Leko: [30th September] "The first game was a deep
shock for me. But now I will start to be more ambitious", after Game 4.
Hangin's take: Well it's a World Championship, Leko is just not ready
for the intense psychological pressure of a world championship match. Garry
Kasparov felt the same pressure during his first 1984 match against
Anatoly Karpov. Kasparov went on to lose 4 out of 9 games. Peter should
consider him self lucky he only lost the first one. It's good to hear that
Leko going to be more ambitious. However he should not take risky chances,
but he does need to pick up the pace. There is still a lot of chess left
in this match. Kramnik says "time is precious when you don't
have enough of it". Well Peter you have time in this match.
Here is an interview from Kramnik from Chessbase Today. www.chesstoday.net.
It was gotten off of a Russian newspaper interview of Kramnik. Hangin got
ChessToday today, and he gets it daily. Do You ?
- Leko Match
5 will be played on Saturday. After 4 games Kramnik leads 2½-1½.
a brief interview
Yuri Vasiliev with Vladimir Kramnik after game 3, when he drew with Black.
We would like to translate part of that interview:
What can you say about today's game?
We are both well-prepared with Black, there is a powerful theoretical fight.
For the second time Leko falls for my home preparation and cannot get
anything with White.
Taking into account the match situation, a short draw suited you?
When playing Black, my task is to equalise the game. And I did it. It
might be possible to get more, but Leko sensed the danger and found
At the short press conference one could feel the sense of disappointment
about two short draws...
Modern chess is such that a good novelty from Black does not allow White
to play for a win. Two short draws do not show lack of fighting
spirit. It's a reflection of the surprise factor – in game 2 Leko
employed the Ruy Lopez and today he faced a very strong novelty from me.
Now our teams will start working at full capacity and the middle of the
match should be very interesting!
take: Well I think the match has been exciting so far. Two of the games
have been exciting, the first and the fourth. I didn't enjoy the 2nd
game so much, but the third game was good. Leko says he's going to
be more ambitious. I am looking forward to the middle of the match now. So
far So good. For Novelties effects, check out my
answers to questions on how has the world championship
changed over the years. With GM strength computers today, novelties are
very effective. But that wasn't always the case.