3rd Karpov International Chess Tournament / Poikovsky, 16-24 April 2002

Standings

Participants

Games

 Poikovsky

 

Background of the tournament

The strongest international tournament in Russia within the last few years is helding neither in a big center (such as Moscow or St. Petersburg), nor even in a town, but in a settlement Poikovsky of the Nefteyugansk region, which is a part of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area.

Poikovsky

 

In early March the year 2000 the head of the Nefteyugansk region Administration Alexander Valentinovich Klepikov, stressed the importance of holding a tournament dedicated to Anatoly Yevgenievich Karpov in the area.

Quite naturally, the head of the local administration shared his idea with the twelfth World Champion, who not only endorsed the idea, but also gave his support.

Also support to the tournament was privided my Major of Poikovsky and numerous sponsors, mostly representing the oil-producing sector of the economy.

And in August 2000 nine GMs and one IM from 7 countries - V.Bologan (MDA), A.Onischuk (UKR), E.Sveshnikov (RUS), G.Veskovi (BRA), U.Adianto (INA), A.Galkin (RUS), J.Ehlvest (EST), Bu (CHN), S.Dvoirys (RUS) and S.Pozin (RUS) came to Poikovsky. The tournament was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of attainment the World Champion title by Anatoly Karpov.

The first place with a perfect score 7/9 took GM Bologan from Moldova.

 

Poikovsky Karpov 2000
(FIDE Category 14) 24.08 - 04.09.2000

Bologan,Viktor MDA 7.0 I
Onischuk, Alexander UKR 6 II
Ehlvest, Jaan EST 5.5 III-IV
Sveshnikov, Eugeny RUS 5.5 III-IV
...      

 

The tournament was very well organized and was well reviewed in the press. The participants came home full of the most favorable impressions. They had only one wish: to take part in this tournament again.

The Karpov-Klepikov tandem did the job again. Just a few phone calls and the wish came true. The tournament became traditional. This time the event was scheduled for May. As long as the event is dedicated to Karpov, it makes sense to time it for the celebration of Anatoy Yevgenievich's 50th birthday.

Again 9 GMs and one IM participated (that time from 8 countries). As year before, the clear 1st place took GM Bologan.

Poikovsky Karpov 2001
(FIDE Category 15) 1-9.05.2001

Games and some materials
about the tournament

1 Bologan,Viktor 2676 MDA
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= = 0 1 1 = 1 = 1 6.0 I
2 Lputian, Smbat 2607 ARM =
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= = = 1 1 0 1 = 5.5 II-III
3 Rublevsky,Sergei 2657 RUS = =
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= = = = 1 1 = 5.5 II-III
4 Zvjaginsev,Vadim 2627 RUS 1 = =
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0 0 = 1 1 = 5.0 4-5
5 Georgiev, Kiril 2676 BUL 0 = = 1
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= = = = 1 5.0 4-5
6 Onischuk, Alexander 2658 UKR 0 0 = 1 =
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1 = = = 4.5 6-7
7 Leitao, Rafael 2587 BRA = 0 = = = 0
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1 = 1 4.5 6-7
8 Obodchuk, Andrei 2419 RUS 0 1 0 0 = = 0
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= 1 3.5 8
9 Morovic Fernandez, Ivan 2565 CRO = 0 0 0 = = = =
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= 3.0 9
10 Mitkov, Nikola 2578 FRM 0 = = = 0 = 0 0 =
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2.5 10
Average Elo: 2605

 

The category of the tournament is growing up from year to year, and now it achieved a 16th (only around 15 tournaments of such or higher categories are organized in the world every year)! Ten players from 7 countries came to Poikovsky. Nine top-GMs (few of them are "regular" participants) - A.Dreev, R.Vaganian, I.Sokolov, V.Zvjaginsev, S.Rublevsky, A.Onischuk, V.Bologan, A.Aleksandrov, G.Vescovi and one home-player, IM A.Obodchuk, participated in 3rd tournament.