GM Karjakin Grabs First Point in Wijk aan Zee: "It's Impossible to Win Without Luck"

Время публикации: 12.01.2014 01:02 | Последнее обновление: 12.01.2014 01:02

Sergey Karjakin starts competition with a victory. He gave a short interview to Chess-News after finishing his winning game against Loek van Wely. We will publish it soon.

According to Karjakin his today's play was effected by the news on Vigar Gashimov's death. Nonetheless, he managed to show a decent play. 

"The opening was similar to the one played in Kasparov - Gelfand encounter played in 1996, if I am not mistaken," Russian GM recalls. "It's considered that Black's position is more or less OK. It seems to me that van Wely made a strange move 21. Re2 - moved back his rook. Instead, he could fight for an advantage by playing 21.Rfe1. After 21…Bf6 22.Bxd5 Qxd5 23.Qxd5 cxd5 position is close to drawn, but white should still be careful. The clearest way to draw, in my mind, was 24. Bf4. But he gave away his pawn and Black's position became worse. Then I got practically absolutely won position in the rook endgame. Maybe instead of 35…Rb4, which seemed very logical to me, better was  35…Rxa4 36.Rxb6 Ra2. My rival played the endgame decently and although I had two connected passed pawns the position was maybe even closer to draw than to anything else.  

Van WELY - KARJAKIN

And I played 45…g5. Maybe, objectively it leads to the draw, but it seemed to me that his play is also quite simple: he would move g4 and as soon as I play b5 he starts checking my king. It reminds a famous game by Botvinnik in which he also let his opponent to have two connected passed pawns but due to rook activity the game finished in a draw. We also seemed to have a similar position. 45…g5 - a nice practical chance. Loek played very accurately and blundered only at the very end...

52.g6?. Instead, he had to play 52.Ra8. He had to calculate a very important line: After 52...Rxg4 53.Rh8+ Kxg5 54.Rg8+ Kf5 incorrect is 55.Rxg4?? a2 and Black wins. White has a check that can help to escape: 55.Rf8+! which would be followed by taking the rook with the king and the position is drawn. 

That's why I planned to play 52…Rxa4 53.Rxa4 bxa4 54.g6. There would be a queen endgame with really small chances to win. It's an obvious draw with a computer, and in practice it should be so too. 

Well, at least I was putting obstacles on my opponent's way and he made a mistake on the sixth hour of play. It's impossible to win without luck."  

[Event "76th Tata Steel Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2014.01.11"] [Round "1.2"] [White "Van Wely, Loek"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E06"] [Opening "Catalan"] [Variation "closed, 5.Nf3"] [EventDate "2014.01.11"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. a4 Bd7 9. Qxc4 Bc6 10. Bf4 a5 11. Nc3 Na6 12. Rae1 Bd5 13. Nxd5 exd5 14. Qb5 Qc8 15. Qb3 Nb4 16. Nd2 c6 17. e4 dxe4 18. Nxe4 Nxe4 19. Rxe4 Qd7 20. Bd2 Nd5 21. Re2 Bf6 22. Bxd5 Qxd5 23. Qxd5 cxd5 24. Rc1 Bxd4 25. Bf4 Rfd8 26. Rc7 b6 27. Ree7 Bxb2 28. Rxf7 Rac8 29. Rb7 Rc4 30. Rfc7 Bd4 31. Be3 Rxc7 32. Rxc7 Bxe3 33. fxe3 d4 34. exd4 Rxd4 35. Rb7 Rb4 36. Kg2 h5 37. Kf3 Kh7 38. h4 Kg6 39. Rd7 Kf6 40. Rd6+ Kf5 41. Rd5+ Ke6 42. Rg5 Kf7 43. Rxh5 Rxa4 44. Rh8 Rb4 45. Ra8 g5 46. hxg5 Kg6 47. Rg8+ Kh5 48. g4+ Kh4 49. Rg6 a4 50. Rg7 b5 51. Rg8 a3 52. g6 Kg5 53. g7 Rb3+ 54. Ke4 Kg6 55. Ra8 Kxg7 56. Kf5 Rf3+ 57. Ke4 Rc3 58. Kf5 Rc5+ 59. Kf4 Rc4+ 60. Kf5 Ra4 0-1

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