The Chess World Cup 2013 in the Norwegian city Tromsø endet with the victory of the grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik. In the final game, the Russian prevailed over his fellow countryman Dmitri Andreikin.
Victory in first duel was followed by three draws
In the very first duel of the final round at the World Cup, Vladimir Kramnik (Elo 2794) was able to defeat his opponent Dmitri Andreikin (Elo 2709). The three following rounds each endet in a draw. In the end, Kramnik triumphed at 2.5:1.5 points and won $120,000 prize money along with the trophy, while the defeated Andreikin still received $80,000. Both chess players have qualified for the Candidates’ Tournament in 2014.
Vladimir Kramnik with little challenges only
Vladimir Kramnik is currently in 3rd place of the FIDE World Rankings and in Tromsø started as one of the top-favorite candidates. The Russian grandmaster happened not to face a single Top 10 player of the world rankings at the Chess World Cup in Norway. The highest rated player whom he played against was Vassily Ivanchuk (Elo 2731). The number 19 in seeding list was Kramnik’s opponent in the round of the last 16. Potential competitors such as Fabiano Caruana or Levon Aronian dropped out rounds earlier.
Dmitri Andreikin eliminated three fellow countrymen
Since the round before quarterfinals Dmitri Andreikin faced strong opponents. In his last remaining matches, four other Russian players were set to fight against the number 36 of the world. In these battles, Andreikin defeated the number 5 of the seeding list – Sergey Karjakin – at 3:1. Furthermore, he beat Peter Svidler in quarterfinals, who is not only number 13 worldwide, but also the title defender of the event. Having prevailed over Svidler at 2.5:1.5 points, he preceded his success in semi-finals against Evegeny Tomashevsky who had outperformed the top-favorite player Levon Aronian until Vladimir Kramnik beat him in the final game and thus left him in 2nd place.
Picture: wikipedia / Vladimir Kramnik
written by Michael, translated by Birthe