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8. Dmitry Andreikin (2709)(39) Chance: 1%


If you couldn’t tell me putting him on the bottom of the list I am not a fan of the Andreikin’s style of play. I do appreciate his championing of the Caro-Kann 3. … c5!? line but I can’t help but get the feeling that he doesn’t belong on this stage with these players. He did earn his spot the hard way (by knocking out Tomashevsky, Svidler, Karjakin and Dreev) but to me his games looked like he was barely surviving and was swindling his way into the later rounds. Of course it should be mentioned that simply being “lucky” is not nearly enough to make it to the final round of such a prestigious event but Kramnik showed fairly convincingly that Andreikin was not ready. With all these tough players in the field it would not surprise me in the slightest to see him rounding out the bottom of the cross table. Here is a win of his against my favorite to win the tournament Kramnik:

Here are his results against the field:

Opponent Result (W-L-D) Last 5 Games
Levon Aronian 0-0-0 0-0-0
Vladimir Kramnik 3-1-3 2-1-2
Veselin Topalov 0-0-0 0-0-0
Viswanathan Anand 0-0-1 0-0-1
Sergey Karjakin 1-1-5 1-0-4
Peter Svidler 0-1-4 0-1-4
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 0-0-2 0-0-2

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