Peter Svidler Decides to Take Chances, Leads In the Match

Время публикации: 27.09.2015 21:39 | Последнее обновление: 29.09.2015 16:15

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The first classical game of the semi-final match between Peter Svidler and Anish Giri finished in the Russian GM's favor. The Dutch GM resigned right after the time control. Svidler leads in the match which means Giri needs only the win tomorrow.  

The winner's commentary.

SVIDLER: "I went on with the opening that I have already played as Black. It turned out I was worse prepared to this variation than Anish, as a result he practically hasn't spent any time up to 25th move, while I was left with only 45 minutes. In addition, I didn't like my position. I guess objectively it is pretty nasty for Black. White's problem is that it has an abundance of choice, while I have only one plan: b5-b4 and a5-a4. So I just pushed this idea; if I would get checkmated by this time - well, it wasn't on the cards then; and if not - then it would be alright. So, Anish had to be choosing carefully every move, while my choice was sticking to the only moves - in this situation I guess he was making mistakes with these moves - 27.bxa4, 28.Qd3, 29.Nf5, 30.Bxa4.

...Anish offered a draw after 30.Bxa4 - and it looked really threatening: if I blundered, I would definitely be checkmated even without the bishop on c2. I still felt like I had a chance. I guess it is a completely different story when the a-file opens and I trade his white-squared bishop. Roughly speaking, I had a big strategic advantage, but all was still depending on whether I would be checkmated or not. I decided to try it out."

The other semi-final duel between Eljanov and Karjakin finished in a draw on the 77th move.

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.27"] [Round "6.1"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Svidler, Peter"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C92"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "closed, Flohr-Zaitsev system (Lenzerheide variation)"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] [Note "Board 1"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d6 9. h3 Bb7 10. d4 Re8 11. Nbd2 exd4 12. cxd4 Nd7 13. Nf1 Na5 14. Bc2 Bf6 15. Rb1 c5 16. d5 Nc4 17. b3 Nce5 18. N3h2 Ng6 19. Ng3 Bc8 20. Rf1 Nb6 21. Ng4 Bxg4 22. hxg4 h6 23. Nf5 Ne7 24. Ne3 b4 25. g3 a5 26. Kg2 a4 27. bxa4 Qd7 28. Qd3 Ng6 29. Nf5 Nxa4 30. Bxa4 Rxa4 31. Rh1 Ne7 32. g5 hxg5 33. Ne3 Rxa2 34. Bd2 Ng6 35. Nf5 Ne5 36. Qe2 g6 37. Nh6+ Kg7 38. Nf5+ Kg8 39. Nh6+ Kg7 40. Nf5+ gxf5 41. Qh5 Ng6 0-1 [Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.27"] [Round "6.1"] [White "Eljanov, Pavel"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E15"] [Opening "Queen's Indian"] [Variation "Nimzovich variation (exaggerated fianchetto)"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] [Note "Board 2"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Be7 7. Bg2 c6 8. Bc3 d5 9. Ne5 Nfd7 10. Nxd7 Nxd7 11. Nd2 O-O 12. O-O Rc8 13. Re1 c5 14. cxd5 exd5 15. Rc1 cxd4 16. Bxd4 Nc5 17. Bb2 d4 18. Nf3 d3 19. exd3 Nxd3 20. Rxc8 Qxc8 21. Rxe7 Nxb2 22. Qd7 Qc1+ 23. Re1 Qc8 24. Qxc8 Rxc8 25. Bh3 Rd8 26. Ne5 g6 27. Bf1 Bxf1 28. Kxf1 a5 29. Re3 f6 30. Ng4 Kf7 31. Rc3 h5 32. Ne3 Nd3 33. Rc7+ Ke6 34. Rb7 Nc1 35. Rxb6+ Kf7 36. Rb7+ Ke6 37. Rb6+ Kf7 38. a4 Rd3 39. b4 axb4 40. Rxb4 Ra3 41. Nc4 Ra1 42. Kg2 Nd3 43. Rb7+ Ke6 44. Rb6+ Ke7 45. a5 Ra4 46. Rc6 Ne1+ 47. Kf1 Nf3 48. Rc7+ Ke6 49. Ke2 Nxh2 50. Kd3 Nf3 51. Rc6+ Kf5 52. Kc3 g5 53. Rc5+ Ke6 54. Kb3 Ra1 55. Kb2 Ra4 56. Kb3 Ra1 57. Kb2 Ra4 58. Nb6 Rb4+ 59. Ka3 Rb1 60. Ka2 Rb4 61. Rc6+ Kf5 62. a6 Ne5 63. Rxf6+ Kxf6 64. Nd5+ Ke6 65. Nxb4 Nd7 66. Nd3 Kd6 67. a7 Nb6 68. Kb3 Kc7 69. Kc3 Kb7 70. Kd4 Kxa7 71. Ke4 Nc4 72. Ne5 Nb2 73. Nf7 h4 74. Nxg5 hxg3 75. fxg3 Kb7 76. g4 Kc8 77. Kf5 Nd1 1/2-1/2

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