"When the Brilliant Players Are At the Board"

Время публикации: 18.03.2013 01:10 | Последнее обновление: 18.03.2013 01:10
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Levon Aronian upset Vassily Ivanchuk the day before his birthday (PhОТОS)

The Candidates tournament got the sole leader Levon Aronian who defeated Vassily Ivanchuk in Round 3 as Black.

From the very beginning of the game Ukrainian got "a creative play" as he himself has noted at the press conference. We have followed the game closely with Ruslan Ponomariov who gave a live commentary on Chess-News radio. Here we offer you some of his remarks which were available on our Twitter page:

Ponomariov on Ivanchuk-Aronian opening: "Ivanchuk today plays like Aronian"
"What Ivanchuk does looks more like improvisation than preparation"
"Ivanchuk playes a bit impudently, but it's unclear how to refute..."
"Honeslty, at the moment I'm a bit disappointed in Ivanchuk"
"Ivanchuk's position is way too insecure now"
Ivanchuk has 3 minutes for 17 moves. Ponomariov: "Here he should already play following his intuition and forget that the hands are trembling..."
"It's hard to commentate when the brilliant players are at the board..."
"For Ivanchuk it's already not about winning the tournament; important is that he will at least recover"

Aronian mentioned 10.Ng5 as a mistake. "After this move I put my knight on e7 and got a comfortable play."

The Armenian GM started playing inaccurately when Ivanchuk was struggling in a time trouble. "I played 18...b4, but after 21.Ne5 I was angry with myself," Aronian said.

Ukrainian was asked to add something. "Well, what can I say? The position could be analysed but I was short of time. After playing that nice move c4 I thought that even if he would start giving me all his pieces, I would still lose on time." 

Tomorrow is the first rest day and at the same time Vassily Ivanchuk's birthday. "I don't know how I will spend it, but I will try not to think about chess," Ivanchuk said. 

[Event "FIDE Candidates"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2013.03.17"] [Round "3.4"] [White "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A45"] [Opening "Trompovsky attack (Ruth, Opovcensky opening)"] [EventDate "2013.03.15"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 e6 3. Nd2 c5 4. e3 b6 5. Ngf3 Bb7 6. c3 Be7 7. Bd3 O-O 8. Bxf6 Bxf6 9. h4 Nc6 10. Ng5 g6 11. f4 Ne7 12. Qg4 h5 13. Qh3 cxd4 14. exd4 b5 15. a3 Qb6 16. Rg1 Nd5 17. Nge4 Bg7 18. Qf3 b4 19. axb4 Nxb4 20. Nc4 Qb5 21. Ne5 Nxd3+ 22. Nxd3 Qf5 23. Ndc5 Bc6 24. b4 Rfb8 25. Ra5 a6 26. Qe3 Qg4 27. g3 Rb5 28. Rxa6 Rxa6 29. Nxa6 e5 30. dxe5 Bxe4 31. c4 Rb6 32. Qxb6 Qf3 33. Qf2 Qa3 0-1

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