Mexico R13 – Leko wins, Anand squeaks by to retain lead

9/29/2007 – Fans of the Indian grandmaster were sweating blood, when Vishy Anand got into a seemingly lost rook endgame against Alexander Grischuk. But in the end iron defence paid off and the game ended in a draw. Boris Gelfand drew against Vladimir Kramnik, so Anand's lead in the final round is a full point. Peter Leko beat Alexander Morozevich to move into fourth place. Express report with pictures.

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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 thirteen express report

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

Current standings

Full chess commentary by GM Mihail Marin will follow


Picture gallery


Vishy Anand at the start of round 13 (with Peter Svidler and Alexander Morozevich in the background)


Peter Leko grimly determined to improve his position on the cross table


The slouch: Alexander Grischuk in his usual position in top level chess


You can recognise the arched back from a mile away


Peter Svidler once again essentially playing blindfold chess


Only occasionally will the eyes pop open for a quick check of the positions


Alexander Morozevich likes to balance his chin on his thumb


Easily the most animated player, the one who puts the most obvious energy into the game


Boris Gelfand gives "taking a closer look at the position" a new meaning


And how the man doth suffer during the game...


Boris Gelfand in the press conference with Vladimir Kramnik...


...who tries to catch a glimpse of the position Grischuk-Anand on the monitor


Peter Leko after improving his position by defeating Alexander Morozevich


Meanwhile back in the hall Anand is defending a desperate rook ending against Grischuk


Alexander Grischuk after Anand managed to pull it off and hold the game to a draw


Anand in his press conference after the game


Anand speaking to the public in Spanish and English


Russian TV journalists Marina Makarycheva and Elmira Mirzoeva


An Anand fan, Vikram Arunachalam, 11, from the US


Guest commentator Susan Polgar chats with chief organiser Jorge Saggiante

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 
 
 Alexander Grischuk
Viswanathan Anand 
 
 Peter Leko
Alexander Morozevich 
 
 Boris Gelfand
Vladimir Kramnik 
 
 Levon Aronian
Games – Report

Sunday, Sept. 30th 2007

Possible tiebreaks, closing ceremony


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