Alexander Grischuk: "My Heart Jumped When Nikita Offered Me a Draw"

Время публикации: 07.08.2012 00:33 | Последнее обновление: 07.08.2012 00:33
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Alexander Grischuk gave an exclusive commentary on his game of Round 4 of the Men's Superfinal to our website. Alexadner's opponent in this round was Nikita Vitiugov.  

All of my games in this competition look dreary, the endgames are protracted; but today is an exception: the endgame was on the board right after the opening, it was approximately equal with mutual opportunities. As a result, close to time control I managed to play better and gain an advantage. It's unclear was it enough or not. (It looks like a game against Dubov a bit: there as well after time control a complicated endgame with mutual chances was on the board) I thought that I played brilliantly: sacrificed a pawn and I was ready to sacrifice a piece to checkmate my opponent  with the rook, knight and the pawn. But, as it usually happens, when you are eager to create something in a ordinary position - it doesn't work. So, he found a refutation: 

52.Bf5, and white can defend its king from the check with the rook on b1. So, I was forced to start to defend and Nikita simplified my condition by offering a draw. My heart jumped when he offered me a draw, because I was already preparing for a long and tough fight."  

You can listen to Alexander Grischuk's commentary in the audio player [in Russian]. 

[Event "65th ch-RUS"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.08.06"] [Round "4"] [White "Vitiugov,N"] [Black "Grischuk,A"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2705"] [BlackElo "2763"] [EventDate "2012.08.03"] [ECO "E81"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Be3 c5 7. Nge2 Nc6 8. d5 Na5 9. Nc1 e6 10. Be2 exd5 11. cxd5 Nd7 12. Nb3 f5 13. Qd2 Ne5 14. Nxa5 Qxa5 15. O-O fxe4 16. Nxe4 Qxd2 17. Bxd2 Nf7 18. Bc3 Bf5 19. Bxg7 Kxg7 20. Nc3 Rae8 21. a4 Re7 22. a5 g5 23. Rfe1 Rfe8 24. Kf2 Kf6 25. Red1 h5 26. Bd3 Re5 27. Ra4 Bd7 28. Ra3 g4 29. Rb3 Bc8 30. Bb5 R8e7 31. Be2 gxf3 32. Bxf3 h4 33. h3 Bf5 34. Ra3 Bd7 35. Rb3 Be8 36. Bg4 Rc7 37. Rf1 Kg7 38. Kg1 Ng5 39. Rf4 Bf7 40. Nb5 Bxd5 41. Rd3 Rf7 42. Rxf7+ Nxf7 43. Nxa7 Bc4 44. Rd2 d5 45. Nc8 d4 46. Nb6 Bb5 47. b4 Re1+ 48. Kh2 cxb4 49. Rxd4 b3 50. Rb4 Nd6 51. Rxb3 Ne4 52. Bf5 Bc6 53. Bxe4 Rxe4 54. Rb2 1/2-1/2 


  


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