5th round press conference
Sunday, 16 May 2010
FIDE Grand Prix chess players after the third round games explain to the journalists their strategy and answered to the questions.
Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine) vs. Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine)
Ruslan Ponomariov: Both players showed a lot of creativity from the
start, especially after Vassily Mikhailovich played 9...Qe7. I thought I
played logically, developed my pieces... Ivanchuk was taking his
decisions very fast, and maybe I didn’t get enough time to fully
comprehend the position. After 28...Be3 I gave away the initiative
completely. Black started to attack... Maybe I had to play something
more principled, but it’s hard to say without serious analysis. I
thought I played well, but Black’s energetic play left me perplexed.
Vassily Ivanchuk: As far as I know, 9...Qe7 occurred in the Anand-Karpov
match. I misplayed something in the opening, as I didn’t like my
position early on. The a6- and b6-pawns could easily become weak. 22.h4
gave me some hope. Instead of 31.Nd5 White had 31.Bc2 intending 32.Bd1
with unclear position.
vs. Peter Svidler (Russia)
Peter Svidler: Shakhriyar tried every known line against the Gruenfeld,
so I was unable to guess his choice correctly. I played a relatively
rare 10...Be6. His 12.b4 is a novelty. It looked dubious to me, but
turned out to lead to a forced draw. White is not worse, but cannot
claim any opening advantage either. During the game I thought that I am
better after 15...Qc8, but when I saw his reply, I realized that tactics
don’t work for Black. So I found and demonstrated a forced draw.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov: I didn’t get any advantage in the opening. I
agree with Peter’s assessment of the game. I had some problems with my
computer, so I couldn’t prepare for the game in a usual way. When I
played 12.b4, I was satisfied with my position and expected an
interesting game, however, after Peter played 15...Qc8, I realized that I
must look for an escape route.
Question: So, it wasn’t a so-called grandmaster draw – you actually had
to put some effort into the game?
Svidler: Yes, I had to make a few choices during the game.
Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan)
vs. Peter Leko (Hungary)
Teimour Radjabov: It was a big surprise to see Peter playing the
Ragozin. I proceeded to a position in which I had some ideas, but at
some point I realized that all of it already occurred in
The outcome of the game is logical – I didn’t guess the opening scheme
correctly, Peter knew the position well, and I didn’t have any
improvements in the main lines.
Peter Leko: I indeed decided to try something new. I worked on this
opening a lot, mostly for White, so it was interesting to test it as
Black. Of course, I knew it will be a surprise for my opponent. In the
end it is important to note that on 29.Rc1 Black must respond by 29...e3
with a good game.
(Russia) vs. Boris Gelfand (Israel)
Evgeny Alekseev: This was a funny game – to be honest, I have never
played a symmetrical game for 12 moves straight... White had a slight
advantage from the start, but Boris defended very accurately, and I was
unable to develop it into something real.
Boris Gelfand: Beginners sometimes ask whether or not they should copy
the opponent’s moves... In our game we maintained the symmetry for quite
a while, but then White grabbed control in the center. I considered my
next move for about 40 minutes. I felt that if I don’t find the correct
plan, my position will be unpleasant. So I provoked crisis in the
center, and Evgeny reacted in the most principled way. In the end I was
forced to repeat the moves, otherwise my position would become bad.
(Russia) vs. Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia)
Ernesto Inarkiev: This was my fifth ending at this tournament, and
finally I handled it well! Dmitry played very passively in the opening,
and I got everything one can wish for. However, Black defended very
well, and I played rather slowly, which led to certain time pressure. I
decided to complicate the game, and after e6 this was a forced draw.
Dmitry Jakovenko: I played poorly in the opening. I had some ideas, but
it was difficult to implement them. However, despite my passivity,
Black’s position remained quite solid. Ernesto selected one of the
possible plans of converting the advantage, but I got lucky and made a
Wang Yue (China) vs.
Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine)
Pavel Enjanov: I played terribly in the first half of the game, partly
because I underestimated my opponent. My position was worse, and I
wasted a lot of time... Wang Yue played well and obtained a solid
advantage. I even wanted to resign at some point, but then found the
only chance and sacrificed an exchange. I was almost exhausted at that
moment and had nothing to lose...
Actually, I have nothing to lose in this tournament, too – that’s why I
am so dangerous for the others!