Morozevich Edges Jakovenko at Poikovsky

Morozevich Edges Jakovenko at Poikovsky

A last-round draw completed an undefeated nine rounds for GM Alexander Morozevich at the 15th Karpov Tournament in Poikovsky, Russia. The split point turned out to be enough as pre-round co-leader GM Dmitry Jakovenko lost to GM Ian Nepomniachtchi, dropping him to second. The event took place from May 11-20, 2014.

Morozevich had shared the lead with Jakovenko since the conclusion of round five, but the former ended on 6/9, a half-point ahead at the wire.

GM Alexander Morozevich climbed back into the world's top 25 (photo: Russian Chess Federation)

The winner's final round draw was not your average early handshake affair (as opposed to round 8, when he drew with Nepomniachtchi as White in 16 moves). All results were possible with open lines everywhere:

Meanwhile, co-leader Jakovenko suffered the same fate as GM Alex Lenderman. Just a few days previously, Lenderman led the U.S. Championship but lost to GM Gata Kamsky on the Black side of a King's Indian Attack. 

Nepomniachtchi played in almost the exact same way as Kamsky - advancing his pawn to h6 and eventually creating constant problems on the dark squares. In the end, Jakovenko couldn't stop the c-pawn (for Lenderman, the a-pawn led to his eventual downfall, even though it never moved).

GMs Etienne Bacrot and Alexei Shirov also finished undefeated; they both garnered a lone win with eight draws for 5/9. GM Ivan Saric, the tournament leader early on, tripped in the second half. He only scored 0.5/4 and fell to even and a tie for fifth.

15th Karpov Tournament Final Crosstable





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