Andreikin: "Now I Know That I Know Nothing"

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The first decisive game of day 1 has been the duel between Boris Gelfand and Dmitry Andreikin: the Russian GM handled the opening poorly and had to resign as early as on move 23.

Round 1 pictorial report

Gelfand: "5...c5 is a rare line, and Dmitry was one of the players who put it back into practice. I already faced it in my, unfortunately, last game vs Vugar Gashimov whom I miss a lot... 1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 c5 6.d5 exd5

I played 7.Nh4 [which is actually the most common move in this position - CN] vs Gashimov, we drew that game, and afterwards I discovered that 7.сxd5! is very strong".

Andreikin: "I chose the opening only several hours before the start. This is one of the few lines in which I'm more experienced than Boris, so I was relying on that fact rather than having the Gelfand - Gashimov game in mind. I have also looked through my old notes... This system was bringing me good results some 3 years ago, but now it appears to be just very unpleasant for Black due to 7.cxd5."

Gelfand: "The critical moment was Black's move 9 where he could take the e4-pawn, although it gives White a very strong attack. 9...d6 is an attempt to bail out but actually Black is one tempo short to develop his pieces".

Both players also shared their general thougts about opening preparation. 

Andreikin: "One can prepare to games in advance if the opponents and colours are known well beforehand. Here it was not the case, so I've simply prepared a few openings of two types - the solid and the fighting ones. Initially, I wanted to play my basic line today but just a few hours before the games I changed my mind in favor or the 5...c5 variation: firstly, I wanted to take Boris by surprise (this approach worked well in our recent game in the Tal Memorial where I drew Boris easily), and secondly, I was sure I knew everything in that line. It turned out that I knew nothing."

Gelfand: "Most of chess players have a very wide repertoire these days, they are able to play anything. So, I just keep studying openings and accumulating ideas in order to choose the appropriate ones before each game. I just work and never know whether this or that idea will be used in my games. I'm glad they do work sometimes! Sometimes an idea works suddenly after 2 years of waiting. Today, the part of my luck was the fact that I didn't need to remember much, except what to do if Black takes the e4-pawn. All the other moves were natural and findable over the board".

[Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.02"] [Round "1"] [White "Gelfand,B"] [Black "Andreikin,D"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2748"] [BlackElo "2722"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] [ECO "E15"] 1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 c5 6. d5 exd5 7. cxd5 Bxd5 8. Nc3 Bc6 9. e4 d6 10. O-O Be7 11. Nh4 g6 12. Bh6 Bf8 13. Bxf8 Kxf8 14. Qd2 Ne8 15. Rad1 Kg7 16. f4 Qc8 17. Nd5 Rf8 18. e5 dxe5 19. f5 Qd8 20. f6+ Nxf6 21. Nf5+ Kh8 22. Qh6 Rg8 23. Nxf6 1-0


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