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Karpov Poikovsky Tournament

Anton Korobov6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Maxim Matlakov5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Ilia Smirin4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Alexander Motylev4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Emil Sutovsky3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Igor Kovalenko3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Victor Bologan3/9(+2 -5 =2)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Karpov Poikovsky (2016)

The 17th Karpov tournament took place in the Neptune sports school in Poikovsky, Russia 23 July - 1 August 2016. Round 1 at 6 pm, Rounds 2-8 at 3 pm and Round 9 at 1 pm, local time. Rest day: July 27. Time controls: 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 more minutes for the next 20 moves, 15 more minutes until the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move one. Anton Korobov won for the second time in a row with 6/9.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Korobov 2656 * ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 6 2 Wojtaszek 2733 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 5½ 3 Andreikin 2733 1 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 5 4 Matlakov 2684 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5 5 Jakovenko 2712 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 1 1 5 6 Smirin 2676 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ 0 1 4½ 7 Motylev 2660 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ 4½ 8 Sutovsky 2622 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ * ½ 0 3½ 9 Kovalenko 2667 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ * 0 3 10 Bologan 2654 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 * 3

Category: XVIII (2680). Chief arbiter: Yuri Lobanov

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

Previous: Karpov Poikovsky (2015). Next: Karpov Poikovsky (2017)

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sutovsky vs D Andreikin  ½-½292016Karpov PoikovskyC67 Ruy Lopez
2. M Matlakov vs Kovalenko  ½-½282016Karpov PoikovskyA05 Reti Opening
3. Bologan vs Motylev  ½-½652016Karpov PoikovskyD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Smirin vs Jakovenko  ½-½252016Karpov PoikovskyC67 Ruy Lopez
5. A Korobov vs Wojtaszek  ½-½362016Karpov PoikovskyE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
6. Wojtaszek vs M Matlakov  ½-½402016Karpov PoikovskyD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
7. Kovalenko vs Smirin 1-0372016Karpov PoikovskyE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
8. Jakovenko vs Sutovsky 0-1382016Karpov PoikovskyA34 English, Symmetrical
9. Bologan vs A Korobov 0-1242016Karpov PoikovskyD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Motylev vs D Andreikin ½-½122016Karpov PoikovskyC10 French
11. M Matlakov vs Bologan 1-0502016Karpov PoikovskyA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
12. Sutovsky vs Kovalenko  ½-½412016Karpov PoikovskyC18 French, Winawer
13. Smirin vs Wojtaszek  ½-½292016Karpov PoikovskyB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
14. D Andreikin vs Jakovenko  ½-½272016Karpov PoikovskyC67 Ruy Lopez
15. A Korobov vs Motylev  ½-½162016Karpov PoikovskyD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Motylev vs Jakovenko  ½-½222016Karpov PoikovskyC45 Scotch Game
17. A Korobov vs M Matlakov  ½-½312016Karpov PoikovskyE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
18. Wojtaszek vs Sutovsky 1-0412016Karpov PoikovskyA33 English, Symmetrical
19. Kovalenko vs D Andreikin  ½-½542016Karpov PoikovskyD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. Bologan vs Smirin 0-1242016Karpov PoikovskyA15 English
21. D Andreikin vs Wojtaszek  ½-½262016Karpov PoikovskyD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
22. M Matlakov vs Motylev  ½-½222016Karpov PoikovskyD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Sutovsky vs Bologan 0-1362016Karpov PoikovskyC70 Ruy Lopez
24. Smirin vs A Korobov 0-1422016Karpov PoikovskyB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
25. Jakovenko vs Kovalenko 1-0402016Karpov PoikovskyE70 King's Indian
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Jul-26-16  CountryGirl: Ta, Sally S. I was referring to Bologan's recent books on the Spanish and the Open games. They are designed in a novel way (diagrams shown from black's point of view) and have heaps of good ideas. They're the same high quality as Ivan Sokolov's 'Sacrifice and Initiative in Chess'. But I haven't read Bologan's Best Games yet. Sounds like it will be worth it, though! :)
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  plang: I have Bologan's best games book also - very good book
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  HeMateMe: I did look a little at the predecessors books, the first one that looked at Capa and others. When I have a little more time I want to take a long look at the sections on Fischer and Korchnoi, two of my favorite players.

