The Race

Время публикации: 28.03.2013 03:01 | Последнее обновление: 28.03.2013 03:53

London: Aronian and Kramnik continue chasing Carlsen (PHOTOS)

Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik continue chasing the sole leader Magnus Carlsen. All three GMs gained wins in Round 10 of the Candidates tournament. The wins have guaranteed the nearest rivals of Norwegian the place in the A-group as Ilya Levitov, the Chairman of the Management Board of the Russian Chess Federation, has named it (other players in his opinion are playing in the Group B).

Once again Vassily Ivanchuk gave an accurate description to his game, this time played against Levon Aronian, "You can analyse the position as much as you want, but I just lost on time." Ivanchuk dropped the flag for the 4th time in this tournament.

Aronian, "Vassily is known to play any kind of openings, so I just decided not to prepare much and keep my head fresh. I have a feeling that I've received an advantage out of the opening. ... Then I decided to play for mating ideas. Generally I think Black should be fine here, but it should be cautious. I had the feeling that after 26.g4 I had a very good compensation and good play for the pawn. I was actually quite happy with my position. ... Unfortunately for him he had very little time, so objectively speaking the game didn't follow the natural path."


The natural path" has finished in this even position. Ivanchuk played  28...Rh8? instead of the correct 28...h5.
Ivanchuk, "I saw that I can can move my king on f6 in case of 29.Qh6 and I didn't see anything for White in this variant. Of course I saw the idea 28...h5! 29.Qg5 Qхе2 30.Qхg6+ Kf8, and I saw that White had a draw here, but maybe it has something more... It should be checked."
[It's not easy to calculate all this, especially in a time trouble, 31.Qh6+ Ke7 32.Qg7+ Kd6 33.Qd7+ Kc5 34.Rxd5+ Kb6 35.Rd1 hxg4 36.Rb1+ Kc5 37.Rg3 Rxf2+ 38.Kg1 Rxh2, and here the drawn is done by the help of the following trick 39.Rb5+! Qxb5 40.Qxe8 Rh1+ и т.д.]
29.е3! Ivanchuk missed this move. 29...gxf5? 30.exf4 1-0.  

Evgeny Sveshnikov and Farrukh Amonatov who gave live commentary to the round on Chess-News radio asked our correspondent in London Maria Yurenok to ask Ivanchuk why he chose the Budapest Gambit, "I just wanted to play it and I did," Ivanchuk answered.

[Event "FIDE Candidates"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2013.03.27"] [Round "10.3"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A52"] [Opening "Budapest"] [Variation "Adler variation"] [EventDate "2013.03.15"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Bf4 Bb4+ 6. Nc3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 Qe7 8. Qd5 f6 9. exf6 Nxf6 10. Qd3 d6 11. g3 O-O 12. Bg2 Bg4 13. O-O Rae8 14. Rae1 Kh8 15. Nd4 Ne5 16. Bxe5 dxe5 17. Nf5 Bxf5 18. Qxf5 Nd7 19. Qe4 c6 20. Rd1 Nb6 21. Rd3 Qc5 22. Qh4 g6 23. Be4 Kg7 24. Kg2 Qxc4 25. Rfd1 Qxa2 26. g4 Rf4 27. Bf5 Nd5 28. Rh3 Rh8 29. e3 gxf5 30. exf4 1-0 

Vladimir Kramnik beat Alexander Grischuk in the Berlin endgame.

Kramnik, "Somehow I can see that the openings which I played here in the same city in 2000 are working very well for me. I won against Svidler and today I managed, if I'm not mistaken... Well, you know everyone says I'm playing Berlin so well, but so far I haven't won a single classical game in this opening. Well, a lot of rapid games, but not a classical one. Of course Alexander missed up something and wasn't very well prepared, so I had a good position out of the opening actually just making the theoretical moves.       

It was actually quite drawish, I just tried to use my chance... 


...whatever you play it's still a draw, but I thought that in a time trouble it could be annoying. Of course Alexander made an awful blunder in a time trouble going into this pawn endgame which is lost. ... In general I was quite lucky.

28.Nxf5 Nxf5 29.g4 Nd4 30.Bxd4??
I just made a trap and Sasha fell into it."

[Event "FIDE Candidates"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2013.03.27"] [Round "10.1"] [White "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C67"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence, open variation"] [EventDate "2013.03.15"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. Nc3 Bd7 10. h3 h6 11. Rd1 Kc8 12. a4 a5 13. b3 b6 14. Bb2 Ne7 15. Rd2 c5 16. Ne2 Ng6 17. Rad1 Be6 18. c4 Be7 19. Nc3 Kb7 20. Nd5 Rad8 21. Nxe7 Rxd2 22. Nxd2 Nxe7 23. Nf1 Kc8 24. f3 g5 25. Ng3 Rd8 26. Rxd8+ Kxd8 27. Kf2 Bf5 28. Nxf5 Nxf5 29. g4 Nd4 30. Bxd4 cxd4 31. Ke2 Kd7 32. Kd3 c5 33. Ke4 Ke6 34. f4 gxf4 35. Kxf4 d3 36. Ke3 Kxe5 37. Kxd3 Kf4 38. Ke2 Kg3 39. Ke3 Kxh3 40. Kf4 Kh4 41. Kf5 Kg3 0-1

Four rounds before the finish Magnus Carlsen maintains sole lead with 7 points, Levon Aronian is half a point behind, Vladimir Kramnik losses the leader a full point.
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