"The Chess Gods Love Him"

Время публикации: 12.08.2012 20:04 | Последнее обновление: 12.08.2012 20:04

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Sergei Shipov on the events developed today at the men's Superfinal 

"Sasha Grischuk turned out to be a better friend than Petya Svidler, - this is how Sergei Shipov characterized the friendship of these two players in the commentary given to our website. - It seems like Petya got to know all the secrets of Sasha while being his second at the Candidates tournament held in Kazan, so now he permanently uses it for beating him."

Today's game between these two players, as we've already reported, wasn't an exception. Svidler defeated Grischuk and continues fight for the title. 

"Grischuk played way aggressively in this game, - Shipov thinks. - He missed a powerful blow on b4 after which I think that his position became objectively hopeless." 


White has just played 17.Nd2-b3, and provoked black to sacrifice a piece for two pawns. Grischuk explained his idea at the press conference: "I didn't believe that any of the rivals competing for the title would win, so I decided to risk. I  knew that black would most likely sacrifice its piece; but at the same time when you have an extra pawn you have more chances to win."    


It turned out that Svidler has already analyzed this sacrifice. "Maybe the position wasn't exactly like the one int he game, but it looked much like it - with the rook on a3 and the knight on b3 - so this position was analyzed by me at home and I also looked through the sacrifice. - I knew that this idea exists and in most of the cases it would be successful."

It's worth of note that at the moment when the game was over, Svidler didn't know the Regulations. "I thought that they would choose two players with the best tie-break; taking into consideration my play at this competition I was sure that I wouldn't be selected, so I would be able to have a rest." 

"It's fate, - Sergei Shipov concluded. - Peter gets lucky when needed. The chess Gods love him and I don't rule out that tomorrow he will do his best and fight for the title, although he looked pretty unconvincing in this competition."   

[Event "Superfinal 65th RUS-ch"] [Site "Moscow"] [Date "2012.08.12"] [Round "9"] [White "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Black "Svidler, Peter"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C84"] [WhiteElo "2761"] [BlackElo "2741"] [Annotator "Robot 6"] [PlyCount "100"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] [EventCountry "RUS"] [TimeControl "40/5400+30:1800+30"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 d6 7. c3 O-O 8. Re1 b5 9. Bc2 d5 10. Nbd2 dxe4 11. dxe4 Be6 12. Qe2 Qc8 13. a4 Qb7 14. Bd3 Rab8 15. b4 Bd6 16. Ra3 Rfd8 17. Nb3 Nxb4 18. cxb4 Bxb4 19. Nbd2 c5 20. axb5 axb5 21. Ra1 c4 22. Bc2 Qc7 23. Rd1 Bc5 24. Ra6 Qc8 25. Ra5 Ng4 26. Rf1 c3 27. Nb3 Bc4 28. Qe1 Bb6 29. h3 Bxf1 30. Kxf1 Bxa5 31. hxg4 Qc4+ 32. Kg1 Bc7 33. Bg5 Rd7 34. Be3 Bd6 35. Qa1 Qc6 36. g5 Ra8 37. Qb1 b4 38. g3 Rdd8 39. Kg2 Qa6 40. Qh1 Qa2 41. Ne1 Ra3 42. Nc1 Qe6 43. f4 exf4 44. e5 fxe3 45. Qxh7+ Kf8 46. exd6 Rxd6 47. Ned3 b3 48. Nf4 Rd2+ 49. Kh1 Qc6+ 50. Be4 Ra1 0-1 


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