Mexico R01: All games drawn, comments by Seirawan and Kasimdzhanov

9/13/2007 – The first round of the World Championship ended with four draws. Transmission of the moves from Mexico to the rest of the world went smoothly. There are 7500+ visitors on Playchess, watching the games and listening to live commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan and former FIDE world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov. Express report with videos and pictures.

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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.

Round one express report

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

Full chess commentary by GM Mihail Marin will follow tomorrow.

There were 7500 visitors on the Playchess server, where GM Yasser Seirawan was doing audio commentary on the games. At the same time we had a special guest providing video commentary.

Above is Yasser Seirawan doing a great job explaining ideas and plans in the games. There are 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 Yasser's live lectures.

The special guest was former FIDE world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov, who together with IM Oliver Reeh (on the left in the image above) did live audio and video commentary. However, it was in German. Rustam has lived for three years in this country and speaks the language not just well, but fluently, elegantly and with full idiomatic command. This broadcast is free.


Pictures from round one


Vladimir Kramnik at the start of his game against Peter Svidler


Peter Svidler facing his friend and opponent in a round one game with black


Muy, muy tired: Boris Gelfand before his black game against Anand


The Armenian battle force: Levon Aronian in white with black against Morozevich


Alexander Morozevich facing a Queen's Indian against Aronian


Alexander Grischuk, with white against Peter Leko


Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Svidler analyse after their game


The reigning world champion ponders what went right and wrong in this game


Alexander Grischuk and Peter Leko analysing


Levon Aronian and Alexander Morozevich in their press conference


Cheer up Jorge, everything went fine! Spiritus rector of the world championship Jorge Saggiante

All pictures from Mexico provided by Ali Nihat Yazici


Videos by Europe Echecs


Impressions from the openings ceremony in Mexico


The drawing of lots for the pairings


A short visit to the playing hall

Videos provided from Mexico by Europe Echecs


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 
 
 Peter Leko
Boris Gelfand 
 
 Alexander Grischuk
Levon Aronian 
 
 Viswanathan Anand
Vladimir Kramnik 
 
 Alexander Morozevich
Games – Report
Round 3: Saturday, Sept. 15th 2007, 14:00h
Alexander Morozevich 
 
 Peter Svidler
Viswanathan Anand 
 
 Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Grischuk 
 
 Levon Aronian
Peter Leko 
 
 Boris Gelfand
Games – Report
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 
 
 Peter Svidler
Alexander Grischuk 
 
 Alexander Morozevich
Peter Leko 
 
 Vladimir Kramnik
Boris Gelfand 
 
 Levon Aronian
Games – Report
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.

Ducats are the currency used on Playchess.com. You can purchase Ducats here. The amount will be credited to your playchess.com account. You need to allow one working day for processing. If you want your Ducats immediately you can order them using our Click&Buy service. Ducats can also be used to buy ChessBase products. Note that you can also purchase Ducats directly from Fritz or the Playchess client using the menu "Edit – Payments – Fill up account". This takes you to a special purchase page with your account name automatically passed on, to simplify the process.

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