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







Quick draws are not always so simple...

Brief interviews with grandmasters after 4th round.

Alexander ONISCHUK:

Our game with Sergey Rublevsky was short.

I introduced the novelty 12...Qd6. After it my opponent had a dilemma - either to play 13.f4 in order to compel me to make a draw by the way as it happened in the game or to play 13.g3 and obtain complicated position with mutual chances.

Sergey preferred the first option because correctly considered that I better than he prepared to play positions after 13.g3.

Rublevsky,S - Onischuk,A
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nxc6 Qf6 6.Qd2 dxc6 7.Nc3 Bd4 8.Bd3 Ne7 9.0-0 Ng6 10.Kh1 Ne5 11.Be2 Ng4 12.Nd1 Qd6N 13.f4 [13.g3] 13...Nxh2 14.Kxh2 Qh6+ 15.Kg3 Qg6+ 16.Kh2 Qh6+ 1/2
Alexey DREEV:

Ivan Sokolov employed the classical variation of Queen Gambit in the game against me. In this line White should play very precise if he want to obtain the advantage in opening. To tell the truth, Ivan's choice of this line was a surprise for me; and I did not obtain the advantage. In addition, I spent a lot of time; that's why a draw. Unfortunately, not so good is 11.Bxg6 hxg5 12.Nxg5 fxg6 13.Qxg6+ Kd7 14.Qxg7+ Be7 15.Nf7 in view of 15...Rg8!

The final position is equal, because after 11Qxf6 bad is 12.e4 because of 12...Nf4. And if 12.Kb1 then simply castling - 120-0, and if 13.e4 then 13dxe4 14.Nxe4 Qd8.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Qc2 c6 7.Bg5 Bd6 8.e3 Nf8 9.Bd3 Ng6 10.0-0-0 h6 11.Bxf6 1/2