Is It a Joke?

Время публикации: 22.05.2015 18:42 | Последнее обновление: 22.05.2015 21:12

Grischuk and Karjakin - on Filatov's intention to captain the Russian team

In the eighth round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk, Sergey Karjakin lost to Alexander Grischuk, and in the process reduced his chances of qualifying for the Candidates tournament. The fate of the two precious qualifying places will be decided over the next three rounds. 

The game was tense, but on move 39, in an objectively drawn position, Karjakin blundered badly.


39...Nf7? Grischuk: "This would be an excellent move, if it weren't for the reply 40.Qg8 (here Black resigned) 40...e5 41.Nxe5+".
It only remains to add that after the correct 39...Kh6 White cannot strengthen his position.

Photos by Kirill Merkuriev,

Both grandmasters are in the Russian national team and at the press-conference, they were asked about RCF President Andrey Filatov, who has announced his intention to become team captain from 1 January next year. 

Grischuk: "To be honest, so far I think this is a joke. I don't mean any disrespect, but it just seems to me that Filatov is a very busy man and I cannot understand why he wants this job".
Karjakin: "I will await 1 January and send Filatov a few chess tests. It will be interesting to see how he answers..."

[Event "KM FIDE GP 2015"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2015.05.22"] [Round "8.5"] [White "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D43"] [Opening "QGD semi-Slav"] [EventDate "2015.05.14"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 c6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5 9. Be2 Bb7 10. e5 Nd5 11. O-O Nxc3 12. bxc3 c5 13. a4 a6 14. Qb1 g4 15. Nh4 cxd4 16. axb5 d3 17. Bxg4 a5 18. Bf3 Bxf3 19. Nxf3 Qd5 20. Ra4 Nd7 21. Qa2 Nb6 22. Rxa5 Rxa5 23. Qxa5 Bc5 24. Qa2 O-O 25. Qd2 Kh7 26. Re1 Be7 27. Bf4 Rg8 28. Kh1 Bf8 29. Be3 Nd7 30. Bd4 Qxb5 31. Qf4 Bg7 32. Qxf7 Qd5 33. Nd2 Rf8 34. Qe7 Rf5 35. Re3 Rg5 36. Rg3 Nxe5 37. Rxg5 hxg5 38. Nxc4 Kg6 39. Qe8+ Nf7 40. Qg8 1-0

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