Pavel Eljanov: "Nakamura Started Thinking When It Was Already Too Late"

Время публикации: 23.09.2015 22:13 | Последнее обновление: 24.09.2015 04:08

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Pavel Eljanov became the hero of the first playing day of the World Cup quarterfinal. He defeated American GM Hikaru Nakamura.

The result has just been signed

The author of the only decisive game in the round gave Chess-News a commentary. According to the Ukrainian GM it was hard to guess his opponent's opening choice, "while preparing something new for every opening is really hard. That's why I stuck to the variation from my usual repertory - the one I had prepared."

"...Perhaps, I knew a little more than Hikaru. Quite surprisingly he spent around fifteen minutes after I played 10.Bg5. Probably, he was choosing between different variations, because there have been played thousands of games with the similar positions. Most likely he was unsure of his preparation. 12.Qc1 surprised him, because it really is a rare move. Then he played pretty quickly, although at some point it was better for him to spend some time on thinking."


"After 20.Nхb7! Qxb7 21.Bxc6 White has a big advantage which he has underestimated. He started thinking after this position, it was already too late though. He had to think before and try to avoid getting such a position.

...The endgame is pretty nasty for Black. His pieces are trapped: the knight on a6 is useless, as well as the bishop on h7... I wasn't sure in the victory, but I hoped for it. At some point he offered a draw, but I was already thinking that I was close to winning, he just tried to check me..."

Until today, Eljanov has played against Nakamura in classical chess only once. It was five years ago at the Tal Memorial. Back then, he was defeated. "And before that, we have played when he was still very young, - Pavel recalls. - I beat him then but it doesn't matter at all. So, we could say we have played just one game - well now already two."

"What would I think if Hikaru castles using two hands? Well, I wouldn't really care. Maybe in blitz it can have some psychological effect on certain players, but I personally don't see a problem in there."

Straight after leaving the playing hall, Pavel was checked by the guard with the metal detector. It's the rule introduced at the competition when the organizers can randomly check any chosen player after the game - all to prevent cheating.

"It was first time they checked me throughout the tournament, - the GM says. - Maybe it is trendy to rebel against such method, but it doesn't bother me at all. Ms. Sandu was unhappy when her games were broadcasted with delays, but I don't really understand why. I am, on the contrary, supporting all methods for identifying cheaters. They are seriously taking care of it at this competition."

