Match play is rather different from tournament play as the fact that the players meet several times requires them to be particularly cunning in their use of opening ploys. It's always preferable to get your own prepared lines on the board rather than having to cope with your opponent's!
In fact the players had such a healthy respect for their opponent's home preparation that six different opening schemas were employed in the match.
The overall match result:
|Arkadij Naiditsch||2684||GER||3.5-2.5||Zahar Efimenko||2689||UKR|
Naiditsch took the lead in the second game, but was perhaps rather fortunate to stay ahead throughout as Efimenko missed some wins in their fourth match.
In both of the fifth and sixth games the Ukrainian was a pawn up but couldn't break down Naiditsch's defences.
Here are the details, game-by-game:
|Game No.||White player||Result||Black player||opening||ECO code||No.Moves|
|1||Zahar Efimenko||0.5-0.5||Arkadij Naiditsch||Catalan||E04||53|
|2||Arkadij Naiditsch||1-0||Zahar Efimenko||Spanish Berlin||C67||53|
|3||Zahar Efimenko||0.5-0.5||Arkadij Naiditsch||Nimzoindian with g3||E20||34|
|4||Arkadij Naiditsch||0.5-0.5||Zahar Efimenko||Spanish Chigorin||C97||97|
|5||Zahar Efimenko||0.5-0.5||Arkadij Naiditsch||Spanish Schliemann||C63||26|
|6||Arkadij Naiditsch||0.5-0.5||Zahar Efimenko||Three Knights||C46||54|
The Transcarpathian cup chess festival featured various other events including a simultaneous display by Ruslan Ponomariov, but the hard-fought match featuring six interesting games was naturally the blue riband event.
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