Exhilarating Chess From Poikovsky

Exhilarating Chess From Poikovsky

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The tournament is only three rounds old, but already some exhilarating chess has been played at the 16th Karpov Tournament in Poikovsky, Russia.

Photos © Evgenya Vashenyaka courtesy of the Russian Chess Federation.

This year the annual tournament named after 12th world champion Anatoly Karpov has reached its 16th anniversary edition. As always, it is held in Poikovsky.

Located in the Nefteyugansk region of the Khanty-Mansiysk autonomous area (a.k.a. somewhere in Siberia Wink), Poikovsky is named after the nearby river Poyka. The population is close to 30,000 and the main economic drive is the extraction of oil and gas.

Fifteen years ago local authorities decided that a big chess tournament would do the region well. A year later a chess school for children was opened which was, like the tournament, named after Anatoly Karpov.

Karpov among this year's participants; we also recognize
Wijk aan Zee tournament director Jeroen van den Berg!

As in just about every previous edition, the players field in the tournament is a nice mixture of both solid and more aggressive players. The full list:

Alexei Shirov (2712), Alexander Morozevich (2711), Anton Korobov (2700), Viktor Laznicka (2676), Igor Lysyj (2671), Ernesto Inarkiev (2660), Ilia Smirin (2655), Denis Khismatullin (2651), Emil Sutovsky (2635) and Viktor Bologan (2607).

Fifteen games have been played so far, and some of them were truly great fights. Let's start with this one from the first round:

Sutovsky: a risky strategy that paid off in the end.

Sutovsky's aggressive, daring play was rewarded once again in the second round. With lot number one he got to play with the white pieces again, and with Alexei Shirov as an opponent the game was destined to be a fascinating one:


The start of a sharp game between Sutovsky and Shirov.

In the second round Inarkiev won an excellent game against Laznicka, but the next day the Russian GM lost to 2014 russian champion Igor Lysyj, who played his queen to b3 no less than seven times! Is that a record for Tim Krabbé?

The playing hall in Poikovsky's Neptune Sports Complex.

Alexander Morozevich played several times, but never won in Poikovsky. Last year he had a great start, but this time around he took off with two straight losses. Warmed up, his third-round win over Smirin wasn't bad at all:


For a first Poikovsky victory Morozevich will need a serious comeback.

Karpov Tournament 2015 | Round 3 Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SB
1 Korobov 2700 2783 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½             1 2.0/3 3.00
2 Lysyj 2671 2792 ½ phpfCo1l0.png       1 ½       2.0/3 3.00
3 Bologan 2607 2807 ½   phpfCo1l0.png         ½   1 2.0/3 2.50
4 Sutovsky 2635 2800       phpfCo1l0.png 0     1 1   2.0/3 2.00
5 Laznicka 2676 2650       1 phpfCo1l0.png 0 ½       1.5/3 2.50
6 Inarkiev 2660 2686   0     1 phpfCo1l0.png     ½   1.5/3 2.00
7 Smirin 2655 2566   ½     ½   phpfCo1l0.png     0 1.0/3 1.75
8 Khismatullin 2651 2531     ½ 0       phpfCo1l0.png ½   1.0/3 1.50
9 Shirov 2712 2529       0   ½   ½ phpfCo1l0.png   1.0/3 1.25
10 Morozevich 2711 2534 0   0       1     phpfCo1l0.png 1.0/3 1.00
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