Rest Day in Poikovsky. GM Bologan: "How am I Going to Spend It? Nothing Depends On Me"

Время публикации: 02.10.2015 22:42 | Последнее обновление: 03.10.2015 02:19

Today was the only rest day for the participants of the Poikovsky tournament. After four rounds, the leader is Viorel Bologan, who is the rating outsider of the competition in which he has participated fifteen times, having won it thrice. 

"Considering that I would be Black in three out of four games played so far, my initial mindset was just to get myself into the competition, - Bologan shared his thoughts with Chess-News. - To try to catch my wave. As a result, I managed to show some decent play which, together with my opponents' mistakes, brought me two full points (Bologan defeated Morozevich and Smirin - CN)."

The number of decisive games in the tournament exceeds 50% for now. Poikovsky is known for its fighting chess, reckons Bologan: "I remember quite some 'gory' tournaments here. This time, the line-up is also very interesting: Morozevich, Shirov, Smirin, Sutovsky - a constellation of dynamic players".

"How am I going to spend the rest day? Nothing here really depends on me. I am going to give a simul in Singapai, then we have a cultural program in Nefteyugansk and in the evening the participants will have a dinner with the governor of the region, Vladimir Semyonov."
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