Peter Svidler: "I Am an Old Nervous Guy. Rest Days Are Priceless"

Время публикации: 20.09.2015 14:18 | Последнее обновление: 22.09.2015 05:47

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All sixteen participants of the next round of the FIDE World Cup have been determined. Much to the local audience's distress, Teimour Radjabov is not among them. As two years ago he has been eliminated by Peter Svidler. 

According to Svidler the match went expectedly hard for him. "It's already a 1/16 final, so it won't be getting easier." 

"First I managed to hold a suspiciously uncomfortable position on a tiebreak. I must have confused something in the opening, since I don't think this is the position you should get in the Scheveningen variation of the Sicilian defence. Still, I somehow found the fortress that I managed to hold. That's very important because starting with a loss would be enormously hard. In the return game we went on with a trendy variation in which one should know much more than Teimour and I did; we started thinking already from the 8th move which is an unaffordable luxury on the tiebreak. Nonetheless, the position after the opening clearly indicated an advantage for White since I had a healthy extra pawn. Still, it is not easy to convert it, so I was basically moving my pieces to and fro the same squares waiting for some plan to emerge. At some point Teimour miscalculated tactics leaving me with the only task - to find a blow and not mess up anything."   

It is noteworthy that the tactical blow mentioned by Svidler wasn't all flawless:


26.Ne6+? Radjabov was already experiencing time trouble which definitely played its role:
26...Bxe6? After 26...fxe6 27.dxe6 Rxc4! 28.bxc4 Bxe6 Black has two bishops for the rook and practically a winning position.
27.dxe6 Rxd1+ 28.Qxd1 fxe6 29.Qd8+ Kg7 30.Bxe6 Rc6 31.Qg8+ Kh6 32.Qf8+ Bg7 33.Rxc6 Qxc6 34.Qxe7 g5 35.Bf5 Qc3 36.g3 b5 37.h4 Qf6 38.hxg5+ 1-0

Peter Svidler's commentary at full (in Russian) is available in the audio player. In it Svidler mentions how he simultaneously pried into Kramnik - Andreikin encounter streamed on the screen. 

"I just had a very comfortable seating position. I was facing all other tables with my back, while in front of me there were two huge screens which I couldn't avoid looking at. I know it is far from a professional behaviour, but I just can't stop myself from doing it. And it is pretty clear that once you fail to win such a position, the unpleasant feeling stays with you when playing the next one..."

Is Svidler counting on tiebreaks when playing his classical games?

"Not at all. Something just doesn't work for me in the openings when I am White, which is another question. You know, I am an old nervous guy, so I would love to have some rest days. Rest days are priceless in such a competition. You spent so much energy that the day you could spend on doing nothing or just having fresh air is simply priceless. But when you get a position like that, like the one I got yesterday (he means his second classical game against Radjabov - CN)... I know that it might not have been very entertaining, hence exciting for the spectators. Still, for instance, already on the 13th move there was a pawn sacrifice which was declined, so I wouldn't say it was all that boring. In the last position, however, I have no chances to win at all. I have played the Grunfeld in my career quite a lot, so I can evaluate the position and see how it looks for Black. I might not be worse in case of an accurate play, but I have no chances to win... Well, that of course if Teimour won't suddenly start playing terribly bad. But why should he suddenly do that?.." 

Watch both games of the tiebreak between Radjabov and Svidler. 

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.19"] [Round "3.3"] [Board "16"] [White "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Black "Svidler, Peter"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2738"] [BlackElo "2727"] [ECO "B81"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Scheveningen, Keres attack"] [WhiteFideId "13400924"] [BlackFideId "4102142"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. g4 h6 7. Be3 e5 8. Bb5+ Bd7 9. Bxd7+ Qxd7 10. Nf5 g6 11. Nxh6 Bxh6 12. g5 Ng4 13. gxh6 Nxe3 14. fxe3 Nc6 15. Qf3 O-O-O 16. O-O-O Rxh6 17. Qf6 Qe6 18. Rhf1 Rxh2 19. Qxf7 Qxf7 20. Rxf7 Nb4 21. a3 Rxc2+ 22. Kb1 Rxc3 23. bxc3 Na6 24. Rg1 Nc5 25. Kc2 Rd7 26. Rxd7 Kxd7 27. Rg4 Kc6 28. c4 g5 29. Rxg5 Nxe4 30. Rg8 a5 31. Rc8+ Kd7 32. Ra8 b6 33. Kd3 Nc5+ 34. Ke2 Ne4 35. Rg8 Kc6 36. Rg4 Nc5 37. Rh4 Nb3 38. Rh8 Nc5 39. Kf3 Nb3 40. Rh2 Nc5 41. Rg2 Na4 42. Ke4 Nc3+ 43. Kd3 Na4 44. Ke4 Nc3+ 45. Kd3 Na4 46. Rh2 Nc5+ 47. Ke2 Na4 48. Kd2 Nb2 49. Kc3 Na4+ 50. Kb3 Nc5+ 51. Kc2 Na4 52. Rh6 Nc5 53. Kd2 Ne4+ 54. Kd3 Nc5+ 55. Ke2 Ne4 56. Rh4 Nc5 57. Kf3 Nd3 58. Rh2 Nc5 59. Rc2 Nd3 60. Ke4 Nc5+ 61. Kf5 Nd3 62. Ke4 Nc5+ 63. Kf5 Nd3 64. Rd2 Nc5 65. Rd1 Na4 66. Ke6 Nc5+ 67. Ke7 Ne4 68. Rd5 Kc7 69. Rd3 Kc6 70. Rd5 Kc7 71. Rd1 Kc6 72. Rd5 Kc7 73. Rd1 Kc6 74. Kd8 Kc5 75. Kc7 a4 76. Rb1 Kxc4 77. Rxb6 d5 78. Re6 Nc3 79. Rxe5 Kb3 80. Re8 Kxa3 81. Rb8 Nd1 82. Kd6 Nxe3 1/2-1/2 [Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.19"] [Round "3.4"] [Board "16"] [White "Svidler, Peter"] [Black "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2727"] [BlackElo "2738"] [ECO "D80"] [Opening "Gruenfeld"] [Variation "Stockholm variation"] [WhiteFideId "4102142"] [BlackFideId "13400924"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bg5 Bg7 5. Bxf6 Bxf6 6. cxd5 c5 7. dxc5 Nd7 8. e3 Qa5 9. Qd2 O-O 10. a3 Qxc5 11. Rc1 Qb6 12. Nf3 Nc5 13. Bc4 Bg4 14. Nd4 a5 15. O-O Rac8 16. h3 Bd7 17. Rc2 Bg7 18. Rfc1 Rfd8 19. Qe2 Na4 20. Ncb5 Nc5 21. Ba2 Na6 22. Bc4 Bf6 23. b3 Kf8 24. Rd1 Nc7 25. Nxc7 Rxc7 26. Ne6+ Bxe6 27. dxe6 Rxd1+ 28. Qxd1 fxe6 29. Qd8+ Kg7 30. Bxe6 Rc6 31. Qg8+ Kh6 32. Qf8+ Bg7 33. Rxc6 Qxc6 34. Qxe7 g5 35. Bf5 Qc3 36. g3 b5 37. h4 Qf6 38. hxg5+ 1-0 


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