His book annotating his own games is also very good.

Jul-28-16  Mr. V: I think every year this comes around, we talk once more about how great Bologan's books are. No complaints here, though :)
Jul-28-16  botvinnik64: Go Radoslaw!
Jul-28-16  morfishine: Go Karpov! Oh wait, he's not playing


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  HeMateMe: whatever became of Dr. Zhukov, the Para psychiatrist who was hired by the Karpov camp to stare into Korchnoi's eyes and hypnotize him, in the '78 and '81 matches? Do you suppose he made it into the paranormal Hall of Fame?
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  perfidious: <HMM> No idea whatever became of the mysterious Dr Zukhar.
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  HeMateMe: it's a shame he didn't write a newspaper or magazine article about those events, after the fall of the USSR, as things loosened up a bit.

"I was hired to hypnotize Korchnoi" Arts section, NY Times.

Jul-29-16  diagonal: <Go Karpov! Oh wait, he's not playing> Anatoly is inviting: same story as last year, nine out ten participants are coming from the former Soviet Union, Wojtaszek is the only exception; last year it was Laznicka, and again no players invited at all from decadent (as Dr Zukhar would put it) West Europe, North or South America:

For instance Granda Zuniga, knockin’ on heavens 2700 Elo door – a popular player (with an exceptional biography and career), who had to go through tough swiss system Open in recent years, it would be nice to see him in a closed round robin of note, his ELO level of consistent 2600-2700 is perfectly sound for Poikovsky, but he never ever got a chance since the start of this Tournament series led by Karpov who was present himself at the Opening Ceremony.

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  HeMateMe: didn't Karpov get rich by working with western money?

Perhaps western players don't want to travel to that part of Russia--difficult or questionable airline quality? Low prize money or low guaranteed fees?

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  Sally Simpson: "whatever became of Dr. Zhukov."

According to Wiki Dr Zukhar was having a shave when he accidently looked into his own eyes and hypnotised himself.

He has been standing there in front of the same mirror for the past 15 years, still dressed in his red 'hammer and sickle' pyjamas waiting for his reflection to de-hypnotise him.

Regarding invites, Karpov's hands may be tied by an already crammed chess calendar.

As suggested by HeMateMe the appearance fees of the top dogs will be a barrier as well as paying travelling expenses to other Western players.

Or it could be as simple as Karpov wanting to invite who he wants and he prefers to see players from the former Soviet Union.

Jul-29-16  diagonal: <didn't Karpov get rich by working with western money?> Of course, he did and does! But money making and policy / religion / ideology are different things.. not a Karpovian phenomenon, of course.

I strongly doubt, that western players don't want to travel to Poikovsky for a well-known individual international invitation tournament, being absent deliberately. On global chess circuit there are about a good dozen of *closed* international tournaments in *classical chess* in such (or higher) calibre per year, not that much, and normally at invitation tournaments, location and beverages are paid by the organizer.

In earlier years, players from West Europe, or American continent did compete at Poikovsky, but last year and this year again not a single invitation of a player from this geographical area..

Obviously Karpov prefers to see participants from the former Soviet Union, and among them the players he wants, eg. never Beliavsky (compare New In Chess no.6 /1990)


<Alphabetical survey of annually recurring major *closed* tournaments series (list may be incomplete), no offense to other closed series intended!

