Mexico R08: Gelfand-Anand drawn, Leko beats Grischuk

9/22/2007 – The duel of the leaders, Gelfand vs Anand, ended in a draw, which left Anand still in the lead in the world championship in Mexico. Peter Leko defeated Alexander Grischuk to get to 50% and move to fourth place on the table. The other two games were drawn. Saturday is a free day. Express report from 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 eight express report

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

Current standings

Full chess commentary by GM Mihail Marin will follow


Picture gallery


The venue of the world championship in Mexico City


Guest of honour in round eight: former women's world champion Susan Polgar, with the main sponsors and organisers Veronica and Jorge Saggiante


Talking to arbiter Dr Genden Altanoch from Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia


Games under way, with Grischuk vs Leko in fron, Kramnik vs Svidler in the background


Vladimir Kramnik vs Peter Svidler from a different perspective


Alexander Morezevich vs Levon Aronian (with Boris Gelfand in the background)


The leaders: Vishy Anand playing black against Boris Gelfand


Anand determined to keep the lead, Gelfand eager to catch the Indian GM


The round under way, with Gelfand, Aronian, Morozevich, Kramnik and Grischuk on the stage


Guess who scored the point: Leko and Grischuk in the press conference after their game


The winner of the day: Hungarian GM Peter Leko

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
   Peter Svidler
Alexander Grischuk 
   Boris Gelfand
Viswanathan Anand 
   Levon Aronian
Alexander Morozevich 
   Vladimir Kramnik
Games – Report
Round 10: Monday, Sept. 24th 2007, 14:00h
Peter Svidler 
 
 Alexander Morozevich
Vladimir Kramnik 
 
 Viswanathan Anand
Levon Aronian 
 
 Alexander Grischuk
Boris Gelfand 
 
 Peter Leko
Games – Report
Round 11: Tuesday, Sept. 25th 2007, 14:00h
Boris Gelfand 
 
 Peter Svidler
Peter Leko 
 
 Levon Aronian
Alexander Grischuk 
 
 Vladimir Kramnik
Viswanathan Anand 
 
 Alexander Morozevich
Games – Report
Free day: Wednesday, Sept. 26th 2007
Round 12: Thursday, Sept 27th 2007, 14:00h
Peter Svidler 
 
 Viswanathan Anand
Alexander Morozevich 
 
 Alexander Grischuk
Vladimir Kramnik 
 
 Peter Leko
Levon Aronian 
 
 Boris Gelfand
Games – Report
Round 13: Friday, Sept. 28th 2007, 14:00h
Levon Aronian 
 
 Peter Svidler
Boris Gelfand 
 
 Vladimir Kramnik
Peter Leko 
 
 Alexander Morozevich
Alexander Grischuk 
 
 Viswanathan Anand
Games – Report
Round 14: Saturday, Sept. 29th 2007, 14:00h
Peter Svidler 
 
 Alexander Grischuk
Viswanathan Anand 
 
 Peter Leko
Alexander Morozevich 
 
 Boris Gelfand
Vladimir Kramnik 
 
 Levon Aronian
Games – Report

Sunday, Sept. 30th 2007

Possible tiebreaks, closing ceremony


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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