3rd round press conference
Thursday, 13 May 2010
FIDE Grand Prix chess players after the third round games explain to the journalists their strategy and answered to the questions.
Ernesto Inarkiev (Russia) - Peter Leko (Hungary)
Ernesto Inarkiev: Peter confidently achieved a decent position; frankly speaking, I did not realize what happened. On 26.Be3 I planned to take the bishop until suddenly saw the refutation. After this I realized that I need to simplify the position. Nevertheless, I still had problems to solve, and made a couple of inaccuracies around the 40th move. Peter used them skillfully and squeezed the maximum out of his position, so I had to work really hard to make a draw. Am I tired? It is too early to speak about tiredness, because the tournament just started. However, I’d prefer to avoid such tough and lengthy games.
Peter Leko: I analyzed this variation a lot and played with both colors, but usually I couldn’t get any advantage as White. I think both 17.Ra4 and 18.Be3 are very strong, and nevertheless I managed to obtain a certain plus. I fought until the end, set up traps, but my opponent defended very accurately.
(Russia) - Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine)
Evgeny Alekseev: The opponent surprised me in the opening a few times. I
didn’t expect 11...Bf5 and 12…h6. By the 14th move Black didn’t have
any problems at all. However, I think he should have castled longside.
Later I got a slightly more pleasant position, although it was most
likely drawn. There was another critical moment in the endgame, when I
missed 34.h5 with some winning chances. Unfortunately, I hesitated too
Vassily Ivanchuk: It seemed I equalized in the opening, but then started
to play badly. After 34.h5 my chances to survive are slim (later
Alekseev confirmed this evaluation – editor). It is a strange feeling. I
am very surprised to survive with such a poor quality of play.
Question: You keep criticizing your play for the second day in a
row, does it mean that you are out of form early in the tournament?
Ivanchuk: That depends on your definition of form. My physical condition
is excellent, but I am not satisfied with the way I play. The first
round was just a disaster! Yesterday I played well, but made one move in
a wrong direction. And today I played absolutely horrible. I like
everything about the tournament – excellent organization, friendly
people, good playing hall; everything, but not my own play.
(Azerbaijan) - Boris Gelfand (Israel)
Vugar Gashimov: It was a typical Petroff. Usually White pressures, but
Black can draw with accurate defense. I tried to attack, using the
presence of the opposite-colored bishops, but Boris defended accurately
and neutralized my threats. Maybe my play can be improved... In the
actual game I had to force a draw with a rook sacrifice.
Boris Gelfand: I had some problems in this line recently and even lost a
couple of games. The struggle in today’s game was quite interesting.
White pressured, but I couldn’t see where he could get anything real. I
had to make the only moves a few times during the game, though.
(Ukraine) - Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan)
Pavel Eljanov: My opponent successfully used this variation against
Vladimir Kramnik at the rapid chess tournament in Baku. Shakhriyar
should get a credit for that victory, as after the opening the position
was about equal. Playing White may be more pleasant because his plan –
the minority attack – is very obvious. Black, however, also has his
chances in the center and on the kingside, plus he has a bishop pair. I
played 15...Rс8 to prepare с5, but continued with 16...b5, because I
realized that my position is acceptable despite the weak pawn on c6. By
trading my bishop for the knight on the 20th move I created the
opposite-colored bishops, and White was unable to make any progress.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov: After yesterday’s nervous game it was difficult
for me to keep a bloodthirsty mood. I decided to play solidly and avoid
any risks. After the exchange on the 20th move it was clear that I
cannot improve my position. I think we both were satisfied when we found
the threefold repetition.
(Ukraine) - Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan)
Ruslan Ponomariov: This game was interesting but extremely solid, and a
draw is the only logical result. Generally it is very difficult to shake
such a solid position, especially when Black has counterplay.
Teimour Radjabov: In was important to find the sequence 13...dc4 and
14...Be4 in order to activate the g7-bishop and improve the pawn
structure. In the resulting position Black needed to carry out b7-b5 in
order to get enough space, and after I made this break, White was left
with a tiny advantage, which I neutralized with accurate play.
Vladimir Akopian (Armenia) - Peter Svidler (Russia)
Vladimir Akopian: I
cannot say much about this game. This line occurred many times in the
Kasparov-Kramnik match. White must find very refined moves in order to
get an edge. I misplayed something probably, as it turned out that Black
reaches a very comfortable position by simple means. When I saw the
move repetition, I was unable to find arguments to turn it down.
Peter Svidler: We played the variation that I had analyzed quite a lot. I
had to spend some time to recall the things I knew, because I was
unable to guess Vladimir’s first move in this game correctly. I think my
11th move is a novelty, because in that match 11...Nd4 was considered
the main move. However, the resulting position was very similar to
those. Objectively I could continue to look for chances in the final
position, but yesterday I lost, and I still needed to fix my morale. In
addition, I didn’t feel well physically.
Wang Yue (China) - Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia)
The Chinese grandmaster
looked completely shaken at the press-conference. He said that he
missed a win with his last move.
Dmitry Jakovenko: My opponent could hope to win indeed, but he missed a
tricky but well-known perpetual check. If he avoided the trap, the best I
could hope for is a position with two pawns for a piece...