FIDE Candidates Finals G3: Strong novelty... quick draw

5/21/2011 – The third round of the candidates was quite disappointing, and not so much because it was a fourteen-move draw, but the circumstances. Grischuk chose a rare move in the Queen’s Gambit Declined, and ran into a strong and unpleasant novelty right there and then. It promised to be a fascinating game, and just as the spectators were settling down for the upcoming struggle...Draw!?! Report.

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From 3 to 27 May 2011 the FIDE Candidates matches are being held in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, with eight strong GMs competing to qualify as Challenger for the 2012 World Champion match. Time controls in the four regular games are 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move 61. In case of a tie there will be four rapid chess games, and if the tie is still not broken then up to five two-game blitz matches 5'+3". Finally there may be a sudden-death final decider. The prize fund of the candidates is 500,000 Euros.
 

Scoreboard

 
Nat.
Rtg
G1
G2
G3
G4
G5
G6
R1
R2
R3
R4
Blitz
Tot.
Perf
Boris Gelfand
ISR
2733
½
½
½
               
1.5
 
Alexander Grischuk
RUS
2747
½
½
½
               
1.5
 

Finals - Game three

The third round of the candidates was quite disappointing, and not so much because it was a fourteen-move draw, but the circumstances. Had it just been a typical ‘grandmaster draw’, one might still echo this sentiment, however that wasn’t really the story. Grischuk chose a rare move in the Queen’s Gambit Declined (9.g3), played only once before by Uhlmann-Hjartarson in 1984, and ran into a strong and unpleasant novelty (9...b5!) right there and then.


Thinking he would have the surprise factor, instead the surprise was Grischuk's


As he began to study it, it was clear he had not seen this move at all, and was not
happy about it.


Getting ready to go into a deep think


Half an hour later he was still pondering his continuation

The pawn sacrifice could not be turned down, and in return Black obtained development tempi against White’s queen as well as broad open lines for his bishop pair. All in all, it promised to be a fascinating game, and just as the spectators were settling down for the upcoming struggle…. Draw!?!


On the live Russian video, the groans of the commentators were clearly audible at this

Grischuk,Alexander (2747) - Gelfand,Boris (2733) [D53]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (3.3), 21.05.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Bxf6 7.Qb3 dxc4 8.Qxc4 0-0 9.g3 b5!N








9...Nd7 10.Bg2 e5 11.d5 Nb6 12.Qb3 Bf5 13.Nd2 Rb8 14.0-0 c6 15.e4 Bd7 16.Rfd1 Bg4 17.Bf3 Bh3 18.a4 Bg5 19.a5 Nd7 20.Nc4 1/2-1/2 (84) Uhlmann,W (2505)-Hjartarson,J (2415)/Leningrad 1984/MCL (84) 10.Qxb5 Nd7 11.Bg2 c5 12.0-0 Rb8 13.Qa4 a5 14.dxc5 1/2-1/2. [Click to replay]


Remaining schedule

All games start at 15:00h local time – 13:00h Berlin/Paris, 07:00 New York (check your local time here)

Day Date Game
Commentary on Playchess
Thursday May 19 Round 3 Game 1 van Wely/Gustafsson   live
Friday May 20 Round 3 Game 2 Dejan Bojkov live
Saturday May 21 Round 3 Game 3 Sam Collins live
Sunday May 22 Free day    

Monday

May 23 Round 3 Game 4 Loek van Wely live
Tuesday May 24 Round 3 Game 5 Daniel King live
Wednesday May 25 Round 3 Game 6 Daniel King live
Thursday May 26 Tiebreaks, closing    
Friday May 27 Departure    

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