Vladimir Kramnik: "I Didn't Really Have Chances"

Время публикации: 19.03.2014 22:39 | Последнее обновление: 19.03.2014 23:00

Vladimir Kramnik was last to appear at the press center after Round 6 of Candidates'. 

Kramnik approached a defeat from Veselin Topalov philosophically. 

"It happens: it wasn't my day. All went against me. You may say I was unlucky.

I didn't play the opening very well and my opponent had prepared very strongly. I underestimated some things in the preparation. I wouldn't like to say now what exactly. Then I wanted to deviate from some sharp lines which were analyzed by my opponent. 

I wanted to get some play and not lose against some computer analysis. On the other hand my position was very unpleasant and my opponent played the first line of the computer the whole game so I think I didn't really have chances. Of course I tried to keep in the game and tried my best, but still the position was very unplesant. 

Why I decided to play Queen's Gambit? Topalov is known for his computer preparation and I thought that there were less chances to be tricked with some computer suff in a solid opening. I was ready to play a "fair" game at the board and I hoped he wouldn't come up with something extraordinary in Queen's Gambit, well I was mistaken...

I don't feel like I played worse than yesterday or in any other day. It's just that it wasn't my day. It is that rare case when I have nothing to blame myself for." 
Information on the tournament  

[Event "FIDE Candidates 2014"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2014.03.19"] [Round "6.1"] [White "Topalov, Veselin"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2785"] [BlackElo "2787"] [ECO "D37"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "classical variation (5.Bf4)"] [EventDate "2014.03.13"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. c5 Nh5 8. Be5 c6 9. Bd3 g6 10. h4 f5 11. Bh2 b6 12. b4 f4 13. O-O a5 14. b5 bxc5 15. bxc6 Nb8 16. Bb5 Ba6 17. a4 Qc8 18. dxc5 Nxc6 19. Nxd5 exd5 20. Qxd5+ Kh8 21. Qxc6 Qxc6 22. Bxc6 Rac8 23. Bb5 Bxb5 24. axb5 Bxc5 25. Rxa5 fxe3 26. fxe3 Bxe3+ 27. Kh1 Rc2 28. Rb1 Rfc8 29. Raa1 Bb6 30. Be5+ Kg8 31. Ra6 Be3 32. b6 Rc1+ 33. Rxc1 Rxc1+ 34. Kh2 Rb1 35. g4 Bf4+ 36. Kg2 Bxe5 37. Nxe5 Nf4+ 38. Kf3 Ne6 39. b7 Rb3+ 40. Kf2 Rb2+ 41. Ke3 1-0


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