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🏆 World Championship Candidates (2007)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Alexander Grischuk, Boris Gelfand, Ruslan Ponomariov, Peter Leko, Gata Kamsky, Michael Adams, Alexey Shirov, Etienne Bacrot, Evgeny Bareev, Judit Polgar, Vladimir Malakhov, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Sergei Rublevsky, Mikhail Gurevich Chess Event Description
World Championship Candidates (2007)

In order to select four participants for the World Championship tournament in September, this 16-player knockout tournament was held in Elista, Russia, 27 May - 13 June 2007. Rest days: 30 May, 4-5 and 9 June. Kasimdzhanov was qualified for this event by winning the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004). Leko, Adams, Polgar, Shirov and Bacrot were qualified by rating (average of July 2004 and January 2005), and the remaining 10 players had qualified from World Cup (2005). Time control (Classical games, 3 pm): 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 60 more minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 more minutes to the end, with 30 seconds added per move from move 61. If equal after 6 Classical games then 4 Rapid games (25 min + 10 sec), and if still equal, 2 Blitz games (5 min + 10 sec) and eventually an Armageddon game (6 vs 5 min). Tournament director: Valery Bovaev. Chief arbiter: Andrzej Filipowicz. Number of games played: 65 Classical + 13 Rapid + 2 Blitz = 80.

Levon Aronian, Peter Leko, Boris Gelfand and Alexander Grischuk qualified for the World Championship Tournament (2007).

Round 1 May 27 - June 3 Round 2 June 6-13

Aronian 1½010½ 1½½0 11 - 7 Carlsen 0½101½ 0½½1 00 - 5 Aronian 1½½½½½ ---- -- - 3½ Shirov 0½½½½½ ---- -- - 2½ Shirov ½½½0½1 11½- -- - 5½ Adams ½½½1½0 00½- -- - 3½ Leko ½111-- ---- -- - 3½ Gurevich ½000-- ---- -- - ½ Leko 1½1½½- ---- -- - 3½ Bareev 0½0½½- ---- -- - 1½ Bareev ½1½10½ ---- -- - 3½ Polgar ½0½01½ ---- -- - 2½ Gelfand ½½½½½½ 1½1- -- - 5½ Kasimdzhanov ½½½½½½ 0½0- -- - 3½ Gelfand ½½1½1- ---- -- - 3½ Kamsky ½½0½0- ---- -- - 1½ Kamsky ½111-- ---- -- - 3½ Bacrot ½000-- ---- -- - ½ Grischuk 1½½1½- ---- -- - 3½ Malakhov 0½½0½- ---- -- - 1½ Grischuk 1½½0½½ 1½1- -- - 5½ Rublevsky 0½½1½½ 0½0- -- - 3½ Rublevsky ½½1½½½ ---- -- - 3½ Ponomariov ½½0½½½ ---- -- - 2½

Official site:
Mark Weeks:
Wikipedia article: World Chess Championship 2007#2007 Candidates tournament

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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 80  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ponomariov vs Rublevsky ½-½372007World Championship CandidatesD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Leko vs M Gurevich ½-½312007World Championship CandidatesC11 French
3. Polgar vs Bareev ½-½632007World Championship CandidatesB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
4. Adams vs Shirov ½-½502007World Championship CandidatesC05 French, Tarrasch
5. Gelfand vs Kasimdzhanov ½-½472007World Championship CandidatesD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Grischuk vs V Malakhov 1-0422007World Championship CandidatesB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
7. Kamsky vs Bacrot ½-½282007World Championship CandidatesD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Carlsen vs Aronian 0-1362007World Championship CandidatesC78 Ruy Lopez
9. Aronian vs Carlsen ½-½212007World Championship CandidatesA58 Benko Gambit
10. Kasimdzhanov vs Gelfand ½-½232007World Championship CandidatesE15 Queen's Indian
11. Bacrot vs Kamsky 0-1392007World Championship CandidatesA81 Dutch
12. Rublevsky vs Ponomariov ½-½412007World Championship CandidatesB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. Shirov vs Adams ½-½542007World Championship CandidatesC78 Ruy Lopez
14. M Gurevich vs Leko 0-1532007World Championship CandidatesE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
15. Bareev vs Polgar 1-0642007World Championship CandidatesE15 Queen's Indian
16. V Malakhov vs Grischuk ½-½642007World Championship CandidatesA15 English
17. Ponomariov vs Rublevsky 0-1922007World Championship CandidatesB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
18. Leko vs M Gurevich 1-0502007World Championship CandidatesC11 French
19. Polgar vs Bareev ½-½562007World Championship CandidatesB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
20. Gelfand vs Kasimdzhanov ½-½382007World Championship CandidatesD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Carlsen vs Aronian 1-0412007World Championship CandidatesA30 English, Symmetrical
22. Kamsky vs Bacrot 1-0362007World Championship CandidatesC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Adams vs Shirov ½-½262007World Championship CandidatesC78 Ruy Lopez
24. Grischuk vs V Malakhov  ½-½342007World Championship CandidatesC67 Ruy Lopez
25. Kasimdzhanov vs Gelfand ½-½482007World Championship CandidatesD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
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Jun-15-07  Pulse: Chessbase makes interesting comments, as always. Caption: Now it's your turn, Alex – the girls think he is the cutest candidate

Jun-15-07  chessmoron:

That'll keep chess nerds turning their heads. Haba! Haba! Haba!

