Grand Prix: Grischuk "Had Fun" In the Game Against Wang Hao But Still Couldn't Find the Way to Win

Время публикации: 23.09.2012 22:19 | Последнее обновление: 23.09.2012 22:26

Wang Hao - Grischuk duel of Round 3 of the Grand Prix London finished in a fightful draw.

"I heard that Mr. Wang Hao is tired of boring games, - Russian GM said at the press conference. - So, we decided to play interestingly today. The game became funnier especially close to the time control. At least it was interesting for me, perhaps, it was interesting for the spectators too, I don't know how was it for Wang Hao."

"11.Nd2 was an interesting move in the opening which I missed, - Grischuk continued. - Then I found probably the only way allowing to continue the fight: 12...Nfd7, 13...Bd4, otherwise I would be losing.

At some moment there was a very interesting move for white...


19.Ned5! with some striking variations:19...Nxe4 20.Nxe4 Qh4+ 21.g3 Qxh2 22.Kе3 Qh6+ 23.f4 Bxd5 24.Nf6+, and in the case of 24...Kg7, white takes on d5 and catches the queen after 26.Rh1. If the king moves to h8, white can play 25.Rh1 immediately! 25...Bxh1 26.Rxh1, and taking on h1 is impossible because of the rook left on f8.

After 19.Be2 the position became equal. 

Later white played strangely 23.Ng4, provoking 23...h5, after which black stands much better. I had more time, so I hoped that I could win, but it happened that there was only one way to win, which didn't even cross my mind during the game..."

Grischuk was shown the winning move after the game: instead of 27...Qc5? he had to play 27...Rxd1 28. Rxd1 Qe2.

Noteworthy is Wang Hao's confession made at the press conference: "Due to the difference in time zones I again didn't sleep well and woke up after five hours of sleep..."  

[Event "FIDE Grand Prix - London 2012"] [Site "London"] [Date "2012.09.23"] [Round "3"] [White "Wang, Hao"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D97"] [WhiteElo "2742"] [BlackElo "2754"] [Annotator "Robot 3"] [PlyCount "86"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [TimeControl "40/7200:30/3600:900+30"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 O-O 7. e4 a6 8. Qa4 c5 9. dxc5 Bd7 10. Qa3 Bc6 11. Nd2 a5 12. f3 Nfd7 13. Nc4 Bd4 14. Be3 Bxe3 15. Nxe3 e6 16. Kf2 Qe7 17. Bb5 Nxc5 18. Rhd1 Qg5 19. Be2 Nba6 20. Bxa6 Nxa6 21. Ne2 Bb5 22. Nd4 Nb4 23. Ng4 h5 24. Ne3 Rfd8 25. Nxb5 Qxb5 26. Kg1 Rac8 27. h4 Qc5 28. Kh2 Qe5+ 29. Kh3 Qb5 30. Rxd8+ Rxd8 31. Rd1 Rxd1 32. Nxd1 Qf1 33. Ne3 Qh1+ 34. Kg3 Qe1+ 35. Kh3 b6 36. Qb3 Qe2 37. Qc3 Nd3 38. Qc8+ Kg7 39. Qc3+ Kh7 40. Qf6 Kg8 41. Qd8+ Kh7 42. Qf6 Kg8 43. Qd8+ Kh7 1/2-1/2 


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