Alexander Grischuk on His Draw Against Magnus Carlsen: "In the End I Just Had to Repeat the Moves"

Время публикации: 29.03.2013 15:45 | Последнее обновление: 29.03.2013 15:45

The 11th round game between Grischuk and Calrsen finished in a short but fighting draw.

The Russian GM decided to play creatively from the very beginning of the encounter.


Grischuk, "Morozevich has played it twice at Beijing SportAccord and I think both times against Anish Giri."
5...c6 6.Bg5 0-0 7.Bxf6 Bxf6 8.h5 Bf5 9.e3 e6
According to GM Areschenko who gave live commentary on Chess-News radio if Black wanted to play for initiative it shouldn't have placed its bishop on f5 where the piece stands uncomfortably.

Grischuk, "8...Bf5 is a very original move and I spent a lot of time trying to trap this bishop by the help of 10.Ne5 Bxе5 11.dxe5, but I avoided playing so because of 11...Qb6".
10.hxg6 Bxg6 11.Bd3 Nd7 12.Qe2 e5 13.Bxg6 hxg6 14.dxe5 Nxe5 15.cxd5 cxd5 16.Rd1 Qa5

Carlsen, "12...e5 was completely unnecessary. After 12…a6 or 12…Qe7 Black is absolutely fine."

17.Kf1 Rad8 18.Nd4 Qc5 19.Nb3 Qc6 20.Na5 Qc7 21.Nb3 Qc6 22.Na5 Qc7 23.Nb3 Qc6 1/2

Grischuk, "In the end I had pretty much to repeat the moves."
Carlsen, "At the end I simply have no way of saving the d-pawn and playing on. If there was I would because in general, in the long run I have more useful moves. But the d-pawn is falling so there’s nothing I can do."

[Event "FIDE Candidates"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2013.03.28"] [Round "11.3"] [White "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2764"] [BlackElo "2872"] [ECO "D90"] [Opening "Gruenfeld"] [Variation "Three knights variation"] [WhiteFideId "4126025"] [BlackFideId "1503014"] [EventDate "2013.03.15"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. h4 c6 6. Bg5 O-O 7. Bxf6 Bxf6 8. h5 Bf5 9. e3 e6 10. hxg6 Bxg6 11. Bd3 Nd7 12. Qe2 e5 13. Bxg6 hxg6 14. dxe5 Nxe5 15. cxd5 cxd5 16. Rd1 Qa5 17. Kf1 Rad8 18. Nd4 Qc5 19. Nb3 Qc6 20. Na5 Qc7 21. Nb3 Qc6 22. Na5 Qc7 23. Nb3 Qc6 1/2-1/2

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