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Anand vs Kramnik, 2008
Bonn, Germany

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 in 2006.[1]

 Vishy Kramnik 2008
 The State Art Gallery in Bonn, Germany
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 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."[2]

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.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Wikipedia article World Chess Championship 2008
  2. Official Website of the 2008 World Chess Championship

 page 1 of 1; 11 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kramnik vs Anand ½-½32 2008 Anand - Kramnik World Championship MatchD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
2. Anand vs Kramnik ½-½32 2008 Anand - Kramnik World Championship MatchE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
3. Kramnik vs Anand 0-141 2008 Anand - Kramnik World Championship MatchD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
4. Anand vs Kramnik ½-½29 2008 Anand - Kramnik World Championship MatchD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Kramnik vs Anand 0-135 2008 Anand - Kramnik World Championship MatchD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
6. Anand vs Kramnik 1-047 2008 Anand - Kramnik World Championship MatchE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
7. Anand vs Kramnik ½-½37 2008 Anand - Kramnik World Championship MatchD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
8. Kramnik vs Anand ½-½39 2008 Anand - Kramnik World Championship MatchD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Anand vs Kramnik ½-½45 2008 Anand - Kramnik World Championship MatchD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Kramnik vs Anand 1-029 2008 Anand - Kramnik World Championship MatchE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
11. Anand vs Kramnik ½-½24 2008 Anand - Kramnik World Championship MatchB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
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