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World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Results and games, with commentary by Boris Schipkov

The World Chess Cup 2013 took place in Tromso (Norway) 10th August - 3rd September.
Final: Vladimir Kramnik - Dmitry Andreikin 2.5-1.5. Vladimir Kramnik wins the World Chess Cup 2013.
Game 4: Dmitry Andreikin - Vladimir Kramnik 1/2. The English Opening. White played Bg2, Black played ...Bg7. A draw.
Game 3: Vladimir Kramnik - Dmitry Andreikin 1/2. The Queen's Gambit. With equality in the endgame.
Game 2: Dmitry Andreikin - Vladimir Kramnik 1/2. The Queen's Gambit Declined. After 5.Bf4 Dmitry played 6.a3, 9.Nxd4 was a novelty. Better was 15.Be2 Bb4 16.cxd7 or 15.cxd7 with an advantage to White. A draw by repetition.
Game 1: Vladimir Kramnik - Dmitry Andreikin 1-0. The Queen's Gambit Declined. With counterplay. Vladimir tried to keep all pieces on the board, then gave his queen for a rook, a bishop and a strong passed pawn, had the better chances. Two rooks vs a queen, and Kramnik grabbed two pawns and won.
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 7, Final: Games
Rounds 4-7 Games (52, pgn)

Round 6, semifinals, tiebreak: Tomashevsky-Andreikin 1.5-2.5. Evgeny had a small edge due to the better pawn structure in rapid game 1, a draw.
Vachier-Lagrave - Kramnik 0-1. Maxime blundered with 21.Rh4?. Kramnik - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2. The rivals played 4 fianchetti. Vladimir wisely traded pieces and obtained an advantage in the endgame, a draw. Total score: Vachier-Lagrave - Kramnik 1.5-2.5.
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 6 Results
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 6, Semifinals, tiebreak: Games
Round 6, semifinals, game 2: Tomashevsky-Andreikin 1/2. The Queen's Gambit, the Carlsbad Variation.
Kramnik - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2. The Slav Defence. Maxime produced a novelty, 10...Qb8. But Vladimir had slightly better chances in the endgame due to weaknesses in Black's camp, grabbed a pawn. Vladimir could have won with 62.Nd7! A dramatic game!
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 6, Semifinals, game 1 and 2: Games
Round 6, semifinals, game 1: Andreikin-Tomashevsky 1/2. The Semi-Slav Defence. With counterplay. A quick draw.
Vachier-Lagrave - Kramnik 1/2. The Nimzo-Indian Defence. 4.g3 is a complicated line. A quick draw.

Round 5, tiebreak: Caruana-Vachier-Lagrave 1.5-2.5. With equality in game 1 tb. Game 2: Fabiano preferred the terrific Dutch Defence. However Maxime Vachier-Lagrave played well and won.
Andreikin-Svidler 1-0, 1/2; 2.5-1.5. Game 1: With equality in the opening, Peter made mistakes from 23 to 29 moves and lost.
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 5 Results
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 5, tiebreak: Games
Round 5, game 2: Kamsky-Tomashevsky 0-1, 0.5-1.5. The Spanish Game. Gata grabbed pawns, but in mutual time trouble made an error, so Evgeny had an attack and won.
Caruana-Vachier 1/2. The Semi-Slav Defence. Fabiano had a small advantage due to two bishops.
Korobov-Kramnik 1/2, 0.5-1.5. The Nimzo-Indian Defence. With counterplay. Anton grabbed a pawn, but Vladimir had compensation.
Svidler-Andreikin 1/2. The Caro-Kann Defence. Unclear.
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 5, game 2: Games
Round 5, game 1: Tomashevsky-Kamsky 1/2. The Slav Defence. With counterplay. A quick draw.
Vachier-Caruana 1/2. The Gruenfeld Defence. Maxime sacrificed a pawn for pressure on the queenside, grabbed the pawn back with 17.dxc5, won a pawn with 21.Qxb6. The endgame was drawish.
Kramnik-Korobov 1-0. The Queen's Gambit Accepted. Vladimir had a small, then a clear edge due to strong pawns on queen's wing. After mistakes in time trouble Kramnik obtained a winning ending: his rook was better than Korobov's knight+pawn.
Andreikin-Svidler 1/2. The Queen's Pawn Game. With equality.
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 5, game 1: Games

