Five Minutes Spent on Najdorf

Время публикации: 21.01.2014 22:46 | Последнее обновление: 22.01.2014 02:23

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Wijk aan Zee: Karjakin wins and gets closer to Aronian 

In Round 8 of the A-Group Tata Steel Chess 5 out of 6 games finished decisively. One of the winners is Sergey Karjakin who beat Boris Gelfand and now is closer to the elader Levon Aronian. Karjakin will face Aronian in the next round which is scheduled for the day after tomorrow in Eindhoven.  
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"As usually our games with Boris are long, tense and frequently decisive," Sergey gave us an exclusive commentary after the game. "I haven't spent a lot of time to prepare for the Najdorf variation in Sicilian which took place in our game. I spent five hours for preparation of 1.е4 с5 2.Nf3 Nc6 on a free day and only five minutes on Najdorf. Anyways, I'm happy we got a playing position. We discussed it a bit after the game and I think that Boris made a mistake when played 18...b4. The position is mutually sharp, maybe Black even stands objectively fine. After 18...b4 19.Nd5 Nxd5 20.exd5 Bc8 21 f4 I should have an advantage, especially that he had only 15 minutes left up to this moment, which might have not been pleasant. The king is weak, a6 hangs, there's a threat of Qf5... There are a lot of threats and of course it's easier for me to play.

It's important that I found a very strong 38.Qe3! before the first time control. Qa4+ and Qa2+ give nothing after it - I just hide my king and threat to checkmate. Boris was forced to move into the rook endgame, which is perhaps absolutely won for White. At this level, let's say, I was on the top; I didn't see any line in which he could get chances to hold. Maybe I relaxed a bit, but I am happy that in the end I I didn't fail to bring the game to the win." 

"Another free day, another five hours of preparation..." said Karjakin leaving for supper. 

[Event "76th Tata Steel Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2014.01.21"] [Round "8"] [White "Karjakin,Sergey"] [Black "Gelfand,B"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2759"] [BlackElo "2777"] [EventDate "2014.01.11"] [ECO "B90"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e5 7. Nde2 h5 8. g3 b5 9. Bg5 Nbd7 10. Nd5 Bb7 11. Nec3 Rc8 12. Bg2 Be7 13. Nxe7 Qxe7 14. h4 Nb6 15. Qd3 Qc7 16. Bh3 Rb8 17. Bxf6 gxf6 18. O-O-O b4 19. Nd5 Nxd5 20. exd5 Bc8 21. f4 Bxh3 22. Rxh3 Kf8 23. fxe5 fxe5 24. Rh2 Kg7 25. Rf2 Rh6 26. Qxa6 b3 27. axb3 Rxb3 28. Qc6 Qa7 29. Rxf7+ Qxf7 30. cxb3 Rg6 31. b4 Qf3 32. Qc3 Qf2 33. Rd3 Rf6 34. Kb1 Qg1+ 35. Ka2 Qa7+ 36. Kb3 Rf1 37. Rf3 Ra1 38. Qe3 Qxe3+ 39. Rxe3 Kg6 40. b5 Ra8 41. Kb4 Rb8 42. Rf3 e4 43. Rf1 e3 44. Kc4 Rc8+ 45. Kd3 Rc5 46. b4 Rxd5+ 47. Kxe3 Rxb5 48. Rf4 d5 49. Kd3 Rb7 50. Kc2 Rb8 51. Kc3 Rb7 52. Rf8 Rc7+ 53. Kb3 Rd7 54. b5 d4 55. Kc2 d3+ 56. Kd2 Rd5 57. Rg8+ Kh6 58. Rg5 Rd4 59. Rc5 Kg6 60. b6 1-0


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