The last two of the 128 competitors at the Chess World Cup 2012 in Tromsø are certain: Vladimir Kramnik and Dmitri Andreikin will be facing each other in a final game to fight for this year’s title. Either way, the winner will be Russian.
Vladimir Kramnik defeats surprisingly strong player from France
In semi-finals of the World Cup, Vladimir Kramnik (Elo 2784) was able to prevail over Maxime Vachier–Lagrave (Elo 2719) who was able to obtain one unforeseen victory after another at the event. Seeded in 21st place, the Frenchman had beaten the Top 10 players Leinier Dominugez, Boris Gelfand, and Fabiano Caruana and caused their drop out in earlier rounds. Vladimir Kramnik, number 3 in seeding list, was only slightly driven into a corner by the French player; the match between the Russian and the Frenchman in semi-finals had to be decided through a tie-break which didn’t come unexpectedly, as both regular duels ended in draws. The first match of the tie-break was won by Kramnik, while the second ended in another draw. Therefore, the Russian Vladimir Kramnik came off ahead at 2.5:1.5 points.
Dmitri Andreikin decides tie-break against Evgeny Tomashevsky to his favor
The duel between Andreikin and Tomashevsky ended with the exact same score. Both Russian players had surprisingly reached the semi-finals of the Chess World Cup 2013 in Tromsø, being seeded in 21st (Andreikin, Elo 2716) and 32nd (Tomashevsky, Elo 2706) position. Dmitri Andreikin was able to get his countrymen Peter Svidler and Sergej Karjakin out of the way in previous rounds, while Evgeny Tomashevsky surprisingly prevailed over the event’s top-favorite player Levon Aronian and the US-American Gata Kamsky. The semi-final game of the two Russian opponents was finally decided to Andreikin’s favor in the second duel of the tie-break.
Second Russian triumph in a row at Chess World Cup
The gold medal of Chess World Cup 2013 is about to be obtained by either Dmitri Andreikin or Vladimir Kramnik which makes it obvious, that for the second time in a row a Russian player ends up in 1st place at the world class chess event. Two years ago in Chanty-Mansijsk, Peter Svidler triumphed as the first Russian player. The previous editions of the tournament were obtained by the World Champion Visvanathan Anand (2000 and 2002), Levon Aronian (2005), Gata Kamsky (2007), and Boris Gelfand (2009).
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written by Michael, translated by Birthe