Andreikin & Vachier-Lagrave Also Reach World Cup Semi-Finals

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  • on 25.08.13, 19:57.

The World Cup in Tromsø said goodbye to two big names on Sunday as top seed Fabiano Caruana and 2011 World Cup winner Peter Svidler lost their tiebreak matches to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Dmitry Andreikin respectively. Both matches were decided in the two rapid games: Vachier-Lagrave drew as Black and then won as White, while Andreikin first won his white game and then agreed to draw in a better position.

That was a surprising Sunday in Tromsø, with the two highest rated players getting eliminated in just about two hours! And it must be said that both Andreikin and Vachier-Lagrave won deservedly. 

Andreikin repeated his special weapon, the Torre Attack, to deal with Svidler in the first rapid game. Black's setup was very solid, and so after about twenty moves the game seemed to be heading for a draw. But the Svidler took some slight risk with 20...f5 and 21...Kf7, two moves that would backfire soon. With 27...d5 28.Re5 Kg8 Black could have limited the damage; in the game it was quickly over.

Recently Svidler has played 1.d4 and 1.c4 quite often, and perhaps one of the two would have been a better choice for his second rapid game. Andreikin's 3...c5 worked very well for the second time, and it was Black who got a big advantage. Out of courtesy, Andreikin repeated moves in the end and so, after Tomashevsky, another underdog (and another Saratov resident!) reaches the World Cup semi-finals.


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave started with a solid draw with the black pieces against Fabiano Caruana in a Slav. This game was fairly balanced from start to finish.

In the second game, Caruana surprisingly went for the Dutch Defence, which reached a Stonewall structure after an irregular start. There was lots of maneuvering, and it wasn't really clear if White's advantage was big or small.

Basically I was just looking for some sharp middlegame,

said Vachier-Lagrave. When the Frenchman finally succeeded in pushing e3-e4, all the tactics worked in White's favour and he didn't give Caruana any chance to get back into the game.


This means that Evgeny Tomashevsky vs. Dmitry Andreikin is one semi-final, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs. Vladimir Kramnik is the other. Both matches, which start on Monday at 15:00 CET / 09:00 EDT,  will produce one finalist, but both these finalists will also get a ticket to the 2014 Candidates Tournament. No doubt Sergey Karjakin is rooting for Kramnik tomorrow becaue if Kramnik wins, Karjakin will qualify for the 2014 Candidates Tournament on rating.

FIDE World Cup 2013 | Round 5 Results

Match Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2719 ½ ½ ½ 1 2.5
Caruana, Fabiano 2796 ½ ½ ½ 0 1.5
Andreikin, Dmitry 2716 ½ ½ 1 ½ 2.5
Svidler, Peter 2746 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1.5
Kramnik, Vladimir 2784 1 ½ 1.5
Korobov, Anton 2720 0 ½ 0.5
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2706 ½ 1 1.5
Kamsky, Gata 2741 ½ 0 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 3 Jahre


    @slashpile, can I pick Kramnik just because he's played extremely well in the tournament so far?

  • vor 3 Jahre


    dont just pick Kramnik cause hes Kramnik

  • vor 3 Jahre


    i will go for tomashevsky- either kramnik or lagrave for the final.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    How about that Tomashevsky? Kid has been head-hunting this tournament. I think it will come down to him vs. Kramnik, who has been playing really top-notch chess. I feel as though Kramnik might finally be a bit too much for him to handle, but we'll see. Andreikin has been through a lot of higher-rated players to get to where he is as well, so I'm looking forward to the resolution of that semifinal.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Awesome semifinals, eh? One sixteen move draw and one fourteen move draw! This might as well have been the PGN:

    [Event "WorldCup 2013"]
    [Date "2013.08.26"]
    [White "Andreikin, Dmitry"]
    [Black "Tomashevsky, Evgeny"]
    [Result "1/2-1/2"]
    [WhiteElo "2727"]
    [BlackElo "2709"]

    1. d4 1/2-1/2

  • vor 3 Jahre


    It must feel horrible to lose here !

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Kramnik Please

  • vor 3 Jahre


    These are awesome semi-finals, and any of these players seem as likely to win as the next. I picked Kramnik in the poll, but I am less sure of that result now. I have been watching some incredible chess here.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Kramnik vs Tomashevsky is the final !

  • vor 3 Jahre


    People forget that Andreikin was the Russian junior chess champion (twice I think)!No mean feat, unlike the US juniors where the field is mostly IMs, the Russian juniors are actually played by strong GMs.  And even "slouches" like Kasparov have called him a "great talent".

    He wasted a bit of time on the blitz circuit (he is rated 2850+) but now he is back in business. These young GMs could easily be playing at 2800+ and it would be very conservative to call Kramnik a favorite at this point. Its anyones guess who will play the best chess.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Maxime played like Fransua A. D. Philidor !Wink Pawns! 

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Kramnik - Andreikin will be the final.

  • vor 3 Jahre


  • vor 3 Jahre


    I'm really happy for Maxime Vachier-Lagrave! :)

    Everyone was saying Caruana was going to win but Maxime is very determined. Héhé ! French power :) It's going to be very difficult against Kramnik but the Russian is already qualified for the Candidates Tournaments unlike Maxime.

    Allez Maxime ! On croit en toi !

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Kramnik and Tomashevsky may  Quallifies for Candidates.  

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Actually, no one is hoping Andreikim to win. As I have seen in some previous tournaments and this event as well, Andreikin never lost and instead drew so many games.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    I think i will be Kramnik .... interesting to see if there is another upset here.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Tomashevsky have really played above his weightclass in this tourney and knocked out quite a few big heads, so i really hope he can take the last match against Andreikin to collect the loot

  • vor 3 Jahre


    I want Tomashevsky-Vachier-Lagrave in the finals. Too bad Maxime will probably lose to Kramnik.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    I pick Kramnik vs Tomashevsky in the final...

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