A Year Old Novelty

Время публикации: 14.03.2014 22:03 | Последнее обновление: 14.03.2014 22:13

Candidates': Vladimir Kramnik finds a comfortable chair and wins

In Round 2 of Candiates' Kramnik faced Karjakin. According to statistics, the experienced "K" is a comfortable opponent for the younger "K', however, this time Kramnik undoubtedly dominated the situation on the board.  

The former world champion had a prepared novelty on Black's unexpected opening choice - Queen's Gambit Accepted.  


9.а3!? The move has never been played on a top level before; however, formally there's one game with this move in database.
Kramnik said he thinks the move may initiate interest in a new line, as GM noted he prepared the novelty around a year ago. 

Karjakin noted he understood Kramnik was ready for 9...fxe4,  however, he still decided to go on with the most principle continuation. 

The crucial moment might have taken place on the 23rd move, when Karjakin already suffered from a time trouble. 

23.Rxc6! is a good practical move. 
23...bxc6? And Sergey makes a mistake. He had to reply with a trick 23...Nxe3! 24.Nxe4 Qd5 25.Rc5 Qxe4 and after taking on е3 the position is close to equality.
"I only blame myself for not taking on e3," Karjakin said. Other than that "This is a case when 
I'm not ashamed that I lost. The game was quite interesting, I was fighting and I lost.
24.Nxe4 White has a serious advantage. As Kramnik confessed, he was choosing not just the strongest moves, but the uncomfortable moves for his opponent. His tactics worked out.   

As yesterday, so today Kramnik paid special attention to the chairs he sat on.  
"It's a long tournament, so it is very important to find as comfortable chair as it's possible. I felt a slight discomfort with the previous ones and now finally the organisers found for me a chair in some office. It is very comfortable. I reserved it and asked them to put it for me in every round." 

He then recalled the story that happened in 2000 when played the match with Kasparov. Garry said his chair was too comfortable, eventually he replaced it with a less comfortable one. Kramnik added he himself prefers the most comfortable chair possible. 

One of Chess-News readers asked it the participants are comfortable with playing over such "narrow school desks." 

Kramnik said he didn't notice it before and the question now may provoke that interest in him, so he is not sure how it will work tomorrow.  

Таble, schedule, results, all games

[Event "FIDE Candidates 2014"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2014.03.14"] [Round "2.4"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2787"] [BlackElo "2766"] [ECO "D20"] [Opening "QGA"] [Variation "3.e4"] [EventDate "2014.03.13"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 Nf6 4. e5 Nd5 5. Bxc4 Nb6 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. Be3 Nb4 8. Be4 f5 9. a3 fxe4 10. axb4 e6 11. Nc3 Bxb4 12. Qh5+ g6 13. Qg4 Bxc3+ 14. bxc3 Qd5 15. Ne2 Bd7 16. O-O Qc4 17. Ng3 Bc6 18. Ra5 O-O-O 19. Rc5 Qb3 20. c4 Kb8 21. Qxe6 Rde8 22. Qh3 Nxc4 23. Rxc6 bxc6 24. Nxe4 Nb6 25. Nc5 Qd5 26. Rc1 Ka8 27. Na6 Kb7 28. Nb4 Qf7 29. Qg4 Nd5 30. Nxc6 Re6 31. Na5+ Ka8 32. Qe4 Rb6 33. g4 h5 34. Rc5 Rd8 35. Nc6 Rxc6 36. Rxc6 hxg4 37. Rf6 Qh7 38. Bg5 Qg8 39. Rxg6 1-0


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