No change at the top in Poikovsky

Both leader Dmitry Jakovenko and second-placed Sergey Karjakin drew and stay ahead in the 11th Karpov Poikovsky.
However behind them is a group of four players: Alexander Riazantsev as well as today's winners Victor Bologan, Emil Sutovsky and Nikita Vitiugov.

Sergey Rublevsky is having a tough time of late. Today for instance, he became confused against Nikita Vitiugov whilst still in the opening, and got into a fatal tangle and had to resign on move 23.

Confidence is so important and Rublevsky's has clearly been shaken by a couple of White losses.

Vitiugov crushed Rublevsky.
Arkadij NaiditschGermany26860.5-0.5Alexander MotylevRussia2704
Nikita VitiugovRussia27071-0Sergei RublevskyRussia2704
Dmitry JakovenkoRussia27250.5-0.5Alexander RiazantsevRussia2674
Victor BologanMoldavia26681-0Baadur JobavaGeorgia2715
Ivan SokolovBosnia-Herzegovina26540-1Emil SutovskyIsrael2661
Sergey KarjakinRussia27390.5-0.5Alexander OnischukUSA2699

Jakovenko didn't want to take any risks and offered a draw quite early.

Naiditsch-Motylev wasn't much longer but there the prospects of opposite bishops in a simplified position didn't seem to offer good winning chances.

The other draw was a completely different story, Sergey Karjakin pressed long and hard in a rook ending and although he made progress, Onischuk defended dourly, timed his counter-attack well and held his nerve.

PositionNameCountryRatingWorld rankingAgePoints after nine rounds
1stDmitry JakovenkoRUS272521266
2ndSergey KarjakinRUS273914205.5
3rd-6thNikita VitiugovRUS270732235
3rd-6thAlexander RiazantsevRUS267458245
3rd-6thVictor BologanMDA266864385
3rd-6thEmil SutovskyISR266175325
7thArkadij NaiditschGER268647244.5
8th-9thBaadur JobavaGEO271526264
8th-9thAlexander OnischukUSA269938344
10th-11thIvan SokolovBIH265483413.5
10th-11thAlexander MotylevRUS270434303.5
12thSergei RublevskyRUS270433353

So Karjakin is still behind Jakovenko, but three players have caught Riazantsev and are now in equal third one point behind the leader.

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Sutovsky won with his beloved Grünfeld

The tenth round will start tomorrow (Saturday) at 10am (London), 11am (Paris) or 3pm (local time).

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