"Number One Doesn't Mean Anything". Kramnik Starts With a Win in Shamkir

Время публикации: 18.04.2015 09:26 | Последнее обновление: 18.04.2015 14:27

Vladimir Kramnik started with a win in the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir. Today he beat Michael Adams, and tomorrow plays White against Wesley So. In an interview on our site, the ex-world champion spoke about best way to deal with drawing number one. 

"Once I tried to get off to a flying startin one of the Tal Memorials I drew number one and started with two whites. I felt I should exploit this and finished up taking half a point out of two. After that the event did not work for me at all and I realised that in such situations, you should just play quietly, number one does not mean anything. If you make two draws, then so what, all one's opponents are strong. 

So, to the first round today. I haven't played for a while, plus acclimatisation, and I wanted to play quietly, so I chose the opening accordingly and forgot about having two whites at the start".

The full text of the interview Vladimir Kramnik gave our website is available in Russian.

Kramnik scored his latest win with the Catalan. The game saw the same variation as the game Kramnik-Anand from the 2014 Candidates, but Adams went his own way with 13...Qc6!?. Even so, he did solve his opening problems. After several inaccuracies, Adams committed the decisive mistake on move 30 and then decided not to suffer in the rook endgame.

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"] [Site "Shamkir AZE"] [Date "2015.04.17"] [Round "1"] [White "Kramnik,V"] [Black "Adams,Mi"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2783"] [BlackElo "2745"] [EventDate "2015.04.17"] [ECO "A14"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. O-O Be7 5. c4 O-O 6. d4 dxc4 7. Ne5 Nc6 8. Bxc6 bxc6 9. Nxc6 Qe8 10. Nxe7+ Qxe7 11. Na3 c5 12. dxc5 Qxc5 13. Be3 Qc6 14. Rc1 Bb7 15. f3 Ba6 16. Nxc4 Bxc4 17. Qd4 Rfc8 18. b3 Qa6 19. bxc4 Qxa2 20. Kf2 a5 21. Bg5 e5 22. Qd6 Rd8 23. Qb6 Rab8 24. Rfd1 Re8 25. Qe3 a4 26. Bxf6 gxf6 27. Qe4 a3 28. Rd7 Rbd8 29. Ra7 Qb2 30. Rb1 f5 31. Rxb2 fxe4 32. Rxa3 Rd4 33. Rc2 Rc8 34. c5 exf3 35. Rxf3 Rc6 36. Rd3 Rxd3 37. exd3 f5 38. d4 exd4 39. Ke2 1-0

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