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Mexico 2007: Vishy Anand is world champion!

9/29/2007 – An effortless 20-move draw against Peter Leko clinched it: Indias's Viswanathan Anand won the World Championship in Mexico City 2007 to become the undisputed World Chess Champion. The other games are still in progress, but nobody can catch Anand, who finishes undefeated with 9.0 points out of 14 games. Kramnik beat Aronian to move to second place. Express report.
 

World Championship 2007 Mexico

The World Championship 2007 is taking place from September 12 to 30 in the Sheraton Centro Histórico Hotel in Mexico City. Eight players are qualified – the tournament is a double round robin. The prize fund is US $1.3 million.

Round fourteen (final) express report

Round 14: Saturday, Sept. 29th 2007, 14:00h
Peter Svidler 
1-0
 Alexander Grischuk
Viswanathan Anand 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Alexander Morozevich 
½-½
 Boris Gelfand
Vladimir Kramnik 
1-0
 Levon Aronian

Final standings

The final column of the above table give the tiebreak numbers, according to Sonneborn-Berger. A player's SB score is calculated by adding the sum of the conventional scores of the players they have defeated to half the sum of the conventional scores of those they have drawn against. According to this system Vladimir Kramnik is second, beating Boris Gelfand by 0.25 SB points. However, the official report of the chief arbiter is still pending.

Full results, standings and chess commentary by GM Mihail Marin will follow


Picture gallery


The main actor of the day: Vishy Anand at the start of his final game, against Peter Leko


Playing for second plac: Vladimir Kramnik battles Levon Aronian


Boris Gelfand (right) anxious to secure second by beating Morozevich


Peter Leko looking for chance against Anand's super-solid opening


Anand: an occasional glance at the other boards


Draw! The new world champion Vishy Anand (and Peter Leko) face the press


Anand speaks in English and in Spanish


The press room in packed, the session lasts longer than any before


The man who made it all possible: chief organiser and sponsor Jorge Saggiante


Also happy and contented: wives Aruna Anand and Veronica Saggiante


Anand gives autographs after the press conference


Signing, signing, signing... the fans mob the new world champion


Vishy and wife Aruna share a victory Tequila Margarita


Actually the teetotalers just nip at it – and feel sooo naughty doing so


Anand's wife and most able manager Aruna Anand is much sought after by the press


One of the big advantages of World Champion Anand: you have this charming lady around

Photos by Frederic Friedel in Mexico City


Full Schedule and Results (second half)

Round 8: Friday, Sept. 21st 2007, 14:00h
Peter Svidler 
½-½
 Vladimir Kramnik
Levon Aronian 
½-½
 Alexander Morozevich
Boris Gelfand 
½-½
 Viswanathan Anand
Peter Leko 
1-0
 Alexander Grischuk
Free day: Saturday, Sept. 22nd 2007
Round 9: Sunday, Sept. 23th 2007, 14:00h
Peter Leko
½-½
 Peter Svidler
Alexander Grischuk 
1-0
 Boris Gelfand
Viswanathan Anand 
½-½
 Levon Aronian
Alexander Morozevich 
1-0
 Vladimir Kramnik
Round 10: Monday, Sept. 24th 2007, 14:00h
Peter Svidler 
½-½
 Alexander Morozevich
Vladimir Kramnik 
½-½
 Viswanathan Anand
Levon Aronian 
1-0
 Alexander Grischuk
Boris Gelfand 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Round 11: Tuesday, Sept. 25th 2007, 14:00h
Boris Gelfand 
½-½
 Peter Svidler
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Levon Aronian
Alexander Grischuk 
½-½
 Vladimir Kramnik
Viswanathan Anand 
1-0
 Alexander Morozevich
Free day: Wednesday, Sept. 26th 2007
Round 12: Thursday, Sept 27th 2007, 14:00h
Peter Svidler 
½-½
 Viswanathan Anand
Alexander Morozevich 
1-0
 Alexander Grischuk
Vladimir Kramnik 
1-0
 Peter Leko
Levon Aronian 
0-1
 Boris Gelfand
Round 13: Friday, Sept. 28th 2007, 14:00h
Levon Aronian 
½-½
 Peter Svidler
Boris Gelfand 
½-½
 Vladimir Kramnik
Peter Leko 
1-0
 Alexander Morozevich
Alexander Grischuk 
½-½
 Viswanathan Anand
Round 14: Saturday, Sept. 29th 2007, 14:00h
Peter Svidler 
1-0
 Alexander Grischuk
Viswanathan Anand 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Alexander Morozevich 
½-½
 Boris Gelfand
Vladimir Kramnik 
1-0
 Levon Aronian

Sunday, Sept. 30th 2007

Closing ceremony


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