"The Spectators Have Nothing to Complain About". Kramnik and Anand Draw Their Latest Game

Время публикации: 21.04.2015 10:49 | Последнее обновление: 22.04.2015 01:36

Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand drew their game in round 4 of Gashimov Memorial. 

According to calculations by the journalist Peter Doggers, before today, the two players had played 83 times, with Anand winning ten, Kramnik seven, and the other 66 drawn. "I have to admit frankly that I don't remember the last time I beat Vishy in classical chess. He has always been one of the most difficult opponents in my career."

During the press conference, discussing contemporary chess, the Indian suddenly blurted out: "Chess has never been as interesting as it is today". 

Kramnik agreed with this and added: "Nowadays there are a great many interesting tournament games.

Admittedly, there is one contrary factor: these days, players must work three times harder than when I first began my career. One has to remember a great deal and this is certainly not easy.

The main tendency I see today is that it is becoming harder and harder for White to set his opponent problems. Of course, we know chess should be a draw, and this has become clearer since the advent of computers. So in one sense it is easier to play Black, as he does not need to worry over-much, whilst White must concern think, change his openings and his style of play. It was not like this before. Even when I started out, it was possible to form your repertoire and stick to it for a couple of years. Now this is absolutely impossible. You need constantly to come up with something new and unexpected. For example, sometimes I go for a long game, avoiding fixed lines of theory, whilst at other times, I prefer a theoretical discussion. A great deal depends on who you are playing and what your tournament position is. Of course, it is still nicer to be White, but from the point of view of preparation, White requires more work. Especially when you are playing an experienced theoretician, who knows a lot, such as Vishy.  I will not deny that I always have a headache before a game with Vishy, wondering what to play, which line to play, how to find a hole in his preparation, etc. This is not at all easy.

But despite all this, players usually manage to find a position with play. Even I, when I follow games in a tournament where I am not myself playing, get great enjoyment. I find it more interesting to watch than it was a few years ago. So, I don't think the spectators have anything to complain about."



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