Round 4, tiebreak: Vachier-Lagrave beat Gelfand 1.5-0.5, total score 2.5-1.5. In both games Maxime had an extra pawn. Andreikin-Karjakin 3-1. Svidler-Le 2.5-1.5. The heroic match: Tomashevsky-Morozevich 4.5-3.5. In game 6 in must-win situation Evgeny Tomashevsky beat Alexander Morozevich after a marathon battle in 169 moves.
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 4 Results
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 4, tiebreak: Games
Round 4, game 2: Korobov-Nakamura 1.5-0.5. Hikaru played the original Dutch Stonewall with 6...Nh6, better was 18...Nxe5. A sharp fight: White castled long, Black castled short, Anton had a strong knight in the centre. Mamedyarov attacked on the kingside, but in time trouble Kamsky gained good counterplay with 21...Qh1, a draw, Kamsky-Mamedyarov 1.5-0.5. Kramnik-Ivanchuk 1.5-0.5. Caruana-Granda 2-0.
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 4, game 2: Games
Round 4, game 1: Kamsky sacrificed a piece to attack and won after Mamedyarov's mistakes in a complicated position. Kramnik had a slight advantage in the endgame due to the central d4 pawn vs Ivanchuk, Ivanchuk-Kramnik 0-1. Caruana-Granda 1-0.
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 4, game 1: Games

Round 3, tiebreak: Kramnik had an edge vs Areshchenko in game 2 tb: White's kingside is weak. Kramnik-Areshchenko 2-0, total score 3-1. Morozevich-Vitiugov 4.5-3.5. Caruana-Malakhov 2-0, 3-1. Ivanchuk-Kryvoruchko 2-0, 3-1. Granda Zuniga-Giri 1.5-0.5, 2.5-1.5.
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 3 Results
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 3, tiebreak: Games
Round 3, game 2: Tomashevsky-Aronian 1/2, a draw by perpetual check, total score 1.5-0.5. Levon played the risky 5...Bd6 Benoni, had counterplay on the queenside, could push pawns. O, Evgeny stormed the kingside with a knight sacrifice 19.Nxh7!!, with the idea of mate or perpetual check, but he made a mistake, 22.e5?, better was 22.Rce1. Dreev-Andreikin 1/2. Humor, today Andreikin played the same line that was played by Dreev yesterday! A draw? But now Dreev preferred 14.Rc1, Andreikin played 14.Na4. Dominguez-Vachier 1/2, 0.5-1.5. Leinier had a small edge in the endgame, two bishops, tried to win. Nakamura won the ending with a knight + a pawn vs a rook against Adhiban, Hikaru had a monster king. A brilliant victory! Grischuk beat Le in 154 moves to level the score to continue to play in tiebreaks.
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 3, game 2: Games
Round 3, game 1: Aronian-Tomashevsky 0-1. Tomashevsky played the legendary Dutch Stonewall vs Aronian! Evgeny got a good game with the powerful 19...Bxe5 and a manoeuvre ...Be8-h5, then won a pawn. Hammer-Kamsky 0-1. Kamsky preferred the sharp Dutch Leningrad vs Hammer. Jon Ludvig riskily sacrificed the exchange, so Gata had the better chances. After the strong 19...Kh7 Kamsky obtained a huge advantage. Nakamura grabbed a pawn in the endgame vs Adhiban, Adhiban-Nakamura 0-1.
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 3, game 1: Games
Round 3 Games (62, pgn)

