Draws Differ

Время публикации: 27.08.2013 01:59 | Последнее обновление: 27.08.2013 02:01

World Cup: Is Dmitry Andreikin tired of classical chess?

First day of the semifinal at the World Cup was definitely much of a disappointment for the spectators. Andreikin - Tomashevsky and Vachier-Lagrave - Kramnik matches lasted for 14 and 16 moves respectively.

As Vladimir Kramnik noted in the press room the draws were different though. According to him there are draws like the one in his game when White understands that it can't get anything and the position simplifies. "When the board is full of pieces and one of the players offers a draw - that's another case," Kramnik said. Russian GM noted such an approach might not be called cynical, however, he himself "wouldn't do so."    

The board full of pieces and the draw offer took place in Andreikin - Tomashevsky match. Dmitry was White.

After the game Tomashevsky said he completely understands Dmitry as the position they got was close to equal. The non-stop schedule of the tournament "forced Dmitry to do so [offer a draw]. He's decision is logical. I did the same in the 1/4 final against Gata Kamsky.

As regards to my attitude to the Sofia rules - I formed it a while ago." Tomashevsky considers having such rules in the official tournaments is not necessary as for instance in World Championship the participants play with great motivation. At the World Cup "even in case of two draws there are thrilling tiebreaks afterwards," he said. Such regulations might be applied to round-robin private tournaments "in which such draws are not attractive neither for the sponsors, nor for the spectators," Evgeny added.

Vladimir Kramnik voiced a different view: "I am not against of Sofia rules at all." Russian GM thinks no draw offers before 30th move is normal [Kramnik and Vachier-Lagrave agreed that 40 moves rule is too strict, but 30 moves should be ok - CN]. "This is how I usually play. Maybe these rules are not convenient for this particular competition as it's too long and the players get tired. But that's strange as such rules are adopted to a lot of tournaments nowadays and not a lot of players are against."

Vladimir noted the issue is in the format of tournament: "The knock-out is not the best format for chess. That's because the "Grischuk strategy" is quite effective in it (I definitely do not want to offend him and I like him as a chess player). Now everyone understands that those who are strong in rapid may move the fight to tiebreaks. That is why I have such an opinion about this system and that's why I prefer playing in round-robin tournaments."

The former world champion called Andreikin's decision to offer the draw a strange one, "the play has just started, White has a slight advantage and the resources to develop initiative. I think Andreikin has just switched to rapid, he doesn't want to play classical chess anymore."

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2013"] [Site "Tromso NOR"] [Date "2013.08.26"] [Round "46.1"] [White "Andreikin, Dmitry"] [Black "Tomashevsky, Evgeny"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D45"] [Opening "QGD semi-Slav"] [Variation "accelerated Meran (Alekhine variation)"] [EventDate "2013.08.11"] 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 a6 5. e3 e6 6. c5 b6 7. cxb6 Qxb6 8. Bd3 a5 9. Na4 Qc7 10. O-O Bd6 11. b3 O-O 12. Bb2 Ba6 13. Rc1 Rc8 14. h3 1/2-1/2 [Event "FIDE World Cup 2013"] [Site "Tromso NOR"] [Date "2013.08.26"] [Round "46.2"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E21"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "three knights variation"] [EventDate "2013.08.11"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 c5 5. g3 cxd4 6. Nxd4 O-O 7. Bg2 d5 8. Qb3 Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 dxc4 10. Qa3 e5 11. Nb5 Nc6 12. Be3 Bg4 13. Rd1 Qa5 14. Qxa5 Nxa5 15. Nxa7 Nc6 16. Bxc6 1/2-1/2 

As Kramnik, so Tomashevsky expressed hope to have more thrilling return games which already start today.
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