Svidler's Long Castle

Время публикации: 19.09.2011 11:58 | Последнее обновление: 19.09.2011 12:30

Ruslan Ponomariov became the next victim of champion of Russia after Kamsky and Polgar

The second semifinal of the World Cup that continues in Khanty-Mansiysk finished by Peter Svidler’s victory over Ukrainian Ruslan Ponomariov. The Russian Grandmaster scored 1.5-0.5 in two matches and became the first finalist of the World Chess Cup 2011. His opponent will be decided in tomorrow’s tie-breaks between Alexander Grischuk (Russia) and Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine).

In today’s duel Ponomariov vs. Svidler the latter played the Grünfeld Defence. Although it is Russian’s beloved opening he didn’t tend to avoid criticizing his move 7…Bd7. As he said after Ukrainian’s accurate 8.Qa3! “It is unclear what to do, for the Bishop on d7 is horrible and it is absolutely not known where to move it further”.

In Svidler’s opinion thirteenth move 13.Rb1 could be replaced by much stronger 13. Rc1! And after untypical for the Grünfeld Defence queenside castling: “I realized that this move should be made any way to change the picture and in order not to give to Ruslan the easy life:a slight advantage and an opportunity to play to his heart’s content for a victory during 40−60 moves”. 

After his move 18.Bxd4 Ponomariov offered a draw but as long as “I was playing for a victory without any risk” said Svidler, “I refused” (perhaps, it would be better for Ruslan to play 17.d5!? or 18. Rfd1!? – CN).  Although Black got only one pawn for an exchange a powerful bishop on d4 made Svidler’s position almost winning.

Still Svidler felt unsure of his techniques. “He has move 28.Re2 instead of 28.g4 after which it is not clear at all how I can improve the situation”, noted Russian. His move 34…Bb5 Grandmaster from St. Petersburg qualified as a mistake and suggested it to be replaced by 34…Be6. “If not a blunder on f3-f4, I guess that I would have had big problems with the conversion the advantage”, said Svidler.

It is noteworthy that Peter Svidler was confidently moving to the final without any tiebreak matches since the fourth round. He defeated Kamsky, Polgar and now Ponomariov without any time troubles and all with Black.

As Svidler noted Alexander Grishuk is his closest friend in the chess world and “despite my good terms with Vassily Mihailovich” concluded Russian Grandmaster, he will still grieve for compatriot.


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