"Fighting Spirit Triumph"

Время публикации: 28.09.2015 22:51 | Последнее обновление: 29.09.2015 15:24

Peter Svidler reaches World Cup final and qualifies for the Candidates

Peter Svidler became the first finalist of the FIDE World Cup 2015. After yesterday's loss his rival Anish Giri needed to win on demand as Black. He chose Caro-Kann defence to achieve that goal but got an equal endgame. White would have to blunder to manage to lose such a position, and it didn't happen. 

In the interview to Chess-News the winner confessed it was not an easy draw though: "I found myself in a position in which I might not be experiencing objective problems but forcing a draw is also impossible. My only choice was to passively move pieces around for quite some time hoping that some plan would emerge. It wasn't pleasant at all. I'm glad it all finished well for me."

Today's result brought a new participant into the Candidates 2016. Svidler, who wins the right to compete at the Candidates for the third time, will join Anand, Caruana and Nakamura.

"Frankly speaking, in this World Cup I don't have that feeling I experienced when playing in Khanty-Mansiysk 2011. Back then I really felt I was playing great, - Svidler continues. - Back then I felt like I deserved to be in the final. I mean the quality of my play as well as the freshness of the ideas I was implementing. Here it was more a triumph of the fighting spirit than of brilliant chess performance. In many games, the winner was decided depending on who would be the last to make a mistake."

The winner further elaborated on his plan for the upcoming days:

"I have two and a half days to rest properly and then find new motivation since getting to the final was my main goal. It was my initial aim. Well, now when I am already in the final I have a unique chance to win the World Cup for the second time. I feel like it will be even cooler than winning Russian championship for the seventh times." 

Here's what Svidler thinks on Magnus Carlsen's proposition to make the World Title Championship a knock-out competition: "You can discuss how good or bad is the idea, but the fact that Magnus thinks the World Champion shouldn't have any privileges is already very interesting and deserves attention. It definitely gives him credit."

Anish Giri leaves Baku

Another finalist will be decided in Karjakin- Eljanov tiebreak. Their second classical game finished so quickly that it seemed it hasn't even started. 
Information on the tournament

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.29"] [Round "6.2"] [White "Svidler, Peter"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2727"] [BlackElo "2793"] [ECO "B18"] [Opening "Caro-Kann"] [Variation "classical, Flohr variation"] [WhiteFideId "4102142"] [BlackFideId "24116068"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. Nh3 Nf6 7. Nf4 e5 8. dxe5 Qa5+ 9. c3 Qxe5+ 10. Qe2 Nbd7 11. Nxg6 hxg6 12. Bf4 Qxe2+ 13. Bxe2 Bc5 14. Bf3 O-O-O 15. O-O Nd5 16. Bxd5 cxd5 17. Rad1 Nf8 18. Rfe1 Ne6 19. Be3 b6 20. Rd3 Kb7 21. Red1 Kc6 22. Ne2 Rh4 23. Nd4+ Bxd4 24. Bxd4 b5 25. g3 Rh5 26. Bxa7 Ra8 27. Be3 Rxa2 28. R1d2 Re5 29. h4 Ra4 30. Kg2 f6 31. Bd4 Rh5 32. Re3 Kd7 33. Red3 Kd6 34. Be3 Kc6 35. Rd1 Ra2 36. R1d2 Ra8 37. Rd1 Ra4 38. R1d2 Ra2 39. Kf1 Ra1+ 40. Rd1 Ra2 41. R1d2 Re5 42. Bd4 Rh5 43. Be3 Ra8 44. Rd1 Ra4 45. R3d2 Ra2 46. b3 Rxd2 47. Rxd2 b4 48. cxb4 Kb5 49. Bc5 Nxc5 50. bxc5 Kxc5 51. Ke2 g5 1/2-1/2 [Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.29"] [Round "6.2"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Eljanov, Pavel"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2762"] [BlackElo "2717"] [ECO "A29"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "four knights, kingside fianchetto"] [WhiteFideId "14109603"] [BlackFideId "14102951"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 Bb4 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O e4 7. Ng5 Bxc3 8. bxc3 Re8 9. f3 exf3 10. Nxf3 Qe7 11. e3 Ne5 12. Nh4 d6 13. d3 Ng6 14. Nxg6 1/2-1/2


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