'I'm Always Happy To Have My Family Near Me During My Tournaments'

Время публикации: 17.02.2015 04:43 | Последнее обновление: 17.02.2015 05:16

Zurich: Kramnik comments on his difficult draw vs Aronian, Nakamura grabs the lead

It took Vladimir Kramnik nearly six hours to defend a tough position against Levon Aronian in the 3rd round of the Zurich Chess Challenge. The very end of the game wasn't already that difficult for the ex-World Champion though. Then, after the finish of the long post-mortem analysis with his opponent, Kramnik commented on the game for our website.

'I've created all the difficulties myself', Vladimir signed.


'After 19.Bh3, I could have made almost any move - for example, 19...h6, and if 20.dxe6 then 20...Bxe6 with mass simplifications and an equal endgame. I thought I would have no problems after 19...exd5?!, but it turned out White could cling to something in each line.
20.Nxd5 Nxd5 21.Bxd7 Nb6 22.Qc2 Rcd8 23.Qxc7. Here I failed to find a certain draw in the following line: 23...Nxd7 24.Rxd7 Rxd7 25.Rxd7 Qxe4 26.Ng5 Qf5 27.Qxb7 h6 28.Ne4! (better than 28.Nf3 Bxb2 with equality) 28...Re8 29.Nd6. I couldn't calculate further than that, there are some sharp variations which could be bad for Black, I'm afraid.
So, I had to play 23...Nxa4
24.e5 (the only move, otherwise it's White who's in trouble) 24...Nc5 25.Rd5 b6 26.Qc6. Here I had also thought from afar it was a draw, but then I failed to find anything clear.

26...Rxd7 27.Rxd7 Nxd7 28.Rxd7 Qe8?! (a bad move) 29.Qd5 h6. If 29...Qa8 then 30.Rb7! and my rook cannot leave the f8-square, that's what I've missed. Now it's, of course, very dangerous for Black, but I probably managed to defend well in the time-trouble. I managed to find this 29...h6 and 31...g5 idea...'
30.Rb7 Qd8 31.Qb5 g5 32.hxg5 hxg5 33.Rxb6 g4. 'The crucial moment' - Kramnik.

34.Nh4? The correct move is 34.Nh2! According to Aronian, he had intended to make this move, but then changed his mind for some reason.
'I had been thinking that Black would be able to hold after 34.Nh2 Qd4, but I was told now that a computer showed some crazy line 35.Qc6 Bxe5 36.Rb5. This idea is incredibly hard to find for a human player.
Then I somehow managed to consolidate my position in the time-trouble: 34...Qd1+ 35.Kg2 Qd4 36.Qc6 Qxe5 37.Qc4 Qd4 38.Qxd4 Bxd4 39.Rb5 Ra8 40.Nf5 Bg7 41.Ne3 a4 42.Nxg4?! Inaccurately played. White had to go 42.Rb4, and Black couldn't have avoided the ending '2 vs 1' with rooks and a knight vs a bishop. Of course, it should be drawn, but Black would have suffered for a long time, while now it's hard for White to get even that ending without the rooks being exchanged.
42...Rd8 43.Ra5 Rd4 44.Ne3 Rd2 45.Nf1 Rd4 46.Rb5 Bf8 47.Ne3 Rb4 48.Rg5+ Kh7 49.Rh5+ Kg8 50.Ra5 Rxb2 51.Rxa4 Bc5 52.Nd1 Rd2 53.Ra1 Kg7 54.Kf1 Kg6 55.Rb1 f5 56.Ke1 Rc2 57.Rb8 Kf6 58.Rh8 Bb4+ 59.Kf1 Rd2 60.Ne3 Bc5 61.Rh6+ Kg5. 1/2

It was an interesting game, I can't say that my play was poor. In general, I'm even glad about the way I was defending. But of course I shouldn't have played 19...exd5'. 

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Something a bit disappointing for Vladimir has happened yesterday: his wife, Marie-Lauer, and his daughter, Darya, have left Zurich for home.

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'Regrettably, they had to leave, so I have to continue playing alone', Kramnik smiled. 'Of course, I'm always happy to have my family near me during my tournaments, it's an excellent support. Darya enjoyed the tournament, and I enjoyed her staying here in Zurich. I'll try to continue taking her to my competitions. The problem is that Zurich is quite near Geneva, while, for instance, Shamkir is very far away, and it's quite difficult to go there together with my family...'

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Meanwhile, Hikaru Nakamura scored his second victory in the tournament, seizing the sole lead. The game was a bit resembling to the yesterday's Anand - Aronian battle: both had been decided at home.