Listen to Eljanov's commentary in full (in Russian) in the audio player

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.23"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Eljanov, Pavel"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E06"] [Opening "Catalan"] [Variation "closed, 5.Nf3"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] [Note "Board 2"] 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. a4 Bd7 9. Qxc4 Bc6 10. Bg5 Bd5 11. Qc2 Be4 12. Qc1 h6 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14. Rd1 a5 15. Nbd2 Bh7 16. Nb3 c6 17. Qc3 Be7 18. Nc5 Qc7 19. Ne5 Na6 20. Nxb7 Qxb7 21. Bxc6 Qc7 22. Bxa8 Qxc3 23. bxc3 Rxa8 24. Nc6 Bd8 25. Nxd8 Rxd8 26. f3 Rc8 27. Ra3 Bg6 28. Kf2 Rb8 29. Rd2 f6 30. Raa2 Rb3 31. Rab2 Rxc3 32. Rb5 Bc2 33. Rxa5 Nc7 34. Ra7 f5 35. a5 Kh7 36. Rb7 Rc4 37. Rb6 Ba4 38. a6 Bc6 39. a7 Bd5 40. Ra2 Rxd4 41. Rc2 Na8 42. Ra6 Rd1 43. h4 h5 44. Ke3 Rg1 45. Kf4 Rg2 46. Rd6 Rg1 47. Rc8 Ra1 48. Kg5 Rxa7 49. Rdd8 g6 50. Rh8+ Kg7 51. Rcg8+ Kf7 52. Rxg6 Ra6 53. Rh7+ Kf8 54. Kxh5 Nb6 55. Kg5 Nc4 56. h5 Nd6 57. Rf6+ Kg8 58. Rd7 1-0 [Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.23"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E21"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "three knights variation"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] [Note "Board 3"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 b6 5. e3 Bb7 6. Bd3 O-O 7. O-O d5 8. cxd5 exd5 9. a3 Bd6 10. b4 a6 11. Qb3 Qe7 12. Ra2 Nbd7 13. Re2 b5 14. Nd2 Ne4 15. Nxd5 Bxd5 16. Qxd5 Nc3 17. Qc6 Nxe2+ 18. Bxe2 Nb6 19. e4 a5 20. Bxb5 axb4 21. a4 Qe6 22. Qc2 Bf4 23. d5 Qe7 24. Bc6 Ra7 25. g3 Be5 26. Nf3 Bc3 27. Bg5 Qd6 28. Be3 Ra5 29. Nd4 Nc4 30. Bf4 Qf6 31. Nb3 Ra6 32. Bb5 Na3 33. Qe2 Nxb5 34. Qxb5 Rfa8 35. Bxc7 Rxa4 36. d6 Be5 37. Nc5 Bxd6 38. Bxd6 Ra2 39. Bf4 Qc3 40. Be3 h6 41. Rc1 Ra1 42. Rxa1 Rxa1+ 43. Kg2 Kh7 44. Qe8 Qc4 45. Nd7 Qf1+ 46. Kf3 Qd1+ 47. Kf4 Qd6+ 48. Kf3 Qd1+ 49. Kf4 Qd6+ 50. e5 g5+ 51. Kg4 Qe6+ 52. Qxe6 fxe6 53. Nc5 Kg6 54. Kf3 Kf7 55. Ke2 Rh1 56. Bd2 Rb1 57. Kd3 b3 58. Be3 Kg6 59. Nxe6 Kf5 60. Nd4+ Kxe5 61. Kc3 Ke4 62. Nxb3 Rh1 63. Nd2+ Kf5 64. Nf3 Ke4 65. Nd2+ Kf5 66. Kd3 Rxh2 67. Ke2 Rh1 68. Nf1 h5 69. f3 h4 70. g4+ Kg6 71. f4 gxf4 72. Bxf4 Rg1 73. Ne3 Ra1 74. Nf5 h3 75. Nh4+ Kf6 76. Nf3 Ra2+ 77. Ke3 Rg2 78. Nh2 Kg6 79. Kf3 Rg1 80. Be3 Rg2 81. Nf1 Kh7 82. Bf2 Kg6 83. Ne3 Rh2 84. Kg3 Rh1 85. Nf5 h2 86. Nh4+ Kh7 87. Nf3 Rg1+ 88. Kxh2 Rxg4 1/2-1/2 [Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.23"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C42"] [Opening "Petrov"] [Variation "Nimzovich attack"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] [Note "Board 4"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Be7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nd7 9. O-O-O c6 10. Kb1 d5 11. c4 Nb6 12. cxd5 Nxd5 13. Bc4 Be6 14. Rhe1 Bb4 15. c3 Be7 16. Bb3 Qa5 17. Nd4 Bd7 18. Bc2 Rfe8 19. Nb3 Qc7 20. Bc5 Bxc5 21. Nxc5 Rxe1 22. Rxe1 Re8 23. Rxe8+ Bxe8 24. Qe2 Kf8 25. g3 Nf6 26. Qe3 b6 1/2-1/2 [Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.23"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Svidler, Peter"] [Black "Wei, Yi"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D42"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] [Note "Board 1"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. e3 e6 5. d4 d5 6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. Bd3 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. Qe2 cxd4 10. exd4 Bd7 11. Qe4 g6 12. Bh6 Re8 13. Rac1 Bf6 14. Nxd5 exd5 15. Qf4 Bh8 16. Rfe1 Rxe1+ 17. Rxe1 Qf6 18. Qc7 Qd8 19. Qf4 Qf6 20. Qc7 Qd8 21. Qf4 Qf6 1/2-1/2

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