Maxime Vachier-Lagrave: "I Am Not Here to Win the Tournament"

Время публикации: 11.05.2013 00:30 | Последнее обновление: 11.05.2013 00:33

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Е.SUROV: It's 20.43 MSK time and we're live on Chess-News, the sixth round games of the EICC are underway in Legnica and now one of the winners of this round Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will join us. Today he smashed Sergey Volkov in less than two hours. So, please tell us what happened in your game?

М.VACHIER-LAGRAVE: Well, actually I think Sergey played too fast in the opening. I played 13.Bg2 which took place in Etienne Bacrot's game against Ivanchuk in 2007 [...] Generally speaking what Sergey played wasn't so bad but there's the practical shot when knight takes on d5 after which... I haven't checked it with computer, but I think after it, it's completely over [...] 

Е.SUROV: It seems like you prepared this line together with Etienne or did you just borrow it from your friend?

М.VACHIER-LAGRAVE: Actually Bacrot was Black, I just remembered this game because I was sitting next to them...  

Е.SUROV: Up to which move did you know everything? I mean to which move you remembered how to play?

М.VACHIER-LAGRAVE: Well, normally black plays 13…Bf5 there. But because of 13…Вg7 I was left on my own, but it's only one practical cpntinuation...

[Event "14th Euro Indiv 2013"] [Site "Legnica POL"] [Date "2013.05.10"] [Round "6.12"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Volkov, Sergey"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D15"] [Opening "QGD Slav"] [Variation "4.Nc3"] [EventDate "2013.05.05"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. c5 Nbd7 6. Bf4 Nh5 7. Bd2 Nhf6 8. Qc2 g6 9. g3 e5 10. dxe5 Ng4 11. e6 Nxc5 12. exf7+ Kxf7 13. Bg2 Bg7 14. Nxd5 cxd5 15. Qxc5 Bxb2 16. Ng5+ Ke8 17. Bxd5 Rf8 18. Rb1 Ba3 19. Qc4 Qe7 20. O-O h6 21. Rxb7 Bxb7 22. Bc6+ Bxc6 23. Qxc6+ Qd7 24. Qxa8+ Ke7 25. Qe4+ Kf6 26. Nh7+ Qxh7 27. Qf3+ Kg7 28. Qxa3 Kg8 29. h3 Ne5 30. Qxa6 Qf7 31. Bxh6 Re8 32. Bf4 Nd7 33. Rc1 Nf8 34. Rc7 Qf5 35. Qc4+ Ne6 36. Kh2 g5 37. Be3 Qe5 38. Rc5 1-0 

Е.SUROV: Maxime, how do you feel here at the European championship after playing at such a tough tournament as Alekhine Memorial?

М.VACHIER-LAGRAVE: Basically I'm here because I didn't qualify for the World Cup.. Well, it's of course very tough but I had a good rest before this competition and at the moment I am playing well... I am not here to win the tournament, I just want to qualify for the World Cup [...] 

Е.SUROV: And here's perhaps the last question. You led the first half of the Alekhine Memorial. How do you think what did you lack to maintain the lead and eventually to win the tournament?

М.VACHIER-LAGRAVE: Well, I was obviously quite disappointed at the end of the tournament, but basically it was... I mean I got a big regret because I got a good position against Boris, but I didn't manage to finish it well, then I was in a big trouble against Adams... That's why I decided to risk against Vitiugov, I thought that if I have a chance to win the tournament I should go for it - to be fully committed, because otherwise it makes no sense.    

Е.SUROV: Thank you very much. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the participant of the EICC, was live from Legnica.

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