Mexico R04: Aronian beats Leko, Anand and Kramnik lead

9/16/2007 – It was a long night, with Vishy Anand pressing hard with the black pieces against Alexander Morozevich, and Vladimir Kramnik trying to win a pawn endgame against Alexander Grischuk. In spite of the fight it was, in the end, only Levon Aronian who scored a full point against Peter Leko. Meanwhile outside the country was celebrating Independence Day – Grito de Dolores.

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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.

Please note: on Monday, September 17th, a few hours after the end of the last round four game in Mexico, your ChessBase news staff is travelling from Hamburg to Mexico City. After a probably arduous journey of 19 hours we are scheduled to take residence in the Sheraton, where the Internet facilities, we are told, are excellent. However, our analytical report by GM Mihail Marin on round four will be delayed by about twelve hours. On the other hand Monday is a free day at the world championship, so the round five reports are only due Tuesday night. We will remain in Mexico and report from there until the end of the event. – So bye for now!

Round four express report

Round 4: Sunday, Sept 16th 2007, 14:00h
Peter Svidler 
½-½
 Boris Gelfand
Levon Aronian 
1-0
 Peter Leko
Vladimir Kramnik 
½-½
 Alexander Grischuk
Alexander Morozevich 
½-½
 Viswanathan Anand

Current standings

Full chess commentary by GM Mihail Marin will follow on Monday night.


Pictures and videos from round four


Vladimir Kramnik being checked at the entrance


Even the main organiser has to undergo the porcedure...


... after which Jorge Saggiante can move around freely in the players' area


Vladimir Kramnik facing his compatriot Alexander Grischuk


Levon Aronian, Armenia, vs Peter Leko, Hungary


Grimly determined to move up from last place: Lev Aronian


Suffering his first defeat in this tournament: Peter Leko


Top seed and world's number one: Viswanathan Anand of India


Alexander Morozevich, who narrowly escaped defeat at the hands of Anand


Video impressions from the start of round four [by Vijay Kumar]

Videos by Vijay Kumar, pictures by Ali Nihat Yazici


Grito de Dolores – Mexican Independence day


Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (1753-1811)

September 16 is Mexican Independence Day. It is a major holiday in Mexico, in every city and town in Mexico. It marks the Grito de Dolores, the call for insurrection against the authorities of Mexico, issued by Miguel Hidalgo, a Creole parish priest in the small town of Dolores.

Hidalgo was the head figure and chief instigator of the Mexican Independence movement. He promoted the idea of an uprising by the native and mixed-blood peasantry against wealthy Spanish land-owners and aristocrats. On September 16, 1810 Hidalgo ordered the church bell to ring to gather his congregation. His call for insurrection ended with "¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe! ¡Viva Fernando VII! ¡Abajo el mal gobierno!" (Long live Our lady of Guadalupe and the king Fernando VII! Down with the bad government!).

Mexico's independence was recognized by the Spanish viceroy on September 27, 1821 after a decade-long War of Independence. Since the late 19th century, a re-enactment has become traditional: the President of Mexico rings Hidalgo's bell (now at the National Palace on the Zócalo in Mexico City) and repeats Hidalgo's words (or a variant thereof) every year at 11:00 P.M. on the night of September 15. On the following day, September 16, a military parade starts in the Zócalo and ends at Paseo de la Reforma.

We bring you images from the parade close to the Sheraton Hotel (where the world championship is being held).


A lasso demonstration performed by a rider...


... and on foot in front of an enthralled crowd


The colorful señoritas, many riding sidesaddle


Riding by with the grace and dignity of Mexican ladies


A uniform parade


A squad of the medical services


They are carrying muskets with bayonets


The technical force?


A vehicle of war...


... and soldiers in camouflage

Pictures by Ali Nihat Yazici


Full Schedule and Results (first half)

Round 1: Thursday, Sept. 13th 2007, 14:00h
Vladimir Kramnik 
½-½
 Peter Svidler
Alexander Morozevich 
½-½
 Levon Aronian
Viswanathan Anand 
½-½
 Boris Gelfand
Alexander Grischuk 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Round 2: Friday, Sept. 14th 2007, 14:00h
Peter Svidler 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Boris Gelfand 
½-½
 Alexander Grischuk
Levon Aronian 
0-1
 Viswanathan Anand
Vladimir Kramnik 
1-0
 Alexander Morozevich
Round 3: Saturday, Sept. 15th 2007, 14:00h
Alexander Morozevich 
1-0
 Peter Svidler
Viswanathan Anand 
½-½
 Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Grischuk 
½-½
 Levon Aronian
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Boris Gelfand
Round 4: Sunday, Sept 16th 2007, 14:00h
Peter Svidler 
½-½
 Boris Gelfand
Levon Aronian 
1-0
 Peter Leko
Vladimir Kramnik 
½-½
 Alexander Grischuk
Alexander Morozevich 
½-½
 Viswanathan Anand
Free day: Monday, Sept. 17th 2007
Round 5: Tuesday, Sept. 18th 2007, 14:00h
Viswanathan Anand 
 
 Peter Svidler
Alexander Grischuk 
 
 Alexander Morozevich
Peter Leko 
 
 Vladimir Kramnik
Boris Gelfand 
 
 Levon Aronian
Games – Report
Round 6: Wednesday, Sept. 19th 2007, 14:00h
Peter Svidler 
 
 Levon Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik 
 
 Boris Gelfand
Alexander Morozevich 
 
 Peter Leko
Viswanathan Anand 
 
 Alexander Grischuk
Games – Report
Round 7: Thursday, Sept. 20th 2007, 14:00h
Alexander Grischuk 
 
 Peter Svidler
Peter Leko 
 
 Viswanathan Anand
Boris Gelfand 
 
 Alexander Morozevich
Levon Aronian 
 
 Vladimir Kramnik
Games – Report

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Playchess commentator GM Yasser Seirawan

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