World Cup Semi-Finals: Two More Draws, Tiebreaks Tomorrow

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  • on 27.08.2013, 15:37.

Tiebreaks on Wednesday will have to decide which players will reach the World Cup final (and with it a ticket to the 2014 Candidates tournament). Both games on Tuesday ended in draws: Tomashevsky vs. Andreikin after 29 moves and Kramnik vs. Vachier-Lagrave after 125.

With so much at stake, the two quick draws yesterday were quite understandable from the players' point of view. Today's big question was: would they do it again? Would the pressure, and the fear of making mistakes, result in two more short and peaceful games? Luckily, this didn't happen.

Tomashevsky-Andreikin was still drawn in less than 30 moves, but such games are quite normal: Black playing solid chess, and White just not making much ground. Andreikin showed that these days the Exchange Variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined isn't very dangerous when Black knows what to do.


Vladimir Kramnik vs. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was a very different story. Soon after the opening (a Slav), the Russian GM won a pawn in an ending, and it was clear that he could start playing for a win. Vachier-Lagrave was putting up excellent resistance, but at move 58, after five hours of play, the engines were suddenly turning red. 58...Nd6! instead of 58...Rf1+? was correct. Kramnik failed to profit, and then tried to win the RN-R ending but didn't succeed, like Grischuk failed to win it earlier in the tournament against Le Quang Liem.


The way to profit from Vachier-Lagrave's mistake is not easy, and neither player saw it during the game. Can you find it?

The tiebreaks of the semi-final starts Wednesday at 15:00 CET / 09:00 EDT.


FIDE World Cup 2013 | Round 6 Results

Name Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Kramnik, Vladimir 2784 ½ ½ 1
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2719 ½ ½ 1
Andreikin, Dmitry 2716 ½ ½ 1
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2706 ½ ½ 1

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 lat temu


  • 3 lat temu


    tomashevsky got eliminated, do I need say more?

  • 3 lat temu


    I really think Andrekin will go on the final stage, I don't know why people are avoiding Dimitry to win. His blitz is just amazing, gained 4th place in2012 blitz, also never lost but drew almost all the games in a previous tournament.

  • 3 lat temu


    Go Kramnik.

  • 3 lat temu


    Tomashevsky will shock everyone on this tournament.  Look at the list of players he has beaten?  Need I say more?

  • 3 lat temu

    NM flashboy2222

    its the strategy in Andreikin. Hes amazing at blitz so its smart of him to take everything to the tiebreaks

  • 3 lat temu


    Tomashevsky - Andreikin played two boring semifinal games, I dont know if both of them expect the tie-break. I think that Andreikin is better at rapid chess.

    I always enjoy Kramnik and MVL games, they are so brilliant and plays wonderful chess so far, both of them are my favourites, so I will just sit and enjoy their games. I dont know who deserve the candidate tournament better between Karjakin and MVL. Let MVL decide himself :-)

  • 3 lat temu


    who are going to go to the finals?

  • 3 lat temu


    Funny start to the match as Vlad Kramnik was inadvertently given bishop odds as organizers bumbled with the sets.

  • 3 lat temu


    I expect Andreikin vs Kramnik in the final.

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