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FIDE World Championship Tournament, 2007
Mexico City

In 2006, the world championship title had become unified again after 13 long years. FIDE immediately presented a rather complicated procedure for the new world championship cycle, which involves alternating between a tournament format and a match format. At the same time FIDE announced that, as compensation for being denied entry to the 2007 tournament, Topalov would have special privileges in the World Chess Championship 2008 cycle.

 Anand-Morozevich 2007
 Morozevich shakes Anand's hand after defeat in round 11
In 2007 a tournament was held in Mexico City which invited the strongest players in the world, including the reigning champion Vladimir Kramnik. It was an eight-player, double round robin tournament, and the winner was to earn the title of World Champion. In the event that Kramnik did not win the tournament, FIDE would allow him to have a title match against the victor in 2008.[1]

Winning four games and drawing the rest, Viswanathan Anand finished with 9/14 points, thereby becoming FIDE World Chess Champion for the second time.

             Elo  01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08
1 Anand      2792 ** ½½ ½½ ½½ 1½ 1½ 1½ 1½ 9
2 Kramnik    2769 ½½ ** ½½ 1½ ½½ 10 1½ ½½ 8
3 Gelfand    2733 ½½ ½½ ** ½½ ½½ 1½ 11 ½0 8
4 Leko       2751 ½½ ½0 ½½ ** ½½ 1½ 0½ 1½ 7
5 Svidler    2735 0½ ½½ ½½ ½½ ** 0½ ½½ 1½ 6½
6 Morozevich 2758 ½0 01 0½ ½0 1½ ** ½½ 01 6
7 Aronian    2750 0½ ½0 00 1½ ½½ ½½ ** 1½ 6
8 Grischuk   2726 0½ ½½ 1½ ½0 ½0 10 ½0 ** 5½


  1. Wikipedia article World Chess Championship 2007

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kramnik vs Svidler ½-½232007World Championship TournamentD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Morozevich vs Aronian ½-½252007World Championship TournamentE12 Queen's Indian
3. Anand vs Gelfand ½-½222007World Championship TournamentC42 Petrov Defense
4. Grischuk vs Leko ½-½282007World Championship TournamentC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. Svidler vs Leko ½-½432007World Championship TournamentC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
6. Gelfand vs Grischuk ½-½232007World Championship TournamentE15 Queen's Indian
7. Kramnik vs Morozevich 1-0272007World Championship TournamentE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
8. Aronian vs Anand 0-1412007World Championship TournamentD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Grischuk vs Aronian ½-½312007World Championship TournamentC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. Anand vs Kramnik ½-½652007World Championship TournamentC42 Petrov Defense
11. Morozevich vs Svidler 1-0372007World Championship TournamentC45 Scotch Game
12. Leko vs Gelfand ½-½1002007World Championship TournamentC42 Petrov Defense
13. Aronian vs Leko 1-0452007World Championship TournamentA33 English, Symmetrical
14. Svidler vs Gelfand ½-½242007World Championship TournamentC42 Petrov Defense
15. Kramnik vs Grischuk ½-½602007World Championship TournamentE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
16. Morozevich vs Anand ½-½612007World Championship TournamentD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Gelfand vs Aronian 1-0482007World Championship TournamentE00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Leko vs Kramnik ½-½242007World Championship TournamentC53 Giuoco Piano
19. Grischuk vs Morozevich 1-0412007World Championship TournamentD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
20. Anand vs Svidler 1-0392007World Championship TournamentC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
21. Aronian vs Kramnik ½-½222007World Championship TournamentE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
22. Gelfand vs Morozevich 1-0502007World Championship TournamentE17 Queen's Indian
23. Grischuk vs Svidler ½-½412007World Championship TournamentD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Leko vs Anand ½-½212007World Championship TournamentC78 Ruy Lopez
25. Morozevich vs Leko ½-½602007World Championship TournamentC45 Scotch Game
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Nov-09-07  acirce: It's true that the Chessbase translation could have been better. Golubev pointed out that there is no such thing as "at present, I take the view that..." in the Russian original. But the best part was when they translated the Russian 'грунте' to 'grunting' instead of 'clay' in the tennis analogy. They corrected that though. True, it was pretty clever...
Nov-09-07  chessmoron: And Kramnik would have won the last 2 and game 3 if he didn't mess it up.
Nov-09-07  Riverbeast: Topalov also had favorable positions that he didn't win in that match. But the 'mate in two' game was a clear gift.

Sorry if I'm punching holes in your boy Kramnik's veneer of invincibility. But Anand has a winning head-to-head record against Kramnik, and it seems clear (to me, at least) that he's playing better chess now.

If any of you Kramnik boys want to lay down bets on your man, you've got a 'taker'.

