London: Only Russians Signed the Peace Treaty in Round 3

Время публикации: 18.03.2013 01:16 | Последнее обновление: 18.03.2013 01:16

The Russian duel between Kramnik and Grischuk was the only game to finish in a draw in Round 3.

"I guess I was better prepared to the game," Kramnik said at the press conference. "The Grunfeld line that took place is pretty dangerous. The computer shows equality, however, Black has weaknesses which oblige to play accurately. White stands better after 18.а3 h5. My preparation was topical up to 21.Rа2.Black played naturally following the first line of Houdini analysis, that's why my preparation was so deep. All the moves are practically forced except 18...h5.

I managed to keep a slight advantage after 21.Rа2 Rd8. I have analysed this position, but I couldn't remember it. I decided to play 22.Qf1. I guess his choice 22...Nd6 was correct because if White manages to play Rc2 it will have a better pawn structure.

Alexander told me he was rather afraid of 28.e4, but I don't believe I have serious chances there.

The key moment took place on move 29.

White could play 29.Qa8. I was thinking about that but I saw that Black could play 31...Кh6! after 29...Кh7 30.Кh2 Qd1 31.Ne4; that's a very strong move which creates such threats as Qf3, Qc2...
I should admit I have missed 31...Qc1 after which Black makes an easy draw. I thought if he would play 31...Кh7, I would be able to play 32.g4, still not a lot of chances to win though."

Grischuk, "Perhaps close to the end I even had the psychological advantage."

On the question addressed to Grischuk who was an hour down in the opening, Kramnik was first to reply, "Just an hour down!"

[Event "FIDE Candidates"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2013.03.17"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D71"] [Opening "Neo-Gruenfeld,"] [EventDate "2013.03.15"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Nf3 Nb6 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. e3 O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. h3 e5 11. d5 Na5 12. Qc2 c6 13. b4 Nac4 14. dxc6 bxc6 15. Rd1 Qe7 16. Nd2 Bf5 17. Nce4 Rad8 18. a3 h5 19. Nxc4 Rxd1+ 20. Qxd1 Nxc4 21. Ra2 Rd8 22. Qf1 Nd6 23. Nc5 Nb5 24. Bxc6 Nc3 25. Rd2 Rxd2 26. Bxd2 Qd6 27. Bxc3 Qxc6 28. Qg2 Qd6 29. e4 Qd1+ 30. Kh2 Bc8 31. f3 Qc1 32. Qd2 Qf1 33. Qg2 Qc1 34. Qd2 Qf1 35. Qg2 1/2-1/2


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