Advanced from 11th to 1st Rank: Andreikin Surprises Audience at Grand Prix

Dmitry-Andreikin

From October 10 to November 3, the Uzbek capital Tashkent hosted the second tournament of the current FIDE Grand Prix Series. A total of four tournaments will be carried out in the World Championship cycle 2014/15, which is quite extraordinary, as usually six tournaments are staged during the Grand Prix Series. The FIDE, unfortunately, names no reasons for cutting two competitions, but people are speculating, though, that there haven’t been enough applicants willing to host the tournaments.

The total prize fund for each tournament holds 120,000 EUR, of which the victor receives 20,000 EUR. Both winner and runner-up are also granted the right to participate in the Candidates’ Tournament.

Sixteen chess players participate in the Grand Prix Series, the rule set of which suggests that each player competes in three of the four events.

Contestants in Tashkent: Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, HIkaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Boris Gelfand, Dmitry Jakovenko, Teimour Radjabov, Dmitry Andreikin, Baadur Jobava, and Rustam Kasimdzhanov. Therefore, the ELO-ratings ranged between 2706 (Kasimdzhanov) and 2844 (Caruana) points.

The Grand Prix schedule has been the target of critiques, as the first tournament in Baku ended only 5 days prior to the beginning of the second tournament. The conditions are not exactly a walk in the park for the players who participated in the first event (Caruana, Gelfand, Karjakin, Nakamura, Radjabov, Mamedyarov, Kasimdzhanov, and Andreikin).

FINAL RESULTS

Rg. Name Elo FED Pkt.
1 Andreikin Dmitry 2722 RUS 7
2 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2764 AZE 6,5
3 Nakamura Hikaru 2764 USA 6,5
4 Caruana Fabiano 2844 ITA 6
5 Karjakin Sergey 2767 RUS 6
6 Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2757 FRA 6
7 Jobava Baadur 2717 GEO 6
8 Radjabov Teimour 2726 AZE 5,5
9 Giri Anish 2768 NED 5
10 Jakovenko Dmitry 2747 RUS 4,5
11 Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2706 UZB 3,5
 12 Gelfand Boris 2748 ISR 3,5

In the first round already, Caruana (who won shared 1st place in Baku with Gelfand) had to comply with a tough defeat:

Round 1. October 21, 2014. 2 p.m.
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
1 Giri, Anish 2768 ½  –  ½ Gelfand, Boris 2748 12
2 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 0  –  1 Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11
3 Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 1  –  0 Jobava, Baadur 2717 10
4 Caruana, Fabiano 2844 0  –  1 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9
5 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½  –  ½ Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8
6 Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½  –  ½ Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7

Winning run for Vachier-Lagrave, who was the only player to achieve a victory in the second round.

Round 2. October 22, 2014. 2 p.m.
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 Gelfand, Boris 2748 ½  –  ½ Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7
8 Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 ½  –  ½ Radjabov, Teimour 2726 6
9 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 1  –  0 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 5
10 Jobava, Baadur 2717 ½  –  ½ Caruana, Fabiano 2844 4
11 Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 ½  –  ½ Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 3
1 Giri, Anish 2768 ½  –  ½ Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 2

Boris Gelfand, second victor of the first series event, had to admit the first defeat in round 3:

Round 3. October 23, 2014. 2 p.m.
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
2 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 1  –  0 Gelfand, Boris 2748 12
3 Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 ½  –  ½ Giri, Anish 2768 1
4 Caruana, Fabiano 2844 ½  –  ½ Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11
5 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 0  –  1 Jobava, Baadur 2717 10
6 Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½  –  ½ Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9
7 Karjakin, Sergey 2767 1  –  0 Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8

A round of draws. No player was able to improve his ranking on day 4:

Round 4. October 24, 2014. 2 p.m.
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 Gelfand, Boris 2748 ½  –  ½ Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8
9 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 ½  –  ½ Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7
10 Jobava, Baadur 2717 ½  –  ½ Radjabov, Teimour 2726 6
11 Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 ½  –  ½ Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 5
1 Giri, Anish 2768 ½  –  ½ Caruana, Fabiano 2844 4
2 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 ½  –  ½ Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 3