Nov-09-07  chessmoron: <But the 'mate in two' game was a clear gift.> If Topalov doesn't know it on the board that it was a mate there, why is that a "gift".

You sound like you are better than Topalov and Kramnik and would have found it on the board.

Nov-09-07  Riverbeast: Your boy Kramnik hung mate in one to the computer!

I think I would have seen Qh7 mate, I can tell you that!

But that wasn't a gift! Kramnik got outplayed....

I loved seeing the look on Kramnik's face when that happened.

Nov-09-07  acirce: <Topalov also had favorable positions that he didn't win in that match.>

Apart from game 2 and the games he did win, he had no winning positions. But Kramnik was very likely winning in game 3. Also, Topalov only got the winning position in game 2 in the first place because of a Kramnik blunder. Discount the blunders and that would have been a draw, not a win. On the other hand Kramnik's blunder did come when he was under pressure.

But the match as a whole after "game 5" was marred by the fiasco and it's impossible to know how it had gone if not for Topalov's dirty off-board tricks. Kramnik was definitely affected. How much is impossible to tell. Perhaps it's just a coincidence that his worst game by far since his mid-2006 comeback was game 9 of that match.

Kramnik has a positive score against Anand in classical chess. Kramnik has had more Whites, don't know how many more.

Better chess at the moment? Well, Anand very likely played better in Mexico. But before that Kramnik had been more convincing for quite a while. On the other hand it was of course in Mexico it really mattered. So yes, I'd give Anand a slight edge, if anyone. After Tal Memorial, perhaps it's time to update in either direction.

Of course nobody is saying Kramnik is invincible or anything like that. You still like building strawmen.

Nov-09-07  Riverbeast: You're the one calling me a shameless liar acirce. So who's building the straw man?

But most people resort to unprovoked name calling when they have little else to go by.

Topalov had a favorable position in Game One, by the way...and that's the one I remember off the top of my head. I'll have to go back to see if there were any more.

Nov-09-07  acirce: Um, yes. And Kramnik had favourable positions too. But as for <winning> positions they didn't convert, they seem to have traded one each. Game 2 was extreme though. It should have been an easy win, but even after missing this, Topalov was STILL objectively winning, just much harder. Then he was gradually outplayed all the way to a loss. Bizarre game.
Nov-09-07  chessmoron: And? Topalov got outplayed by Fritz 8.
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  alexmagnus: Saying Kramnik won the Topalov match in classical is incorrect - the Karmnik won 66% of the match. A match shold always have an even number of games. We can only guess how game 5 would end if it was played out, so 66% probability that he would not lose.
Nov-09-07  acirce: <alexmagnus> Of course you win the match if you have the lead and then your opponent refuses to play the last game. Stands to reason.
Nov-09-07  Pawnsgambit: <alexmagnus: Saying Kramnik won the Topalov match in classical is incorrect - the Karmnik won 66% of the match. A match shold always have an even number of games. We can only guess how game 5 would end if it was played out, so 66% probability that he would not lose.> your posts as usual are always excellent, and very analytical and very logical.
Nov-09-07  Riverbeast: Topalov was down 2-0 after the first two games, when it could have very easily been 1 1/2-1/2 in his favor. He had a favorable position in game One which he pressed too hard to win, and lost, after rejecting a forced draw.

I realize that mistakes are part of chess. But I did not think Kramnik's win over Topalov was convincing in any way.

Nov-09-07  acirce: <I did not think Kramnik's win over Topalov was convincing in any way.> This is more or less stating the obvious, and Kramnik would not disagree. I think it should be added to the equation that Kramnik had to play in an extremely hostile environment, with his opponent playing dirty tricks and the organizers rewarding them. Even without considering this, it would be a noteworthy accomplishment to beat who was at the moment the relatively undisputed #1 player. But the chess itself was so-so.
Nov-09-07  Whack8888: <game 9 of that match>

His game against Morozevich in Mexico City was also pretty bad in my opinion--though he did fight a bit harder against Moro than he did against Topa, but that is just a feeling.

I think Kramnik is the most solid player ever to exist, except for these one or two 'blow-ups' where his motivation and concentration both hit lows at an unfortunate time.

Hopefully, for Kramnik fans at least, he will take these two games as lessons, in a similar way that I believe he took Game 2 of his Elista match as a lesson.

"I have to play harder, or I am going to lose. I got lucky then, but that is not how I want to win."

I dont know if he will improve this unfortunate aspect of his playing against Anand, because this is sort of a traditional thing for him. Remember that pawn down game against Leko he lost, and even the Queen sac bit. Against Kasparov he was super solid, but then again, he must have super respected Kasparov.

Will his respect for Anand, and hence his playing ability, be at the same level?

