Vladimir Kramnik: "I'm Not Playing Badly, I Just Fail to Score"

Время публикации: 22.03.2013 23:25 | Последнее обновление: 23.03.2013 00:16

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"Of course it's a bit unpleasant that there's already some gap between me and the leaders, but what can I do? I guess, for now I'm not playing badly, but I just fail to score...You saw it yourself: yesterday there was some miraculous escape by Aronian; today I was pushing and it seemed that I was close to a win, but... The same is true about other games. It just doesn't work for now. However, I can't blame myself for anything, I guess luck is not on my side right now. I think I should just continue trying and keep a decent level of play."

Vladimir Kramnik missed another chance to score in 6th round encounter against Vassily Ivanchuk.  

Ivanchuk, "I have spent some time in the opening, because the position was pretty dangerous. I understood that my slightest mistake could cost me a point."

Kramnik, "There were a lot of critical moments in the game. A rare line with a lot of possibilities. I wanted to put this trap instead of 12.а4: 12.Bf4 е5? 13.dхе5 Nхе5 14.Rd5. But I didn't like the position after 12...Qd8 13.е4 Nh5."


19.Rxf6! gxf6
Kramnik, "I liked the sacrifice of the exchange, it looked quite dangerous for Black.
20.Nd4 Bd7 The only move. Now I had some options. I was considering 21.Rа5 as an interesting move, but I didn't like 21...Qd6, because on 22.Qd2 f5 is possible.
21.Qd2 Kg7 22.Bxc6 Bxc6 It looks like it should be over for Black here.
23.Nf5+ Kg6 24.Ra5 Rh8 25.Qd4 I actually thought to play 25.Rc5 immediately, which is also very dangerous, but then all of a sudden there's 25...Rad8 26.Qc2 Qd7 (the only move), I don't know whether I'm missing something but I don't see what to do after Qd7.
25...Rag8 26.Rc5 Qd7 Probably the only move.
27.Qf4 h5 I spent all  my time looking for a win. Maybe I'm missing something but I couldn't see how to achieve it..."
28.Nh4+ Kg7 29.Nf5+ [29.Rxc6? Qxc6 30.Nf5+ Kf8 31.Qb8+ Nc8 32.Nd5 Rg5 33.Qb4+ Ke8] 29...Kg6 30.Nh4+ Kg7 31.Nf5+ 1/2

Kramnik, "Of course I didn't want to make a draw, especially when my position looked attractive and Vassily was short of time. But still if I would miss something I would have just to resign for I was the rook down. Well, you know one minute is still some time. I would continue playing if we had the equal material and equal position, but I was a rook down... If he had only five seconds, I would continue to play for sure, but one minute is a bit more."

Ivanchuk, "In a time trouble I was trying to make the only moves which were not losing. I was trying not to blunder anything. I knew that in case of any blunder it would be finished immediately."        

Our London based correspondent Maria Yurenok passed Vladimir our readers' wishes "Some of Chess-News readers are looking forward to your to win."

"Me too", the former world champion noted.

Listen to the press conference in the audio player.

 [Event "FIDE Candidates 2013"] [Site "London"] [Date "2013.03.21"] [Round "6"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E01"] [WhiteElo "2810"] [BlackElo "2757"] [Annotator "Robot 3"] [PlyCount "61"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [TimeControl "40/7200:20/3600:900+30"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Bd6 6. Bg2 Nbd7 7. O-O O-O 8. Qc2 c6 9. Nc3 dxc4 10. Rfd1 Qc7 11. Ng5 Be7 12. a4 e5 13. a5 exd4 14. Bf4 Bd6 15. Rxd4 Bxf4 16. Rxf4 h6 17. Nf3 b5 18. axb6 Nxb6 19. Rxf6 gxf6 20. Nd4 Bd7 21. Qd2 Kg7 22. Bxc6 Bxc6 23. Nf5+ Kg6 24. Ra5 Rh8 25. Qd4 Rag8 26. Rc5 Qd7 27. Qf4 h5 28. Nh4+ Kg7 29. Nf5+ Kg6 30. Nh4+ Kg7 31. Nf5+ 1/2-1/2


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