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Sunday, September 1, 2013

World Chess Cup 2013 Final: Kramnik Leads Andreikin 2-1 in Tromso

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Former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik leads against Dmitry Andreikin in the Chess World Cup Final match 2-1 in Tromso. In the final game, Andreikin is in a must-win situation to be able to force a tiebreak. Both the Russians have already qualified for the Candidates 2014.

The second game of the final match witnessed a cautious Andreikin trying to break Vladimir Kramnik's defences. Andreikin failed to capitalise on a risky continuation by Kramnik and the game ended in a draw. The third game of the final match was another draw on Sunday. Andreikin did not go for any complications and played safe enough to steer the game to an easy draw. Kramnik on his part had no reason to try and win as he is already leading in the match.

The FIDE World Cup is a knockout, starting with 128 players, with two games (90 min for 40 moves + 30 min for the rest, with 30 seconds increment) between pairs of players. The tiebreaks consist of two rapid games (25 min + 10 sec), then two accelerated games (10 min + 10 sec), and finally an Armageddon.

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