Chess Is Still a Sport...

Время публикации: 05.12.2012 04:49 | Последнее обновление: 05.12.2012 04:49

The decisive game of the Grand Prix Tashkent against Ruslan Ponomariov turned out to be super tense! Six hours of exhausting fight which was deciding the fate of the first place.

Ruslan decided to surprise me with the Chelyabisnk variation. At the moment I can't recall any of his games played in this system with Black. We played the variant that took place in Anand - Gelfand match. As Boris has confessed he has been analyzing this variant not less than for 50 hours! Ruslan perhaps spent less time on it, because he failed to completely equalize the position in the opening.

It seems to me that inaccurate was 24...Rd6: I managed to grab powerful initiative after 25.f5 and 26.g4. Ruslan should have tried 26...h6 and after he let me play 27.g5, I easily won a pawn and after his blunder on 40th move I have won another one.

After the time control White surely had a winning position, however, it was easier to play with Black for its pieces were more active and White needed to be very accurate while converting the advantage. And here the miracles started to happen...

Here I should add that I got sick several days ago. I was very sick while playing against Mamedyarov and less sick, however, not in the best condition in the encounter against Ruslan. So, taking into account my sickness as well as tensity of the round, I was literally sent into a fever... I "blundered" a lot. It's terrible to analyse all that with the computer...

So, our play was mostly based on the will and after missing the winning path before the second time trouble, I understood that my opponent could draw by 62...Qf2!

That was the toughest moment! Luckily, Ruslan miscalculated the variants and missed this opportunity. Later, he could raise for me more problems, however, the pawns still did their job.

Eventually I managed to avoid making mistakes and won the game. Once again I felt that chess is a sport...

[Event "FIDE GP Tashkent"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2012.12.04"] [Round "11.4"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Ponomariov, Ruslan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B33"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Pelikan, Chelyabinsk variation"] [EventDate "2012.11.22"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c4 b4 12. Nc2 O-O 13. g3 Be6 14. Bg2 Bg5 15. O-O Qb8 16. b3 a5 17. f4 Bd8 18. Kh1 Ra7 19. Qh5 f6 20. Rad1 Ne7 21. Nce3 Bb6 22. Nxb6 Qxb6 23. Rd3 Qc5 24. Qd1 Rd8 25. f5 Bf7 26. g4 a4 27. g5 axb3 28. axb3 Kf8 29. Qg4 Rda8 30. gxf6 gxf6 31. Qh4 Ng8 32. Ng4 Ke7 33. Qxh7 Ra1 34. Ne3 Kf8 35. Qh4 R8a2 36. Qg3 Qc6 37. h3 Rxf1+ 38. Nxf1 Ra1 39. Kh2 Ra2 40. Qe1 Bh5 41. Ng3 Be8 42. Qxb4 Qc5 43. Qe1 Bc6 44. Nf1 Nh6 45. Qh4 Nf7 46. Qe1 Ke7 47. h4 Nh6 48. Rd2 Qa5 49. Kh3 Ra3 50. Qg3 Nf7 51. Rd3 Qa8 52. Ne3 Qh8 53. c5 Ra2 54. cxd6+ Nxd6 55. Nd5+ Bxd5 56. Rxd5 Qc8 57. b4 Rc2 58. Kh2 Qc4 59. Rc5 Qe2 60. Qg8 Nf7 61. Rxc2 Qxc2 62. Qb8 Qd2 63. Qa7+ Kf8 64. Qc5+ Kg7 65. b5 Nh6 66. Qe7+ Nf7 67. Qa3 Nd6 68. b6 Nxe4 69. Qf3 Nd6 70. b7 Qb4 71. Qh5 Nf7 72. Bd5 Nh8 73. Kh3 Qb1 74. Qg4+ Kh6 75. Qf3 Qb6 76. Qb3 Qf2 77. b8=Q Qxf5+ 78. Kh2 1-0 


  



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