World Championship starts in San Luis

9/28/2005 – The first round of the FIDE World Championship in San Luis is under way: Leko vs Topalov, Morozevich vs Kasimdzhanov, Svidler vs Adams (drawn) and Polgar vs Anand. The live audio commentary delivered by GM Yasser Seirawan on Playchess has attracted thousands of spectators, where 30-40 GMs are following the games. Exciting stuff. Update with pictures.

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The World Chess Championship in San Luis begins today, September 28, 2005, in San Luis, Argentina. The pairings have been published and the first round will see the following four encounters:

Round 1: Wednesday, September 28th

Peter Leko
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Veselin Topalov
A. Morozevich
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R. Kasimdzhanov
Peter Svidler
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Michael Adams
Judit Polgar
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Vishy Anand
Games – Report

The games start at 15:00h local time in Argentina, which is 2 p.m. in New York, 7 p.m. in Britain and 20:00h in continental Europe. The exact times for your region of the world can be found here.

You can watch the games at the official site (link at the bottom of the page), or on the Playchess.com server. There we have arranged a live broadcast, with audio commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan (picture) and IM Andrew Martin. On each day of play one of these two commentators will appear periodically in the Playchess broadcast room and talk the audience through what is happining in San Luis.

A full schedule is given at the bottom of the page.

Games in progress

22:00h: The live coverage on Playchess is breaking all records. 30-40 GMs watching the games, including Garry Kasparov, who had just got back from a round-the-world trip (last stop: Vladivostok) and who is predicting two decided games (Anand would win, Leko-Topalov would be decided). Yasser Seirawan is doing amazing commentary, discussing the games with the public, who are working with chess engines (Yasser is using only human brain).

Fritz 9 users are experiencing something really cool: when you load all four games they do not appear in separate windows, but are displayed in multiple boards in a single window.

You can click on any game to transfer the focus of the notation and engine window. More about these new features when Fritz 9 is closer to production. The delivery date for the English version is October 31.

Picture gallery


The railway station of San Luis


Last to arrive in San Luis: Aruna and Vishy Anand, by plane


Peter Leko with his wife Sofia


Judit Polgar with Rustam Kasimdzhanov


The Hotel Potrero de los Funes, located directly next to the lake


Lounging on the deck in the beautiful Argentinian spring sunshine


The press center, also with a view of the lake


Press conference at the start of the event, with the FIDE president and the Governor


FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in a good mood ta the press conference
(in the background are the two Peters: Svidler and Leko)


Preparing for the opening ceremony


Can you guess what this contraption is? Solution lower down on this page.


The playing venue, with the audience on all sides

We hear that the seats are loud since they snap back when people stand up. There are about 100 people in the audience today in round one. They will have to each learn to arise from their seats more carefully.


The openings presentation


With dancers – no, it is not Kasim, just someone who looks vaguely like him


In the end fireworks over the lake, fired from the barge shown above

Full schedule

Round 1: Wednesday, September 28th

Peter Leko
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Veselin Topalov
A. Morozevich
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R. Kasimdzhanov
Peter Svidler
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Michael Adams
Judit Polgar
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Vishy Anand
Games – Report
Round 2: Thursday, September 29th
Veselin Topalov
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Vishy Anand
Michael Adams
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Judit Polgar
R. Kasimdzhanov
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Peter Svidler
Peter Leko
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A. Morozevich
Games – Report
Round 3: Friday, September 30th
A. Morozevich
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Veselin Topalov
Peter Svidler
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Peter Leko
Judit Polgar
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R. Kasimdzhanov
Vishy Anand
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Michael Adams
Games – Report
Round 4: Saturday, October 1st
Veselin Topalov
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Michael Adams
R. Kasimdzhanov
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Vishy Anand
Peter Leko
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Judit Polgar
A. Morozevich
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Peter Svidler
Games – Report
Free day: Sunday, October 2nd
Round 5: Monday, October 3rd
Peter Svidler
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Veselin Topalov
Judit Polgar
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A. Morozevich
Vishy Anand
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Peter Leko
Michael Adams
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R. Kasimdzhanov
Games – Report
Round 6: Tuesday, October 4th
Judit Polgar
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Veselin Topalov
Vishy Anand
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Peter Svidler
Adamas
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A. Morozevich
R. Kasimdzhanov
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Peter Leko
Games – Report
Round 7: Wednesday, October 5th
Peter Leko
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R. Kasimdzhanov
Veselin Topalov
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Michael Adams
A. Morozevich
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Vishy Anand
Peter Svidler
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Judit Polgar
Games – Report
Round 8: Thursday, October 6th
Veselin Topalov
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Peter Leko
R. Kasimdzhanov
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A. Morozevich
Michael Adams
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Peter Svidler
Vishy Anand
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Judit Polgar
Games – Report
Free day: Friday, October 7th
Round 9: Saturday, October 8th
Vishy Anand
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Veselin Topalov
Judit Polgar
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Michael Adams
Peter Svidler
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R. Kasimdzhanov
A. Morozevich
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Peter Leko
Games – Report
Round 10: Sunday, October 9th
Veselin Topalov
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A. Morozevich
Peter Leko
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Peter Svidler
R. Kasimdzhanov
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Judit Polgar
Adamas
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Vishy Anand
Games – Report
Round 11: Monday, October 10th
Adamas
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Veselin Topalov
Vishy Anand
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R. Kasimdzhanov
Judit Polgar
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Peter Leko
Peter Svidler
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A. Morozevich
Games – Report
Round 12: Tuesday, October 11th
Veselin Topalov
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Peter Svidler
A. Morozevich
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Judit Polgar
Peter Leko
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Vishy Anand
R. Kasimdzhanov
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Michael Adams
Games – Report
Free day: Wednesday, October 12th
Round 13: Thursday, October 13th
R. Kasimdzhanov
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Veselin Topalov
Michael Adams
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Peter Leko
Vishy Anand
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A. Morozevich
Judit Polgar
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Peter Svidler
Games – Report
Round 14: Friday, October 14th
Veselin Topalov
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Judit Polgar
Peter Svidler
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Vishy Anand
A. Morozevich
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Michael Adams
Peter Leko
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R. Kasimdzhanov
Games – Report
Tie-breaks: Saturday, October 15th

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