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







Brief grandmasters commentaries after 6th round.


Giovanni employed new idea 16...f5!? (instead of Kg7? as Martinovic played against me) with further sacrifice of the exchange. Good compensation could be achieved for Black. However, White's position was full of dynamic. I opened the position and obtained the advantage. Of course, not all was so easy. Black had no more defense after tactical 31.Qe6! gxh4 32.Rc6!

Giovanni VESCOVI:

It was interesting game. I used new idea to sacrifice the exchange. I think, we both played well. Position was unclear. Just before the zeitnot I went wrong…

Rublevsky,S - Vescovi,G
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.c4 Nc6 6.Nc3 g6 7.d4 Bg7 8.d5 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Na5 10.Nd2 e5 11.0-0 Nf6 12.f4 exf4 13.Rxf4 Nh5 14.Rf1 0-0 15.e5 dxe5 16.Ne4
f5!? [16...Kg7?] 17.Nxc5 Qd6 18.Ne6 Nxc4 19.Nxf8 Rxf8 20.Bh6 Rd8 21.Qb3 Qc5+ 22.Kh1 b6 23.Bg5 Rd7 24.Qa4 b5 25.Qa6 Qxd5 26.Rab1 Kg7 27.Rxb5 Qd3 28.Re1 h6 29.Bh4 g5 30.Rc5 Nb2 31.Qe6! gxh4 32.Rc6! h3 33.Qxh6+ Kg8 34.Rc8+ Rd8 35.Qg5+ 1-0


Our game was very complicated. 25…Qg4 deserved attention (instead of 25…h5). After 26.Rae1 White improved his position. I made a mistake playing 26…Nf5. White had a chance for winning, rook ending was very hard for me. Alexey lingered one time and finally I could make a draw.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 c6 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bxd6 Qxd6 8.e3 Qg6 9.Qd2 Ne7 10.Nge2 Qd6 11.Ng3 Bf5 12.Nxf5 Nxf5 13.Bd3 Ne7 14.b4 a6 15.Na4 0-0 16.0-0 f5 17.Qc3 Nd7 18.Nc5 Nxc5 19.Qxc5 Qd7 20.a4 Rac8 21.Rfd1 f4 22.exf4 Rxf4 23.g3 Rf6 24.Qc2 Rcf8 25.Rf1 h5 [25...Qg4!?] 26.Rae1 Nf5? 27.Bxf5 Qxf5 28.Qxf5 Rxf5 29.f4 h4 30.Re6 hxg3 31.hxg3 R5f6 32.Re5 a5 33.bxa5 Ra8 34.Rb1 Rf7 35.Kf2 g6 36.Kf3 Rxa5 37.Rb4 Ra8 38.Kg4 Kg7 39.Kg5 Rd8 40.Rb3 Rd6 41.a5 Rdf6 42.Rbe3 Rf5+ 43.Rxf5 Rxf5+ 44.Kg4 Rf7 45.Re6 Kh7 46.Re5 Kh6 47.Kh4 Rd7 48.Re6 Rf7 49.Kg4 Kh7 50.Kf3 Rc7 51.Ke3 Kg7 52.Kd3 Kf7 53.Re1 Rc8 54.Kc3 Ra8 55.Kb4 Ra6 56.g4 Ra8 57.g5 Ra6 58.Re5 Ra8 1/2

Alexander ONISCHUK:

I played a bit "impudent" in opening; from the very first moves strove to complicate the position. I guess, on 8...Bd6 White had a good retort 9.f4. After White's 9.Nge2 Black obtained the stable advantage, strange though it may seem… May be, I could win even earlier; but I missed something and the fight was a bit more long.


1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.Nge2 Ba6 6.Ng3 h5 7.h4 Bb7 8.Bd2 Bd6 9.Nge2 [9.f4!?] 9...c5 10.Qc2 Nc6 11.a3 cxd4 12.exd4 Rc8 13.b4 a5 14.b5 Ne7 15.Qd3 Nf5 16.Ng1 Bb8 17.Nf3 d5 18.cxd5 Nxd5 19.Be2 Nxc3 20.Bxc3 0-0 21.Bb2 Qc7 22.Rc1 Qf4 23.Rxc8 Rxc8 24.g3 Qe4 25.Kd2 Nd6 26.Qxe4 Nxe4+ 27.Ke3 Nf6 28.Bd1 Ng4+ 29.Ke2 Bd5 30.Ke1 Bd6 31.Rf1 Bxf3 32.Bxf3 Rc2 33.Ba1 Bxa3 0-1