World Cup Final: Kramnik Wins First Game

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  • on 8/30/13, 3:56 PM.

On Friday Vladimir Kramnik beat Dmitry Andreikin in the first game of the World Cup final in Tromsø, Norway. In a Queen's Gambit Declined, the 14th World Champion sacrificed his queen for a rook, bishop and protected passed pawn and eventually won an ending with two rooks against a queen after 63 moves. Three more classical games are scheduled; game 2 starts Saturday at 15:00 CET / 09:00 EDT.

The one opening that's occurred the most in World Championship matches is the Queen's Gambit Declined, and so it deserves to be in a World Cup final as well. Kramnik held a slight edge out of the opening (he wasn't sure if 15.a4 would have been more accurate), but Andreikin's position was very solid.


On move 28 Kramnik pushed his d-pawn as he had found a very strong positional queen sac, which was probably missed by Andreikin. It's not clear whether the resulting position is winning for White, but it's certainly easier to play.

At first Andreikin defended very resiliently, but it seems that he made the decisive mistake on move 48 where ...fxg5 gives some drawing chances. Showing his famed endgame technique, Kramnik gave his opponent no chance of survival.

Kramnik went on a fishing trip during the rest day and apparently returned fully energized!

FIDE World Cup 2013, Final | Score

Name Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts TPR
Kramnik, Vladimir 2784 1 1 2941
Andreikin, Dmitry 2716 0 0 2559

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


    Very instructive game. I didn't know 2 rooks can beat a queen.

  • 3 years ago


    4th game would  also be a draw. It''s going be Kramnik for the World cup 2013.

  • 3 years ago


    third game, today, also a draw.

  • 3 years ago


    Jesus, second game was drawn yesterday and not a word about it yet... Son of Pearl please come back!

  • 3 years ago


    Brilliant moves ,brave queen sacrifice .

  • 3 years ago


    End Game, Position, Tactics, then Openings is this the best order of study?

  • 3 years ago


    My Question:
    In move 45.
    Wouldnt Qg8 instead of Qa5 defend the whole thing ?
    Any comments pls.

  • 3 years ago


    good game

  • 3 years ago


    In another thread, Vaghik posted links to malware. Another user asked the moderators to delete it, and it was deleted. I don't know what these are links to, but I'm not clicking on them, and I think you probably shouldn't, either.

  • 3 years ago


    fantastic end game

  • 3 years ago


    That endgame was a joy to play through.

  • 3 years ago




    How did Andreikin reach the final with a tournament performance rating of only 2559?


    How did Sweden reach the final of the 1958 World Cup?

  • 3 years ago


    I guess that would be a fancy pic for a sponsor, wonder how Carlsen would have looked like in that pose. Kramnik is probably more convincing in that role. 

  • 3 years ago


    Tromso looks gorgeous.

  • 3 years ago


    Wonderful game.

  • 3 years ago


    Good game by Kramnik.

  • 3 years ago


  • 3 years ago


    BEWARE...THE LINK BELOW IS, pl remove.

  • 3 years ago


    Great game! and that picture of Kramnik warms my heart for some reason. Go Kramnik!

  • 3 years ago


    Haha. Great to see Kramnik with the fishing stick. Rare pic.

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