(49th) Biel (matches plus Open, no GMT in 2016)
(9th) Bilbao Masters
(7th) Danzhou, Hainan, going international
(44th) Dortmund
(51st) Varadero (in 2016), Havana, et. al., Capablanca Memorial (8th) London Chess Classic
(4th) Saint Louis, Sinquefield Cup
(3rd) Shamkir, Gashimov Memorial
(4th) Stavanger, Norway Chess, Altibox
(78th) Wijk aan Zee, Tata Steel>

.. followed by (17th) Poikovsky, then maybe (20th) Vidmar Memorial (unregular), (11th) Edmonton (in terms of ELO strength and status), and a few others, or sometimes one-off events such as i.e. the latest Petrosian Memorial in 2014

Note, Zurich Chess Challenge (2016) is rapid and blitz combined, rather an exhibition type, lasting from friday evening to monday; Grenke Baden-Baden is not held this year, many series collapsed recently (or changed format to rapid or a team event, etc.). Open Festival are different and not included here.

Jul-29-16  Clemens Scheitz: Hi Sally,
Is it pyjamas or pajamas? Anyhow, I don't know if it's wise of you to make fun of someone else's pyjamas ( or did you delete that short video in your backyard ?).
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Clem,

I've decided I want red 'hammer & suckle' pyjamas (spelling looks right.) Maybe if I post a picture of me wearing them I'll get an invite to Karpov's next tournament...having played over the games from this years event I've just decided I could beat most of them in my sleep.

Now off to E-Bay looking for my 'hammer & sickle' pyjamas.

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  HeMateMe: they have retro USSR themed restaurants in Moscow. You can go in and have dinner with a Lenin-ball light illuminating your table, cheap speaker system nailed to walls, crappy five year plan samovars with tea, on hand. Maybe the waiter will ignore you for a half an hour, just it has that 70s 'feel.'
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  plang: Wide open with two rounds to go
Jul-30-16  jphamlore: I have to believe Bologan is at the moment suffering from some physical illness, and I wish him a full recovery, because he is playing some of the worst chess at this level ever. :-(
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  plang: I think Bologan has come back pretty well after a poor start
Aug-01-16  Keyser Soze: <: <didn't Karpov get rich by working with western money>

AFAIK Karpov got big money on oil business inside Rússia and other ventures. Not sure about the details, or about how "Western" we can call that.

Aug-01-16  et1: Congratulations GM Korobov !
Aug-01-16  botvinnik64: Korobov wins with a very impressive tournament; must be close to 2700. I love his games with Black here...
Aug-02-16  PhilFeeley: <diagonal> Interesting list. Why aren't there any American events? "World" Open? Chicago? Strange...
Aug-02-16  diagonal: <PhilFeeley> I focussed on annually recurring major *closed* tournaments series: the topic was the invitation of players, in Open Festivals this issue has no / less relevance (some top GM may have better financial conditions than others), that's why Gibraltar Open, Qatar Masters Open (Doha), Moscow Aeroflot Open, Reykjavik Open, Capelle-La-Grande Open, Dubai Open, Abu Dhabi Open, Al-Ain Chess Classic Open, or Hastings (today an Open), Sarajevo, Bosna (today an Open) and all other Open are not listed (neither are official FIDE Events), as you mention especially the US has a tradition of strong open tournaments. The Sinquefield Cup, St. Louis, Missouri, as closed individual international invitation supertournament, of course, is mentioned.

For a selection of about fifty major and annually recurring Open Chess Festivals (there are hundreds around the planet!), compare for instance this survey, as of 2014 (scroll down):

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  eternaloptimist: Congrats to Korobov for winning the Karpov Poikovsky Tournament! 4 wins is really good against a field this strong! On the other hand Bologan was very unwise to start his games w/ white w/ 3 different moves.: 1.♙d4 twice, 1.♘f3 & 1.♙e4 twice. That's too much theory to keep track of for him. Amazingly the 1 victory he got w/ white was when he played the King's Indian Attack vs Kovalenko! The KIA isn't much of an attack but Bologan whittled him down in the endgame. Bologan also got a win on the black side of a Ruy Lopez (Cozio Defense) which I have played the black side of as well. Although he did get 5 losses so overall it was a bad tourney for him.
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