The Throne Is Never Vacant

Время публикации: 07.10.2015 23:38 | Последнее обновление: 08.10.2015 03:21

Antov Korobov's triumpant debut in Poikovsky

This time, the omen "the winner is the one showing up the last" hasn't proved to be right. However, if one substitutes "next to last" for "the last", then it has worked perfectly. Anton Korobov's participation in the 16th Poikovsky Karpov tournament was announced less than two weeks before the start, during the first half of the World Cup. The player who had been supposed to come instead of Korobov - Alexander Onischuk - has now every reason to recall another saying, the one in the headline, quite often.

In fact, the one showing up the last has also had a good tournament: Denis Khismatullin, who had replaced Dmitry Jakovenko several days before round 1, won his last two games and finished tied for the 3rd place with Ernesto Inarkiev and Emil Sutovsky. The Sonnebonn-Berger brought the bronze to Inarkiev though. As for the 1st place, the same tiebreak gave the upperhand to Korobov, while Viorel Bologan remained the second

In th last round, both of the future winners were White. While Korobov offered Laznicka a draw when the fight was just about to start, Bologan - Lysyj encounter turned out to be much more tense: White had some advantage, but Laznicka managed to hold.

Noteworthy is the outcome of the sharp battle between Morozevich and Khismatullin.


The reader will probably spot the fatigue that could mark players' performance at the end of a difficult round-robin (yes, this doesn't apply to knock-out competitions only!). So, let us not spam with the question marks.
30.Qe2 Both kings are in potential danger, but this circumstance seems to have been underestimated by the last year winner of the Poikovsky tournament. 30.Qb3! d5 31.Qb8+ Qxb8 32.Rxb8+ Kd7 33.Rxf8 dxe4 34.Rxf7+ Kd6 35.fxe4 would have led to an endgame probably winning for White.
30...Kd8 31.Rb3 (31.Qb2! with similar ideas) 31...d5 32.Qb2 dxe4 33.Rb8+ Kd7 34.Rxf8 Kc6 35.Qe2 (why not taking the pawn? - 35.fxe4) 35...e3!

The white king is not any less weak than his Black counterpart, whilst the e3-pawn is an excellent asset.  
36.c5? Qb7? The game could be over immediately by 36...Rxh2+! 37.Qxh2 Qxh2+ 38.Kxh2 e2.
37.Rd8 Rxc5 38.Rd1 After 38.Qd3! Black would hardly be against the repetition: 38...Rd5 39.Qc3+ Rc5, etc.
38...Rc3! 39.h4 Qb6 40.Qg2 Qb3! White's position is hopeless, and Morozevich decided to resign. 0-1

Information on the 16th Poikovsky tournament

See all the games from the last round.

