Reports | September 29, 2012 18:22

Dmitry Jakovenko on 2/2 in Poikovsky


Dmitry Jakovenko is the only player to win in the first two rounds of the Karpov Tournament. In a game between first-round winners, the 29-year-old Russian grandmaster beat Nigel Short on Saturday. Ruslan Ponomariov is half a point behind Jakovenko thanks to an endgame victory against Radek Wojtaszek. Sergei Rublevsky beat Lazaro Bruzon and Motylev won against Wang Yue.

Event 13th Karpov tournament | PGN via TWIC
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

You might remember last year's 12th edition of the Karpov tournament, but if you don't, that's understandable. It was an extremely quiet, not to say somnolent tournament with only 11/45 decisive games. This year's edition will surely beat that as after two rounds there have been seven decisive games and only three draws! After today's round, in which winners became losers and vice versa, Jakovenko leads with 2/2, followed by Ponomariov with 1.5.

Thanks to lot number one Nigel Short started with two whites, and in both games he played 1.c4, like his compatriot Howard Staunton liked to do in his time. After a few moves the position was a kind of Anti-Meran but with White's pawn still on d2 instead of d4. This made Jakovenko decide to create a classical center with ...e6-e5, even if it cost him the bishop pair. Short then pushed his pawns on the kingside and moved his king there as well, but Jakovenko showed that this plan was too risky.

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In a Slow Slav Wang Yue played a few strange moves, including Ke1-d2-c2, and was punished for it by Motylev.

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Rublevsky, who coached the gold winning Russian women's team at the Istanbul Olympiad, played a nice ending that resulted from a Scotch middlegame.

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Like Ivanchuk earlier this week, Ponomariov played the out-of-fashion 7...Na6 against Wojtaszek's Russian System in the Grünfeld. It used to be Kasparov's choice, and it might have been part of the preparation of the Ukrainian team for the Olympiad. Ponomariov got a good position out of the opening, eventually reached a B vs N ending and managed to win it on move 67.

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Bologan went for the drawish 5.Re1 line against Onischuk's Berlin Wall and a draw it was.

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Karpov Tournament (Poikovsky) 2012 | Schedule & results

Round 1 28.09.12 11:00 CET   Round 2 29.09.12 11:00 CET
Short 1-0 Rublevsky   Rublevsky 1-0 Bruzon
Jakovenko 1-0 Bologan   Wojtaszek 0-1 Ponomariov
Onischuk ½-½ Wang Yue   Wang Yue 0-1 Motylev
Motylev 0-1 Wojtaszek   Bologan ½-½ Onischuk
Ponomariov ½-½ Bruzon   Short 0-1 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        

Karpov Tournament (Poikovsky) 2012 | Round 2 standings


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Naka 2800+ by the end of the year ?

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