World Cup 6.1: Draws in 14 and 16 moves

by ChessBase
8/26/2013 – All of you who rushed home to see the first games of the semi-finals in Tromsø were treated to many minutes of spell-binding chess. Vachier-Lagrave vs Kramnik was drawn in 16 moves, Andreikin vs Tomashevsky in 14. There is little to say about the round, except maybe that Andreikin has made it to the semi-finals but has actually lost rating points. Find out why in our appropriately short report.

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The FIDE World Cup is a knockout, starting with 128 players, with two games (90 min for 40 moves + 30 min for the rest, with 30 seconds increment) between pairs of players. The tiebreaks consist of two rapid games (25 min + 10 sec), then two accelerated games (10 min + 10 sec), and finally an Armageddon. The winner and the runner-up of the World Cup 2013 will qualify for the Candidates Tournament of the next World Championship cycle. The venue is the city of Tromsø, which lies in the northern-most region of Norway, almost 400 km inside the Arctic Circle. You can find all details and links to many ChessBase articles on Tromsø here. The World Cup starts on Sunday, August 11th and lasts until September 3rd (tiebreaks, closing ceremony). Each round lasts three days, while the final will consist of four classical games. Thursday August 29 is a free day. A detailed schedule can be found here.

Round six game one

Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Dmitry Andreikin after the first third of their game

Vladimir Kramnik vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave one move before the end

It is interesting to note that Dmitry Andreikin, rated 2716, has made it to the semi-finals of the World Cup, eliminating the likes of Dreev, Karjakin and Svidler, but has actually lost a bunch of rating points in the process. The reason: of the eleven classical games he has played in this event so far he has won just one (against Ngoc Truong Son Nguyen in round two) and drawn the rest, a number against lower rated players. Andreikin is known to be a very strong rapid and blitz player and is probably pinning his hopes on the "Grischuk strategy": draw your classical game, draw the rapid, take it in the 10 minute or the blitz games, maybe even the Armageddon.

All pictures provided by Paul Truong

All results of the sixth round games

Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Andreikin, Dmitry 2716
Tomashevsky, Ev. 2706
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Vachier-Lagrave, M 2719
Kramnik, Vladimir 2784

Replay the games of the day

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Vachier-Lagrave,Maxime - Kramnik,Vladimir [E21]
FIDE World Cup 2013 Tromso NOR (46.2), 26.08.2013
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 c5 5.g3 cxd4 6.Nxd4 0-0 7.Bg2 d5 8.Qb3 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 dxc4 10.Qa3 e5 11.Nb5 Nc6 12.Be3 Bg4 13.Rd1 Qa5 14.Qxa5 Nxa5 15.Nxa7 Nc6 16.Bxc6 ½-½

Andreikin,Dmitry - Tomashevsky,Evgeny [D45]
FIDE World Cup 2013 Tromso NOR (46.1), 26.08.2013
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 a6 5.e3 e6 6.c5 b6 7.cxb6 Qxb6 8.Bd3 a5 9.Na4 Qc7 10.0-0 Bd6 11.b3 0-0 12.Bb2 Ba6 13.Rc1 Rc8 14.h3 ½-½


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