Reports | September 27, 2012 18:45

13th Karpov Tournament starts tomorrow, Ponomariov top seed

13th Karpov Tournament starts tomorrow, Ponomariov top seed

For the diehard chess fan there's good news: you don't have two do with just two top tournaments anymore. Besides London and Sao Paulo, there's a third strong event starting tomorrow : the 13th Karpov Tournament in Poikovsky, Russia. The pairings for the first round are Short-Rubslevsky, Jakovenko-Bologan, Onischuk-Wang Yue, Ponomariov-Bruzon and Motylev-Wojtaszek.

Event 13th Karpov tournament
Dates September 28-October 7, 2012
Location Poikovsky, Russia
System 10-player round robin
Players Ruslan Ponomariov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Lazaro Bruzon, Viktor Bologan, Nigel Short, Sergei Rublevsky, Wang Yue, Alexander Onischuk and Alexander Motylev

The 13th Karpov Tournament will take place 27 September - 8 October in Poikovsky, Russia. Poikovsky is located in the Nefteyugansk region of the Khanty-Mansiysk autonomous area. It's about 150km eastern of Khanty-Mansiysk. Its name comes from the nearby river Poyka. The population is close to 30,000 people and the main economic drive is the extraction of oil and gas.

Last year the tournament, named after the 12th World Champion, was won by Etienne Bacrot, who edged out Sergey Karjakin on tie-break. This year the participants are Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR, 2729), Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS 2724), Radoslaw Wojtaszek (POL, 2713), Lazaro Bruzon Batista (CUB, 2713), Viktor Bologan (MDA, 2712), Nigel Short (ENG, 2698), Sergei Rublevsky (RUS, 2693), Wang Yue (CHN, 2691), Alexander Onischuk (USA, 2672) and Alexander Motylev (RUS, 2658). They play a round-robin of 9 rounds with a rest day on October 3rd.

The rounds start at 15:00 local time which is 11:00 CET. The games in London start four hours later, and five hours after that, the first moves are made in Sao Paulo. For a number of days, (European) chess fans can follow top chess all day long.

Karpov Tournament (Poikovsky) 2012 | Schedule

Round 1 28.09.12 11:00 CET   Round 2 29.09.12 11:00 CET
Short - Rublevsky   Rublevsky - Bruzon
Jakovenko - Bologan   Wojtaszek - Ponomariov
Onischuk - Wang Yue   Wang Yue - Motylev
Motylev - Wojtaszek   Bologan - Onischuk
Ponomariov - Bruzon   Short - Jakovenko
Round 3 30.09.12 11:00 CET   Round 4 01.10.12 11:00 CET
Jakovenko - Rublevsky   Rublevsky - Wojtaszek
Onischuk - Short   Wang Yue - Bruzon
Motylev - Bologan   Bologan - Ponomariov
Ponomariov - Wang Yue   Short - Motylev
Bruzon - Wojtaszek   Jakovenko - Onischuk
Round 5 02.10.12 11:00 CET   Round 6 04.10.12 11:00 CET
Onischuk - Rublevsky   Rublevsky - Wang Yue
Motylev - Jakovenko   Bologan - Wojtaszek
Ponomariov - Short   Short - Bruzon
Bruzon - Bologan   Jakovenko - Ponomariov
Wojtaszek - Wang Yue   Onischuk - Motylev
Round 7 05.10.12 11:00 CET   Round 8 06.10.12 11:00 CET
Motylev - Rublevsky   Rublevsky - Bologan
Ponomariov - Onischuk   Short - Wang Yue
Bruzon - Jakovenko   Jakovenko - Wojtaszek
Wojtaszek - Short   Onischuk - Bruzon
Wang Yue - Bologan   Motylev - Ponomariov
Round 9 07.10.12 11:00 CET        
Ponomariov - Rublevsky        
Bruzon - Motylev        
Wojtaszek - Onischuk        
Wang Yue - Jakovenko        
Bologan - Short        


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Author: Peter Doggers

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Excalibur's picture

My money is on the Pole!

bronkenstein's picture

Suddenly, so much tournaments that they are heavily overlapping...I remember the almost eventless first half of the year.

sulutas's picture

I guess (and hope) Jakovenko will win this tournament. He has been quite underrated for a while.

Anonymous's picture

Why no super tourneys in the USA?

Anonymous's picture

Why no super tourneys in the USA?

RG13's picture

The people running the biggest tournaments in the USA are the CCA and they just like to do big open Swiss tournaments because they are the most profitable. For instance amateurs pay over $300 usd to play in the World Open for a chance to win big money prizes:

Sakis's picture

Something's wrong with the times in the article.It can't be 4 hours difference between local time and CET.

Remco Gerlich's picture

Why not?

Sakis's picture

My mistake,it's on the eastern part of Russia.After such a miscalculation I just resign the game.

ShockeR's picture

Go go Wojtaszek !!!

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