Fighting Away Depression

Время публикации: 22.04.2014 22:21 | Последнее обновление: 26.04.2014 20:36

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Karjakin satisfied to hold a complex game

Carlsen lost his first half point at Gashimov Memorial taking place at Shamkir. In the third round world champion's rival was Sergey Karjakin. The latter commented on the encounter specially for our website.  

"I didn't really want to go into some, broadly speaking, Berlin continuations; although I don't know what Magnus was going to reply on 1.e4 I still wanted to play aggressively, so I decided to move into Nimzowitsch defence with 4.f3. I never played it with white before, but I have revised it for black quite a few times.

In spite of my confidence in solid preparation, my opponent surprised me with 6...Nh5. It's hard to evaluate objective value of the move, but at least it is quite fresh. I didn't know much of the theory in that line, so I played the opening unconvincingly. After 6...Nh5 you should definitely look how to strengthen the position for White. I knew that letting ...c5 and ...Nc6 was strategically dangerous, but I still let him play so - although I don't really understand why I did so. I hoped 11.g4 could change the situation, but after 11...fxg4 and 12...Nf6 I understood that it just doesn't work. Eventually I spent tons of time and got a complicated position without time left. It was obvioulsy uncomfortable. I am happy that I managed to pull myself together and defense, as I believe, on a good level. That's why I am satisfied with the game. Of course that is not the happiness of drawing Carlsen as White, but that I managed to save a complex game.

I tried not to get depressed; although different thoughts occupied my mind I didn't let them stay there. I think you should always believe that everything will be alright, if not what do you play for..."       

Carlsen looked somewhat disapointed at the press conference. Accroding to him the endgame should have been won if playing accurately. Nonetheless, he said the draw against Karjakin isn't a bad result. 

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2014"] [Site "Shamkir AZE"] [Date "2014.04.22"] [Round "3"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2772"] [BlackElo "2881"] [ECO "E20"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "Kmoch variation"] [EventDate "2014.04.20"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. f3 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Nh5 7. Nh3 f5 8. e3 d6 9. Be2 c5 10. O-O Nc6 11. g4 fxg4 12. fxg4 Nf6 13. Nf2 h6 14. e4 e5 15. d5 Ne7 16. g5 hxg5 17. Bxg5 Qe8 18. Qd3 Qg6 19. Qg3 Bd7 20. Kh1 Rf7 21. Qh4 Raf8 22. Rae1 Qh7 23. Qxh7+ Nxh7 24. Be3 Ng6 25. Nd3 Rxf1+ 26. Rxf1 Rxf1+ 27. Bxf1 Nf6 28. Nf2 Nf4 29. h4 Ng6 30. Bg5 Nh7 31. Bd8 Kf7 32. Kh2 Nf6 33. Kg3 Nf4 34. Kf3 Ba4 35. Nh3 Bd1+ 36. Ke3 Ng6 37. Ng5+ Ke8 38. Ne6 Nxh4 39. Bc7 Kd7 40. Bb8 Bg4 41. Nxg7 a6 42. Bd3 Ng2+ 43. Kd2 Ke7 44. a4 Kf7 45. Bxd6 Kxg7 46. Bxe5 Nh4 47. Bg3 Ng6 48. e5 Nd7 49. e6 Nde5 50. Bxg6 Nxg6 51. Bd6 Kf6 52. Bxc5 Ke5 53. Ke3 Bd1 54. Bb6 Bxa4 55. Bc7+ Kf6 56. Kd4 Ke7 57. c5 Nh4 58. c4 Nf3+ 59. Kc3 Ng5 60. Kb4 Bd1 61. Bg3 Nxe6 62. dxe6 Bf3 63. Bh4+ 1/2-1/2 

Round 4 will be held tomorrow at 11:00 CET.


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