The International Chess Tournament named after the former world champion Anatoly Karpov is taking place from 27th August to 7th September in Poikovsky, Russia.
After the rest day the event was resumed with the round 4 games.
The game was actually very interesting throughout. Cheparinov started with the Gruenfeld Indian defence and Bologan replied with the popular 3.f3. This line is definitely deeply analysed in Moldovan chess circles as GM Dmitry Svetushkin has just published a book “The Ultimate Anti-Grünfeld – A Sämisch Repertoire”.
Bologan sacrificed a piece to bring the rooks to the 7th rank, but it was not obvious how could he achieve advantage. Cheparinov helped by hastily giving the extra piece for the advanced pawn.
The resulting rook endgame clearly favored white but it was not easy to convert 3 vs 2 P into a full point. Bologan had patience and skill to execute a maneuver similar to the theoretical Grigoriev’s combined method to finally win the game.
Round 4 results:
Alexander Onischuk – Viktor Laznicka 1-0
Dmitry Jakovenko – Alexander Motylev ½-½
Emil Sutovsky – Ian Nepomniachtchi ½-½
Ernesto Inarkiev – Pavel Eljanov 0-1
Viktor Bologan – Ivan Cheparinov 1-0
Round 4 standings:
1-5. Eljanov Pavel UKR 2702, Motylev Alexander RUS 2663, Jakovenko Dmitry RUS 2724, Onischuk Alexander USA 2667 and Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2723 – 2,5
6-7. Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2693 and Sutovsky Emil ISR 2660 – 2,0
8. Bologan Viktor MDA 2672 – 1,5
9-10. Laznicka Viktor CZE 2677 and Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2678 – 1,0