"Am I Tired? Well, a Bit..."

Время публикации: 13.06.2014 14:15 | Последнее обновление: 13.06.2014 14:15

Karjakin close to repeating last year's success in Stavanger

It's amazing how Sergey Karjakin is repeating his performance at the Candidates two months ago. Back then he started with a loss and then hardly was considered as the favourite half way through the tournament. The second half of the tournament brought long encounters in which Russian GM came victorius showing a great shape. It seems the same is happening today in Stavanger.

If at Canddates Karjakin had only theoretical chances to win, in Norway he leads the field one round to go. On Nigel Short's question if he remembers the prize fund of the competition, Karjakin had what to say: "Last year's memories haven't faded yet." 

It's already several years that Karjakin is considered as an uncomfortable rival for Kramnik. The former world champion's nice win over his compatriot at the Candidates seemed to have destroyed the "myth", however, the reply blow was soon to be made, and yesterday the younger peer again defeated his older fellow. Now Karjakin leads 4-1 in the personal encounters against Kramnik.

According to the winner, if not Sofia rules he would offer his opponent a draw near 20th move, after exchanging the queens. However, closer to the time control he was already playing for a win trying to take the advantage of his rival's inacurate moves.

Apparently, 41...Re6? was a decisive mistake after which holding the endgame seems to be a hard mission. There still were some complications after 41...Red7.  

