The question about the winner of the tournament will get an
answer only in the last round. The main favourites made draws in
their duels. Playing Black, J. Polgar failed to overwhelm the
opposition of Pierrot and even lost a pawn, having made an
inaccurate move 35... Nf4?!. The game Bologan - Karpov proceeded
to a draw after mass simplifications without any special
adventures. In the games Milos - Leitao and Ricardi - Short White
did not strive for a complex play which predetermined their
results to a considerable extent: both were draws. The only game
not drawn was Flores - Milov, lost by the grandmaster.
Bologan - Karpov [C42]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6
A. Karpov decided to play with a guaranteed reliability and
chose the Petroff Defence.
3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Be7 7. O-O Nc6 8. c4
Nb4 9. Be2 O-O 10. Nc3 Bf5
Another opportunity, implying 10... Be6, lost a great deal of
its popularity recently. After 11. Ne5 f6 12. Nf3 c5 13. Be3 Rc8
14. dxc5 Bxc5 White played 15. Bxc5! Rxc5 16. Qb3 a5 17. Rad1 Qe7
(no better was 17... Qe8 because of 18. Nxd5 Bxd5 19. cxd5 with a
most likely decisive advantage by White (Torre - Handoko, Bali,
2000)) 18. Na4 Bf7 19. Qe3 Rc7 20. a3 Na6 21. cxd5 and got a
considerable advantage in the game Khalifman - Karpov (Bali,
11. a3 Nxc3 12. bxc3 Nc6 13. Re1 dxc4
At present 13... Bf6 is played most frequently, though it’s
not at all simple for Black to gain a satisfactory play in this
case. After 14. Bf4 Ne7 (there was also no remedy against
Black’s problems in case of 14... Na5 15. cxd5 Qxd5 16. Bf1 b6
17. Ne5 as the game Anand - I. Sokolov (Kopavogur (active), 2000)
showed) 15. Qb3 b6 16. cxd5 Nxd5 17. Be5 Bg4 18. Rad1 Be7 19. h3
Bh5 20. g4 Black encountered fatal problems in the game Kasparov
- I. Sokolov (Sarajevo, 2000).
14. Bxc4 Bd6 15. Bg5 Qd7
V. Bologan avoided the line which was investigated just by his
opponent and begins with 16. Nh4 Na5 17. Ba2. After 17... b5 18.
a4 a6 19. axb5 axb5 20. Nxf5 Qxf5 21. Be7 Rfb8 White won a showy
victory with 22. g4! Qd7 23. Bxf7+! in the game Karpov - Portisch
(Turin, 1982), but later Black defended better. So, in the game
Ljubojevic - Jussupow (Barcelona, 1989) the opponents agreed to a
draw after 17... Bg4 18. Qc2 Rae8 19. h3 Be6 20. c4 Be7 21. Bxe7
Qxe7 22. Nf3. Now the move which V. Bologan made in the game
allows Black to simplify the play immediately.
16... Bxe5 17. dxe5 h6 18. Qxd7 Bxd7 19. Bh4 Be6 20. Bd3
White wants to keep both bishops.
20... g5 21. Bg3 Ne7 22. f4 Rad8 23. Be4 b6 24. Rf1 Bf5 25.
White is forced to go for this exchange as otherwise after 25.
Bf3 Rd3 Black’s rook penetrated into his camp.
25... Nxf5 26. fxg5 Nxg3 27. hxg3 hxg5 28. Rf5 Rfe8 29.
After 29. Rxg5+ Kf8 30. Rf1 Rd5 31. Rff5 (31. Rgf5 Re7) 31...
Ra5 White’s pawn chain had many weak points, so the position
might become better for Black.
29... Rd5 30. Rxf7 Rc5 31. g4 Rexe5 32. Rf8+ 1/2-1/2 Draw.