Loek van Wely: "Sergey Was Very Pessimistic About the Endgame, That's Why He Offered Me a Draw"

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Loek van Wely has the lowest rating among the participants of 2016 Tata Steel Chess Masters, but he is also 7-times Dutch chess champion, so underestimating him wouldn't be the right thing to do. Earlier, he had declared his goals for the tournament, namely to finish 2 points ahead of the currently best Dutch player Anish Giri, and also beat him in 20 moves. While they will meet over the board in round 7, van Wely has been playing quite confidently so far, as he was close to winning his first game against Mamedyarov and then held Sergey Karyakin to a draw in round 2 - he was Black in both cases. Loek has commented briefly on the games for Chess-News.

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Andrey Deviatkin: This is Chess-News; Grandmaster Loek van Wely made a draw with Black against Sergey Karyakin. Loek, could you please tell us a bit about the game? It seemed that the position was full of life. We don't know who was playing for what, but could you please clarify?

Loek van Wely: Well, okay, it was a very sharp game, the Dragon Sicilian. I think we both quickly were out of book. It was an interesting game, but then, I think, Sergey was... He had some interesting tactical options - he could go 17.Bxf7!? after I played 16...Rc5, with a very complicated position.


Maybe it's good for Black, or maybe White is better, but this was the most interesting moment in the game. And then in the end Sergey was forced to go for the endgame which he was very pessimistic about. I was a bit hesitant if I should play on or not, but I didn't want to push more, because I lost all of my last few games against Sergey. So, it was not a bad result for me - but just for the chess fans it feels a bit disappointing that we agreed for a draw.

AD: Was it Sergey who offered a draw?

LW: Sergey offered a draw, yeah, because I would never dare to offer a draw to Sergey in a position full of life. Maybe he was a bit too pessimistic, and I was a bit too optimistic. OK, a computer says White is definitely fine, but of course Magnus Carlsen would always play for a win!

AD: And one small question about the yesterday's game: we know that there was an opportunity 17...Ng4! for you, but when you were a piece up for two pawns, do you think you had chances for a win, or the compensation was enough?

LW: Well, first of all it was very close - if it's a win or not. I have a feeling it should be winning, and at some moment Shakh did something stupid, giving me a possibility to win. At some moment I put my rook on the second rank, he had his rook on the second rank too, and I could come with my knight and the king - allowing to push his pawns, but I'm going to mate him. It was some kind of a tactical sequence.


(Probably van Wely was talking about this moment: 43...Ng5 [instead of 43...Rb4] and if 44.Kh4 then 44...Ne4 45.Rg2 Kf6! 46.g5+ Kf5 47.g6 Rb1 winning - AD)

But okay, you have to calculate a few moves - if you don't find 17...Ng4 then you wouldn't find that either! But it was very close. ... And in the game, if was just by one tempo that he made a draw. I was getting short of time - it was also a problem, but I'm not sure if there was a technical win or a draw.

AD: Okay, Loek, thank you very much!

LW: You are welcome!

 [Event "78th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2016.01.16"] [Round "1.7"] [White "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Black "Van Wely, Loek"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D11"] [WhiteElo "2747"] [BlackElo "2640"] [PlyCount "151"] [EventDate "2016.01.16"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. g3 dxc4 5. Bg2 b5 6. b3 cxb3 7. axb3 e6 8. Ne5 Qb6 9. O-O Bb7 10. Nc3 Nbd7 11. Be3 Rd8 12. Bxc6 Bxc6 13. d5 Bc5 14. Nxc6 Bxe3 15. Nxd8 Kxd8 16. dxe6 fxe6 17. Nxb5 Qxb5 18. fxe3 Ke7 19. Rxa7 Rb8 20. Qd4 Qd5 21. Rb1 Rxb3 22. Rxd7+ Nxd7 23. Qxg7+ Kd6 24. Qxh7 Rxe3 25. Qc2 Qd4 26. Kf1 Rc3 27. Rd1 Rxc2 28. Rxd4+ Ke7 29. Kf2 Ne5 30. h4 Rc4 31. Rf4 Rc2 32. Ke3 Rc1 33. Re4 Nc4+ 34. Kf2 Nd6 35. Rf4 Nf5 36. h5 Nh6 37. g4 Nf7 38. Kg3 Rg1+ 39. Kf2 Ra1 40. Kg3 Re1 41. Kf2 Rb1 42. Kg3 Rb2 43. Rf2 Rb4 44. e3 Re4 45. Kf3 Ra4 46. Kg3 Re4 47. Kf3 Ng5+ 48. Kg3 Nh7 49. Kf3 Ra4 50. Kg3 Ra1 51. Rf4 Rb1 52. Ra4 Kf6 53. Ra8 Rg1+ 54. Kh4 Rh1+ 55. Kg3 Rg1+ 56. Kh4 Rh1+ 57. Kg3 Ng5 58. Kg2 Rh4 59. Ra4 Rh3 60. Ra3 Rh4 61. Ra4 e5 62. Ra6+ Kf7 63. Ra7+ Ke6 64. Ra6+ Kd5 65. Ra4 Kc6 66. Kg3 Rh3+ 67. Kf2 Kb5 68. Ra8 Ne4+ 69. Ke2 Kc4 70. Ra5 Nc5 71. Kf2 Nd3+ 72. Kg2 Rxe3 73. h6 Nf4+ 74. Kf2 Rb3 75. h7 Rh3 76. Rxe5 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2016.01.17"] [Round "2.6"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Van Wely, Loek"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B35"] [WhiteElo "2769"] [BlackElo "2640"] [PlyCount "39"] [EventDate "2016.01.16"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 g6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Bc4 O-O 8. Bb3 d6 9. f3 Bd7 10. h4 h5 11. Qd2 Qa5 12. O-O-O Rfc8 13. Kb1 Ne5 14. Bg5 Kf8 15. f4 Neg4 16. Rhe1 Rc5 17. f5 (17. Bxf7 Rxc3 (17... Kxf7 18. Nb3 Qc7 19. Nxc5 Qxc5 20. e5) 18. Bxg6 Rc5 19. Qe2) 17... gxf5 18. Nxf5 Bxf5 19. exf5 Re8 20. Nd5 1/2-1/2 



If White cannot attack h5

If White cannot attack h5 effectively, Karjakin should not have much in the endgame. Still, it was a surprise to see it concluded so soon.

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