Andreikin on his European Blitz triumph by Colin McGourty

Dec 23, 2016, 6:21 AM |

mitry Andreikin is the European Blitz Champion after scoring an unbeaten 22/26 in the tournament held in Tallinn, Estonia on the 17-18 December. In an interview for the Russian Chess Federation website he talks about how the tournament went for him, the skills needed for blitz and rapid chess, why he’s not playing in the World Rapid and Blitz Championship in Doha and what he thought of the Carlsen-Karjakin match.




Andreikin on his way to winning the European Blitz Championship in Tallinn | photo: Oleg Hartsenko,

Andreikin was talking to Grandmaster Dmitry Kryakvin in Russian, and we’ve translated some of the highlights below:

Dmitry, congratulations on your latest success! How did the events go for you in the Estonian capital? Which games were key?

Thanks! In the rapid I started quite convincingly – 5.5/6. The following day I had to play Alexei Shirov, who had a 100% record. I got a good, fighting position from the opening, but I went for a risky pawn sacrifice and, after accurate replies from my opponent, I didn’t even have enough compensation for a draw. I played the next game with Black against the young Polish Grandmaster Kacper Piorun. For a long time I was dictating play, but at some point I overestimated my position and got too carried away with an attack, as a result of which I missed a knockout counterblow. 


Of course that second loss in a row ruled out any chances of a successful result in such a tournament, and even a few wins at the end only enabled me to take 19th place.


Were you upset by that failure?

Yes, but on the other hand, it gave me hope for the blitz. The thing is that even in the games I lost I had a big time advantage. For some reason I couldn’t force myself to think even in bad positions - I played more intuitively, “with my hand”. And in blitz that’s just what you need.