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6th round press conferences
Monday, 17 May 2010
170510_ponomarev-jakovenko.jpgFIDE Grand Prix chess players after the six round games explain to the journalists their strategy and answered to the questions.

Dmitry Jakovenko vs Ruslan Ponomarev

Dmitry Jakovenko:
Ruslan selected the Gruenfeld Defense, where I had an interesting novelty – 14. Bс4. White loses a tempo but lures Black’s pawn to b5, where it is placed rather badly. Ruslan’s reaction was inferior, and after 22.Bb5 I thought the game is virtually over. On the 30th move I made a mistake by not taking the pawn, so I had to work hard in the endgame to achieve this victory.

Ruslan Ponomariov: I played quite badly. I saw 14.Bc4, but still reacted in a bad way, and kept taking second-best decisions later on. After 22.Bb5 I wanted to resign immediately, but my opponent missed a clear-cut win and tortured me for quite a while...

170510_svidler-leko.jpgPeter Svidler vs. Peter Leko

Svidler: It is difficult to play with such an experienced player as Peter. I spent my free day studying the variation that did not occur in the game. Only at the board I realized that nothing I planned at home gives me any edge. 16.Bf4 was over-the-board improvisation, but unfortunately it failed, as Black was able to transfer the bishop from e6 to g6 just in time. My opponent was excellently prepared to the game, as usual.

Peter Leko: Today I decided to play a variation of the Ruy Lopez that I never tried before. 16.Bf4 is an interesting idea. I tested it already, but without success. As soon as the bishop arrives to g6, Black solves all his opening problems completely.

170510_mamedyarov-gashimov.jpgShakhriyar Mamedyarov vs. Vugar Gashimov

Mamedyarov: I think Vugar misplayed in the opening – 9…Bc5 seems dangerous for Black. I thought I had a better game, but it seems my advantage was not very significant. I tried to play actively, wanted to have a real fight, but made an inaccurate move and gave Black some counterplay, after which I had to trade the queens with a draw. We never prearrange our games with Vugar because we are not afraid of each other, but somehow we always make draws.

Gashimov: I am not sure whether 12...Be3 is the best move. I thought it’s the simplest, however, there were other ideas that I also considered. Shakhriyar tried to be active, but Black had strong pieces, too, so my opponent was right when he played 30.Rd6 forcing a draw.

170510_alekseev.jpgPavel Eljanov vs. Evgeny Alekseev
Eljanov: I know almost nothing about this variation. I thought I achieved a playable position and maybe even had an advantage. The critical moment occurred when I played 22.с5, thinking that I have a decent edge. However, the position was extremely double-edged. I made an inaccuracy, and after 22…Rcd8 my position became dangerous. I was unable to consolidate, althought Evgeny gave me some chances. The ending was very difficult and probably losing. However, I lost it without any resistance.

Alekseev: The position after the opening was very sharp; both sides had chances. I thought White was slightly better, but maybe playing Bа3 was premature. I doubled my pawns, but got a good counterplay, which was probably underestimated by my opponent. After I took the pawn on а2, my position became winning. The endgame was complicated, and White had drawing chances at some point, but he misplayed again, and I managed to win.
170510_wang-akopian.jpgVladimir Akopian vs. Wang Yue

Akopian: I already played this variation against Gelfand in the first round. I think my opening advantage today was even bigger, but after 26…Bh3 the game became very complicated. I had many options and probably did not find the best ones. Maybe I needed to avoid trading the queens. However, I still think White must be able to hold that ending...

Wang Yue: White had an advantage after the opening. Of course 26.Re3 is bad; maybe 26.Ba2 is better. After 26…Bh3 the endgame is better for Black, as White’s pawns are weak. However, winning it is by no means easy, so one can say I was lucky today.

170510_ivanchuk.jpgVassily Ivanchuk vs. Teimour Radjabov

Ivanchuk: I liked my position after the opening, but then I made a mistake somewhere. Maybe 20.Qd3 was bad, as it allowed the Black’s queen to take a nice spot on а4. Perhaps taking on h5 was also too optimistic. After that I had to sacrifice a piece, and I think Black had a win somewhere. However, I tried to play creatively, and maybe deserved a draw in this game.

Radjabov: White had an advantage in the opening, and his plan was very simple – there was always a threat of f3 and g4. I agree that taking on h5 is incorrect; I’d prefer to play Qd1 and maintain the tension. After I advanced the a-pawn to а3 Black should be winning, however, I didn’t see a clear-cut win. In the endgame I also had winning chances, but could not spot the immediate win. Still, there is a feeling that I lost half a point in this game.

Boris Gelfand vs. Ernesto Inarkiev

170510_inarkiev-gelfand.jpgGelfand: It was a very interesting game. I think Black played very strong. Right now I cannot spot my decisive error. Ernesto had a very good game – my congratulations!

Inarkiev: I played this variation nearly for the first time in my life. White played his usual trumps, attempted to exert pressure, but I neutralized all the direct threats and got a very good position. The game was virtually over after the 26th move.
Question: How it feels to lead the race at a Grand Prix tournament?

Inarkiev: It feels great, but there is a long way to go, and I must maintain my concentration.
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