Karjakin wins on tiebreak in Poikovsky

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PoikovskyHe needed a little help from his opponent in the last round, but after winning the ACP World Rapid Cup Sergey Karjakin also managed to finish first in Poikovsky. Finishing with three out of three, Viktor Bologan also scored 7/11, but the Moldav GM had a slightly worse tiebreak.

The 11th edition of the tournament named after 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov took place June 2-13 in Poikovsky, Russia. For the first time the tournament had not 10, but 12 players. See our first report for more info.

Rounds 9-11

In round 9 Vitiugov managed to surprise Rublevsky in the opening - in a well-known QGA position.

Vitiugov-Rublevsky Poikovsky White went 6.d5!? and after 6...b5 7.Bb3 exd5 (7...c4 8.dxe6! Qxd1+ 9.Bxd1) 8.Bxd5 Ra7 9.e4 Nf6 10.Nc3 Nxd5 11.Nxd5 Nc6 12.O-O Be6 13.a4 Black fell into a trap with the careless 13...Be7? Poikovsky Can you see how? See the game viewer below.

Karjakin couldn't beat Onischuk, who defended a rook ending superbly. After reaching the following position, the American easily found a few only moves.

Karjakin-Onischuk Poikovsky 72...Kf4! 73.Ra4+ Kf3 74.Ra3+ Kf4 75.Kc6 g5 76.Kd5 g4 77.Ra4+ Kf3 78.Ke5 g3 79.Ra3+ Kg4 80.Kf6 and Karjakin offered a draw. Without Black's f-pawn the ending is lost, but with it it's a draw, the reason being that it protects the black king from a check on f8!

Fireworks in the following game.

Sutovsky-Vitiugov Poikovsky White couldn't resist the temptation and went 22.Rxf7!? Qxf7 23.Bxg6 and here Black should have given back a piece with 23...Qf6!! 24.Be4+ Qg5 25.Bxc7 Qxg3 26.Bxg3. Instead, after 23...Qf2+ 24.Qxf2 Rxf2 25.Kxf2 Rf8+ with 26.Kg1 White could have kept an advantage. Poikovsky But Sutovsky missed another trick by playing 26.Kg3? - can you see what was wrong with that move?

Karjakin had been under pressure in a Winawer French, but again luck was not on Sutovsky's side.

Karjakin-Sutovsky Poikovsky By now the ending should end in a draw, but with 47...Rh3? Black didn't give his rook enough checking distance. 47...Kd6 48.Kf5 Rf1+ is equal. 48.g5! Kd6 49.Kf5 and White won.

After two strong wins Bologan got yet another full point in a bishop ending against last year's winner Motylev, who this time finished at the bottom of the standings.

Bologan-Motylev Poikovsky Black erred with 61...f4? (61...g5! is a draw) 62.Bc3+ Kg5 63.Bxg7 Kxh5 64.Bd4 Kh4 65.Bc5 Bb8 66.Kd4 Kg5 67.d6 a5 68.Kd5 a4 69. Bb6 1-0

Karpov Tournament (Poikovsky) 2010 | Round 11 (Final) Standings Karpov Tournament (Poikovsky) 2010 | Round 11 Standings

Games rounds 9-11

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