Svidler Wins Game 1: "My Play Here in Baku Is Much Worse Than in 2011, But Still Not Bad"

Время публикации: 01.10.2015 23:46 | Последнее обновление: 02.10.2015 00:59
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FIDE World Cup 2015 taking place in Baku has entered its final stage - the match of 4 classical games between Peter Svidler and Sergey Karjakin will determine the winner of the competition just in a few days.

Four years ago, Peter Svidler had already won the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk. Back then, he won only one game in the final (the very first encounter of the match) against Alexander Grischuk, which turned out to be enough. It seems like the same scenario may happen in Baku.

"I won it [the game against Grischuk - CN] in a slightly different manner, - Svidler recalls. - I got a pretty bad position after the opening, then he got confused at some point... Besides, I was Black. [...] Is that me playing well or my opponents playing badly? I guess that my play here is pretty good. It's much worse than in 2011, but still not bad. As to Sergey, today's game certainly wasn't the best one in his career. It's never a one-sided story, it is always kind of a combination of factors that determine the outcome of a game.

It was a complex position today and I guess Sergey was making logical decisions. Hadn't he played 17...Rf7? hell knows what was going to happen... [...] Did the extra free day help me? Well, Sergey had not just an ordinary tiebreak against Eljanov but a dramatic clash. He did his best and demonstrated wonders of sports heroism - no irony in here..."    

The second game of the match will be held tomorrow at 13:00 Moscow time.
Information on the tournament

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.10.01"] [Round "7.1"] [White "Svidler, Peter"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A08"] [Opening "Reti"] [Variation "King's Indian attack, French variation"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] [Note "Board 1"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 e6 4. O-O Be7 5. d3 O-O 6. Nbd2 c5 7. e4 Nc6 8. Re1 b5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Ne4 Bb7 11. c3 a6 12. a4 b4 13. Bg5 f6 14. Bd2 e5 15. Rc1 Rf7 16. d4 bxc3 17. bxc3 cxd4 18. cxd4 Nxd4 19. Nxd4 exd4 20. Qb3 Rb8 21. Rb1 Qd7 22. Rec1 Qe6 23. Nc5 Bxc5 24. Rxc5 Rd8 25. Ba5 Rd6 26. Qc4 Nc3 27. Rxb7 Qe1+ 28. Bf1 Ne2+ 29. Qxe2 1-0 


  


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