Vladimir Kramnik: "Hopefully I Can Still Fight for the First Place"

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Vladimir Kramnik beat Teimour Radjabov to become second in the table surpassing Levon Aronian.

Kramnik, "I caught him in the opening in a way, but it was not case of preparation, more a case of memory, because that was a teoretical line which is supposed to be harmless because of  15...Qd4. After 15...Qd7 the outcome of the opening was great. One hour on the clock, nice pressure… It couldn’t be better. It’s not much but Black has to play very accurately."

Radjabov, "I forgot the theory somehow. I have played this line a lot but not this variation with 10.Bd2. I couldn’t really find out what was the move, and I thought OK 15...Qd7 is at leaast a practical move. White is perhaps better and can take on b7 after 17...Rad8."

Kramnik, "If I remember well the computer wasn't taking on b7. The end of my preparation was 17.Rb1, but there wasn't a single line where it took on b7."

Radjabov, "Аnd I was thinking 18.Rхb7 was the best move."

Kramnik, "But 18.Qc1 looks good. I expected 18...Rd7 to defend the pawn."

On move 28 Kramnik set up a trap:


A decisive mistake. And a nice combination has followed.

29.е5 The knight has no square to move.
29...Nd5 30.Rb2 Qa4
Radjabov, "I saw it, it’s a very nice trap, easy to fall for in time trouble. It was quite a nice combination."
31.Bxd5 Rxd5 32.Rb4 Qa2 33.Nxe7+ Kh8 34.Nxd5 Qxd5 35.Qc4 Qxc4 36.Rxc4 Bxe5 37.Kf1 1-0

Radjabov, "Of course I'm considering this [the problem of time trouble], but the way I'm calculating variations is really awful that's why I'm spending time to make the things work. Certainly, I would like to play faster, but I just don't manage that. That's really visable and that's really clear but I can do nothing about it at the moment."     

Kramnik, "As I said at the start of the tournament, I just need to keep a good level of play and then the points will come. I will have to do the same for the rest of the tournament: I have to play well and not blunder anything. Hopefully I can still fight for the first place."

[Event "FIDE Candidates"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2013.03.28"] [Round "11.4"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2810"] [BlackElo "2793"] [ECO "E60"] [Opening "King's Indian"] [Variation "3.g3"] [WhiteFideId "4101588"] [BlackFideId "13400924"] [EventDate "2013.03.15"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 c5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bg2 cxd4 6. Nxd4 O-O 7. Nc3 Qc7 8. b3 d5 9. Ndb5 Qa5 10. Bd2 dxc4 11. bxc4 Qd8 12. O-O a6 13. Na3 Bf5 14. Nc2 Nc6 15. Ne3 Qd7 16. Nxf5 Qxf5 17. Rb1 Rad8 18. Qc1 Qe6 19. Re1 Qxc4 20. Rxb7 Ne5 21. Bf4 Qe6 22. h3 Nc4 23. e4 Ne5 24. Bxe5 Qxe5 25. Nd5 Rfe8 26. Nb4 Rd7 27. Nc6 Qe6 28. Rb6 Qxa2 29. e5 Nd5 30. Rb2 Qa4 31. Bxd5 Rxd5 32. Rb4 Qa2 33. Nxe7+ Kh8 34. Nxd5 Qxd5 35. Qc4 Qxc4 36. Rxc4 Bxe5 37. Kf1 1-0

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