FIDE World Cup Tromso 2013 (7.2)
Andreikin misses difficult chance in World Cup final game 2
Mark Crowther - Saturday 31st August 2013
Neither Dmitry Andreikin nor Vladimir Kramnik sensed that white was significantly better in game two of the World Cup final in Tromso. Andreikin played 6.a3 in the Queen's Gambit with 5.Bf4 but then after the main move 6...b6 sank into deep thought almost as if he was surprised which can hardly have been the case. After 11.cxd5 Andreikin was looking for a small advantage but instead of recapturing Kramnik played 11...e5 which looks very risky but almost completely equalised in the line played in the game. The long line 11. cxd5 e5?! 12. Nc6 Bxc6 13. dxc6 exf4 14. exf4 Bxa3 15. bxa3 Qe8+ 16. Be2 Nc5 17. O-O Qxc6 18. Bf3 Nce4 19. Rc1 Qxc3 20. Qxc3 Nxc3 21. Rxc3 was one Kramnik had to foresee in advance which is an impressive piece of calculation. However computers suggested 15.cxd7! in the middle would have given Andreikin a significant advantage. The lines are complicated (the possibility itself of course is not) and at first sight it seems that Kramnik may be able to round up the pawn. This doesn't seem to be the case, at least immediately. The players had a very long post-mortem where they discussed the game. Andreikin's assessment seems to have been affected by how quickly and confidently Kramnik played 14... Bxa3 and he didn't search hard enough for a refutation.
Garry Kasparov was interviewed by Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam and Nigel Short on Skype for the final hour of the game and that can be seen again on the official site.
Game 3 Kramnik-Andreikin on Sunday. I will be hosting ICC's show with GM Varuzhan Akobian commentating on the game. Really looking forward to it and perhaps this will be the final game.
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