[Event "16th Karpov Poikovsky"] [Site "Poikovsky RUS"] [Date "2015.10.07"] [Round "9.1"] [White "Bologan, Viktor"] [Black "Lysyj, Igor"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E21"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "three knights variation"] [EventDate "2015.09.28"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 c5 5. g3 cxd4 6. Nxd4 O-O 7. Bg2 d5 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Qb3 Qa5 10. Bd2 Nc6 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. O-O Bxc3 13. bxc3 Ba6 14. Rfd1 Qc5 15. e4 Bc4 16. Qa4 Nb6 17. Qb4 Qh5 18. Be3 Be2 19. Rd2 Rab8 20. Bxb6 axb6 21. a4 c5 22. Qb3 Bf3 23. Bxf3 Qxf3 24. Re1 h5 25. Re3 Qf6 26. e5 Qe7 27. Rd6 h4 28. Kg2 Qb7+ 29. f3 Rfd8 30. Qb5 Rxd6 31. exd6 Qd5 32. Rd3 Qa2+ 33. Kh3 hxg3 34. hxg3 e5 35. d7 Qe6+ 36. g4 Rd8 37. a5 e4 38. fxe4 Qxe4 39. axb6 c4 40. Rd4 Qe3+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "16th Karpov Poikovsky"] [Site "Poikovsky RUS"] [Date "2015.10.07"] [Round "9.2"] [White "Korobov, Anton"] [Black "Laznicka, Viktor"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E21"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "three knights variation"] [EventDate "2015.09.28"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 b6 5. e3 Bb7 6. Bd3 O-O 7. O-O d5 8. cxd5 exd5 9. a3 Bd6 10. b4 a6 11. Qb3 Nbd7 12. a4 Qe7 13. Ba3 Rfb8 14. Rfb1 c5 15. bxc5 bxc5 16. dxc5 Nxc5 17. Bxc5 Bxc5 18. Ne2 a5 19. Ned4 g6 20. Rc1 1/2-1/2 [Event "16th Karpov Poikovsky"] [Site "Poikovsky RUS"] [Date "2015.10.07"] [Round "9.3"] [White "Inarkiev, Ernesto"] [Black "Sutovsky, Emil"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B35"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "accelerated fianchetto, modern variation with Bc4"] [EventDate "2015.09.28"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 g6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Bc4 O-O 8. Bb3 d6 9. f3 Nxd4 10. Bxd4 Be6 11. Qd2 Qa5 12. O-O-O b5 13. Kb1 b4 14. Nd5 Bxd5 15. exd5 Qb5 16. Rhe1 a5 17. Qe2 Qxe2 18. Rxe2 a4 19. Bc4 Rfc8 20. b3 Rc7 21. Bb5 axb3 22. cxb3 Ra5 23. Bc4 Rb7 24. g3 Ne8 25. Bf2 Bf6 26. Be1 Ra8 27. f4 Nc7 28. g4 h6 29. h4 g5 30. hxg5 hxg5 31. Bd2 Nb5 32. Bxb5 Rxb5 33. fxg5 Be5 34. Be1 Kg7 35. Re4 Rab8 36. Rd3 Kg6 37. Bd2 R8b7 38. Rc4 Rb8 39. Kc2 Ra8 40. Kb1 Rab8 41. Kc1 Rc5 42. Rxc5 dxc5 43. Re3 Bd6 44. Rh3 c4 45. Rh6+ Kg7 46. Be3 c3 47. Bd4+ f6 48. Rh5 Bf4+ 49. Kb1 Rc8 50. Kc2 Ra8 51. Kb1 Rc8 52. Kc2 Ra8 53. Kb1 1/2-1/2 [Event "16th Karpov Poikovsky"] [Site "Poikovsky RUS"] [Date "2015.10.07"] [Round "9.4"] [White "Smirin, Ilia"] [Black "Shirov, Alexei"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B91"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf, Zagreb (fianchetto) variation"] [EventDate "2015.09.28"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. g3 e5 7. Nb3 b5 8. a4 b4 9. Nd5 Bb7 10. Nxf6+ Qxf6 11. Bg2 Nc6 12. a5 Be7 13. O-O O-O 14. Be3 Bc8 15. f4 exf4 16. gxf4 Bb7 17. Nd4 Rac8 18. Ra4 Bd8 19. Nf5 Bc7 20. Rxb4 Ba8 21. Rc4 Rce8 22. Qg4 Bxa5 23. e5 dxe5 24. Bxc6 1-0 [Event "16th Karpov Poikovsky"] [Site "Poikovsky RUS"] [Date "2015.10.07"] [Round "9.5"] [White "Morozevich, Alexander"] [Black "Khismatullin, Denis"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B51"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Canal-Sokolsky (Nimzovich-Rossolimo, Moscow) attack"] [EventDate "2015.09.28"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. d4 cxd4 5. Qxd4 a6 6. Bxd7+ Bxd7 7. O-O Rc8 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bh4 Nf6 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. c4 Rg8 12. Qd3 f5 13. exf5 Rc5 14. f6 Bh3 15. Ne1 Bxg2 16. Nxg2 Rcg5 17. Kh1 Rxg2 18. Nc3 e6 19. Ne4 Qc7 20. Rad1 Qc6 21. b4 R2g4 22. f3 Rg2 23. a4 Rb2 24. b5 Qc7 25. Rf2 Rxf2 26. Nxf2 Rg5 27. Ne4 Rf5 28. bxa6 bxa6 29. Rb1 Rh5 30. Qe2 Kd8 31. Rb3 d5 32. Qb2 dxe4 33. Rb8+ Kd7 34. Rxf8 Kc6 35. Qe2 e3 36. c5 Qb7 37. Rd8 Rxc5 38. Rd1 Rc3 39. h4 Qb6 40. Qg2 Qb3 0-1 


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  • Pavel Eljanov disappointed Dmitry Jakovenko ones again: recently he defeated Russian GM in a mini match of the World Cup which took place in Tromso. Today Ukrainian took an upper hand on Jakovenko in Round 5 of the Poikovsky tournament.

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    Emil Sutovsky gained a confident win over Viktor Laznicka recovering from yesterday's loss.


    33.Qg7. Laznicka preferred to resign here.

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    Crioatian GM grabbed an advantage as white in a rare line of Caro-Kann in the encounter against Pavel Eljanov. Ukrainian tried to save the position but after the decisive breakthrough of the king on e5 square it was already impossible. This is third in a row win of the 23-year-old Saric - the youngest participant of the event.

  • Poikovsky: Jakovenko is second, Shirov and Bacrot share third

  • Dmitry Jakovenko replaced Saric in the shared lead position two rounds to go. Russian GM may be following a balanced tactics: he defeated two outsiders (at the time those games were played) Bologan and Sutovsky. Then he made two short draws with the compatriots, today he won an important game against the grandmaster from Croatia.