Sergey Karjakin: "My Main Goal is to Win the Grand Prix"

Время публикации: 27.01.2013 20:08 | Последнее обновление: 27.01.2013 21:05

In the last round game against GM Sergey Karjakin, the Dutch GM Loek van Wely decided to play Dragon variation again.

Up to sixteenth move the game went much like Leko - van Wely encounter played two days ago. "I studied that game attentively..." - Karjakin admitted in the commentary given to our website. After Karjakin chose different than Leko continuation the game lasted for only several move.   


Karjakin: "Here Leko played 16.Bb3. My coaches found an improvement: 16.Nc5 with the idea of preventing Be6. Loek spent a lot of time on his next move which means my answer was a real surprise for him. He played 16...Bf5, I responded 17.Bb3 without hesitation. He again took some time to think and made an active but not the best move 17...h5 (Cmilyte has played that against Muzychuk A. in the previous year - CN). So, after 18.g4! I already got a promising position. Noteworthy is an important move  22.Qg3. The computer doesn't evaluate it as the strongest, however, from a human point of view it looks really threateningly. His blunder 23...а4? was the last straw, well, actually it wasn't a blunder for me as long as I was planning to take on f7 from the very beginning. Van Wely was forced to resign after two moves, however, before resigning he spent another half an hour on thinking.

In general I consider that I played this tournament quite well. In 2009 +3 was enough for me to win the competition, but this year Aronian and Carlsen showed a brilliant performance. My main goal is to win the Grand Prix, that's why I considered the tournament in Wijk as just a good training opportunity."

[Event "75th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2013.01.27"] [Round "13.2"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Van Wely, Loek"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B76"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "dragon, Yugoslav attack, Rauser variation"] [EventDate "2013.01.12"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 Nc6 8. Qd2 O-O 9. O-O-O d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Bd4 Bxd4 13. Qxd4 Qb6 14. Na4 Qc7 15. Bc4 Rd8 16. Nc5 Bf5 17. Bb3 h5 18. g4 e5 19. Qg1 Nf4 20. Re1 hxg4 21. fxg4 Bc8 22. Qg3 a5 23. Qh4 a4 24. Bxf7+ Kg7 25. Ne4 1-0

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