"Everybody is Having Fun, But Me"

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Svidler - Gelfand: an exciting draw of Round 5 (AUDIO)

Round 5 of the Candidates tournament was undoubtedly one of the most interesting between those that we have already observed. A tense fight was maintained in three games after five hours of play. Gelfand - Svidler encounter was also full of fight but the draw was agreed in it earlier than in other clashes.

All has started with the novelty Svidler has introduced on the 7th move in Grunfeld.


Svidler, "Obviously this is not the refute for Grunfeld, but it's playable. I got very-very lucky with Boris's reaction, because it's not the way you proceed in this position - 8...Bg4. I think especially 10...c6 is a mistake. You can start with Nd7...

If Black manages to destroy my structure in the center I'm not going to be enjoying life very much. Аfter 10...c6 11.h4 I thought that was a dream position and it really is. 13.hхg6 hхg6 14.f5 would be very strong on 12...Nf6.

It's started going badly for me after 14...f5 I spent almost half an hour on 15.g4 frankly you should just make this move and continue. I  mean I'm obviously better after 15.е5 Кf7 16.0-0-0 Rh8 17.Rg1. Although I have a huge advantage there, I think Black's play becomes kind of understandable. The position is bad but it's very easy to play for Black."

Gelfand, "I absolutely agree that the position was bad for me. Probably I haven't played the opening so badly in my entire career. 8...Bg4 was a real disaster but the move 10...c6 was perhaps even worse."

Svidler, "The majority of my time was spent on 16...gхf5 17.eхf5 ехf5 18.0-0-0 Qхd4. Then I realized I was probably winning after 19.Bd3; it's very important not to touch the bishop on d2 - it stands very well. The point is that if Black starts spinning I will, for instance, put my knight on e4 - 19...Nе4, there's a very important resource 20.Qh3, and I suspect I should be close to winning here, although 20...Rf7 still continues the game.

My initial idea was to play 18.Be3, and perhaps I should have done this, but I couldn't see how to win after 18...Kf7 19.0-0-0 Rh8. I started telling myself this is too slow and that I should be looking for something more forceful here.

On 29th move I finally settled on the idea that I was worse...

First I was going to play 29.Re6, but he has 29...Rxh7 30.Rxf6+ Bxf6 31.Rxh7+ Kg8 32.Rh6 d3.
29.Qxh8 Bxh8 30.Ne8.

Black could prefer 30...Qd8 31.Rh8. The position is very strange...
30.Ne8 Nxh1 31.Nxf6 Ng3 1/2
I guess we both have reasons to be disappointed today.
The position I got after fifteen moves here.. I'm not going get it again in this tournament again. Probably Boris was winning at some point, we are not sure where, but we both feel that. Well, it was entertaining."

Gelfand, "I offered the draw from the psychological point of view. If White would decline then the pressure would be on its side and it might take too much risk. People underestimate the importance of psychology in chess."        

Svidler has also answered on several questions. He namely noted, "I'm much more unhappy of time management than any move I have made in this game.

No matter what happens I always arrive to the game kind of early. There are some nice people here with whom I like to talk to."
On the question from our correspondent who noticed that Alexander Grischuk has smiled when seeing Svidler's opening position, Peter said, "I think people kind of enjoy when others play Grunfeld against me, I think everybody is having fun, but me."    

Listen to the press conference at full in the audio player.

[Event "FIDE Candidates"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2013.03.20"] [Round "5"] [White "Svidler, Peter"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D85"] [Opening "Gruenfeld"] [Variation "exchange variation"] [EventDate "2013.03.15"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bd2 Nb6 6. e3 Bg7 7. f4 O-O 8. Nf3 Bg4 9. h3 Bxf3 10. Qxf3 c6 11. h4 N8d7 12. h5 e6 13. hxg6 hxg6 14. e4 f5 15. g4 Nf6 16. gxf5 exf5 17. e5 Ng4 18. d5 cxd5 19. O-O-O d4 20. Nb5 Qd5 21. Qh3 Rfc8+ 22. Kb1 Rc6 23. e6 Qxe6 24. Bg2 Nf2 25. Qh7+ Kf7 26. Rde1 Qf6 27. Bxc6 bxc6 28. Nc7 Rh8 29. Qxh8 Bxh8 30. Ne8 Nxh1 31. Nxf6 Ng3 1/2-1/2

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