Somewhat Exaggerated

Время публикации: 26.02.2013 04:11 | Последнее обновление: 26.02.2013 04:14

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Zurich: Vladimir Kramnik, as well as the audience, has enjoyed the game

"The predictions on draw death of chess seem to be somewhat exaggerated." This is how Oleg Skvortsov, the organizer of the tournament, summarized Round 3 of Zurich Chess Challenge. He said that watching Caruana - Kramnik encounter which finished peacefully much like all other games in the first cycle. 

After the detailed analysis of the longest game of the round, the former world champion agreed to give us a brief commentary.    

"I enjoyed the game a lot, - Kramnik smiled. - Surely I played the opening too risky and got an uncomfortable position. It seemed to me that I found a very interesting resource with taking on e4 and then Ng6. The position is complex, but it seems that I grab initiative here. At some point I thought I was close to winning. ... We couldn't find anything considerable during the analysis though. Fabiano made a very interesting move 43.d6 - just brilliant I would say. At least from first sight.

43.d6! [It's not the only possibility though - CN] Rb6 44.Nf5 Bxf2 45.d7 Nxd7 46.Rxd7+ Ke6 47.Rh7 Kxf5 48.Rxh5+ Kg6 49.Rxa5 Rb4 [49...c3 50.Ra2] 50.Ra6 Bd4 51.Rc6 Bxb2 52.R6xc4 Rxc4 53.Rxc4 Kh5 1/2

"In any case I enjoyed the game: it was funny with lots of fascinating variations. I'm glad we have the rest day tomorrow."

The encounter between the world champion Vishy Anand and his challenger Boris Gelfand was also pretty tense. The Israeli player made a rare  9...h5 in Najdorf with 6.h3. We found four games with such position ChessBase database, all of them finished in White's favour.  


Anand has just took d5-pawn, Gelfand missed 14...Bxh3! which could have changed the result of the game. For example, 15.Bf4 (15.Bxh3 would be followed by Bh2+ with winning the queen) 15...Bxg2 16.Kxg2 Bb8! and Black has no problems.

Gelfand played 14...Be6 after which Anand had a slight advantage with an extra pawn, he however didn't manage to convert it.

[Event "Zuerich Chess Challenge"] [Site "Zuerich SUI"] [Date "2013.02.25"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2780"] [BlackElo "2740"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf, Adams attack"] [WhiteFideId "5000017"] [BlackFideId "2805677"] [EventDate "2013.02.23"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e6 7. g4 d5 8. exd5 Nxd5 9. Nde2 h5 10. g5 Bd6 11. Nxd5 exd5 12. Bg2 O-O 13. O-O Nc6 14. Qxd5 Be6 15. Qf3 Re8 16. Be3 Bc4 17. Rfe1 Nb4 18. Rac1 Be5 19. Nc3 Bxc3 20. bxc3 Bd5 21. Qxh5 Bxg2 22. Kxg2 Qd5+ 23. Kg1 Nc6 24. Red1 Qxa2 25. g6 fxg6 26. Qxg6 Qf7 27. Qxf7+ Kxf7 28. Rb1 b5 29. c4 b4 30. c3 bxc3 31. Rbc1 Red8 32. Rxd8 Rxd8 33. Rxc3 a5 34. Kf1 Ke6 35. Ke2 Rh8 36. Bb6 Rh4 37. Re3+ Kf5 38. Ra3 Rxc4 39. Bxa5 Nxa5 40. Rxa5+ Kf6 41. Ra6+ Kf5 42. Kf3 1/2-1/2 [Event "Zuerich Chess Challenge"] [Site "Zuerich SUI"] [Date "2013.02.25"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2757"] [BlackElo "2810"] [ECO "A62"] [Opening "Benoni"] [Variation "fianchetto variation"] [WhiteFideId "2020009"] [BlackFideId "4101588"] [EventDate "2013.02.23"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 c5 4. d5 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nc3 g6 7. Bg2 Bg7 8. Nf3 O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. Bf4 a6 11. a4 h6 12. Re1 Bf5 13. Qc1 g5 14. Bd2 Nbd7 15. h4 g4 16. Nh2 Kh7 17. Nf1 Ne5 18. Bf4 Bg6 19. Ne3 h5 20. a5 Qc7 21. Ra4 Kg8 22. Qd2 Nfd7 23. Ra2 b5 24. axb6 Qxb6 25. Be4 Bxe4 26. Nxe4 Ng6 27. Nxd6 Nxf4 28. Nec4 Nh3+ 29. Kf1 Qb8 30. Nxe8 Qxe8 31. Qc2 Ne5 32. Nd6 Qd7 33. Nf5 Bf8 34. Ne3 c4 35. Qf5 Qxf5 36. Nxf5 Bb4 37. Rd1 a5 38. Raa1 f6 39. Rac1 Bc5 40. Nd4 Kf7 41. Kg2 Rb8 42. Rc2 Rb4 43. d6 Rb6 44. Nf5 Bxf2 45. d7 Nxd7 46. Rxd7+ Ke6 47. Rh7 Kxf5 48. Rxh5+ Kg6 49. Rxa5 Rb4 50. Ra6 Bd4 51. Rc6 Bxb2 52. R6xc4 Rxc4 53. Rxc4 Kh5 1/2-1/2

Thus, Zurich Chess Challenge still has no leader. Tomorrow is the rest day.
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