Peter Svidler: "On the Rest Day, I'll Try to Be As Much of a Vegetable As Possible"

Время публикации: 21.09.2015 20:58 | Последнее обновление: 22.09.2015 06:20

The rating favourite of the World Cup Veselin Topalov didn't manage to take a revenge in today's return game against Svidler. Hence he leaves the competition. 

Today's encounter was much of a war of manoeuvre in which Bulgarian GM managed to gradually gain a considerable advantage. 


35.Qa2?! An enticing idea that according to the Russian GM shocked him. Taking on с3 is not recommended because of Qxe6+ and then Qxc6. Nonetheless, Black finds the refutation - that's why Topalov had to first play 35.Kh2!, to meet the 35...Nd7 planned by Black with 36.Be1!, keeping all the benefits of the position.
35...Rd1+! (now Black can relax) 36.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 37.Kh2 Kf7 38.Bxa5 Qb5 39.Nc4 (39.Qc4 is not helping either because of 39...Rb1) 39...Nxa5 40.Nxa5 Qxc5 41.Nb3? Topalov makes a mistake with the first move after the time control and after 41...Qc3 42.Ra7? Black is already winning. "It's not the fairest end of the game", - Svidler noted after confirming he couldn't calculate confidently the variation starting from 42...Qe1. He agreed to sign a peace treaty which brought him an overall win in the match. 1/2

In the 1/4 final he will face the winner of Ding Liren - Wei Yi duel. They exchanged blows in the classical games, thus the winner will be decided on the tiebreak. 

According to Svidler, it's too early to talk about repetition of the success he achieved four years ago. "In addition, considering that I have already won this competition previously, getting to the final is what matters for me the most. Of course I will be determined to win it if I will manage to get to it, but qualifying to the Candidates stays my ultimate goal. I already have that World Cup winner's prize statue in my cupboard, now it is more important to fight for the World Champion title."

After winning against Radjabov on a tiebreak, Svidler told us he was looking forward to the rest day and here he got it eventually. How the only Russian player needing no tiebreak is going to spend it?

"I am planning to spend it as much being a vegetable as it is possible. Just doing as little as possible: reading, listening to music..."

Both games of the Svidler - Topalov match are available below.

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.20"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Svidler, Peter"] [Black "Topalov, Veselin"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2727"] [BlackElo "2816"] [ECO "B51"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Canal-Sokolsky (Nimzovich-Rossolimo, Moscow) attack"] [WhiteFideId "4102142"] [BlackFideId "2900084"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. O-O Nf6 5. Re1 a6 6. Bf1 b6 7. d4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bb7 9. c4 e6 10. Nc3 Be7 11. f3 Rc8 12. Be3 O-O 13. Qd2 Qc7 14. Rac1 Qb8 15. Kh1 Rfe8 16. a3 Bd8 17. Bg1 h5 18. b3 Ne5 19. f4 Ned7 20. b4 Qa8 21. Bd3 Be7 22. h3 Rc7 23. Re2 h4 24. Bf2 Nh5 25. Nf3 Ng3+ 26. Bxg3 hxg3 27. Qe1 Nf6 28. Qxg3 Nh5 29. Qg4 Nf6 30. Qg3 Nh5 31. Qg4 Nf6 32. Qh4 g6 33. Ng5 Qd8 34. Rd1 Nh5 35. Qg4 e5 36. Nd5 Bxd5 37. exd5 Bxg5 38. fxg5 Nf4 39. Rc2 b5 40. c5 Nxd3 41. Rxd3 e4 42. Rd4 e3 43. c6 Re5 44. h4 Rce7 45. Re2 Qb6 46. g3 a5 47. Kg2 axb4 48. axb4 Qa7 49. Rd3 Re4 50. Qc8+ Kh7 51. Qd8 Rxb4 52. Rd1 Rbe4 53. Qxd6 Qa4 54. Rde1 Qc4 55. h5 gxh5 56. Qh6+ Kg8 57. g6 fxg6 58. Qxg6+ Rg7 59. Qxh5 Qd4 60. Ra2 Rf4 61. Ra8+ Rf8 62. Rxf8+ Kxf8 63. Qh8+ Kf7 64. Rf1+ Ke7 65. Qf8# 1-0 [Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.21"] [Round "4.2"] [White "Topalov, Veselin"] [Black "Svidler, Peter"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C84"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "closed defence"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] [Note "Board 1"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. a3 Na5 9. Ba2 c5 10. Nc3 Be6 11. Bxe6 fxe6 12. Ne2 Nc6 13. Ng3 O-O 14. c3 Qd7 15. Qe2 Rad8 16. Rd1 d5 17. b4 h6 18. Bd2 Rfe8 19. h3 Bd6 20. Be1 Qc7 21. Rdc1 Qd7 22. bxc5 Bxc5 23. a4 bxa4 24. Rxa4 a5 25. Qa2 Bb6 26. c4 dxe4 27. dxe4 Bc7 28. c5 Qd3 29. Bc3 Qb5 30. Rb1 Qa6 31. Nd2 Rd3 32. Qc2 Red8 33. Nc4 Qa7 34. Nb6 Qa6 35. Qa2 Rd1+ 36. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 37. Kh2 Kf7 38. Bxa5 Qb5 39. Nc4 Nxa5 40. Nxa5 Qxc5 41. Nb3 Qc3 42. Ra7 1/2-1/2

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The unplayed 35. Kh2 reminds

The unplayed 35. Kh2 reminds me of Kasparov-Karpov III Game 16.

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