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







White's bishops sacrifices on h6...

Brief interviews with grandmasters after 5th round.

Alexander ONISCHUK:

I played the good game today. My opponent not quite precisely played in opening. Probably, 15...h6 was a loosing move. I succeeded in proving that it is so.

Giovanni VESCOVI:

My opponent played very interesting, made interesting move 15.Nd2; I simply could not perceive all variations. I decided to take a risk and replied 15...h6.

It was a mistake. I think, Alexander played very strongly today.

Onischuk,A - Vescovi,G
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 c5 7.0-0 cxd4 8.exd4 dxc4 9.Bxc4 b6 10.Bg5 Bb7 11.Re1 Nbd7 12.Rc1 Rc8 13.Qb3 Bxc3 14.Rxc3 Qe8 15.Nd2 h6
16.Bxh6 gxh6 17.Rh3 Rxc4 18.Nxc4 Kg7 19.Qg3+ Kh7 20.Qd3+ Kg7 21.Nd6 Qb8 22.Rxe6 fxe6 23.Rg3+ Ng4 24.Rxg4+ Kf6 25.Qh7 1-0


Rafael realized the fine sacrifice. Instead of 18.g4, he could obtain very strong attack by 18.Nh4 Bh7 19.Bh3, for instance: 19...Bb4 20.Nf5 Bxf5 21.Bxf5 Bxc3 22.Rd7! with winning position. After 18.g4 the position became unclear and after intense struggle appeared a draw.


Vaganian,R - Zvjaginsev,V
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 Nc6 6.Qa4 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Bd6 8.Nc3 0-0 9.Qxc4 e5 10.d5 Ne7 11.0-0 h6 12.Rfd1 a6 13.a4 c6 14.dxc6 Nxc6 15.Qh4 Bf5 16.Bxh6 gxh6 17.Qxh6 Qe7 18.g4 Bg6 19.g5 Ng4 20.Qh4 f5 21.gxf6 Nxf6 22.Qh6 Bh7 23.Ng5 Nd4 24.Nxh7 Qxh7 25.Qxh7+ Kxh7 26.e3 Nb3 27.Rab1 Rad8 28.Bxb7 a5 29.Ne4 Be7 -