Mexico R05: Anand, Grischuk and Gelfand win

9/19/2007 – We have made our way to Mexico, successful on our second day of trying. We arrived late in the evening, to learn that Anand had beaten Svidler to take the sole lead; Gelfand had beaten Aronian, who does not appear to be quite well, and Leko vs Kramnik had ended in a draw. We bring you the games and results, together with first impressions after our arrival in Mexico.

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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.

Round five express report

Round 5: Tuesday, Sept. 18th 2007, 14:00h
Viswanathan Anand 
1-0
 Peter Svidler
Alexander Grischuk 
1-0
 Alexander Morozevich
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Vladimir Kramnik
Boris Gelfand 
1-0
 Levon Aronian

Current standings

Full chess commentary by GM Mihail Marin will follow


Pictures from round five


The only game that ended in a draw in round five


Boris Gelfand out-manoeuvering Armenian GM Levon Aronian (right)


Aronian tries to defend...


... but Gelfand does not let him get away


Finally the Armenian has to capitulate and resigns the game with a handshake


And the winner has words of comfort for his unfortunate opponent

Photos by Joeal Martinez and Fernando Castillo

Getting to the World Championship


The impossibly gigantic Boeing 747-400^, which actually flies, and that from Amsterdam to Mexico City in just over eleven hours. Spacious plane, good way to travel.


Sniffer dogs at the airport. It was fascinating to watch: this one scrambled over the bags on the conveyor belt and then sat down resolutely on a suspicious one. The officers tagged the bag and let it go around again. The next time it turned up the dog identified it again. It was taken away for examination.


What you want to see: somebody waiting at the airport holding up a sign with your name


Mexico is rainy at this time of the year


En route to the hotel we pass the Metropolitan Cathedral, the largest in the Western Hemisphere. We shall have to go there again under better weather conditions.


Heavy traffic and heavy rain in the narrow streets of downtown Mexico City


The Sheraton Centro Histórico Hotel, where the world championship is being held, looms


Nightfall in Mexico: the view from my 15th storey hotel window


It is late, but the organising committee is meeting to plan the next round


Naturally the round is over – the hall is being maintained


A worker on a fork lift refocuses a lamp above one of the tables


Hey, wait a minute... It is the chief sponsor and organiser of the world championship, Jorge Saggiante, and the President of the Turkish Chess Federation, Ali Nihat Yazici, who are playing a quick game of blitz on one of the official tables – a special edition made in France.


The sponsor does not have a chance against the president, who is a bit of a hustler

Report and pictures by Frederic Friedel


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 
 
 Boris Gelfand
Levon Aronian 
 
 Peter Leko
Vladimir Kramnik 
 
 Alexander Grischuk
Alexander Morozevich 
 
 Viswanathan Anand
Games – Report
Free day: Monday, Sept. 17th 2007
Round 5: Tuesday, Sept. 18th 2007, 14:00h
Viswanathan Anand 
1-0
 Peter Svidler
Alexander Grischuk 
1-0
 Alexander Morozevich
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Vladimir Kramnik
Boris Gelfand 
1-0
 Levon Aronian
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

Live coverage by Yasser Seirawan on Playchess


Playchess commentator GM Yasser Seirawan

The games of the World Championship 2007, which start at 14:00h local time (check the time in your location here), will be broadcast live on the official site and on Playchess.com server, where there will be daily live audio commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, with a minimum of three one hour lectures per round, beginning approximately thirty minutes after play has started. For a charge of ten Ducats (about one Euro) a visitor gets a twelve hour pass to listen to the live lectures.

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