[Event "2nd Norway Chess 2014"] [Site "Stavanger NOR"] [Date "2014.06.12"] [Round "8.5"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2771"] [BlackElo "2783"] [ECO "D35"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "exchange, positional line, 5...c6"] [EventDate "2014.06.03"] 1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Nf6 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 c6 6. e3 h6 7. Bh4 Be7 8. Bd3 O-O 9. Qc2 Nh5 10. Bxe7 Qxe7 11. Nf3 Nf4 12. Bf1 Nd7 13. O-O-O Ng6 14. h4 Qf6 15. Bd3 Nb6 16. h5 Ne7 17. Rh4 Bf5 18. Bxf5 Qxf5 19. Qxf5 Nxf5 20. Rf4 Nd6 21. Ne5 Rae8 22. Rh1 Re7 23. Kc2 Rfe8 24. b3 a5 25. a4 Na8 26. Nd3 Nc7 27. Rg4 Na6 28. Rf4 Ne4 29. Kb2 Kh7 30. Nxe4 dxe4 31. Ne5 Nb4 32. Rf5 c5 33. Rd1 cxd4 34. exd4 Rd8 35. Nc4 Nd3+ 36. Kc3 g6 37. Rxa5 Nxf2 38. Re1 gxh5 39. d5 e3 40. Kc2 Ng4 41. d6 Re6 42. Ra7 Rf6 43. Re2 b6 44. Rb7 Rdxd6 45. Nxd6 Rxd6 46. Rxf7+ Kg6 47. Rf1 Kg5 48. b4 h4 49. Kc3 Nf2 50. Rxe3 Nd1+ 51. Rxd1 Rxd1 52. Re5+ Kg4 53. Re6 Rc1+ 54. Kb3 Kh5 55. Rxb6 Rg1 56. a5 Rxg2 57. a6 Rg3+ 58. Kc4 Rg4+ 59. Kd3 Rg8 60. Rb5+ Kg4 61. Ra5 h3 62. Ra2 Ra8 63. b5 h5 64. Ke3 Kg3 65. a7 h2 66. Rxh2 Kxh2 67. b6 Kh3 68. b7 Rxa7 69. b8=Q Rg7 70. Qe5 Rg3+ 71. Kf2 h4 72. Qe4 1-0[Event "2nd Norway Chess 2014"] [Site "Stavanger NOR"] [Date "2014.06.12"] [Round "8.1"] [White "Agdestein, Simen"] [Black "Topalov, Veselin"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2628"] [BlackElo "2772"] [ECO "A29"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "four knights, kingside fianchetto"] [EventDate "2014.06.03"] 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 Bb4 5. Nd5 Bc5 6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O d6 8. e3 a6 9. b3 Ba7 10. Bb2 Nxd5 11. cxd5 Ne7 12. Nh4 f5 13. f4 e4 14. g4 Nxd5 15. Nxf5 Bxf5 16. gxf5 Qe7 17. Kh1 Nf6 18. d3 c6 19. dxe4 Nxe4 20. Qc2 Rae8 21. Rg1 Nf6 22. Rae1 Qf7 23. e4 d5 24. Bxf6 Bxg1 25. Be5 Ba7 26. exd5 cxd5 27. Qd3 Rd8 28. Rc1 Rd7 29. Bh3 Re7 30. Qg3 Kh8 31. Rc2 Bb8 32. Bg4 d4 33. Kg1 d3 34. Rd2 Qd5 35. Rxd3 Ba7+ 36. Kf1 Qh1+ 37. Ke2 Qe4+ 38. Kd1 Bb8 39. Qf3 Qxf3+ 40. Bxf3 Bxe5 41. fxe5 Rxe5 42. Bxb7 Rexf5 43. a4 a5 44. h3 Rf2 45. Ba6 g5 0-1 [Event "2nd Norway Chess 2014"] [Site "Stavanger NOR"] [Date "2014.06.12"] [Round "8.2"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2815"] [BlackElo "2791"] [ECO "A04"] [Opening "Reti opening"] [EventDate "2014.06.03"] 1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. e3 Nf6 5. d4 e4 6. d5 exf3 7. dxc6 bxc6 8. e4 Qc7 9. gxf3 g6 10. Be3 d6 11. Qd2 Be6 12. O-O-O Nd7 13. f4 O-O-O 14. Rg1 f5 15. exf5 gxf5 16. Qe2 Rg8 17. Rxg8 Bxg8 18. Qd3 Nb6 19. Qxf5+ Kb7 20. b3 d5 21. Qd3 Qg7 22. cxd5 Nxd5 23. Qa6+ Kb8 24. Qa5 Be7 25. Bc4 Nxe3 26. fxe3 Rxd1+ 27. Nxd1 Bd5 28. Bxd5 cxd5 29. Nc3 Qg1+ 30. Kb2 Qf2+ 31. Ka3 Qd2 32. f5 Kb7 33. Qb5+ Kc7 34. Qe8 Bd6 35. Qf7+ Kc6 36. Qe8+ Kc7 37. Qf7+ Kc6 38. Qe8+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "2nd Norway Chess 2014"] [Site "Stavanger NOR"] [Date "2014.06.12"] [Round "8.3"] [White "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2792"] [BlackElo "2752"] [ECO "A34"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "symmetrical variation"] [EventDate "2014.06.03"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 g6 3. e3 Nf6 4. d4 Bg7 5. d5 O-O 6. Nf3 d6 7. h3 e6 8. Bd3 exd5 9. cxd5 Re8 10. O-O Nbd7 11. Re1 a6 12. a4 Nh5 13. Be2 f5 14. Rb1 h6 15. Nd2 Ne5 16. f4 Nf7 17. Bxh5 gxh5 18. Qxh5 b5 19. Nf3 Bd7 20. Ne2 Nh8 21. axb5 axb5 22. b4 cxb4 23. Ng3 Rf8 24. Nd4 Bxd4 25. exd4 Qf6 26. Rxb4 Rfe8 27. Rxe8+ Rxe8 28. Kh2 Kh7 29. Rb3 Rc8 30. Ra3 Rxc1 31. Ra7 Qf7 32. Qxf7+ Nxf7 33. Rxd7 Kg6 34. Re7 b4 35. Re6+ Kh7 36. Re7 Kg6 37. Re6+ Kh7 38. Nxf5 b3 39. Re2 h5 40. Rb2 Rc3 41. Ng3 Kg6 42. f5+ Kh6 43. Ne2 Rc2 44. Rxc2 bxc2 45. Kg3 Kg5 46. Kf3 Nh6 47. f6 Kxf6 48. Ke3 Nf5+ 49. Kd2 Kg5 50. g3 h4 51. g4 Nh6 52. Kxc2 Nxg4 53. hxg4 Kxg4 54. Ng1 Kg3 55. Kd2 Kf2 56. Nh3+ Kg3 57. Ng1 Kf2 58. Nh3+ Kg3 59. Ng5 Kf4 60. Ne6+ Ke4 61. Ng5+ Kxd4 62. Nf3+ Ke4 63. Nxh4 Ke5 64. Kd3 Kxd5 65. Nf5 Kc5 66. Nxd6 1/2-1/2 [Event "2nd Norway Chess 2014"] [Site "Stavanger NOR"] [Date "2014.06.12"] [Round "8.4"] [White "Svidler, Peter"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2753"] [BlackElo "2881"] [ECO "A27"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "three knights system"] [EventDate "2014.06.03"] 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 f5 4. d3 Nf6 5. g3 Bb4 6. Bg2 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 d6 8. O-O O-O 9. Rb1 Qe8 10. Qb3 b6 11. Nh4 Na5 12. Qa3 Rb8 13. Be3 f4 14. gxf4 Qh5 15. Nf3 Bh3 16. Bxh3 Qxh3 17. Kh1 Rbe8 18. Qb2 e4 19. Ng5 Qh5 20. dxe4 Ng4 21. Nf3 Nxc4 22. Qb3 Rxe4 23. Rg1 d5 24. Qb5 Rfxf4 25. Bxf4 Nxf2+ 26. Kg2 Rxe2 27. Kf1 Ne4 28. Rxg7+ Kf8 29. Kxe2 Nxc3+ 30. Kf2 Nxb5 31. Rbg1 Nc3 32. Rxc7 Ne4+ 33. Ke1 Nc5 34. Rc8+ Kf7 35. Rc7+ Kf8 36. Rc8+ Kf7 37. Rc7+ Kf8 1/2-1/2 

Karjakin, "Am I tired? Well, a bit. You may get how I feel if remember my game against Giri...
But still, if you are victorious in the long encounter, you recover quickly. It looks absolutely different if you lose.

My first three games in this tournament were very disapointing. I forgot analyses in the encounter against Agdestein, I lost more or less equal game against Aronian... But I managed to make a come back, not without my rivals' help.

Tomorrow, I just need to play normal chess against Caruana forgetting the standings. I will try to do so."


"Serjega is the man!!!"

Today's round starts an hour earlier than the usual at 13:30 CET. Karjakin is black against Caruana, Carlsen is "needs only a win" against Agdestein. According to regulations if there's more than one way tie for the first, the playoff will be played. 

Images - norwaychess.com


  


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