Friday, September 6, 2013

Pestaño: Kramnik wins World Cup

Friday, September 6, 2013

VLADIMIR Kramnik defeated fellow Russian Dmitry Andreikin 2.5-1.5 in the championship match of the World Cup 2013 in Tromso, Norway. He won a hefty $120, 000. Andreikin consoled himself with $80,000, the biggest prize of his career.
The four final games against Andreikin started the best possible way for Kramnik with a victory in Game 1, draws in Games 2 and 3, and a win in Game 4 to equalize. But Andreiken never stood a chance and was in fact losing so he offered a draw.
In Round1, Kramnik easily defeated Gillan Bwalya of Zambia. In Round 2, he outlasted his compatriot Mikhail Kobalia after rapid tiebreaks. In Round 3, Kramnik went through tiebreaks again and defeated Alexander Areshchenko, 3-1, in the rapid games. The legendary Vassily Ivanchuk lost the classical match 1, 5-0, 5 in Round 4 , while another Ukrainian Anton Korobov had the same fate in the quarterfinals.
In the semifinal, Kramnik met fierce resistance from Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France and prevailed only after rapid tiebreaks.
Held every two years, the World Cup, which attracted 128 playrse, is part of the World Championship cycle and follows a knockout format. The winner and the runner up will qualify for the 2014 Candidates Tournament. Among those who played were Pinoy GMs Wesley So, Mark Paragua and Oliver Barbosa. Wesley got eliminated in the second round by Evgeny Tomashevsky, while Mark and Oliver went home after the first round.
The Fide Grand Prix is a series of six tournaments that forms the other part of the qualification cycle for the 2014 World Championship.
With only one leg left, Veselin Topalov has already qualified for the 2014 Candidates and will be joined by one of these three players—Shakriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Grischuk and Fabiano Caruana.
The other players in the 2014 Candidates Tournament will be the loser of the world Championship 2013 match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen and the next two highest rated, who played in the World Cup 2013 and the Grand Prix 2012-13 namely Levon Aronian and Sergey Karjakin. There will also be one organizer nominee and must have a rating of at least 2725.
The 2013 World Championship between Anand and Carlsen will take place in the hotel Hyatt Regency in Chennai, India on November. Twelve games are scheduled, with one per day with rest days after Games 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 11.
Should the match be tied after the 12th game on Nov. 24, tie-break games will be played on the 26th.
There is a big age difference between the two. Anand is 43 years old, while Carlsen is only 22 and will be the youngest champion in history if he wins.
Carlsen won the 2013 Candidates match to qualify against Anand. The 2013 field included Peter Svidler, Alexander Grischuk, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik Teimour Radjabov and Carlsen.
From 2005 to 2013, Anand and Carlsen played 29 games against each other at classical time controls. Anand won six, Carlsen won three, and 20 were drawn.
Total prize fund for this match is $2.55 million of which.
Cepca. We will have an election of the new set of officers for 2014-2015. Venue is at Handuraw Pizza in Lahug (near UP) at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15. Attendance is compulsory. Monthly tournament follows.
Our 23rd anniversary Open tournament will be on September 28-29. Early sponsors are Handuraw Pizza, lawyer Gino Tequillo, an old friend, Jerry Maratas, Businessmen Eli Berciles ,Nato Casia,Engr. John Velarde and Honorary member Kelly Uy of Cifya.

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