Mexico R10: Kramnik vs Anand drawn after long fight

9/25/2007 – The summit game was sharp – heart-stoppingly so. Anand uncorked some deep preparation in a Semi-Slav, Kramnik fought back with ambitious intentions, Anand defended well and in fact took the initiative. The game ended after 41 moves in a draw, which left Anand a point ahead of the field. Aronian drew first blood, beating Grischuk in 42 moves of a QGD. Express report.

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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 ten express report

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

Current standings

Full chess commentary by GM Mihail Marin will follow


Picture gallery


A demonstration on the main street in front of our hotel


A pro choice section marches past – astonishing in Catholic Mexico


An elderly man in a wheel-chair is part of the demonstration for women's rights


In the playing hall Anand has arrived early and, like the photographers, waits for Kramnik to appear


Now that he's there the game can begin


The game turns into a well-researched Semi-Slav


Anand plays quickly and confidently – obviously he has done his homework


Peter Svidler vs Alexander Morozevich at the start of their Caro Kann game


Making his move: Svidler has played 3.Nd2, and Morozevich is going to capture 3...dxe4


That's my first move – any ideas? Levon Aronian (right) vs Alexander Grischuk


Meanwhile Anand and Kramnik have dug into the game


The game has progressed to a critical position


What's going on here? Kramnik ponders the position before 29.Kh1


Anand planning his reply to this move, which he knows must come


Alexander Morozevich working hard in his game against Peter Svidler...


...who is eager to chalk up a first win in this tournament


After the game (drawn in 41 moves) Kramnik and Anand ananlyse in the press room


The dissection of their game is conducted in a light-hearted, amicable spirit


The press conference with Anand and Kramnik is packed


Journalist and photographers jostle and struggle to get the best place


Meanwhile Aruna Anand and Kema Goryaeva (from the Elista FIDE office) make friends


And today's winner: Armenian GM Levon Aronian

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 
 
 Peter Svidler
Peter Leko 
 
 Levon Aronian
Alexander Grischuk 
 
 Vladimir Kramnik
Viswanathan Anand 
 
 Alexander Morozevich
Games – Report
Free day: Wednesday, Sept. 26th 2007
Round 12: Thursday, Sept 27th 2007, 14:00h
Peter Svidler 
 
 Viswanathan Anand
Alexander Morozevich 
 
 Alexander Grischuk
Vladimir Kramnik 
 
 Peter Leko
Levon Aronian 
 
 Boris Gelfand
Games – Report
Round 13: Friday, Sept. 28th 2007, 14:00h
Levon Aronian 
 
 Peter Svidler
Boris Gelfand 
 
 Vladimir Kramnik
Peter Leko 
 
 Alexander Morozevich
Alexander Grischuk 
 
 Viswanathan Anand
Games – Report
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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