Andreikin & Kramnik reach World Cup final & Candidates (with Karjakin)
The final of the FIDE World Cup will be between Dmitry Andreikin and Vladimir Kramnik. In Wednesday's tiebreaks, Andreikin held the first game to a draw as Black and then he beat his opponent, Evgeny Tomashevsky, as White. Kramnik beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the first rapid game, and then drew as White. Because Kramnik has now qualified for the 2014 Candidates Tournament from the World Cup, Sergey Karjakin takes his spot as a rating qualifier.
Photos by Paul Truong
Whereas we've seen long and gruelling tiebreak matches before in the World Cup, Wednesday's matches were already over after the two rapid games, just like the two quarter-final tiebreaks. Both Dmitry Andreikin and Vladimir Kramnik won their match with a 1.5-0.5 score and so these two players reached the final, and they're also the World Cup qualifiers for the next Candidates Tournament.
Another qualifier for the Candidates is Veselin Topalov, as the winner of the Grand Prix. There was wonderful news about the Bulgarian today:
Today Vesko Topalov became father of his first child,daughter called Laura.Congrats!Hoy nació Laura,la primera hija de Topalov.Felicidades!
— Silvio Danailov (@SilvioDanailov) August 28, 2013
The first player to qualify for the final in Tromsø was Kramnik, who beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave rather quickly with the black pieces. In a Scotch, the Frenchman started to make errors in the early middlegame and then, in a difficult position, he blundered material.
Kramnik's job was more or less done, as he very rarely loses as White. And indeed, he didn't have any trouble drawing the second game.
Vachier-Lagrave's comment after the games was plain and simple:
I played badly today, Vladimir played well, that's it.
The Frenchman was not in his best shape on Wednesday as he was still misevaluating the middlegame of the first game, it seems.
Basically I played too quickly this 13.Qc2.
But Kramnik said:
It was about equal. I was expecting 16.Ne4 instead of 16.Rae1.
and the computer also things that White is (at least) equal after 16.Ne4.
In the other match, Dmitry Andreikin drew the first rapid game with black, suffering a bit in a well-known QGD ending.
The second game, a Chebanenko Slav, was about equal for a long time until Tomashevsky suddenly dropped a pawn on move 28.
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!
I am happy that I will play in the Candidates but I have no idea how I will prepare for it!
The remarkable thing of course is that Andreikin reached the World Cup final by winning only one classical game, in the second round against Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam. He knocked out Pouria Darini, Alexey Dreev, Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler and Evgeny Tomashevsky in the tiebreaks.
Kramnik said about his new opponent:
Andreikin is very strong and very difficult to play. I lost two games to him this year but I still believe I am a slight favorite in this match.
Kramnik also said that playing Tomashevsky would probably have meant "more interesting chess".
Tomorrow is the first and only rest day of the World Cup. On Friday at 15:00 CET / 09:00 EDT the first game of the final will start; a total of four classical games will be played, and then a tiebreak in case the score is level.
A drawing of lots for the final took place after the tiebreaks. In fact there were two different drawings: first, to see who will pick for colours. Kramnik picked the paper with Andreikin's name, and then Andreikin picked black for the first game.
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