GM Alexey Shirov: "I Thought My Chances Were Better Before The Tiebreak, But..."

Время публикации: 13.08.2013 23:26 | Последнее обновление: 13.08.2013 23:27

It wasn't easy for GM Alexey Shirov to beat Hou Yifan in Round 1 of the World Cup. He had to win a return game in rapid playoff to proceed to blitz with 10+10 time control - Latvian's experience took him through to Round 2.

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Shirov commented on his match at the press center.

"I expected it to be an equal fight, because I have already played against Hou YIfan in Gibraltar. I thought I was better in the first classical game, but she defended well. The second game was easy for me, I equalized easily with black. I thought my chances should be better before the tiebreak, because I have a lot of experience in this kind of tiebreaks in the World Cups. However, after playing badly the 1st game - I didn't manage to equalize - I lost a defendable ending and I understood that now it would be hard to strike back, but I am happy I eventually managed to do so... The last game was very nervous. It was of course very pleasant to win..."   

Shirov's opponent in Round 2 is 14-year-old Wei Yi of China who defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi. "I have to admit, I am a bit ashamed that I don't know much about this player yet," GM said.

[Site "Tromso NOR"] [Date "2013.08.13"] [Round "1.3"] [White "Hou, Yifan"] [Black "Shirov, Alexei"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2609"] [BlackElo "2696"] [ECO "B35"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "accelerated fianchetto, modern variation with Bc4"] [WhiteFideId "8602980"] [BlackFideId "2209390"] [EventDate "2013.08.11"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nge2 g6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Bc4 O-O 8. Bb3 d6 9. f3 Bd7 10. Qd2 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 b5 12. a4 bxa4 13. Bxa4 a5 14. O-O Qc7 15. Rfd1 Rfb8 16. Bxd7 Qxd7 17. b3 Rb4 18. Ne2 Qb7 19. Kh1 Nd7 20. Bxg7 Kxg7 21. Nf4 Nf6 22. Nd3 Rb5 23. Ra4 Rc8 24. Rda1 Qc7 25. Ne1 d5 26. Rxa5 Rxa5 27. Qxa5 dxe4 28. Qxc7 Rxc7 29. Kg1 exf3 30. gxf3 Nd5 31. c4 Nb4 32. Kf2 e5 33. Ke3 Kf6 34. Ra4 Rb7 35. Kd2 Kf5 36. Kc3 Nc6 37. b4 e4 38. fxe4+ Kxe4 39. Nd3 Ke3 40. Ra8 Re7 41. b5 Nd4 42. Nc5 Re5 43. Rc8 Nf5 44. b6 1-0 [Event "FIDE World Cup 2013"] [Site "Tromso NOR"] [Date "2013.08.13"] [Round "1.4"] [White "Shirov, Alexei"] [Black "Hou, Yifan"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2696"] [BlackElo "2609"] [ECO "D38"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Ragozin variation"] [WhiteFideId "2209390"] [BlackFideId "8602980"] [EventDate "2013.08.11"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Qa4+ Nc6 6. e3 O-O 7. Qc2 dxc4 8. Bxc4 e5 9. dxe5 Ng4 10. O-O Ngxe5 11. Nxe5 Nxe5 12. Be2 Bg4 13. f3 Bd7 14. a3 Bd6 15. f4 Nc6 16. b4 a6 17. Bb2 Re8 18. Rf3 Re6 19. Bd3 Rh6 20. Rg3 Bf8 21. Nd5 Qh4 22. Qc3 Qxh2+ 23. Kf2 f6 24. Nxf6+ Rxf6 25. Rh1 Qxg3+ 26. Kxg3 h6 27. Qc4+ Be6 28. Qc2 1-0


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