Reports | November 03, 2012 13:00

Andreikin-Nepomniachtchi: 2-1 at half-time

Andreikin-Nepomniachtchi: 2-1 at half-time

Dmitry Andreikin leads a friendly, 6-game match against Ian Nepomniachtchi with a score of 2-1. The match has the same sponsor as the Aronian-Kramnik earlier this year, and a similar rule is in effect: in case of short draws the players will turn to rapid chess.

Andreikin (l.) and Nepomniachtchi | Photos courtesy of the Russian Chess Federation

Event Andreikin-Nepomniachtchi match | PGN | via TWIC
Dates October 30th-November 5th, 2012
Location Moscow, Russia
System Match
Players Dmitry Andreikin and Ian Nepomniachtchi
Rate of play

90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds per move starting from the first

Extra If the main game ended in a draw in less than three hours of play, then 15 minutes after the end the players will play two games of rapid chess with a time control of 15 minutes plus 10 seconds per game.


A friendly match is under way between Dmitry Andreikin and Ian Nepomniachtchi, two members of a new generation of strong Russian grandmasters. Andreikin is the reigning Russian champion, Nepomniachtchi the 2010 champion.

The match takes place October 30th-November 5th, 2012 at the International Center for Chess Education in Moscow, Russia. The match is at the same time a memorial for Yuri Razuvaev, who passed away earlier this year.

Sponsor is Oleg Skhortsov, the same man who was behind the Aronian-Kramnik match back in April. The format is kept the same as well: six games, and if a game finishes in a draw in less than three hours, the players will play a rapid game. So far this hasn't happened yet.

Sponsor Oleg Skhortsov, Ian Nepomniachtchi (r.) and his second Vladimir Potkin 

In the first game Nepomniachtchi started ambitiously with white, castling queenside in a Rubinstein French. After lengthy deliberation Dmitry Andreikin sacrificed a pawn on the queenside and grabbed the initiative. White soon had to return the material and transpose into an endgame that was slightly better for Black. Nepomniachtchi then put his hopes on a piece sacrifice, but this turned out to be incorrect. Andreikin could have won the game earlier perhaps, but the result was never in doubt.

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The start of game 1

For the second game Andreikin had prepared a tricky and rare version of the 4.Bf4 Grünfeld, and as a result both players started thinking early on. A complicated and very sharp middlegame arose, in which it was white who got an advantage at some point. Missing a few promising continuations, Andreikin eventually let it slip away and Nepomniachtchi escaped with a draw. At move 51 only kings and bishops were left on the board.

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Andreikin-Nepomniachtchi: Bf4 in the Grünfeld

In the third game of the match Andreikin switched from 1...e6 to 1...c6, and the young champions got a Caro-Kann, Advance variation on the board. Also in this game Nepmniachtchi castled queenside, and yet another very interesting game developed. As early as move 17 an unusual material imbalance appeared on the board: a queen and two connected passed pawns against a rook, bishop and knight. Nepomniachtchi might have overestimated his chances and played inaccurately, allowing his opponent to successfully regroup and launch an attack on his king. To avoid the worst, White had to give back his queen and go for a difficult ending with two pawns against a knight. He held this to a draw, while it might have been winning for Black at some point.

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Andreikin with behind him Yuri Razuvaev on the match poster

Friday was rest day. The last three games are scheduled for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. You can follow them live e.g. at where Sergey Shipov is providing live commentary.

Andreikin - Nepomniachtchi 2012 | Score




Peter Doggers's picture
Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


Septimus's picture

What a fantastic series of games. The third game was a treat!

As always, thanks Peter, you are da man!

S3's picture

For the record, the live commentary is in Russian. Great match.

David Kaufmann's picture

Good night to everyone,

With your permission Peter I share the article that I have made in collaboration with a GM. It contains full analysis of the position of the third game after the move 38..h6


Best regards,

Kamalakanta's picture

Thank you, David, for sharing this article with us!


Anhtukasparov's picture

Hoping to see the rest nice!

Anonymous's picture

Andreikin MUST be invited to top seed tournaments !

AK's picture

I doubt it happens. It's a stiff competition among Russian players and only Kramnik, Karjakin and Morozevich are invited on regular basis. Even amazing players like Grischuk and Svidler are rarely invited to play outside of Russia. Then you have also Jakovenko, Nepo, Tomashevski, Vitiugov, Malakhov who are on a similar level with Andreikin. So you have 10 Russian players who are as good or better as Andreikin. And only 3 of them play constantly in top tournaments, while others are given occasional invitation. But lets not worry... we can always enjoy Nakamura or Giri in one of the upcoming elite tournaments.

Bas1191's picture

Good to see a match in memory to the late Yuri Razuvayev. Great player, great trainer.

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