van Wely had 25 entries within 26 editions at Wjik aan Zee A-tournament.., despite he never reached the podium.

Jun-04-18  john barleycorn: <diagonal> and the solution is? I mean it is up to the organizer to invite the players, isn't it?
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  diagonal: Reminiscence: Victor Bologan and Michal Krasenkow, best tie-break, won the New York Open (José Cuchi series) in 1997. The winners scored an exceptional 8/9 points in a strong field with more than 50 grandmasters:


Final Standings:

Bologan won eight games losing just to Krasenkow. He beat Yermolinsky, Granda Zuniga, Vadim Milov and Vadim Zvjaginsev, amongst others.

Tournament wins from the New York Open chess tournament series (1981-2000, no editions in 1982 and 1999), are mostly dismissed in the corresponding cg. player biographies, I do not know why.

That Open series, organised by José Cuchi, really was strong, and it was known in the 1980s and 1990s as the Chess Open with the biggest prize money :))

In Switzerland, the weekly DIE SCHACHWOCHE always had great respect for the "Big Apple" chess show!

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  diagonal: <jb> The customer is always right.

That's why some tournaments may have a stronger Narrative than others..

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  Keyser Soze: <Jun-02-18 FSR: V S Gujrathi vs Gelfand, 2018 is a tremendous game>

Yeah . Thanks for the tip. Amazing fighting draw

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  ChessHigherCat: Maybe I just made some lucky choices but every game I looked at here was more interesting than the Altibox games.
Jun-05-18  paavoh: Yes, the games are quite full of tension. Hopefully these games are viewed by many more than can be deduced from the few comments posted so far.
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  malt: <FSR: V S Gujrathi vs Gelfand, 2018 is a tremendous game. >
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  Joshka: Karpov doesn't even want to play in his own tourney??
Jun-07-18  john barleycorn: Why is there no Kasparov related tournament around?
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  diagonal:, posted by a cg. member, but the link apparently has been removed later.

Adding another fragment: Garry came somehow out of retirement for a Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz tournament (no classical chess) at Sinquefield Cup in 2017.

<Karpov doesn't even want to play in his own tourney??>

Well, it wouldn't have been that easy for Karpov (*1951, after 1996, he had only won one invitation tournament in classical chess, the Najdorf Memorial 2001) to survive in a present Poikovsky tournament:

Karpov’s second-last closed classical tournament participation was back in 2007 at Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain, six players, double round robin. Topalov won at 7/10, above 2. Ponomariov, 3./4. Nisipeanu, Judit Polgar, 5. Kasimdzhanov, and 6. Karpov, clear last at 3/10 without any game win: Liga de Campeones (2007).

Last participation of Anatoly Karpov in an international invitation (closed) gm tournament in classical chess was at San Sebastian - Donostia Chess Festival in 2009, ten players, single round robin, Ponomariov and Nakamura won, Karpov had six losses and three draws, no win, finishing as clear last at 1.5/10, even behind Pablo San Segundo Carrillo: Donostia Chess Festival (2009).

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  offramp: <diagonal: ...In general, same procedure as in 2017 or in 2016...>

Same procedure as last year, same procedure as every year.

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