The game began with a very sharp line of the English opening. The latest move by White was 15.e2-e4!? Instead, Carlsen's game against Dominguez (Linares 2009) had seen 15.Kb3 Nd2+ 16.Kc2 Nc4 with a draw by repetition. The text move should have also lead to a draw had Karjakin remembered the computer analysis. Unfortunately for him, he didn't:
15...Ne3+? The correct way is 15...Qd2+! 16.Kb3 Qxb2+ 17.Kxc4 Bg7! (in case of 17...d5+ Nakamura would have probably played 18.Kd3! instead of 18.exd5? Bg7 19.Qb3 exd5+ with the crushing attack for Black, Ponkratov - Zablotsky, Voronezh 2009, round 9). The engines show a forced draw: 18.Qa5+ b6 19.Qxg5+ f6 20.Qb5! Ba6!! 21.Qxa6 f5 22.e5 Bxe5 23.Nb5 Qc2+ with the perpetual. The whole line is absolutely impossible to be reproduced over the board without home preparation.
16.Kb3 Qd2 17.a3 Qc2+ 18.Ka2 Qxa4 19.Nxa4 Nxf1 20.Rhxf1 (the rest is a matter of technique) 20...b5 21.N4b6 axb6 22.Nxb6 Bb7 23.Rxf7 Bc6 24.Rd1 Be7 25.Rf3 Kc7 26.Nxd7 Rd8 27.Rc3. 1-0

Nakamura explaining the subtleties of modern chess to Ljubojevic in the press centre

After 3 rounds, Nakamura has 5 points out of 6, Anand - 4 (his game vs Caruana was a relatively calm draw after some theoretical discussion), Kramnik - 3 points (3 draws). Three remaining participants are tied for the last place with 2 points each.
The crosstable, pairings, all the previous materials, etc.

The games of the 3rd round can be replayed below.

[Event "4th Zurich CC Classical"] [Site "Zurich SUI"] [Date "2015.02.16"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A14"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "Neo-Catalan declined"] [EventDate "2015.02.14"] 1. c4 e6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. Nf3 Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. d4 dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. a4 Bd7 9. Qxc4 Bc6 10. Bg5 a5 11. Nc3 Na6 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. e4 Nb4 14. Rfd1 g6 15. h4 Bg7 16. Rd2 Rc8 17. Rad1 Qe7 18. d5 Bd7 19. Bh3 exd5 20. Nxd5 Nxd5 21. Bxd7 Nb6 22. Qc2 Rcd8 23. Qxc7 Nxa4 24. e5 Nc5 25. Rd5 b6 26. Qc6 Rxd7 27. Rxd7 Nxd7 28. Rxd7 Qe8 29. Qd5 h6 30. Rb7 Qd8 31. Qb5 g5 32. hxg5 hxg5 33. Rxb6 g4 34. Nh4 Qd1+ 35. Kg2 Qd4 36. Qc6 Qxe5 37. Qc4 Qd4 38. Qxd4 Bxd4 39. Rb5 Ra8 40. Nf5 Bg7 41. Ne3 a4 42. Nxg4 Rd8 43. Ra5 Rd4 44. Ne3 Rd2 45. Nf1 Rd4 46. Rb5 Bf8 47. Ne3 Rb4 48. Rg5+ Kh7 49. Rh5+ Kg8 50. Ra5 Rxb2 51. Rxa4 Bc5 52. Nd1 Rd2 53. Ra1 Kg7 54. Kf1 Kg6 55. Rb1 f5 56. Ke1 Rc2 57. Rb8 Kf6 58. Rh8 Bb4+ 59. Kf1 Rd2 60. Ne3 Bc5 61. Rh6+ Kg5 1/2-1/2 [Event "4th Zurich CC Classical"] [Site "Zurich SUI"] [Date "2015.02.16"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A07"] [Opening "Reti"] [Variation "King's Indian attack"] [EventDate "2015.02.14"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. d4 c6 5. c4 dxc4 6. Na3 b5 7. Nxb5 cxb5 8. Nh4 Bd7 9. Bxa8 Nc6 10. Bxc6 Bxc6 11. O-O Qd5 12. f3 Qxd4+ 13. Kh1 Qxd1 14. Rxd1 e6 15. Rb1 Nf6 16. Be3 O-O 17. Ng2 Nd5 18. Bd4 e5 19. Bxa7 c3 20. Ne1 e4 21. Bd4 exf3 22. exf3 Re8 23. Bxg7 Kxg7 24. Nc2 Ne3 25. Re1 Nxc2 26. Rxe8 Bxe8 27. bxc3 Na3 28. Rd1 Nc4 29. Kg1 Kf6 30. Rd4 h5 31. Kf2 Ne5 32. h3 g5 33. f4 gxf4 34. gxf4 Ng6 35. c4 bxc4 36. Rxc4 Bd7 37. a4 Bxh3 38. a5 Be6 39. Rd4 Ne7 40. a6 Nc8 41. Kg3 Bg4 42. Rc4 Kg6 43. Rc7 f6 44. a7 Nxa7 45. Rxa7 Bf5 1/2-1/2 [Event "4th Zurich CC Classical"] [Site "Zurich SUI"] [Date "2015.02.16"] [Round "3.3"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A33"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "symmetrical, Geller variation"] [EventDate "2015.02.14"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 e6 6. g3 Qb6 7. Ndb5 Ne5 8. Bf4 Nfg4 9. Qa4 g5 10. Bxe5 Qxf2+ 11. Kd1 Nxe5 12. Nc7+ Kd8 13. Nxa8 Qd4+ 14. Kc2 Nxc4 15. e4 Ne3+ 16. Kb3 Qd2 17. a3 Qc2+ 18. Ka2 Qxa4 19. Nxa4 Nxf1 20. Rhxf1 b5 21. N4b6 axb6 22. Nxb6 Bb7 23. Rxf7 Bc6 24. Rd1 Be7 25. Rf3 Kc7 26. Nxd7 Rd8 27. Rc3 1-0 



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