"I Risked Getting in Trouble"

Время публикации: 28.04.2012 00:11 | Последнее обновление: 28.04.2012 01:30

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Towards the end of the game Aronian went on sharpening the position          

The penultimate, 5th game of the match between the former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik and the world's second highest ranked player Levon Aronian finished in a draw. 

Kramnik played White. The game with the exchanged queens and the symmetrical pawn structure was quiet for a long time; and only towards the end of the game an evident tactical sharpness appeared, which, however, didn't undermine equality. Before the last game of the match the score is 2.5-2.5.

You can listen to Armenian GM's commentary given to Evgeny Surov in the audio player (in Russian). 

"In principle, the game went quite smoothly. Maybe, Black had to be a bit more attentive. Of course, 34...Nh7 was a very risky move."

"It seemed to me that sharpening the position in the time trouble makes sense; taking into consideration that I'm not successful in raising problems for Vladimir with White, I thought that I had to use the chance of sharpening the position, try to make the most of it. I could, of course, run into trouble, but somehow I got away with it..."

"Yes, I made a draw offer after playing 20...Ne8".

"The position is equal. I thought that Vladimir just doesn't want to risk, that's why he went for an equal position. But then he started to play well. I, perhaps, underestimated the pressure he had during the game."  

The decisive game will be held on Saturday. The game starts at 15:00 MSK Time (13:00 CEST Time), two hours earlier than in previous encounters. 

[Event "Zurich Chess Challenge"] [Site "Zurich SUI"] [Date "2012.04.27"] [Round "5"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D43"] [PlyCount "86"] [EventDate "2012.04.21"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. e3 Nd7 8. Be2 Qd8 9. O-O Be7 10. Qc2 O-O 11. a3 b6 12. Rfd1 Bb7 13. Rac1 Qb8 14. cxd5 cxd5 15. Qa4 Nf6 16. Ba6 Bxa6 17. Qxa6 Qc8 18. Qxc8 Rfxc8 19. Ne5 Bd6 20. Nd3 Ne8 21. Kf1 Kf8 22. Ke2 Ke7 23. h3 Rc4 24. b3 Rcc8 25. a4 Ba3 26. Rc2 Rc7 27. Ra1 Bd6 28. Kd2 a5 29. Rcc1 Rac8 30. f3 f5 31. g4 g6 32. Ne2 Rxc1 33. Nexc1 Nf6 34. Ne2 Nh7 35. Ne5 Ng5 36. Nf4 Bb4+ 37. Kd1 Rc3 38. Rc1 Rxe3 39. Rc7+ Kd8 40. Rg7 Kc8 41. Rg8+ Kb7 42. Rg7+ Kc8 43. Rg8+ Kb7 1/2-1/2


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