Kramnik Wins 2013 FIDE World Cup

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  • on 2/9/13 13:22.

On Monday Vladimir Kramnik emerged as the glorious winner of the FIDE World Cup, one of the toughest chess competitions in the world. The 38-year-old Russian grandmaster drew the fourth classical game of the final with his compatriot Dmitry Andreikin, and so the all-Russian final ended 2.5-1.5 in favour of Kramnik, who netted $96,000. 

It was a gruelling event that took more than three weeks, but the World Cup final is finally over and we have a winner. Vladimir Kramnik knocked out FM Gillan Bwalya of Zambia and GMs Mikhail Kobalia of Russia, Alexander Areshchenko of Ukraine, Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine, Anton Korobov of Ukraine, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France and then Dmitry Andreikin of Russia in the final.

After three games the score was 2-1 for Kramnik, and so Andreikin was in a must-win situation on Monday. The youngest of the two Russians opened with 1.c4, and a Symmetrical English came on the board. White's decision to close the queenside with 11.b5 was slightly surprising, but a few moves later it seemed like he was developing some initiative on the other side of the board.


After the game Andreikin said that he felt that he was better when he played 19.g4, but a few moves later he realized that he "had no ideas". When Kramnik played 26...Qd6 he thought it was "very solid, not even close to acceptable for White."

Black took over the initiative, and at move 34 Andreikin, who was worse, offered a draw.

Normally Kramnik would have played on at least a few more moves, but in this situation a draw was almost the same as a win!

"If I would win I would be second place in the ranking, so I considered playing on. I would have played on if it was totally winning, but it was not."


The first half of 2013 wasn't great for Kramnik. After a dramatic last round he finished second on tiebreak at the Candidates Tournament, and this year's Tal Memorial was one of the worst tournaments he ever played. But in Dortmund things went much better (he came second, behind Michael Adams), and in Tromsø the Russian was in great shape. It was a long, hot summer for him:

"I played 25 classical games and 6 rapid games in one month. Strangely enough I don't feel exhausted. Tired, but not exhausted. I am quite surprised in general I really played well here. Of course there were mistakes, but not blunders. I was really worried I was completely out of shape."

Meanwhile, Magnus Carlsen posted the following on Facebook:


FIDE World Cup 2013, Final | Score

Name Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 G10 G11 Pts Perf
Kramnik, Vladimir 2784 1 ½ ½ ½ 2805
Andreikin, Dmitry 2716 0 ½ ½ ½ 2695

Held every two years, the World Cup is part of the World Championship cycle. The winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 2014 Candidates Tournament. The World Cup takes place August 10th-September 3rd in Tromsø, Norway. Photos by Paul Truong courtesy of the official website; games via TWIC.

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  • hace 3 años


    Pleased to see Kramnik win!

  • hace 3 años


    Andreikin was a failure. Tomashevsky would have put up a more exciting final.

  • hace 3 años


    Lovely picture, drumdaddy.

  • hace 3 años


    well done Vladimir

  • hace 3 años


    kramnik is one of the strongest player I ever know

  • hace 3 años


    Good post.

  • hace 3 años


    Congrs to Kramink. So shame he won't face Anand for the title

  • hace 3 años


    Vlad is one of the all-time greats! He missed facing Anand for the championship via tiebreak. He swam through the shark tank and emerged with the World Cup. 

    The happy fisherman, indeed!

  • hace 3 años


    Beautiful B e a u t i f u l! Bravo Vlad, still the best! Laughing

    And as TheMagicianPaul said!

  • hace 3 años


    congratulations to kramnik for winning the world cup

  • hace 3 años


    Congratulations Vladimir ! He played very well !

  • hace 3 años



    Do you have a link to the game (Kramnik vs. FM)?

  • hace 3 años


    The younger of the two, not the youngest.

    Your local Grammar Nazi

  • hace 3 años


    As someone put it quite well... chess is not a nike commercial.

    1. Andreikin offered a draw because he felt that in a slightly worse position this was probably better than a loss.

    2. Kramnik accepted a draw because even with a slightly better position the advantage wasn't that great to risk the tournament win. He would probably play safe anyway and get a draw, rather than try and push for a win which is risky.

    These are strong GMs. You saw how Kramnik demolished a 2350 FM like he was a sub-1800 player. Thats was a 2350 FM folks! If you want to see dramatic chess check out a Class B tournament (1700-1900) - full of fireworks and plenty of mistakes, even I can understand the ideas (and mistakes).

  • hace 3 años


    The best was when he was eating at the table.  I never seen a contender that famous crunching away at a tasty treat during a championship match.  It was cool. 


  • hace 3 años


    Kramnik is still a force to be reckon with...the candidate tournament and the win here speak of his strong spirit still...This tournament win is a nice present from that painful tiebreak lost in the candidates...But without it we wouldn't have what most fans wants to see is Carlsen vs Anand...The next candidate double round robin will be interesting...with Topalov, Karkajin, and maybe one or two more new candidates...always exciting when you put a group of top players playing their best.

  • hace 3 años


    Short's commentary really helped. I did not know he was so well balanced and funny!

  • hace 3 años


    Congrats to Master Kramnik.

  • hace 3 años


     i agree to Tartarus_BW Andreikin do everything to win or till he got checkmated

  • hace 3 años


    Congratulations, Vladimir Borisovich! :)

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