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Two Quick Draws on First Day World Cup Semi-Finals

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  • on 26.08.13 19:25.

Discussions about the Sofia Rule dominated the first day of the World Cup's semi-finals, as both games were drawn in a bit over an hour: Dmitry Andreikin vs. Evgeny Tomashevsky was drawn after just 14 moves, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs. Vladimir Kramnik lasted only 16 moves! Tomorrow the second game will be played in Tromsø and in case of a 1-1 score, a tiebreak on Wednesday will determine who will reach the final.

The game between Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Vladimir Kramnik started as a very interesting Nimzo-Indian where it was the former World Champion who was most familiar with the position.

"I thought my opening choice would surprise Vladimir but it turns out he is prepared for a lot of lines,"

said Vachier-Lagrave. When he took on c6, a drawish ending appeared on the board (16.Bxc6 bxc6 17.Nxc6 Rxa2 18.f3 Bd7=) and so the Frenchman decided to offer a draw, which was accepted by Kramnik.

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The whole game lasted about an hour, but luckily the players did join commentators GM Nigel Short and Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, the editor of New in Chess Magazine. Just about when they were finished explaining their game (e.g. Kramnik mentioned the line 13.h3? Bxe2! 14. Kxe2 Qd3+ 15. Ke1 a6 16. Nd6 Nd4 17. Bxd4 exd4), Dmitry Andreikin and Evgeny Tomashevsky also agreed to a draw. Kramnik was surprised:

"The position is full of life and White is slightly better. I think Andreikin is more in the mode of rapid, he just doesn't want to play classical chess anymore!"


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Kramnik and Vachier-Lagrave then discussed the Sofia Rule, and said they wouldn't mind to include the 30-move rule in the regulations. When Tomashevsky joined the commentators, it turned out that had a different opinion than Kramnik about the game:

"During my preparation I planned this setup. I think Black is fine and the position is about equal."

And so the whole show was over in about an hour, leaving the online chess fans with a mixture of disbelief and disappointment. Some of the players' colleagues shared their thoughts on Twitter:

 

FIDE World Cup 2013 | Round 6 Results

Match Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Kramnik, Vladimir 2784 ½ 0.5
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2719 ½ 0.5
Andreikin, Dmitry 2716 ½ 0.5
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2706 ½ 0.5

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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  • vor 14 Monate

    JamesDCharles

    @zezpwn44

    Well he didn't sound too impressed on twitter...

  • vor 14 Monate

    zezpwn44

    Carlsen personally plays on in drawn positions, and that's his right to do so. He doesn't whine and moan about players who do accept draws like some of you do; he does what he want to do in his own games.

  • vor 14 Monate

    JamesDCharles

    @zezpwn44

    So you don't consider Magnus Carlson experienced?😧

  • vor 14 Monate

    zezpwn44

    They're the players, and they can agree to a draw whenever they feel like it. Not sure why people still complain (most of the complainers aren't experienced chess players, it seems).

    Don't like it? Get to 2700 and play in these tounraments. You'll never have to accept a draw you don't want!

  • vor 14 Monate

    albatrosses

    Draws are fine as long as they are not prearranged. The worst example is the 3 move draw by GM Eljanov and GM So. Such a disgrace to the game

  • vor 14 Monate

    friendjonny

    People who complain about quick draws don't understand chess and should probably seek other forms of entertainment which constantly keep one stimulated. 

    Don't bring your need to have your nerves tickled every second to our game. You will ruin chess. 

  • vor 14 Monate

    yogiOK

    I can understand players making draws, although the players with the white pieces will likely be playing wins in Round 2. Fatigue and stamina are factors and none are beyond those effects. There is also a great deal of psychology by this point too. Yesterday's players of the white pieces may have their backs to the wall, but I still like the idea of tiebreaks. Kramnik and Tomashevsky must be feeling some relief and security.

  • vor 14 Monate

    DavidSaville

    Quick draws are part of the game and have been for a long time. Its another decicion making process that needs to be considered. Just because the spectators want blood doesnt mean its right.

  • vor 14 Monate

    WingmanofStGavriel

    The rules should be modified to make chess more interesting as Rustam Kasimdzanov suggested some time ago !

  • vor 14 Monate

    chessfan19

    The job of the players is to play and do well in tournaments if a player gets a draw with black in 14 or 16 moves he can go for a win with white in game 2 kramnik and Tomashevsky just gave themselfs an advantage no rule should stop that

  • vor 14 Monate

    Estragon

    I agree with Andre_Harding: World Championship qualifiers should not have any of the optional competitive rules in effect, they should be held under the same rules of play as the match.

     

    I suspect it is a way of taking a day off for those players who had intense tiebreak matches.  The only day off in the whole event, I think, is the day before the first finals game.

    Of course it is really only a question for the players with White, as in these very short matches an opening draw with Black is a reasonably favorable result even for Kramnik.  As to his not being surprised by Vachier-LaGrave's opening choice, it isn't Vlad's first rodeo, he's been playing at the top level for twenty years.

  • vor 14 Monate

    jcm1978

    Agree with Andre_Harding's posts.

  • vor 14 Monate

    Zinsch

    Serves the FIDE right for robbing 20% of the price money from the players that they receive boring games from the players in return.

  • vor 14 Monate

    General-Tso

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  • vor 14 Monate

    Andre_Harding

    @General-Tso

    The players are professionals working to earn a living! They are not there for anyone's entertainment!

  • vor 14 Monate

    General-Tso

    These players are there for my amusement, and I want them to fight to the death. Do you think Roman gladiators could just decide that they were too tired for mortal combat and retire to their slave pens for a little extra sleep. Thumbs down.

  • vor 14 Monate

    Marcokim

    I agree, tomorrows draws will see Kramnik and Tomashevsky go for wins with white. It should be interesting.

  • vor 14 Monate

    Andre_Harding

    I don't like Sofia rules in general, but in my opinion ANY tournament that has bearing on the World Championship cycle absolutely SHOULD NOT have additional silly rules (Sofia rules, 3-1-0 scoring, zero-tolerance rule for lateness, etc.).

    The players should decide how many moves they want to play or when to show up, or how much weight to place on wins/draws, in World Championship events. It's why I had a huge problem with the World Championship challenger spot being decided by a tiebreak as arbitrary as "most wins." Leave that crap for a supertournament, and let Kramnik/Carlsen PLAY for the slot.

    The two finalists in the World Cup get into the 2014 Candidates tournament, so IMHO none of these rules should be in force (they are playing with zero-tolerance at the World Cup, which is almost as stupid as 3-1-0 scoring).

    A supertournament that doesn't decide the World Championship cycle can have any dumb rules it likes.

  • vor 14 Monate

    HeadlessBishop

    get rid of these agreed upon draws so early on. lame.

  • vor 14 Monate

    xaveform

    If the players need to rest, especially during such stressful tournaments, no rule so inhibit them. Plus, this adds tension for tomorrow's games, which will most likely be really agressive and energetic.

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