Anand vs Kramnik, 2008
After Viswanathan Anand's
victory in the 2007 World Championship Tournament,
preparations were made to stage a title contest with former champion
Vladimir Kramnik to be held
in Bonn, Germany.
This match was a one-off event in which the previous world champion (Vladimir Kramnik) has been given the
right to challenge to regain his title. Its origin lies in the complications of re-unifying the world title
This event is especially significant because Anand did not win the 2007 FIDE World Championship in the traditional manner,
by defeating the standing champion in a head-to-head match, but instead by winning a tournament.
By winning this match, Anand cemented the legitimacy of his World Championship status beyond reproach.
| ||The State Art Gallery in Bonn, Germany|
The match format was a best of 12 games. In the event that the 12 games end in a 6-6 tie,
the match is decided by a short series of rapid games, then blitz (if necessary), and
finally, if needed, a single decisive "Armageddon game."
In the game 3, Anand scored a stunning victory from the black side of the Meran variation of the Semi-Slav Defense, giving him the lead. In game 5 the same variation was tested again, and once more Anand triumphed with the
black pieces. Anand then won the 6th game (playing White against the Nimzo-Indian Defense) giving him a commanding three point lead in the first half of the
match. Kramnik scored his first victory in game 10, but Anand needed
only one draw in the remaining two games to secure victory.
After a draw in the 11th game, Viswanathan
Anand defended his title and became the undisputed 15th World Chess Champion.
1. Wikipedia article World Chess Championship 2008
2 Official Website of the 2008 World Chess Championship