Giri: "I Didn't Behave Myself During the Tiebreak..."

Время публикации: 22.09.2015 20:44 | Последнее обновление: 23.09.2015 01:32

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"Then I got warned by the arbiter, pulled myself together and won"

Anish Giri is one of those rare participants of the World Cup who hasn't lost a single game throughout the competition including tiebreaks. As for the Polish GM, he had avoided tiebreaks at all prior to round 4. Their duel has been all the more interesting because both players had got married recently, with only several days difference (Wojtaszek on July 9, while Giri on July 18). This, however, didn't change the fact that one of them had to be eliminated.

Today, the Dutch proved to be stronger, as he won both of the 25+10 games. Chess-News talked to Anish after the match.

"It wasn't an easy match. Aside from the fact that Radoslaw is a good player, he is also an excellent theoretician due to his work in the former World Champion's team. So you play against him and have no idea of which opening to choose. His repertory is not that large but it's all use-proven.

I got nothing at all in the first classical game, while he enjoyed a comfortable position in the Sicilian. In the second game, I had to fight for equality; at some point the game got a trend favourable for me, but he managed to pull himself together and made several accurate moves."  

"As to rapid games, I managed to surprise him with the opening in the first game. I got a very interesting position and after a quite unexpected 16.Nb5 Black suddenly faced pretty serious problems. He spent quite some time but still failed to solve them.

The return game was more complicated. I made a childish decision in the opening - to trade many pieces at the expense of a pawn. I was thinking to win it back by force later. It often happens in similar situations when Black is better developed. This, however, wasn't the case. I missed his move 16.Nc7, then his d5-pawn went forward with a tempo... It's all clear in that position - I can hold if I manage to win back the pawn, while if not I could simply be losing. However, perhaps he got nervous too, as eventually he made a mistake." 

Anish Giri's commentary (in Russian) is available in full in the audio player

The winner also told Chess-News about an incident that took place in the second rapid tiebreak. The arbiter warned Giri and added a minute on Wojtaszek's clock. 

"Radek is a very pleasant player. We discussed every game with him here in Baku, - Giri says. - But I didn't behave myself during the tiebreak - I was adjusting the pieces when his time was running. I wasn't doing it on purpose, but that's a habit I have. Before we started playing, the arbiter warned me it wouldn't be acceptable - I don't know how he has foreseen it. I wasn't thinking about it during the game though. I was just making my moves mechanically, pressing the clock button and then adjusting the piece which I have moved. So at some point the arbiter warned me - if I do it again I would lose by default. I managed to pull myself together."

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.22"] [Round "4.3"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Wojtaszek, Radoslaw"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2793"] [BlackElo "2741"] [ECO "A18"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "Mikenas-Carls variation"] [WhiteFideId "24116068"] [BlackFideId "1118358"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. e4 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. e5 Ne4 6. Nf3 Bf5 7. d4 Bb4 8. Bd2 Bxc3 9. Bxc3 O-O 10. Be2 c5 11. dxc5 Nxc3 12. bxc3 Be4 13. O-O Nd7 14. Nd4 Nxc5 15. f3 Bg6 16. Nb5 Re8 17. f4 Be4 18. Nd6 Re7 19. c4 dxc4 20. Bxc4 Bc6 21. Qc2 Ne6 22. Rad1 Qb6+ 23. Kh1 g6 24. f5 Nd4 25. Qd2 Nxf5 26. Rxf5 gxf5 27. Nxf5 1-0 [Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.22"] [Round "4.4"] [White "Wojtaszek, Radoslaw"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2741"] [BlackElo "2793"] [ECO "D10"] [Opening "QGD Slav defence"] [WhiteFideId "1118358"] [BlackFideId "24116068"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. b3 Bb4 6. Bb2 Ne4 7. Ne2 Qf6 8. f3 Bxc3+ 9. Bxc3 Nxc3 10. Nxc3 O-O 11. f4 c5 12. cxd5 cxd4 13. Qxd4 Qxd4 14. exd4 exd5 15. Nxd5 Nc6 16. Nc7 Rb8 17. d5 Ne7 18. O-O-O Rd8 19. Bc4 Kf8 20. Rhe1 Bg4 21. Rd2 Rbc8 22. h3 Bd7 23. g4 Rxc7 24. d6 Rxc4+ 25. bxc4 Nc6 26. c5 g6 27. Rb2 Bc8 28. Re4 Kg7 29. Kd2 h5 30. Kc3 hxg4 31. hxg4 Rh8 32. Re3 Rh1 33. Rd3 Nb8 34. g5 Rc1+ 35. Kd4 Nd7 36. Rb5 a6 37. Ra5 Nb8 38. Ke3 Bd7 39. Rb3 Bc6 40. Kd4 Nd7 41. Rc3 Rf1 0-1 

In the quarterfinal match, Giri will face another young elite GM, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who has eliminated Wesley So 1.5-0.5.  
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