Svidler - Grischuk, R.9: "The First Interesting Novelty in the Tournament" (PHОТОS)

Время публикации: 27.03.2013 00:45 | Последнее обновление: 27.03.2013 11:05

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 The most spectacular and sharp game of Round 9 was played between Peter Svidler and Alexander Grischuk.

It started on Move 12 when Grischuk introduced a stunning novelty about which Ian Nepomniachtchi wrote on his Twitter page "This is the first interesting novelty in the tournament."


12...Nxc4!? No one has played so earlier. At the Indian championship Adhiban played it a bit differently: 12...h3 13.gxh3 Nxc4 14.Bxc4 b5 15.Bxb5 exd5 16.exd5 (Sriram - Adhiban, 0-1).
Compare to what the Russian GMs got:
12... Nxc4 13.Bxc4 b5 14.Bxb5 exd5 15.e5!?
Svidler, "Frankly I was very worried here. In a practical game (...) every move can be a torture. Yes I have a whole piece, but the knight on f1 is really a horrible piece. My first idea of escaping was: 14.Nxb5 exd5 15.Nxd6, but that can bring even to a lost position. (...) Then I saw Bb5 and I thought that was clearly what I should be doing." 

15...dxe5 16.fxe5 Bg4

17.exf6 Bxd1 18.fxg7 Kxg7 19.Bxc5

Grischuk, "It seems computer likes Black's position..."
Svidler, "I  thought I was winning, but of course I missed 19…h3. After that I realized the game continues. (...) Here I decided to play 20.Rхd1. White should be better somehow."

20...hxg2 21.Rg1 gxf1Q+ 22.Kxf1 Qh4 23.Rg2 Rfd8

Grischuk, "Did you want to mate? I didn't understand why you started to move your rooks" [indeed, 24.Bd4+ was better - CN]
Svidler, "Well, if I somehow switch the rooks on the kingside I will be mating. Surprising was 24...Qh5 After 25.Rf4 what you did is strictly the only way you had to do 25...d4!".
Grischuk, "At least humanly."
26.Bxd4+ Rxd4 27.Rxd4 Rb8
Svidler, "I missed this move. I thought that was just technical task to win, but after 27...Rb8 I understood that maybe the whole concept was wrong and it was just a draw there. I couldn't see anything apart from 28.a4"
Grischuk, "I thought you will just play 28.Rgd2 and we will agree on a draw. 28.а4 looked incredibly dangerous."
28...a6 29.Bxa6

Here Grischuk missed an opportunity to lessen the number of white pieces by one: 29...Qe5 with further 30...Qf6+ and taking on а6.
30.Rf2 Qh1+ 31.Ke2 Rxb2+ 32.Rd2 Qc1 33.Kd3

Svidler, "I'm certainly better here, because here I get everything under control."
Grischuk, "Everything under control?!"
Svidler, "Well, sort of. I mean I have more pieces and you have no direct threats, so..."

The position was differently evaluated by evgeny Sveshnikov and Farrukh Amonatov who commentated it live on Chess-News. Amonatov considered it to be better white, while the veteran player noted the Black queen was not weaker than white pieces.
33...Rb6 34.Bc4 Rd6+ 35.Bd5 Rd7 36.Rf4 f5 37.Rd4 Kh6
Svidler, "Here I should have played 38.Rd1, for example. 38.h4?! Rc7 is already a bit of a problem, because I have to make a move here somehow. The whole point is to play 39.Bc4, which is just a blunder.
39...Qf1+ 40.Re2
40.Ne2 looks kind of wrong, although it's probably objectively stronger. At this point I was already under a minute. I kind of remembered that Rе2 was fine for me, but if black king is on g7. But it was on h6..."
40...f4 41.Kc2 f3 1/2

Listen to the press conference in the audio player.

[Event "FIDE Candidates 2013"] [Site "London"] [Date "2013.03.25"] [Round "9"] [White "Svidler, Peter"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E81"] [WhiteElo "2747"] [BlackElo "2764"] [Annotator "Robot 9"] [PlyCount "82"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [TimeControl "7200+1645"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Be3 c5 7. Nge2 Nc6 8. d5 Ne5 9. Ng3 h5 10. Be2 h4 11. Nf1 e6 12. f4 Nxc4 13. Bxc4 b5 14. Bxb5 exd5 15. e5 dxe5 16. fxe5 Bg4 17. exf6 Bxd1 18. fxg7 Kxg7 19. Bxc5 h3 20. Rxd1 hxg2 21. Rg1 gxf1=Q+ 22. Kxf1 Qh4 23. Rg2 Rfd8 24. Rd4 Qh5 25. Rf4 d4 26. Bxd4+ Rxd4 27. Rxd4 Rb8 28. a4 a6 29. Bxa6 Qf3+ 30. Rf2 Qh1+ 31. Ke2 Rxb2+ 32. Rd2 Qc1 33. Kd3 Rb6 34. Bc4 Rd6+ 35. Bd5 Rd7 36. Rf4 f5 37. Rd4 Kh6 38. h4 Rc7 39. Bc4 Qf1+ 40. Re2 f4 41. Kc2 f3 1/2-1/2

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