Wojtaszek: "It Feels Fantastic!"

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Wijk aan Zee: the Polish GM scores a convincing victory over the world champion (AUDIO)

The most unexpected result of the 3rd round was Magnus Carlsen's loss to Polish GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek - instead of 'catching his fire and rhythm', Magnus, on the contrary, has played an unusually unconvincing game, committing an atypical blunder (or a reckless sacrifice which is more or less the same) in addition.

Carlsen, who was Black, tried to deviate from the main lines right from the start (as in round 1 against Giri) but this time it didn't work so well: soon after the opening he found himself in quite a difficult situation as Black was unable to protect his alienated a-pawn. Nevertheless, the champion's playing level was enough to get some counterplay (White were still having better chances though), but the aforementioned strange decision at move 28 (White's reply - 29.g4 - was fairly obvious) has killed nearly all hope to save the game, given that White was a 2700+ GM.

After the first time control, White was a piece up for a pawn only, and the final stage wasn't especially difficult for the Pole, even though he kept concentrated. 'After my 43.d5, I realized it should be a fairly simple win. Yet, I was trying to make sure that I will not do anything stupid', he said while sharing his impressions with our website.

Wojtaszek has also criticized his own 21.Bb2, suggesting 21.h3 instead, as he isn't sure the structure with the Black pawn on h3 was actually better for him despite White's extra pawn.

Still, the victory has made him very happy. 'It feels fantastic! Especially after my saves in rounds 1 and 2, I didn't really expect such a result' - these are the very first words of his commentary (which you can listen to in the audio player).

Among other things, Radoslaw shared his opinion about the opening stage:

'I expected that Carlsen would play something out of book, just to speak to me in some language I would not know or not expect. Actually, I had one game in this setup, which I played pretty badly, but I had this 4.b4 in store which I had prepared after the game. Well, maybe the fact that I was prepared, surprised him a bit, I guess'.

(For the sake of curiosity, we're also publishing the game which Wojtaszek is probably talking about - the one against Predojevic in the Tromso Olympiad, where Black lost on time in a slightly worse position. You can find both the today's game and the one against Predojevic in the viewer below the page, as usual.
Besides, by the way, it was exactly in Tromso that Wojtaszek played his only previous game against Carlsen; that time, he was crushed by the world champion - CN).

Radoslaw Wojtaszek is known to be a long-term assistant of Viswanathan Anand. He thinks, however, that his today's success and his help to Anand should be separated from each other:

'Basically we speak (with Anand - CN) often, but it's not that because I played Magnus I was asking Vishy to help, or something like this. You know, it feels great but I wouldn't find anything special in the fact that I was a second of Vishy, and that he lost, and I won, etc. No, it's just a different story from here on'.

Everything about the A-tournament in Wijk aan Zee

[Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.12"] [Round "3.4"] [White "Wojtaszek, Radoslaw"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A41"] [WhiteElo "2744"] [BlackElo "2862"] [PlyCount "103"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. d4 d6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 f5 4. b4 Bg7 5. Bb2 a5 6. b5 a4 7. e3 Nf6 8. Be2 c6 9. bxc6 bxc6 10. O-O O-O 11. Qc2 Qc7 12. Nc3 a3 13. Bc1 Nbd7 14. Rb1 Ne4 15. Nxe4 fxe4 16. Nd2 Nf6 17. Rb3 Bf5 18. Rxa3 h5 19. Rxa8 Rxa8 20. a3 h4 21. Bb2 h3 22. g3 Qc8 23. Re1 Rb8 24. Bc3 Nh7 25. a4 Ng5 26. Rb1 Ra8 27. Qd1 c5 28. Rb6 Qe6 29. g4 cxd4 30. Bxd4 Bxd4 31. exd4 e3 32. gxf5 gxf5 33. Nf1 exf2+ 34. Kxf2 Ne4+ 35. Ke1 Qf6 36. Qd3 Rxa4 37. Rb1 Qh4+ 38. Ng3 Kf7 39. Qf3 Kg7 40. Qf4 Qxf4 41. Nh5+ Kf7 42. Nxf4 Ng5 43. d5 Kf6 44. Kf2 Ra3 45. Bd3 Ra2+ 46. Kg3 Ra3 47. Re1 Ne4+ 48. Kf3 Ng5+ 49. Ke3 Ra2 50. Re2 Ra3 51. Rf2 Ne4 52. Rf3 1-0 [Event "41st Olympiad Open 2014"] [Site "Tromso NOR"] [Date "2014.08.09"] [Round "7.11"] [White "Wojtaszek, R."] [Black "Predojevic, B."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A88"] [WhiteElo "2735"] [BlackElo "2604"] [PlyCount "80"] [EventDate "2014.08.02"] [EventRounds "11"] [EventCountry "NOR"] [Source "Mark Crowther"] [SourceDate "2014.08.11"] [WhiteTeam "Poland"] [BlackTeam "Bosnia & Herzegovina"] [WhiteTeamCountry "POL"] [BlackTeamCountry "BIH"] 1. d4 d6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 f5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. g3 Bg7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O c6 8. Rb1 a5 9. Qb3 h6 10. Rd1 Nbd7 11. Qc2 Qe8 12. b3 Qf7 13. Ba3 Rb8 14. d5 cxd5 15. Nxd5 Nxd5 16. Rxd5 b6 17. Rdd1 f4 18. Bb2 Nc5 19. Bxg7 Bf5 20. Qb2 Qxg7 21. Qxg7+ Kxg7 22. Rbc1 Bd7 23. Nd4 Rf6 24. Bc6 Be6 25. Rc3 Rbf8 26. gxf4 Rxf4 27. Re3 Kf6 28. Nb5 Rc8 29. Bg2 Rf5 30. Nd4 Re5 31. Rg3 Rg5 32. Rf3+ Bf5 33. h4 Rh5 34. Bh3 Rxh4 35. Nxf5 gxf5 36. Rxf5+ Kg6 37. Rf3 Rg8 38. Kf1 Kg7 39. e3 Ne4 40. Bg2 Nf6 {time} 1-0 


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