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Poikovsky: Jakovenko first from start to finish

Poikovsky: Jakovenko first from start to finish

From the very first round on he was leading, and he finished clear first after round 9: Dmitry Jakovenko. The Karpov Tournament in Poikovsky was a strong, 10-player round robin where a +3 score was enough for the Russian grandmaster. Ruslan Ponomariov finished second with half a point less; Radek Wojtaszek and Alexander Motylev shared third. Former World Championship contender Nigel Short ended in last place.

Dmitry Jakovenko wins in Poikovsky | Photo © Evgeny Vashenyaka courtesy of the Russian Chess Federation

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

In our previous report we wrote that thanks to his good start (4 out of 5) Jakovenko just needed a few more draws to finish clear first in Poikovsky. And indeed, the 29-year-old GM drew his last two games as well and still ended half a point ahead of Ruslan Ponomariov. Alexander Motylev's shared third place was a good result as well, only one player's TPR was very different from his own rating: Nigel Short's. The Englishman finished in last place. He wasn't in his best shape, but it also showed how strong this field actually was.

In round 8 Sergey Rublevsky added Viktor Bologan to his list of scalps in what seems to be one of his pet lines. It's a wonderfully simple concept against the Najdorf: 6.Bc4, 7.Bb3, 8.Bg5, 9.Qd2, 10.0-0-0 followed by Rhe1, Kb1 and f4. Theoretically speaking it's probably fine (we'll leave this to our ChessVibes Openings editors!) but in practice it's well worth a try!

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His game against Wang Yue must have been some sort of déjà vu for Nigel Short. We have already seen how he lost an ending an exchange up against Bruzon, and the following loss was completely unnecessary too: 

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In round 8 Ruslan Ponomariov once again showed how strong an endgame player he is. Sit back and enjoy:

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Karpov Tournament (Poikovsky) 2012 | All 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 ½-½ Rublevsky   Rublevsky ½-½ Wojtaszek
Onischuk ½-½ Short   Wang Yue ½-½ Bruzon
Motylev ½-½ Bologan   Bologan 1-0 Ponomariov
Ponomariov ½-½ Wang Yue   Short ½-½ Motylev
Bruzon ½-½ Wojtaszek   Jakovenko 1-0 Onischuk
Round 5 02.10.12 11:00 CET   Round 6 04.10.12 11:00 CET
Onischuk ½-½ Rublevsky   Rublevsky ½-½ Wang Yue
Motylev ½-½ Jakovenko   Bologan 0-1 Wojtaszek
Ponomariov 1-0 Short   Short 0-1 Bruzon
Bruzon 0-1 Bologan   Jakovenko ½-½ Ponomariov
Wojtaszek ½-½ Wang Yue   Onischuk ½-½ Motylev
Round 7 05.10.12 11:00 CET   Round 8 06.10.12 11:00 CET
Motylev 1-0 Rublevsky   Rublevsky 1-0 Bologan
Ponomariov ½-½ Onischuk   Short 0-1 Wang Yue
Bruzon ½-½ Jakovenko   Jakovenko ½-½ Wojtaszek
Wojtaszek ½-½ Short   Onischuk ½-½ Bruzon
Wang Yue ½-½ Bologan   Motylev ½-½ Ponomariov
Round 9 07.10.12 11:00 CET        
Ponomariov 1-0 Rublevsky        
Bruzon ½-½ Motylev        
Wojtaszek ½-½ Onischuk        
Wang Yue ½-½ Jakovenko        
Bologan ½-½ Short        

Karpov Tournament (Poikovsky) 2012 | Round 9 standings


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wortwart's picture

Ponomariov's win against Rublevsky was a worthy game for a Karpov tournament.

Thomas's picture

Did they use football scoring? It might be understandable because last year's edition was very drawish, but it doesn't seem to be the case according to the tournament homepage (I cannot read Russian but I can read the numbers 6, 5 1/2, 5, 5 etc.).

Peter Doggers's picture

Not that I know, but... we were testing a new script which shows final standings tables with football score automatically, but something went wrong and for about 15 minutes the table above was also shown with football score.

fernando's picture

Is it really the second victory in a row at Poikovsky for Jakovenko ?
Onischuk succeeded to achieve 8 draws out of 9 games.Hope it was in a fighting spirit way .

Bronkenstein's picture

Just second, not second in a row for Jako. Bacrot won (on TB, shared first with Karjakin) last year.

Thomas's picture

This site (for some reason not high up on the Google list for "Poikovsky chess") has most earlier results:
Jakovenko was sole first in 2007, and shared first in 2008 (with Rublevsky - apparently winner on tiebreak - Gashimov and Shirov).

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