Wijk aan Zee: Ivan Sokolov Failed to Surprise Vishy Anand

Время публикации: 20.01.2013 19:55 | Последнее обновление: 20.01.2013 21:57

Ivan sokolov decided to surprise his opponent Vishy Anand in Round 8 of the Wijk aan Zee festival with the Jaenish Ruy Lopez.

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"Two of my previous Ruy Lopez games I have lost against Caruana and Carlsen, I don't think that happened because of the opening, - Ivan Sokolov said in his official commentary. - But I got outplayed in the process, so I decided to stay away from that variation today. I decided to play Jaenish in order to surprise Anand. [...] I think he played 4.Nc3 for the first time in his life because in my database he has played only 4.d3. I anticipated such a thing could happen and I played a rare 6...Qe7, an old move of Tseitlin. It's actually not so bad. We have got out of the book quickly, I think the game was more or less equal and Houdini seems to agree."  

Anand noted he wasn't surprised by the opening choice of his rival: "At the board I must have played it imprecisely." Listen to his official video commentary at full:

[Event "75th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2013.01.20"] [Round "8.2"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Sokolov, Ivan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C63"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Schliemann defence, Berger variation"] [EventDate "2013.01.12"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 6. Qe2 Qe7 7. O-O d5 8. Nxf6+ gxf6 9. d4 e4 10. Nh4 f5 11. g3 Bg7 12. c3 O-O 13. f3 Bd7 14. Bf4 Bxd4+ 15. cxd4 Nxd4 16. Qd2 Nxb5 17. Qxd5+ Rf7 18. Rad1 Re8 19. Nxf5 Bxf5 20. Qxb5 exf3 21. Rxf3 a6 22. Qb3 Qc5+ 23. Be3 Qb5 24. Qxb5 1/2-1/2 


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