2007 Mexico World Championship starts in two weeks

by ChessBase
8/28/2007 – Are you ready for it? On Wednesday, September 12th is the opening ceremony, on Thursday at 14:00h (2 p.m.) local time the first round. The event is a double round robin with eight players – Anand, Kramnik, Morozevich, Leko, Aronian, Svidler, Gelfand and Grischuk. ChessBase will report extensively and provide live broadcasts with commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan. Prepare for the feast!

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World Championship 2007 Mexico

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

The five-star Sheraton Centro Histórico Hotel & Convention Center in Mexico City is located on Reforma Avenue, just 15 minutes from the International airport, at the main entrance of Mexico City's historical downtown district.

An entire story of the Convention Center is reserved for the world championship


Player Nat. Rtn Birth
Vishwanathan Anand IND 2792 1969
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2769 1975
Alexander Morozevich RUS 2758 1977
Peter Leko HUN 2751 1979
Levon Aronian ARM 2750 1982
Peter Svidler RUS 2735 1976
Boris Gelfand ISR 2733 1968
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2726 1983

Anand, Morozevich and Svidler qualified by virtue of their places in the 2005 FIDE World Championship in San Luis. Kramnik took the place that was originally reserved for Veselin Topalov (the winner of the San Luis world championship) after the latter lost his title at the 2006 Unification World Championship in Elista. The other four players qualified in the 2007 Candidates Matches in Elista. The winner of the Mexico World Championship receives the undisputed title of World Chess Champion.


Date Time Event
Sept. 12 19:00h Opening ceremony
Sept. 13 14:00h Round 01
Sept. 14 14:00h Round 02
Sept. 15 14:00h Round 03
Sept. 16 14:00h Round 04
Sept. 17           Rest day
Sept. 18 14:00h Round 05
Sept. 19 14:00h Round 06
Sept. 20 14:00h Round 07
Sept. 21 14:00h Round 08
Sept. 22           Rest day
Sept. 23 14:00h Round 09
Sept. 24 14:00h Round 10
Sept. 25 14:00h Round 11
Sept. 26           Rest day
Sept. 27 14:00h Round 12
Sept. 28 14:00h Round 13
Sept. 29 14:00h Round 14
Sept. 30 12:00h Tiebreak, Closing
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Most of the players will be travelling to Mexico a number of days before the start of the world championship, to cure the problem of the time difference.

The World Championship starts with an Opening Ceremony in Mexico City's Theatre on Wednesday, September 12 at 19:00h. The individual rounds start at 14:00h (2 p.m.) local time – you can find the corresponding time zone of your location here.

The closing ceremony takes place in the former City Hall on Sunday, September 30 at 19:00h (7 p.m.).


ChessBase will be covering the event comprehensively, with full reports on each round. Live transmission of the games will be provided by the official tournament web site (see below) and on Playchess.com, where GM Yasser Seirawan will provide running audio commentary with live board analysis. The broadcast will take place in a special World Championship room on the Playchess server. It is likely that we will also broadcast video images and interviews from Mexico.

In the next two weeks we will in addition be providing indepth portraits of the participants.


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