A Brilliancy from the Poikovsky Tournament
Monday, June 10, 2019 at 5:45PM
Dennis Monokroussos in 2019 Karpov Poikovsky, Krishnan Sasikiran, Vladislav Artemiev

The 2019 edition of the Karpov tournament in Poikovsky may be flying a bit under the radar due to Norway Chess, but it's a high-level event in its own right. The lowest-rated player was the young Russian star Andrey Esipenko, rated 2611, and the top seed is Vladislav Artemiev. Artemiev (rated 2761) has been a terror in the chess world lately, with one success after another for the 21-year-old.

This event has not been fantastic for Artemiev so far, however. After five rounds (of nine) he is on 50%, a point behind Dmitry Jakovenko. Regardless of how he finishes, however, he will be remembered in this event for his loss to Krishnan Sasikiran in the third round. Sasikiran won a brilliant game full of sacrifices, and...well, just have a look.

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