Andreikin & Kramnik Reach World Cup Final

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  • on 8/28/13, 9:08 AM.

Dmitry Andreikin and Vladimir Kramnik reached the World Cup final on Wednesday by beating Evgeny Tomashevsky and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave respectively in the tiebreaks of the semi-finals. Each player beat his opponent 1.5-0.5 in the two rapid games.

Having played a wonderful World Cup, and after surviving a difficult ending that lasted 125 moves on Tuesday, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave stumbled in Wednesday's tiebreak. The French grandmaster played below his usual level in the first rapid game, as he lost his concentration early on.

During the game he thought that 13.Qc2 was wrong, and that he should have taken on d6 first, but as Kramnik pointed out White is still fine after 16.Ne4. Probably affected by his "mistake", Vachier-Lagrave started to go really wrong: first a dubious rook manoeuvre, and then a blunder on move 21.

Kramnik then easily held the draw as White - in fact he was better at the end, but as soon as he saw a repetition of moves he went for it (and why not).


Vachier-Lagrave after the game:

"I played badly today, Vladimir played well, that's it."

Sergey Karjakin will be a happy man. The Russian GM has qualified for the 2014 Candidates Tournament on rating, because Kramnik has now qualified for this event via the World Cup.

The other match was one between two friends, Evgeny Tomashevsky and Dmitry Andreikin, who both play for the same team ("Economist"). The first game ended in a draw:

The second game seemed to be heading to a draw as well, but instead of trading queens, Tomashevsky gave away a full pawn as he missed a double attack. Andreikin won the pawn and kept the advantage by aiming everything at f7. Black might still have drawing chances with 39...Rh8; after 37...Qh7? it was quickly over.


Andreikin said:

"I have lots of experience with blitz on the internet, but I cannot say I was the favourite in the rapid match. Sometimes I play Grand Prix rapid tournaments in Russia, and my results can be very different. Maybe it's something about this place here!"

After a well-deserved rest day, Andreikin and Kramnik will return to the playing hall on Friday at 15:00 CET / 09:00 EDT for the first of four classical games. Kramnik has white.

FIDE World Cup 2013 | Round 6 Results

Name Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Kramnik, Vladimir 2784 ½ ½ 1 ½ 2.5
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2719 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1.5
Andreikin, Dmitry 2716 ½ ½ ½ 1 2.5
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2706 ½ ½ ½ 0 1.5

Held every two years, the World Cup is part of the World Championship cycle. The winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 2014 Candidates Tournament. The World Cup takes place August 10th-September 3rd in Tromsø, Norway. Photos by Paul Truong courtesy of the official website; games via TWIC.

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  • 3 years ago


    "GM Dmitry wins by a 1/2 point. "

    One thing I can say for sure is that GM Dmitry cannot, and therefore will not win by exactly 1/2 a point. Wink

  • 3 years ago


    Kramnik will stomp Andreikin.  

  • 3 years ago


    A wild card might go for Gelfand or anyone else with 2700+, but precisly lost challenger will be ... Anand or Carlsen

  • 3 years ago


    Isn't the candidates' wildcard usually from the host country of the candidates' tournament?

  • 3 years ago


    Vladimir Kramnik has never been one of my favourite players, but he definitely deserves the spot that he has won. He is the player that I picked to win the whole thing. Still, I am happy to see Andreikin do so well. Kramnik is probably the most consistent of the Top 10 players, and his technique is incredible.

  • 3 years ago


    it will be the best if they choose  Kasparov as the wild card.

  • 3 years ago


    Pleased to see the amount of draws

  • 3 years ago


    Love 2 see wild card in A. Grischuk's pocket. !!

  • 3 years ago


    I think the wild card should go to Gelfand. Because he was the last challanger.

  • 3 years ago


    of course it will be one more player - probably a nominee of the host of the WC Candidates - I missed fact that Carlsen or Anand will be WC Champion obviously ...

  • 3 years ago


    yuk..all russian's final ...boring

  • 3 years ago


    I think caruana is the strongest of the 3

    also the article wrongly mentions 37 Qh7 instead of 39

  • 3 years ago


    @conanbarbarian I agree. Andreikin is really on top of his game recently. 

  • 3 years ago


    All 7 you mentioned and Mamedyarow or Grischuk or Caruana as nr 8 for the second place in Grand Prix also qualified for the WC Candidates, which depends of the last event of this series ...

  • 3 years ago


    who are the confirmed candidates - kramnik, aronian, andrekin, kerjakin, one of anand/carlsen, topalov and who?

    also when is the next candidates?

  • 3 years ago


    dont you think tomaskevsky should have played 39 Rh8

  • 3 years ago


    my prediction for candidates wildcard would be Boris Gelfand

  • 3 years ago


    For first 2 games, 90+30, then 25+10, then 10+10, then 5+3 and finnaly an armaggedon game.

  • 3 years ago


    How much time is on the clock for the tie breakers?

  • 3 years ago


    Thank you for news, but Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was be a good, finalists...

    Concerning Kramik, is futur monster.

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