Evgeny Sveshnikov: "I'm Surprised by Anand's Insipid Play"

Время публикации: 17.05.2012 18:13 | Последнее обновление: 21.05.2012 08:15

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E.SUROV: We are at the World Championship Match. I’m Evgeny Surov and next to me is Evgeny Sveshnikov, who got here just in time. Did you really guess it? Did you know what was going to be played today?

E.SVESHNIKOV: No, I didn’t know. I arrived early this morning from Riga. I don’t think they were informed that I’m arriving. However, it was strange that the plane didn’t want to land for a long time; so we circled around Vnukovo [Moscow airport] for 20 or 30 minutes because there was no permission to land. Maybe some forces opposed my arrival. Nevertheless, I arrived.

I was a bit late for the start of the game. I got there and saw a familiar position. People came up to me saying, “It’s in your honour, in your honour!” It was funny, of course. But, I have to say, the game gave me mixed feelings. On one side, it’s nice that the 8…b5 variation was played (5…e5, then 8…b5 is the Chelyabinsk or Sveshnikov Variation, like it’s sometimes called). However, it’s hard to call that a variation, since the move 8…b5 is forced; so it should be marked with the “only move sign”, because there are no other moves; otherwise the knight will go to c4 and will occupy the d5 square. That’s why after all these years I’ve started to think, “What variations are there? All moves are forced.”

And with regards to the game, I was surprised by Anand’s insipid play. He’s the main… There was an article by Gagarin in 1998 about how the World Champion Kasparov plays the Chelyabinsk Variation very well with white. And he showed his wins. I wrote a counter-article saying that Gagarin didn’t figure it out properly. The Champion played very badly and only won because of good play later on in his games. He played openings badly. The only person who poses danger to the variation is Viswanathan Anand. At the time, Viswanathan made two draws, but he was on the right path. And he didn’t play Nd5 on the move nine, but Bf6. He had very good games in that line. I was surprised by 9.Nd5. After 9.Nd5, and even more so after g3 and Bg2, there’s nothing.

E.SUROV:  Do you think there’s nothing at all?

E.SVESHNIKOV: Absolutely nothing. Namely, I’m convinced that if this variation happens again, there won’t be anything like 9.Nd5. It will only be 9.Bf6; there’s nothing to discuss here. And then…let’s say 16…Bd5 wasn’t the necessary move. I would have played 16…Ne7 and exchanged on d5 with the knight, not the bishop. But it was a very reliable way towards the draw, the way that Gelfand played. There was a microscopic advantage for White, but in practice it was a voluntary agreement to the draw. It was all clear to me when I walked in.

E.SUROV: But in that respect this game isn’t really that different from the whole flow of the match. All games are played without an unnecessary risk, while some are without even a minimal risk. This is the World Championship Match. I guess we can’t expect anything else, can we?

E.SVESHNIKOV: Well, the first game was more interesting, although it was a rather modest play by White. Generally, I’m a bit suspicious of Anand’s play with white. He always played in a much more enterprising way. It makes me suspicious: why is he doing this? For example, he played a lot more aggressively against Kramnik. However, he wasn’t the Champion. Perhaps, is it to do with the motivation? But then Gelfand should…

E.SUROV: What can you say about Gelfand’s play in this match?

E.SVESHNIKOV: I can honestly say that I haven’t seen all the games. I know two and this is the third one. My son relays the information to me; he watches every day, but I don’t.


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