Jun-15-07  Open Defence: geez is that a new marketing idea by Kirsan ? no wonder he doesn't get sponsors...
Jun-15-07  slomarko: <chancho: Haven't you heard? Levon discovered that the getting beat up trick to pick up the chicks is no longer working. That girl posture is his latest method at picking up those babes! Gotta give the dude credit, he'll try ANYTHING to land a lady.> will you ever stop writting useless crap on this site?
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  chancho: Talk about the pot calling the kettle black...
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  tpstar: <Haba Haba Haba> Once upon a time, there were three little girls who went to the police academy, and they were each assigned very hazardous outfits ...

If her black & white dress had velcro pieces, you could play chest, I mean, chess.

Jun-18-07  iccsumant: Can you all please tell me what are they going to do in Mexico?
Jun-18-07  Karpova: <iccsumant: Can you all please tell me what are they going to do in Mexico?> ?

Play a double round-robin classical tournament for the worldchampionship title. The winner will either have to play Kramnik or if Kramnik wins he has to play Topalov (well,I'm not sure about the Topalov thing). The players are Kramnik, Anand, Svidler, Morozevich, Aronian, Leko, Gelfand and Grischuk.

If the information you were looking for is not included please specify your question.

Jun-28-07  positionalgenius: Hmm,grischuk is just too good for poor rublevsky.
Nov-23-07  Cactus: I find <AVA>'s rant to be quite annoying.'Oh, you beat Polgar, but she's more popular, so she should go on to the next round. Sorry.' As a Bareev fan, he deserves to be in this as much as Polgar. He's 42, and playing of the top five players of our time; what do you expect?
Oct-25-09  notyetagm: Anyone know which game occurred in <Round 7>?


Oct-26-09  nescio: <notyetagm> According to and this was the round 7 game: Rublevsky vs Grischuk, 2007
Aug-31-10  Illogic: Is this the longest dancing rook ever?
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Mendrys: No, he quit studying medicine to study law. He obtained his law degree before he came back to chess. Pretty nice fall back if you ask me.>

Lucrative, any way. There is nothing "nice" about the legal profession.

May-07-11  theagenbiteofinwit: I don't think this is the Kamsky that we're witnessing in 2011. Not at all.
Jun-13-15  zanzibar: <
Elista Tiebreak: Grischuk beats Rublevsky to qualify

6/13/2007 – Alexander Grischuk beat Sergey Rublevsky in two games and drew one to qualify for the world championship in Mexico. The tiebreak was over four rapid chess games (25 minutes plus five seconds increment per move). Grischuk won the first and third, each time with the black pieces.>


Finals Tiebreak: Wednesday, June 13th 2007

Sergei Rublevsky 0-1 Alexander Grischuk

Alexander Grischuk ½-½ Sergei Rublevsky

Sergei Rublevsky 0-1 Alexander Grischuk


The scheduled 4th game didn't need to be played.


Dec-13-15  scholes: what was this match ?
Dec-13-15  scholes: How many of this were classical games ?
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  alexmagnus: It was a candidates match for Mexico 2007 World Championship. Six games classical. Remembered for Carlsen always coming back after a defeat, including such a comeback in the rapid tiebreak, until eventually losing 0:2 on blitz tiebreaks.
Dec-13-15  Howard: You mean the winner got seeded into the Candidates 2007 tournament ? But what was the purpose of this match ? Couldn't either player have qualified on his own, without this match?
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  beatgiant: <scholes>,<Howard> You can find all the details by looking up "World Chess Championship 2007" in Wikipedia.
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  alexmagnus: The 2007 Candidates WC was a tournament of eight players:

Kramnik qualified as a reigning champion.

Anand, Svidler and Morozevich qualified from the FIDE WC 2005

The remaining four players were determined by the Candidate matches, one of which is here.

The Candidates were these:

Four players from FIDE WC 2005: Leko, Adams, Polgar

Two players by rating: Shirov and Bacrot

Ten players from 2005 World Cup: Aronian, Ponomariov, Grischuk, Bareev, Gelfand, Rublevsky, Gurevich, Kamsky, Carlsen and Malakhov

The tournament consisted of two KO stages. This match was one of the first stage matches, between the top seed Aronian and the botton seed Carlsen.

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  alexmagnus: bottom*
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  Tabanus: Alles klar? I merged 12 different match pages into this one page. Have mercy on my soul.

The kibitzing appears to have been kept, but it's probably .. intertwined.

Apr-18-22  Dionysius1: Looks great to me thanks <Tabanus>!
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