"I Got No Problems"

Время публикации: 24.09.2015 22:52 | Последнее обновление: 24.09.2015 23:15

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FIDE World Cup: Eljanov eliminates Nakamura, waits for the semi-final

Pavel Eljanov evaluated his return game against Nakamura as "unexpectedly simple." He won the match 1.5-0.5 and gave Chess-News a commentary. 

"Hikaru didn't play as aggressively as I expected. He is an aggressive player and could do whatever in the opening - I was even considering 1.f4. But as strange as it may seem, it's been the fourth game during this competition when I got to play the same variation. I decided to deviate from my usual play and perhaps that was a good decision, because I got a comfortable position without any problems.

I could see he wasn't happy with the opening - probably he expected me to repeat my previous games. He had a pair of bishops but it was still hard to convert them into anything. The position on the other hand didn't really dispose to sharp play. It's noteworthy that he had a structure similar to this one in the game he won against Caruana. Although the game was equal, Fabiano made three mistakes which cost him a point. Perhaps, one mistake here wouldn't be enough for the other side to win..."

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

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.24"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Eljanov, Pavel"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A13"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "Neo-Catalan accepted"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] [Note "Board 2"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. g3 e6 3. Bg2 d5 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. Qa4+ Bd7 6. Qxc4 c5 7. Ne5 Qc8 8. O-O Nc6 9. Nxd7 Qxd7 10. Nc3 Be7 11. Qa4 Rc8 12. d3 O-O 13. Be3 Rfd8 14. Rac1 b6 15. Rfd1 h6 16. h3 Ne8 17. Nb5 Bf6 18. b3 Nd6 19. Nxd6 Qxd6 20. Bxc6 Qxc6 21. Qg4 Kf8 22. Rc4 Qd5 23. Rdc1 h5 24. Qf4 Bb2 25. R1c2 Be5 26. Qe4 Qxe4 27. Rxe4 Bd6 28. Rh4 g6 29. Rhc4 Rb8 30. d4 cxd4 31. Rxd4 Ke8 32. Kg2 Rb7 33. Rdc4 Ke7 34. Bg5+ f6 35. Be3 Rdd7 36. Rc8 Rd8 37. R8c4 Rdd7 38. Ra4 Rbc7 39. Rxc7 Rxc7 40. h4 e5 41. f4 Ke6 42. fxe5 Bxe5 43. Bf4 1/2-1/2

As Anish Giri, Pavel will find out his rival in the semi-final after tomorrow's tiebreaks. 
Information on the tournament

Anish Giri also won his game and consequently the match against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. His commentary soon on Chess-News. 


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