Karjakin: 'No One Wants to Lose'

Время публикации: 19.02.2015 00:32 | Последнее обновление: 19.02.2015 01:47

Zurich Chess Challenge: Anand wins classical section, rapid tournament to follow

The final, 5th round saw three draws. Thus, the statistical outcome of the classical part is a bit unusual: while Anand and Nakamura won two games each, the other four players scored no victories. Since Anand defeated Nakamura in the head-to-head battle and managed to avoid any losses, he comes first to the intermediate finish. The only participant to have drawn all his classical games is Vladimir Kramnik.

After the last round draw vs Anand, Sergey Karjakin gave us a short interview, in which he suggested that the low percentage of decisive games could be explained by the high density of the tournament and its short distance. 'In order to understand how hard it was to win a single game, one can just take a look at the names... 5 rounds only, and no one wants to lose. Had we played a double round-robin, perhaps each of us could win at least once. For example, I had two games by White, both were fighting, but I couldn't squeeze anything out of it'.

The Russian GM also recalled his only failure in the tournament, confirming that he had known the forced draw by Black and even had it all written down at home, but simply forgot it during the game, while calculating that over the board was 'difficult'. Karjakin called it 'an accident', being quite satisfied with his overall performance at the same time. 

As to the game against Anand, Sergey told us the following:

'I think I was pressing. After the opening, the position was complicated and roughly equal, but it looks like his next maneuvers were dubious, and I managed to sacrifice a pawn in an interesting way. Had I played 21.Bb2 instead of 21.Nd4, White would have been better, the only question is how much. He has to take on c6 with the knight: 21...Nxc6 22.Bxf6 gxf6 23.Be4 Kg7. His king is exposed, although the problem is that Black has his own trumps like the c4-pawn. Maybe White is seriously better, maybe it's only a symbolic edge and Black should equalize. Anyway, in the game we just exchanged everything, and White's advantage in the ending was too microscopic to get anything real... Of course, Vishy is very strong. The fact that I managed to pose some problems for him is already not so bad'.

All the games of the final classical round can be replayed below. The decisive, rapid section will begin tomorrow (February 19th) at 12:00 GMT. The same players will face each other again in a single round-robin, with the difference that the points calculation system will already be 'normal' (win=1, draw=0.5, loss=0). The overall winner will be determined according to the best sum of points scored in the classical and in the rapid tournaments.
Zurich Chess Challenge: all the materials

[Event "4th Zurich CC Classical"] [Site "Zurich SUI"] [Date "2015.02.18"] [Round "5.3"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A22"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "Bremen, Smyslov system"] [EventDate "2015.02.14"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. g3 Bb4 4. Nf3 e4 5. Nd4 O-O 6. Bg2 Re8 7. O-O Nc6 8. Nc2 Bxc3 9. dxc3 h6 10. c5 b6 11. cxb6 axb6 12. b3 d5 13. Bb2 Be6 14. Qc1 Na5 15. c4 dxc4 16. Rd1 Qe7 17. b4 Nc6 18. b5 Na5 19. Ba3 c5 20. bxc6 Qc7 21. Nd4 Nxc6 22. Nb5 Qe5 23. Rb1 Red8 24. Rxd8+ Rxd8 25. Bb2 Qg5 26. Qxg5 hxg5 27. Bxf6 gxf6 28. Bxe4 Ne7 29. Kf1 f5 30. Bc2 Kg7 31. Nc3 Rh8 32. Kg1 Rd8 33. Kf1 Nd5 34. Rd1 Kf6 35. Ke1 Rd7 36. Nxd5+ Rxd5 37. Rxd5 Bxd5 38. Kd2 c3+ 39. Kxc3 Bxa2 40. Kb4 Ke5 41. Kb5 f4 42. Kxb6 1/2-1/2[Event "4th Zurich CC Classical"] [Site "Zurich SUI"] [Date "2015.02.18"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C53"] [Opening "Giuoco Piano"] [EventDate "2015.02.14"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. Nbd2 a6 7. Bb3 Be6 8. Bxe6 fxe6 9. O-O O-O 10. b4 Ba7 11. a4 Nh5 12. Nb3 Qe8 13. Qe2 Nf4 14. Bxf4 Rxf4 15. b5 Ne7 16. d4 exd4 17. Nbxd4 Ng6 18. bxa6 bxa6 19. Qc4 Rxe4 20. Qxc7 Qc8 21. Qxd6 Bc5 22. Qc6 Qxc6 23. Nxc6 Rc4 24. Ncd4 Nf4 25. g3 Bxd4 26. Nxd4 e5 27. gxf4 exd4 28. cxd4 Rxd4 1/2-1/2 [Event "4th Zurich CC Classical"] [Site "Zurich SUI"] [Date "2015.02.18"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C67"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence, open variation"] [EventDate "2015.02.14"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. a4 Be7 7. Nc3 O-O 8. d4 e4 9. Nxe4 Nxe4 10. Rxe4 a6 11. Bd3 d5 12. Re3 Nb4 13. Bf1 Bf5 14. c3 Nc6 15. Bd3 Qd7 16. Qc2 Bxd3 17. Qxd3 Rfe8 18. Bd2 Bf6 19. Rxe8+ Rxe8 20. b4 Ne7 21. Bf4 Nc8 22. Nd2 Nd6 23. Bxd6 Qxd6 24. Nb3 c6 25. Nc5 Qb8 26. Nd7 Qd8 27. Nc5 Qb8 28. Qg3 Be7 29. Qxb8 Rxb8 30. Nb3 Kf8 31. a5 Ke8 32. Re1 Kd7 33. g3 Bd6 34. Kg2 Re8 35. Rxe8 Kxe8 36. Nc5 Bxc5 37. bxc5 Ke7 38. g4 g5 39. f4 f6 40. Kf3 Kd7 41. f5 Kc7 42. Ke2 Kd7 43. c4 Kc7 44. h3 1/2-1/2 



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