Foidos broadcast: Kramnik beats Sebag + Werle 2-0

by ChessBase
4/6/2008 – The October World Chess Championship in Bonn, Germany, will be broadcast on the Internet using a new system developed by Dutch technology company DGT, using six cameras to show the action during the game. As a dry run the company staged a clock simul between Vladimir Kramnik and French IM Marie Sebag and Dutch GM Jan Werle. Pictorial report.

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The clock simul between Vladimir Kramnik and Marie Sebag (21) from France + the 24-year-old Dutch GM Jan Werle was played in the new office of DGT (Digital Game Technology).

The games took place in a kind of a boxing ring. DGT has plans to build a real "Chess Arena" in the near future. This will have glass walls and will completely isolate the players from the spectators (who will be quite invisible to the players). More trial events are planned for later this year.

The simultaneous match between Kramnik and Sebag + Werle took place on the 50th birthday of one of DGT's founding members, Albert Vasse (the surname is pronounced "fas-se"). He was given a signed drawing by Vladimir Kramnik for this occasion.

Albert Vasse (right) receives an autographed drawing from Vladimir Kramnik for his birthday. On the left is match arbiter Geurt Gijssen. In the background you can see Marie Sebag.

The match setup in the "boxing ring"

You can see two of the cameras that are used in the Foidos Internet Presentation System. A total of six video cameras is available in the system, which will be used for the World Championship between Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik in October this year.

Spectators on the Internet all over the world can watch the games from different angles

Kramnik ponders in his game against Marie Sebag

IM (and WGM) Marie Sebag of France, rated 2521, during her game

The boxing ring surrounded by cameras – the first dry run of DGT's Foidos System

Arbiter Geurt Gijssen makes notes in Kramnik-Werle (right: Dutch photographer Fred Lucas)

At the end Kramnik won the match 2-0, after two exciting games. Jan Werle said he started too optimistically as he really wanted to take the chance to beat Kramnik. Marie had a good defence in the opening, but like Werle got into time trouble in the end. Marie said she had played against Kramnik ten years earlier, with the same result.

Afterwards a press conference with the players (which is also transmitted by Foidos)

Albert Vasse interviews Jan Werle

The French IM Marie Sebag hung on against former World Champion for 49 moves

Commentary during the game was provided by GM Yasser Seirawan

All pictures by Jeroen van den Belt

Kramnik,V (2788) - Werle,J (2581) [E05]
DGT Clock Simul Enschede NED (1), 02.04.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qc2 Bb7 10.Bd2 Ra7 11.a3 Be4 12.Qc1 Nc6 13.e3 Qa8 14.Qd1 Nd5 15.Qe2 e5 16.Re1 exd4 17.exd4 f5 18.Nc3 Nxc3 19.Bxc3 Bf6 20.d5 Bxc3 21.bxc3 Nd8 22.Rad1 Bxd5 23.Ng5 c6 24.Bxd5+ cxd5 25.Qd3 h6 26.Nf3 f4 27.Nh4 fxg3 28.hxg3 Nf7 29.Nf5 Ng5 30.Ne7+ Rxe7 31.Rxe7 Nf3+ 32.Kf1 d4 33.Qg6 Nh2+ 34.Ke1 Nf3+ 35.Ke2 Ng1+ 36.Kf1 Rxf2+ 37.Kxf2 Nh3+ 38.Ke1 1-0. [Click to replay]

Kramnik,V (2788) - Sebag,M (2521) [D19]
DGT Clock Simul Enschede NED (1), 02.04.2008
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.a4 dxc4 5.Nc3 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.0-0 0-0 9.Qe2 Bg6 10.Ne5 Nbd7 11.Nxg6 hxg6 12.Rd1 Qa5 13.Qc2 c5 14.Na2 cxd4 15.Nxb4 Qxb4 16.Rxd4 Rac8 17.Qe2 Qb6 18.a5 Qc7 19.a6 e5 20.axb7 exd4 21.bxc8Q Rxc8 22.b3 Nb6 23.exd4 Nxc4 24.bxc4 Qxc4 25.Qxc4 Rxc4 26.Be3 Rc7 27.Ra5 Rd7 28.Kf1 Nd5 29.Ke2 f6 30.Kd3 Kf7 31.h3 Ke6 32.Ra6+ Nb6 33.g4 g5 34.f4 gxf4 35.Bxf4 Kf7 36.h4 g5 37.hxg5 Nd5 38.Bd6 fxg5 39.Ke4 Nc3+ 40.Ke5 Nb5 41.Bc5 Rd8 42.Ra5 Rb8 43.d5 Rb7 44.d6 Ke8 45.Ke6 Kd8 46.Be3 Ke8 47.Bc5 Kd8 48.Bxa7 Nxa7 49.Rxg5 1-0. [Click to replay]


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