Vladimir Kramnik: "Magnus Just Made a Wrong Opening Choice"

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The most expected game of the day Carlsen – Kramnik finished as a draw in less than one and a half hour.

At the press conference Vladimir Kramnik noted he is satisfied with the start of the competition: “I feel well because at the moment I’m sharing first with Magnus, so far so good… Of course it’s a nice start for I had black pieces and it’s not that nice to start with two black games in the first rounds; I made it without any damage and I managed to draw without spending too much energy, this also counts because the tournament is long and I am old… Therefore, so far I’m very satisfied.

As regards to today’s game I think that Magnus just made a wrong opening choice. In fact I knew it quite well because I was preparing it myself for white in the blitz tie-break game against Grischuk in Kazan 2011. I thought it was worth trying in blitz but not more than that. If Black knows what it’s doing then White can hardly count on anything.”

Carlsen, “I guess the mentioned opening line is not very dangerous for Black, but I had some hopes that I should be able to press a little bit, but that didn’t work.”

Kramnik, “I definitely expect more than 50% of draws, but that’s just because of the level of the tournament. When they call that fighting chess, in fact, they usually just mean that the level is not so high. Some players make a lot of mistakes, even blunders and you have a lot of decisive games; when the level is very high it’s not that people are not fighting but it’s simply that it’s very difficult to win.

This is just a start of the tournament. This is a very long event, so we are starting slowly and getting into the game, but I’m sure the heat will start very soon and there will be decisive games.

I think it’s tougher now when it was back in 1953 when the Candidates had 28 rounds. That’s because of the computer – the amount of preparation and the things that you have to memorize is ten times more than it was back then. Of course they played more but first of all there were a lot of rest days, there also were short draws which could be arranged before the game; secondly, the preparation at that time would take one or two hours, while now it’s full time. So, this is definitely not less tiring event, in fact I think it’s even more tiring when the one we’ve mentioned. Another important moment which should be taken into consideration is that now we work more during the game, I mean sometimes we’re playing seven hours, but we work even more between the games. Sometimes you just think how to get some play with white and how not to lose by force with black. That’s a little bit depressing sometimes. You prepare a lot but in fact you do that just to get a play. Basically two openings were played in 1953 – either the Nimtzovitsch defence with 4.e3 or King’s Indian, so it was easy to prepare. Now people play more openings and you need to remember more.” 

[Event "FIDE Candidates"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2013.03.16"] [Round "2.2"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A33"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "symmetrical variation"] [EventDate "2013.03.15"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Bf4 d5 7. e3 Bb4 8. Be2 dxc4 9. Nxc6 Qxd1+ 10. Rxd1 bxc6 11. Bxc4 Nd5 12. O-O Nxf4 13. exf4 Bxc3 14. bxc3 Ke7 15. Rb1 Bd7 16. Rb7 Rhb8 17. Rfb1 Rxb7 18. Rxb7 a5 19. Bd3 h6 20. h4 Kd8 21. Kf1 Kc8 22. Rb1 Rb8 23. Rxb8+ Kxb8 24. Ke2 Kc7 25. Ke3 Kd6 26. Kd4 c5+ 27. Ke3 Bc6 28. g3 f6 29. a3 e5 30. fxe5+ Kxe5 1/2-1/2

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