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World Cup Final Preview

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Thursday, 29 August 2013
By GM Daniel Gormally

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Ok, the World Cup in Tromso is finally coming to a conclusion with the final to take place tomorrow between Vladimir Kramnik and Dimitry Andrekin. Here's my preview:

Kramnik looks unstoppable in Tromso.

There is a sense of fate about this final, in an event which has been dominated by Russian players, that it should be between the strongest Russian player, Kramnik, against the current Russian champion, Andrekin.

Vlad will of course start a big favourite, but he really needs to finish the match in normal time in my opinion. Andrekin has looked superb in the rapids, looking like a really strong speed player indeed, and has thus far seemed to steer his matches towards the play-offs, confident in the knowledge his blitz skills will see him through.

However he has now achieved his objective, he has qualified for the Candidates, so let's hope he takes the gloves off and tries to play chess at the classical time limits.

Certainly Vlad is extremely hard to beat and Nigel Short, in his commentary on the event, has already referred to him as the "Rock of Gibraltar".

The question is will Vlad make much progress with White. I see him playing his normal stuff as White and probing for an edge. However the head to head is not in his favour- Andrekin leads 2-0. If it goes to the rapids then the match becomes a 50/50 shot- but I'm far from certain that Andrekin will be able to resist Kramnik until then. The fact that in the final the match now becomes four games, is surely in favour of the stronger player. It makes an upset less likely.

The other thing that has impressed me with Andrekin, besides his obvious strength at rapidplay, is his strong nerves and how fresh he looks. Because he hasn't been getting nervous, or at least on the face of it, it's enabled him to remain relatively fresh and he hasn't become as drained as some of the players.

The fatigue was all too evident in the semi-finals as both Maxime and Toma collapsed horribly in the rapids. Maxime just seemed to give the game away with White, and Toma playing Black in the second game, was very well placed, but then just at the critical moment, continued to play to his solid style, when sharper stuff was needed. He played moves like ..a5?! when creative stuff with ..Re4!? was being analysed in the commentary room.

I find it very hard to oppose Vlad here, he has looked so strong, and not at any point has he been in danger of losing a game (In our opinion, Korobov had Kramnik on the ropes in Game 2 - Although if anyone can pull off an upset, it's surely Andrekin- he seems to be improving all the time.

Prediction: Win for Kramnik.

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Comments (3)
1. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 06:27 30 2013 .
I disagree with GM Gormally assessment. Vlad has played solid chess, while his opponents self destructed. He has bouts of lost concentration, and relies on doctor's presciption. He has admitted that his 2 losses to Andreikin were due to this ailment. 
Andreikin seizes the initiative with either color and is focused. Further, he has kept his form this year by playing in Super tournaments against 2700+ GMs. Kramnik has not done the same.
2. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 12:26 30 2013 .
He puesto tu blog en la lista de los mejores blogs que leo diariamente. 
Me haria mucha ilusin, que pusieras mi blog en tu lista para tener mas visitas. 
Gracias y un cordial saludo.
3. Written by Peter on 13:38 30 2013 .
You may disagree with anybody, but your aguments don't make any sense to me at all. Kramnik is feeling ok. He did mention that he has consulted a dietologist, but that doesn't mean he is sick. He's just an elite athlete who has a lot of specialists working for him. 
Bs. He has been playing solidly most of the time, aiming for a tie-break. 
Oh yes. Kramnik must have been playing 1800s. What type of weed are you smoking?

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