Vladimir Kramnik: "After the Candidates Tournament There Is an Emotional and Physical Decline"

Время публикации: 20.06.2013 00:23 | Последнее обновление: 20.06.2013 00:26

The game that finished first in the sixth round of the Tal Memorial was between Fabiano Caruana and Vladimir Kramnik. The grandmasters played the sharp variation of the Berlin endgame - this happens, too. According to Kramnik, he has analyzed this variation when preparing for the Candidates Tournament in Kazan: "But I have not repeated it since then, and it was frustrating, because the position is very sharp, and it is preferable to remember at least something. I could only remember that Black should be able to hold the position. This evaluation has been made after an engine analysis, and it inspired me."

The Russian grandmaster was asked on whose side he would be in the match Anand - Carlsen, regarding the fact that Vladimir will face on of them in the next Candidates’ tournament, and another one possibly in the next fight for the World Champion title.

"I have never hoped for a special opponent for myself - said Kramnik - so for me, it does not matter who wins the match. I'm still going to prepare for the Candidates’ tournament seriously. For now it is clear that after London there is a small emotional and physical decline, I’m not in my best shape. But it was to expect. This is always the case after any World Championship match, and the Candidates’ tournament resembeled, in fact, the World Championship match. Usually, there is a slowdown for three or four months. It’s okay, I understood that I will not play too well soon. But I hope to have recovered by the end of the summer and recharged my batteries, so that in September I can start preparing for the Candidates’ tournament. I guess if I will get myself in a good shape, especially physical, and I was able to do so London, I have will have all the chances of winning this tournament. And who will play in it - Carlsen or Anand - it's completely unprincipled to me. Every single one of the rivals is very strong. But anyway, I'm thinking more about how to show good play myself, and not whether my rivals should be stronger or weaker. "

[Event "8th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2013.06.19"] [Round "6.2"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2774"] [BlackElo "2803"] [ECO "C67"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence, open variation"] [EventDate "2013.06.13"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Bd7 10. Rd1 Kc8 11. g4 Ne7 12. Ng5 Be8 13. f4 h5 14. f5 hxg4 15. hxg4 Rh4 16. Kf2 Rxg4 17. Rh1 Nxf5 18. Rh8 Bc5+ 19. Kf3 Rg1 20. Rxe8+ Kd7 21. Rxa8 Nd4+ 22. Ke4 Rxc1 23. b4 Bb6 24. c4 c5 25. a3 Re1+ 26. Kd3 Rd1+ 27. Kc3 Rc1+ 28. Kd3 Rd1+ 29. Kc3 Rc1+ 30. Kd3 1/2-1/2

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