Shakhriyar Mamedyarov: "When Your Opponent Doesn't Want Neither to Win, Nor to Lose It's Hard to Avoid Draw"

Время публикации: 25.03.2014 19:50 | Последнее обновление: 25.03.2014 19:58

The key match of the round between Anand and Mamedyarov finished in around two hours. 

"We played one of Sicilian defence lines which was popular about 15 years ago," explained the former world champion. "I haven't revised it for a while," he added. 

Mamedyarov, "Normally you just repeat 20.Qf2 Qc5 21.Qg3 Qe5 22.Qf2 Qc5 and agree on a draw. I of course wanted to try to play, but you know, when your opponent doesn't want neither to win nor to lose, it's hard to outplay him as white, saying nothing of black...."  

"All moves make my position worse, except repeating!” Anand said. "Whatever I could have tried, it's too late here. I misplayed something, I mean Black had easy equality and it was an easy choice for me too.”

[Event "FIDE Candidates 2014"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2014.03.25"] [Round "10.2"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2770"] [BlackElo "2757"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf, Adams attack"] [EventDate "2014.03.13"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e6 7. g4 h6 8. Bg2 Be7 9. Be3 Nc6 10. f4 Nd7 11. Qd2 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 e5 13. fxe5 Bh4+ 14. Bf2 Nxe5 15. O-O-O Bxf2 16. Qxf2 Be6 17. Qd4 Qg5+ 18. Kb1 O-O-O 19. Bf1 Nc6 20. Qf2 Qc5 21. Qg3 Qe5 22. Qf2 Qc5 23. Qg3 Kb8 24. Be2 Ne5 25. Nd5 Rc8 26. c3 f6 27. Rd4 Rhe8 28. Rhd1 Rcd8 29. Bd3 Nc6 30. Rc4 Qa7 1/2-1/2 

Тhus, Anand maintains overall lead after ten rounds.


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