Vladimir Kramnik managed to win the first game of the match against his compatriot Dmitry Andreikin. The evaluation was equal after the opening but it was obvious that Kramnik obtained his type of position and would try to exploit its small advantages. The key moment came on the 29th move when the former World Champion sacrificed his queen for rook, bishop and a dangerous passed c-pawn.
By Anastasia Karlovich
According to Kramnik his position after the sacrifice “was better but probably not winning”. However, it was a very impressive decision as it turned out to be very hard to defend for Andreikin. Most probably he misevaluated the sacrifice or perhaps he didn’t like his position after 28…Bd7.
Another critical moment came after Andreikin’s move 40…Qd8.
Vladimir Kramnik was sure that his position was winning after 41.c7 and showed great technique in the endgame with two rooks against a queen. The former World Champion grabbed all Black’s pawns and threatened to convert the position into a winning pawn endgame.
According to Susan Polgar during the fishing trip on the free day Kramnik had promised to play an exciting game and he kept his promise. “He did create a masterpiece today,” said the former Women’s World Champion.
Fishing brought Vladimir Kramnik luck!
Dmitry Andreikin has the white pieces tomorrow in the second game of the final.
Time controls and rules for the final
According to the regulations the final match is played over four (4) games and the winner of the World Cup will be the first player to score 2.5 or more points. If the scores are level after the classical games the fate of the match will be decided in a tie-break.