Vassily Ivanchuk: "I Consider the Rest of the Tournament As Preparation For the Upcoming Russian League"

Время публикации: 28.03.2013 23:24 | Последнее обновление: 28.03.2013 23:47

The encounter between Vassily Ivanchuk and Boris Gelfand was the first to finish in Round 11 of the Candidates tournament.

GM Alexander Areschenko who commentated the game live on Chess-News radio noted that the draw agreed in 17 moves wasn't any boring but on the contrary contained interesting details.

Gelfand, "It was a game Vladimir Kramnik played, such a great theoretician and great player, last year in Dortmund against Daniel Fridman. ... As I remember Daniel played 12.Qb3 with sharp ending; it's not easy to play it if you don't know it, because it's a very sharp position and both pawns are hanging. I think Vassily found a solution to play safer. First I thought that I can keep on playing for a win maybe with 14...Qd8, but he has a strong move 15.Rb1! If I take the c6-pawn, White is castling, takes the pawn with the knight and has a very strong bishops, like the Catalan bishops. And in case of 15...е5, то 16.cхb7 Bхb7 17.Bхb7 Nхb7 18.Bхе5 White is better, OK with an extra pawn. White has a good position, so I didn't find anything better than repetition."

Ivanchuk, "Yes, I saw 15.Rb1. And of course I remembered that Fridman played 12.Qb3 but I haven't analysed it in detail. At the board I liked the move 12.c6 Nc5. Of course I wanted to defend d5-pawn by playing c4, but I didn't like е5 dxе6 fxе6, and here I just didn't know what to do next. So I decided to force the draw."

During live talk on Chess-News radio our London based correspondent Maria Yurenok told that Vassily Ivanchuk stumbled on stairs while going to the board.
"Everything is fine, don't worry. I put the ice pack timely, so it's OK," Ivanchuk said.

Gelfand, "I think generally this tournament should be remembered, because such a tournament is like a milestone. Unfortunately recently the respect towards players has dropped, maybe because of the computers. People think if he [the player] didn't see some move when computer shows +0.65 people tend to respect players less, but basically of course such tournament is fantastic. ... Of course it's a great tournament and it's wonderful to play here. 
I don't think there were really many great games, masterpieces so to say. I can only say that the game Magnus played against me yesterday was really great, maybe even the best game of the tournament, I would say. Svidler - Grischuk was very impressive and the game we played with Vassily in the first cycle. Of course everybody makes his best and hopefully we will see some nice games as three and a half rounds are still ahead."   

Ivanchuk, "Well, the tournament just like a tournament, nothing really special. I'm not fighting for anything so far, so I consider the rest part of the competition as preparation session before the Russian League" (Russian Team Chess Championship starts on April 7th - CN).

[Event "FIDE Candidates"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2013.03.28"] [Round "11.2"] [White "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D93"] [Opening "Gruenfeld with Bf4 e3"] [EventDate "2013.03.15"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 c5 7. dxc5 Ne4 8. Rc1 Nd7 9. cxd5 Qa5 10. Nd4 Nxc3 11. bxc3 Qxa2 12. c6 Nc5 13. Be2 Qxd5 14. Bf3 Qc4 15. Be2 Qd5 16. Bf3 Qc4 17. Be2 Qd5 1/2-1/2 


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