Shirov Favourite at Poikovsky Tournament

Shirov Favourite at Poikovsky Tournament

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The 10th International Poikovsky tournament starts tomorrow in errr...Poikovsky, Russia. It's also known as the 'Karpov Tournament in Poikovsky', since it is held in honour of the former world champion.

The event takes place from 3-12 June, and top seed this year is Alexei Shirov (pictured) who arrives in good form after his recent win at Mtel.  The full line-up is:

Alexei Shirov 2745
Vugar Gashimov 2730
Sergei Rublevsky 2702
Arkadij Naiditsch 2700
Viktor Bologan 2690
Alexander Onischuk 2684
Zahar Efimenko 2682
Alexander Motylev 2677
Ernesto Inarkiev 2676
Emil Sutovsky 2660

Games start at 3pm local time, except the final round which starts at 1pm, and there is a rest day on 8 June.

Last year's edition had a similar line-up but Shirov couldn't quite win first place outright after losing in the penultimate round to Gashimov (see game below).  Perhaps he can go one better this time, but it's a strong field.  The official site (in Russian) is here.

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