The second defeat for Gelfand followed quickly. This time Nakamura prevailed, against whom he played a draw in the 8th round of the first tournament only two weeks ago:

Round 5. October 26, 2014. 2 p.m.
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
3 Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 1  –  0 Gelfand, Boris 2748 12
4 Caruana, Fabiano 2844 ½  –  ½ Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 2
5 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½  –  ½ Giri, Anish 2768 1
6 Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½  –  ½ Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11
7 Karjakin, Sergey 2767 0  –  1 Jobava, Baadur 2717 10
8 Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 1  –  0 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9

Andreikin, who only made it to 11th rank in the previous tournament, caused a surprise in round 6. He managed to beat Sergey Karjakin in third place (their last duel on October 14 ended in a tie):

Round 6. October 27, 2014. 2 p.m.
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 Gelfand, Boris 2748 ½  –  ½ Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9
10 Jobava, Baadur 2717 ½  –  ½ Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8
11 Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 1  –  0 Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7
1 Giri, Anish 2768 ½  –  ½ Radjabov, Teimour 2726 6
2 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 1  –  0 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 5
3 Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 ½  –  ½ Caruana, Fabiano 2844 4

Finally: First victory for Fabiano Caruana with which he could neutralize the defeat in round 1. Moreover, defeat for Anish Giri, who is the only player called to participate through the President’s nomination. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to score a single win in the second tournament:

Round 7. October 28, 2014. 2 p.m.
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
4 Caruana, Fabiano 2844 1  –  0 Gelfand, Boris 2748 12
5 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½  –  ½ Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 3
6 Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½  –  ½ Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 2
7 Karjakin, Sergey 2767 1  –  0 Giri, Anish 2768 1
8 Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 ½  –  ½ Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11
9 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 ½  –  ½ Jobava, Baadur 2717 10

The fourth defeat for Boris Gelfand who seemed to be in unusual bad shape. Owed to the lack in time for rest and preparation?

Round 8. October 29, 2014. 2 p.m.
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 Gelfand, Boris 2748 0  –  1 Jobava, Baadur 2717 10
11 Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 ½  –  ½ Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9
1 Giri, Anish 2768 ½  –  ½ Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8
2 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 ½  –  ½ Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7
3 Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 ½  –  ½ Radjabov, Teimour 2726 6
4 Caruana, Fabiano 2844 ½  –  ½ Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 5

Andreikin takes single lead in round 9 through his victory over Jobova:

Round 9. October 31, 2014. 2 p.m.
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
5 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½  –  ½ Gelfand, Boris 2748 12
6 Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½  –  ½ Caruana, Fabiano 2844 4
7 Karjakin, Sergey 2767 ½  –  ½ Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 3
8 Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 0  –  1 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 2
9 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 ½  –  ½ Giri, Anish 2768 1
10 Jobava, Baadur 2717 0  –  1 Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11

Unaltered ranking after round 10, which is already the second round of draws in the tournament.

Round 10. November 1, 2014. 2 p.m.
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 Gelfand, Boris 2748 ½  –  ½ Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11
1 Giri, Anish 2768 ½  –  ½ Jobava, Baadur 2717 10
2 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 ½  –  ½ Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9
3 Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 ½  –  ½ Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8
4 Caruana, Fabiano 2844 ½  –  ½ Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7
5 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½  –  ½ Radjabov, Teimour 2726 6

Andreikin needed only a draw in round 11 to secure the overall tournament victory. The duel remained suspenseful until the very end, as for his opponents Nakamura and Mamedyarov the victory was only an arm’s length away, if only they hadn’t played draws in the final round:

Round 11. November 2, 2014. 1 p.m.
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
6 Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½  –  ½ Gelfand, Boris 2748 12
7 Karjakin, Sergey 2767 1  –  0 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 5
8 Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 0  –  1 Caruana, Fabiano 2844 4
9 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 ½  –  ½ Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 3
10 Jobava, Baadur 2717 ½  –  ½ Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 2
11 Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 ½  –  ½ Giri, Anish 2768 1

Luckily, all players will have time to catch their breath until the opening of the third tournament of the Grand Prix Series which is set for February 14, 2015.

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written by Sarah, translated by Birthe