Mexico R06: Gelfand beats Morozevich, joins Anand in the lead

9/20/2007 – The two oldest players in this tournament are in the lead. Israeli GM Boris Gelfand, 39, beat Alexander Morozevich, 30, to join Vishy Anand, 38, in the lead at the World Championship in Mexico. The other games were drawn. Vladimir Kramnik, 32, and Alexander Grischuk, 23, are half a point behind. Illustrated report with games, results and lots of new 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 six express report

Round 6: Wednesday, Sept. 19th 2007, 14:00h
Alexander Grischuk 
½-½
 Peter Svidler
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Viswanathan Anand
Boris Gelfand 
1-0
 Alexander Morozevich
Levon Aronian 
½-½
 Vladimir Kramnik

Current standings

Full chess commentary by GM Mihail Marin will follow


Pictures from round six


First daylight in Mexico City: the view from our 15th storey hotel window


Before the round organiser Jorge Saggiante shows us that even the chairs of the exquisite French-made playing equipment have serial numbers.


Photo and TV journalists prepare for the arrival of the players


Gérard Demuydt, cameraman for Europe Echecs


Vijay Kumar, who is producing reports for Indian TV


Ali Nihat Yazici, President of the Turkish Chess Federation


Boris Gelfand being checked as he enters the playing hall


Anand goes through security and is spot checked


Anand takes his place at the board and ritually adjusts his pieces


Behind the Indian flag: Peter Leko plays 1.e4 against Vishy Anand


The Russians are there: Alex Grischuk from Moscow, Peter Svidler from St. Petersburg


Boris Gelfand at the start of his game against Morozevich


Levon Aronian in his game against Vladimir Kramnik


Vladimir Kramnik at the start of his game against Levon Aronian


Round six of the world championship under way in Mexico


The hero of the day: Boris Gelfand being interviewed by Russian chess journalist Yuriy Vasiliev


In the lead with Vishy Anand: Israeli GM Boris Gelfand

Pictures by Ali Nihat Yazici and Frederic Friedel


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 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Boris Gelfand 
½-½
 Alexander Grischuk
Levon Aronian 
0-1
 Viswanathan Anand
Vladimir Kramnik 
1-0
 Alexander Morozevich
Round 3: Saturday, Sept. 15th 2007, 14:00h
Alexander Morozevich 
1-0
 Peter Svidler
Viswanathan Anand 
½-½
 Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Grischuk 
½-½
 Levon Aronian
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Boris Gelfand
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 
1-0
 Peter Svidler
Alexander Grischuk 
1-0
 Alexander Morozevich
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Vladimir Kramnik
Boris Gelfand 
1-0
 Levon Aronian
Round 6: Wednesday, Sept. 19th 2007, 14:00h
Alexander Grischuk 
½-½
 Peter Svidler
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Viswanathan Anand
Boris Gelfand 
1-0
 Alexander Morozevich
Levon Aronian 
½-½
 Vladimir Kramnik
Round 7: Thursday, Sept. 20th 2007, 14:00h
Peter Svidler 
 
 Levon Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik 
 
 Boris Gelfand
Alexander Morozevich 
 
 Peter Leko
Viswanathan Anand 
 
 Alexander Grischuk
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.

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