Round 2, tiebreak: Game 2. Le-Vallejo 1-0, the Slav Defence, the line from my game Gyimesi-Schipkov. Interesting was 20...Qc7 with equality. Kramnik sacrificed a knight vs Kobalia and could have won quickly with 26.Qxh5! or with 27.Bxe6!! But Vladimir won in the endgame, Kramnik-Kobalia 1.5-0.5 or 2.5-1.5. Dreev beat Hao again, Dreev-Hao 3-1. Hammer also won, Hammer-Navara 3-1.
Game 1 tb Dreev-Hao 1-0, the King's Indian Saemisch System, in the ending Aleksey won a pawn and the game. Hammer smashed face of Black's queenside and beat Navara.
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 2 Results
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 2, tiebreak: Games
Round 2, game 2: The King's Gambit in Shimanov-Kamsky 1-0. Interesting. Gata engrossed in thoughts, then both players could have won with excellent moves: Aleksandr with 20.Nxf7!!, Gata with a queen sacrifice 20...Qxh2+!!. What a game! Robson played two fianchetti vs Ivanchuk, Ivanchuk-Robson 1-0. Giri had an extra queen vs Li, Li-Giri 0-1. Ragger made the decisive mistake 18...Qa5? so Vitiugov had a devastating, winning attack. Vitiugov-Ragger 1-0. Andreikin had two extra pawns vs Nguyen, Andreikin-Nguyen 1-0.
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 2, game 2: Games
Round 2, game 1: A theoretical duel in Kamsky-Shimanov 1-0, Gata won a pawn in the endgame. A sharp fight in Nakamura-Safarli, 1-0. Nakamura beat Safarli, Hikaru had a huge edge: bishop+knight vs a rook. Korobov stormed Jobava's bastions, Korobov-Jobava 1-0. Ivanchuk grabbed a pawn, beat Robson. After a hard struggle Morozevich won in 53 moves vs Leitao.
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 2, game 1: Games
Round 2 Games (101, pgn)

Round 1, tiebreak: In game 1 Hou Yifan beat Shirov due to passed pawns on the queenside. In game 2 the Ragozin Defence, with an edge to Alexei, he won, 1-1. Shirov-Hou 4-2. In game 2 Svidler sacrificed a rook and beat Ushenina, but Anna could have won with 38.Rc4. What a game! Svidler-Ushenina 3-1. Kamsky-Lou 3.5-2.5. Radjabov gave a pawn and beat Cori, two bishops were better two knights, 1-1, then 1.5-0.5 (Jorge Cori did not appear in time for game 5, so was forfeited, game 6 ended in a draw). Radjabov-Cori 3.5-2.5. Adams-Wan 1-0, game 4.
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 1 Results
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 1, tiebreak: Games 1-32
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 1, tiebreak: Games 33-64
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 1, tiebreak: Games 65-92
Round 1, game 2: Bwalya-Kramnik 0-1, Vladimir had better chances due to a good structure. Nakamura-Cori D. 1-0, Hikaru outplayed Deysi in an equal endgame. Anna Ushenina beat Peter Svidler, score 1-1. Hou Yifan - Alexei Shirov 1-1. Fressinet-Christiansen 1/2, in the original Dutch Defence Larry obtained a huge edge, could have won with 27...cxb2 28. Rab1 Rxf2. Morozevich beat Sambuev, 1-1, tiebreak tomorrow. In the sharp and wild Dutch Anton Filippov with the black pieces beat Evgeny Romanov.
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 1, game 2: Games 1-32
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 1, game 2: Games 33-64
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 1 and Anatoly Karpov simul: Photos
Round 1, game 1: Kramnik-Bwalya 1-0, the Dutch Defence, Vladimir had a clear edge due to the strong passed pawn in the centre on d6. Cori-Nakamura 0-1, Hikaru grabbed a pawn in the Bogo-Indian Defence, Deysi made mistakes and lost. Morozevich could have won with 32...Qh4, but blundered with 40...Qxf3 and lost to Sambuev. Le-Barbosa 1-0.
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 1, game 1: Games 1-32
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Round 1, game 1: Games 33-64
Round 1 Games (220, pgn)

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