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







Brief grandmasters commentaries after 7th round.

Alexey DREEV:

In this game the critical position was after my 26e5. White's 27.Rdg1 was not the good move. After 27.Re4 c5! 28.d5 Nf6 29.Rxe5 Rxd5 position is better for Black. However, White could play 27.Re1!? Nf6 28.Rxe5 Rxe5 29.Nxe5 Nxg4 30.Nf7+ Kh7 31.Nxd8 Nxf2 32.Kc2 and arising position is unclear, interesting and non-standard.

30.Ne5 was a mistake. Of course, White can not play 30.c4 in view of 30...Ne4 with further Nd2 and winning a pawn. Better would be 30.Kc2; may be, Black would be a better but only a little.


1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bf4 Bb4+ 12.c3 Be7 13.0-0-0 Ngf6 14.Kb1 0-0 15.Ne5 Qa5 16.Ne4 Rad8 17.Nxf6+ Bxf6 18.Qg3 Kh8 19.Nd3 Qf5 20.Qf3 Bg5 21.Bxg5 Qxg5 22.g4 f5 23.Qf4 fxg4 24.Qxg5 hxg5 25.Rhg1 Rf5 26.Rxg4
e5 27.Rdg1 Nf6 28.Rxg5 Rxg5 29.Rxg5 exd4 30.Ne5? Kh7 31.Kc2 dxc3 32.bxc3 Ne4 33.Rg4 Rd2+ 34.Kb3 Nxf2 35.Rb4 Rd5 36.Nc4 Nd3 0-1