Bologan and Riazantsev strike first blood.

The first round of the 11th Karpov Poikovsky tournament (In Siberia, Russia) saw two victories, Victor Bologan with White and Alexander Riazantsev with Black.
The top four seeds all drew.

There were two decisive results today.

In the battle between the two most senior players, Victor Bologan took on Ivan Sokolov in an offbeat line of the Spanish and after some heavy manoeuvring the Bosnian had his strong knight undermined.

In this game Sokolov sacrificed a pawn for 'good blockading pieces', but it didn't look to be quite enough.

Riazantsev gradually equalized in the French and then outplayed Rublevsky in a complicated queen and minor piece pseudo-ending, by successfully combining defence with attack.

Sergei RublevskyRussia27040-1Alexander RiazantsevRussia2674
Victor BologanMoldavia 26681-0Ivan SokolovBosnia-Herzegovina2654
Alexander OnischukUSA 26990.5-0.5Alexander MotylevRussia2704
Arkadij NaiditschGermany26860.5-0.5Nikita VitiugovRussia2707
Baadur JobavaGeorgia27150.5-0.5Sergey KarjakinRussia2739
Emil SutovskyIsrael26610.5-0.5Dmitry JakovenkoRussia2725

Last year the winning score was 7/11 (Alexander Motylev alone), which will be a useful target for the players.

So if a plausible winning score involves three wins and eight draws, then it's not necessary to win any games with Black, but it certainly helps!

The best possible start for Riazantsev.

You can follow the games live on Live games from 10am (London time).

You may also like to investigate the official tournament site. However it is in Russian!

The second round will start tomorrow morning: 10am London or 11am Paris time.

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