The Chess World Cup 2013 in Tromsø in Norway is definitely going to have a surprise winner this year. There is more unexpected news from quarterfinals such as the drop out of Fabiano Caruana.
Tie-break in Vachier–Lagrave’s favor
The Italian player who is number 3 of the world and 2nd in seeding list ascended to top-favorite of the tournament after the Armenian Levon Aronian against all expectations dropped out. But Fabiano Caruana (Elo 2796) lost to Maxime Vachier–Lagrave (Elo 2719), the toughest players of all. The Frenchman had prevailed over Leinier Dominguez from Cuba and the better rated Boris Gelfand in previous rounds. Now, Vachier–Lagrave caused another stir at the contest: Surprisingly the number 23 of the seeding list beat Caruana in three matches of which the first two ended in draws and the first tie-break duel did not go to anyone’s favor. In the end, the second tie-break match was won by Maxime Vachier–Lagrave with a final score of 1.5:2.5.
Evgeny Tomashevsky with another surprise
Yet another surprise was delivered by the duel between the Russian Evgeny Tomashevsky (Elo 2706) and the US-American Gata Kamsky (Elo 2741). Before this quarterfinal match it was already obvious that Kamsky wasn’t going to earn an easy win. Tomashevsky had eliminated Levon Aronian two rounds earlier who is the current number 1 in chess worldwide. While Kamsky was able to achieve a draw in the first duel, Tomashevsky prevailed in the second. The number 32 of the seeding list will now face his fellow countryman Dmitry Andreikin (Elo 2716) who was also not expected to reach the semi-finals of the World Chess Cup 2013 in Tromsø. Andreikin eliminated Peter Svidler (Elo 2746) in a tie break in quarterfinals at 2.5:1.5 points which caused the title defender to drop out. Svidler and Kamsky were the last remaining victors of the World Cup and now it is definite that a new chess player will obtain the title for the first time.
Vladimir Kramnik new top-favorite
A glance at the players’ Elo-ratings reveals that in the end Vladimir Kramnik might have the best chances on winning the title, as the number 5 in worldwide rankings holds an Elo of 2784. In quarterfinals he defeated Anton Korobov (Elo 2720) from the Ukraine at 1.5:0.5 points. Kramnik won the first duel and claimed a draw in the second match to enter semi-finals. In the next round, he will face the French Maxime Vachier–Lagrave.
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written by Michael, translated by Birthe