Gashimov and Motylev in race for Poikovsky Karpov trophy

the two players leading with 5.5 out of seven games

Alexander Motylev

GM Alexander Motylev

Vugar Gashimov of Azerbaijan and Alexander Motylev of Russia are still sharing the lead at the 10th International Poikovsky chess tournament, which is organized in honor of former world champion Anatoly Karpov. In round seven, both players faced Berlin Ruy Lopez with White, and while Motylev settled for a quick draw against Zahar Efimenko, Gashimov went on to crack Arkadij Naiditsch’s defence and score valuable point. The leaders are holding 5.5 points each.

Full point behind them is Ernesto Inarkiev, who is having a reputation of a fearless fighter. Quite unusually, the Russian has been shy in the last three rounds and signed that many draws. 4th is Emil Sutovsky of Israel, also known as second and manager to Gata Kamsky. Alexander Onischuk and Arkadij Naiditsch are sitting on 50% score, but in unequal mood – Onischuk has two consecutive wins, while German star connected two losses.

Mtel Masters 2009 winner and top-seed at Poikovsky, Alexei Shirov of Spain, appears to be dropping out of form and is currently last with one point.

Round 7 results:

GM Vugar Gashimov (AZE 2730) – GM Arkadij Naiditsch (GER 2700) 1-0

GM Viktor Bologan (MDA 2690) – GM Ernesto Inarkiev (RUS 2676) draw

GM Alexander Motylev (RUS 2677) – GM Zahar Efimenko (UKR 2682) draw

GM Alexander Onischuk (USA 2684) – GM Alexei Shirov (ESP 2745) 1-0

GM Sergei Rublevsky (RUS 2702) – GM Emil Sutovsky (ISR 2660) draw

Round 7 standings:

1-2. GM Vugar Gashimov (AZE 2730) and GM Alexander Motylev (RUS 2677) – 5.5

3. GM Ernesto Inarkiev (RUS 2676) – 4.5

4. GM Emil Sutovsky (ISR 2660) – 4.0

5-6. GM Alexander Onischuk (USA 2684) and GM Arkadij Naiditsch (GER 2700) – 3.5

7. GM Viktor Bologan (MDA 2690) – 3.0

8. GM Sergei Rublevsky (RUS 2702) – 2.5

9. GM Zahar Efimenko (UKR 2682) – 2.0

10. GM Alexei Shirov (ESP 2745) – 1.0

Poikovsky round 4

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