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Время публикации: 30.03.2013 07:19 | Последнее обновление: 30.03.2013 14:43

London: Vassily Ivanchuk beat world's number one

Another "crazy" encounter of Round 12 of the Candidates tournament was played between Magnus Carlsen and Vassily Ivanchuk. Here we offer you the extract from the live commentary given by GMs Sveshnikov, Korobov and Bartel on Chess-News radio. They are also available on our Twitter page. 

Korobov, live "I would like to see at least one memorable work by Ivanchuk in  this tournament"
As Bartel, so Sveshnikov considered Ivanchuk's position more promising
Korobov, live "All three results are possible in Carlsen - Ivanchuk..."
Sveshnikov on Calrsen - Ivanchuk encounter, "According to maestro Mnatsakanyan Black has an advantage"
Surov, "I guess Carlsen just "crumbles". - Коrobov, "He plays weak after the time control"
GM Bartel has just told last time Carlsen lost was on 24.09.2012 against Caruana in San-Paulo
Bartel, live. "Ivanchuk has more chances to win than Carlsen to draw"
Bartel thinks Ivanchuk has a winning position
Korobov, Sveshnikov and Bartel are sure Ivanchuk is taking an upper hand on Carlsen
Korobov and Sveshnikov on Ivanchuk's last move 63...е5: "A considerable inaccuracy"
The position in Carlsen - Ivanchuk has been studied by Korobov a year ago "The life forced to do so..."
Sveshnikov on Ivanchuk's
mоve 76...Rc7: "How could he do that? I don't understand. Isn't that Vasya? Fabulous...
Korobov, "Ivanchuk shows an exceptional technique. He had a simple win but he does it in the way to enlighten the millions.".

Carlsen, "First of all I think I played absolutely disgracefully from move 1. 13.Bd4 is awful." Magnus also said he started to play on a win after Vassily played 18...а5. "But then 24.Nb5 extremely stupid. ... I can do anything. Probably I'm actually not better but I should never lose it.: This is what he said about his play after move 30, "I think there's still not too many problems for me but I just kept on blundering more and more stuff."


Ivanchuk had more chances to convert his advantage in the knight endgame. "The rook endgame is still the rook endgame," - Korobov noted during the live talk, he also mentioned the way to a win 63...h4! In case of 64.Rxe6 Rf3+ and Rh3 as the next move.
63...e5?! 64.h4! Now White has a hope.
64...Kd6 65.Rd3+ Ke6 66.Rg3 Kf6 67.Rd3 Rf4 68.Rd6+ Kf5 69.Rxb6 Rxh4

70.c5! Rxa4 71.Rh6?? There's no way to save the game after this mistake. The draw could be achieved by 71.с6!
71...Ke4 72.Rd6 Rd4 73.Ra6 Kd5 74.Rxa5 Rc4+ 75.Kd3 Rxc5 The endgame is won for Black  0-1

Carlsen, After 70...Rха4 "Here I was actually pretty sure that I would draw, which is why I played so carelessly. I hadn’t seen 71…Ke4 at all."

Ivanchuk, "I just play each game. I don't think of some global plans. Yes, of course this is a part of preparation for the Russian League. It's actually great with great opponents who push you to work. They give you no chance to relax.

Of course I wanted to do my best today. I didn’t have a goal to specially win this game but I was thinking after the 23rd move the position is objectively equal. If Magnus wouldn’t have taken risks, I wouldn’t have had chances to win.

...Will there be a chance again I will compete for the world champion title. ... Actually I already won the title becoming the blitz world champion. And if I won't win it [the title], well there are a lot of brilliant chess players who were not the world champions, but that didn't make their games less interesting." 

[Event "FIDE Candidates"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2013.03.29"] [Round "12"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B48"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Taimanov variation"] [EventDate "2013.03.15"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 e6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Qd2 Nf6 8. O-O-O Bb4 9. f3 Ne7 10. Nb3 d5 11. e5 Nd7 12. f4 b6 13. Bd4 Nc5 14. a3 Ne4 15. Qe1 Nxc3 16. Bxc3 Bxc3 17. Qxc3 Qxc3 18. bxc3 a5 19. Nd4 Ba6 20. Bd3 Kd7 21. Kd2 Nc6 22. Rb1 Bxd3 23. Kxd3 Rab8 24. Nb5 g5 25. g3 Rhg8 26. c4 gxf4 27. gxf4 Ne7 28. Rhg1 dxc4+ 29. Kxc4 Nd5 30. Nd6 Kc6 31. Nxf7 Nxf4 32. Kb3 Kc5 33. Ng5 h6 34. Ne4+ Kd4 35. Nf6 Rxg1 36. Rxg1 Rc8 37. Re1 Rc3+ 38. Kb2 Rf3 39. Re4+ Kc5 40. Nd7+ Kd5 41. Nf6+ Kc5 42. Nd7+ Kc6 43. Nf6 Ng6 44. Rc4+ Kb5 45. Re4 Rf5 46. Ne8 Kc5 47. Nc7 Nxe5 48. Rh4 Kd6 49. Nb5+ Kd7 50. a4 h5 51. Nd4 Rg5 52. Re4 Nc4+ 53. Kc3 Re5 54. Rh4 Nd6 55. Kd3 Rd5 56. c4 Rg5 57. Nf3 Rc5 58. Nd2 Rf5 59. Nb3 Nb7 60. Rh3 Kd6 61. Kc3 Nc5 62. Nxc5 Kxc5 63. Re3 e5 64. h4 Kd6 65. Rd3+ Ke6 66. Rg3 Kf6 67. Rd3 Rf4 68. Rd6+ Kf5 69. Rxb6 Rxh4 70. c5 Rxa4 71. Rh6 Ke4 72. Rd6 Rd4 73. Ra6 Kd5 74. Rxa5 Rc4+ 75. Kd3 Rxc5 76. Ra4 Rc7 77. Rh4 Rh7 78. Ke3 Ke6 79. Ke4 Rh8 80. Ke3 Kf5 81. Ke2 Kg5 82. Re4 Re8 83. Ke3 h4 84. Ke2 h3 85. Kf2 h2 86. Kg2 h1=Q+ 87. Kxh1 Kf5 88. Re1 Rg8 89. Kh2 Kf4 90. Rf1+ Ke3 0-1

Vladimir Kramnik took over the lead from Magnus Carlsen two rounds to go. Norwegian is only half a point behind Russian GM.
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