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Monday, September 2, 2013

Vladimir Kramnik wins Chess World Cup 2013 in Tromso, Norway

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Hi everyone, 

Former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia has won the Fide Chess World Cup in Tromso after beating Russian Dmitry Andreikin 2,5-1,5 in the final match today in Tromso, Norway. Kramnik earns $120 000 USD for the hard work. Both Andreikin and Kramnik have already qualified for the Candidates Matches 2014.

Kramnik entered the World Cup by rating, having average of 2798 ELO. In round 1 he had scored a perfect 2-0 against Gillan Bwalya (ZAM). In rounds 2 he defeated his compatriot Mikhail Kobalia after rapid tiebreaks.

In Round 3 Kramnik went through tiebreaks again, and defeated Alexander Areshchenko 3-1 after the rapid games. Another set of Ukranians expected Kramnik in round 4 and round 5. The legendary Vassily Ivanchuk lost the classical match 1,5-0,5, same was the fate of Anton Korobov in the quarter finals.

In the semi final Kramnik met fierce resistance from Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and prevailed only after rapid tiebreaks.

The final against Andreikin started the best possible way for Kramnik – with a victory in game 1. From that point on Kramnik started playing stable chess without risks. Drawing games 2 and 3 put Andreikin in a difficult situation. Andreikin was obliged to look for a win in the final game, but he blundered and after a friendly shake of hands for draw, Kramnik won the Chess World Cup 2013. (with inputs from

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  • At September 3, 2013 at 7:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Congrats to the Russians and not just Vlad for winning Chess Cup. Now we have at least three Russians in the Candidates 2014 - karjakin, kramnik and andreikin...


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