Andreikin wins friendly match against Nepomniachtchi

11/6/2012 – Inspired by the resounding success of the Kramnik-Aronian match earlier this year, Dmitry Andreikin, reigning Russian champion, and Ian Nepomniachtchi, the former European and Russian champion played a six game match in Moscow, Russia. The match was broadcast on ChessTV and enjoyed live commentary, in Russian, by GM Sergey Shipov. Andreikin took the laurels.

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Andreikin wins friendly match against Nepomniachtchi


Although they played out their games, they lacked the loose uncompromising quality
that made the Kramnik-Aronian match such a success.

Inspired by the resounding success of the Kramnik-Aronian match earlier this year, Dmitry Andreikin, the reigning Russian champion, and Ian Nepomniachtchi, the former European and Russian champion played a six game match at the RSSU, the International Chess Education Center in Moscow, Russia. Just as in the aforementioned match, they agreed to play a rapid game should their classical game of the day end in a draw with less than three hours of play.


Ian Nepomniachtchi has had a quiet year thus far

The time control was 40 moves in 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game and a 30-second increment as of move one. The match was broadcast on ChessTV, just as the Istanbul Olympiads had, as well as the English commentary of the World Championship match between Anand and Gelfand, and enjoyed live commentary, in Russian, by GM Sergey Shipov.


Dmitry Andreikin is the reigning Russian champion

The match was won by Dmitry Andreikin with 3.5-2.5 after a win in the first game followed by five draws. The draw in the final game was followed by a rapid game played at fifteen minutes and a ten-second increment, the only one of the match, which was won by Nepomniachtchi.

Here is the win in game one:

[Event "Friendly Match 2012"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.10.30"] [Round "1"] [White "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Black "Andreikin, Dmitry"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C10"] [WhiteElo "2704"] [BlackElo "2718"] [PlyCount "174"] [EventDate "2012.10.30"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Bd3 c5 7. Nxf6+ Nxf6 8. Be3 Qc7 9. Qe2 Be7 10. O-O-O O-O 11. dxc5 b6 12. cxb6 axb6 13. Bc4 Bb7 14. Bd4 b5 15. Bb3 Bd5 $1 {Since White's bishop on b3 is one of the pieces keeping his king safe, it makes perfect sense to trade it off.} 16. c3 ({Grabbing pawns with} 16. Qxb5 $6 {would be a very risky idea since it would mean opening lines for Black's rooks and losing tempi removing the queen from the line of fire.}) 16... Rfc8 17. Bxd5 Nxd5 18. Qe5 Qxe5 19. Bxe5 Rxa2 ({An alternate way to press Black's advantage would be} 19... b4 {and if} 20. Rd3 f6 21. Bd4 bxc3 22. Bxc3 Bb4 $17) 20. Kc2 f6 21. Kb3 Ra4 22. Bd4 Kf7 23. Rhe1 Rd8 24. g3 h5 25. Ra1 $2 {A calculation error that renews Black's advantage.} e5 26. Bxe5 (26. Be3 Rxa1 27. Rxa1 Nxe3 28. fxe3 Rd3 {and the pawn is lost. For example} 29. Re1 (29. Nh4 Rxe3 30. Ra7 {with the idea of Nf5.} g6 31. Nxg6 Kxg6 32. Rxe7 h4 $1 $17 {and Black will soon have two passers rushing to promotion.} ) 29... Bc5) 26... Rxa1 27. Rxa1 fxe5 28. Nxe5+ Kf6 29. Nc6 Rd6 30. Nd4 Rb6 31. Re1 Bc5 32. Re4 b4 33. Kc4 bxc3 34. bxc3 Bxd4 35. Rxd4 Nc7 36. Kd3 {White's goal is to try and trade off all Black's pawns for a draw, but it is a tall order and is unable to accomplish it.} Rb2 37. Rc4 Nd5 38. Ke4 Ne7 39. Kf3 Ng6 40. Rc6+ Kf5 41. Rc5+ Ne5+ 42. Ke3 Kf6 43. h3 Rb1 44. Rc8 Re1+ 45. Kd2 Re4 46. Rf8+ Ke7 47. Rh8 g6 48. Ra8 Kf6 49. Rf8+ Kg7 50. Ra8 Kf7 51. Rh8 Ra4 52. Rc8 Ra1 53. Ke3 Re1+ 54. Kf4 Kf6 55. Rf8+ Kg7 56. Rd8 Re2 57. Rd5 Kf6 58. Rd6+ Kg7 59. Rd5 Nf7 60. Kf3 Rc2 61. Rc5 Rc1 62. Kg2 Rc2 63. Kf3 Kh6 64. Ke3 Nd6 65. g4 h4 66. Rc6 Nf7 67. f4 Kg7 68. g5 Rg2 69. c4 Rg3+ 70. Ke4 Rxh3 71. Ra6 Rc3 72. Kd4 Rf3 73. Ke4 Rc3 74. Kd4 Rc2 75. Ra3 Nd6 76. Ra7+ Kg8 77. Ke5 Ne8 78. Ra6 Kf7 79. Ra7+ Kg8 80. Ra6 Re2+ 81. Kd4 Kf7 82. c5 h3 83. Ra7+ Ke6 84. Rh7 h2 85. Kd3 Ra2 86. Ke4 Ng7 87. c6 Nh5 0-1

 

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