I would say probably not, but hopefully it is at least at something close to that level.

Give 'em hell, Vlad!

Nov-09-07  Whack8888: As far as the Fritz 10 thing, Kramnik is going to say to his grave that he took that match seriously, because of the money, but honestly folks, who is going to take a match like that seriously. For one, it is 6 games, which means the outcome is going to be more or less random anyway. I am sure Kramnik was looking to draw the match and say, "ok, nice program" and move on. He blew it on a blunder, so then he had to play the Najdorf in the last game to make it seem like he cared. "Thanks for the dosh, boys!"

Maybe it is just me, but I dont think computer-human matches are at all interesting. I like what John Nunn wrote a bit ago, just because humans have created vehicles that can go much faster than a human, doesnt mean sprinters/marathoners are not interesting and competitive.

If someone were seriously going to put computers into the mix, I think you would have to put them in the top tournaments, so humans could come up with anti computer strategies over a period of time. As it is now, no one really cares about anti-computer stratgies unless you want to get on Tim Krabbe's page or someone is offering you a million dollars to do it.

Nov-09-07  chessmoron: <His game against Morozevich in Mexico City was also pretty bad in my opinion> It's quite strange that Kramnik said he doesn't care he lost to Moro as Anand's lead was 1-1/2 ahead of Kramnik. His main concern and seems to be kicking himself was that he botched the win against Grischuk with the White pieces.
Nov-09-07  cannibal: <acirce:
Kramnik has a positive score against Anand in classical chess. Kramnik has had more Whites, don't know how many more.>
If this database is complete with regard to this, considerably more. 20 for Anand, and something between 28 and 30 for Kramnik. This was new to me, and it makes the 6-4 score for Kramnik quite irrelevant (if you have 60% of the whites on this level, you should be expected to score 60% of the wins)

Another interesting useless statistic I found out:
There are 20 classical games between Anand(white) and Kramnik(black).

11 in the Sicilian: all drawn
2 in the Ruy Lopez: both drawn
7 in the Petroff: +2 =5 for Anand.

Just for the people who suggested switching to d4 for Anand to avoid the Petroff...

Nov-09-07  Atkins: In your data +2 =5 for Anand. One of victory was plaid during the weakest years of Kramnik. But yes <Cannibal> the match between these great champions is very open. I can't wait for.
Nov-09-07  blazerdoodle: blazerdoodle: This is fun.
<Mahendrakumar: It is rather surprising that Kramnik made that statement of lending the world Chess crown to Anand. Shocking!!> Not the right thing to say, but he was probably just reading these silly blogs and had to stand up for himself. LOL. I just dislike the idea,
Can you imagine saying : “I’m WC because I beat some guys who beat Kramnik, because he couldn’t beat them?” Who would want there name tagged on that one?
How about a match?
Nov-10-07  notyetagm: <blazerdoodle: ... Can you imagine saying : “I’m WC because I beat some guys who beat Kramnik, because he couldn’t beat them?” Who would want there name tagged on that one? How about a match? >

Yes, Anand won the World Championship at Mexico City only because he beat up on the weak players like Svidler (<2989(!)> @ European Team Chess Championships (2007)/Peter Svidler) and Morozevich (<2855(!)> @ European Team Chess Championships (2007)/Alexander Morozevich).

Nov-10-07  Petrosianic: Svidler was never rated 2989, nor was he ever World Champion.
Nov-10-07  blazerdoodle: I do think of Anannd as WC, because Kramnik "legitimitely relinquished it under the rules he played under. He lost. He was a gentleman about it until the mud started flying.

But, just entertaining myself, Why isn't Svidler World Champion if ratings decide?

We need several WC's.

* The guy who actually beat the previous WC in match.

* The guy who won an important tournamnt all the hotshots played in: Anannd. He's the only legitimite one right now.

* The best in the Ratings Guy: Svidler or who else has climbed up to 3000?

* The guy who slings the best cow pie: Topy/Dan.

...caveat... devil's advocate again... Let's see. ANANND: "I’m WC because I beat some guys, including Svidler who has fat rating, higher than Kramniks or even mine, so I'm World Champion, now. But, oh, I didn't beat the World Champion a single game, but it doesn't matter. Rules are rules."

He plays Kramnik next year. Can he win it? I don't know. I'm not that good at reading games at that level (although I do all the time).

I still wouldn't want my name tagged to that kind of a win. But who am I, slinking around down here 2000 ponts below these guys who are fighting like crazy?

Lasker,Steinitz: The winner of the match was to be the first to win 10 games, draws not counting. The time control was 15 moves per hour.

What an amazing lost time.

Nov-10-07  Petrosianic: <I do think of Anannd as WC, because Kramnik "legitimitely relinquished it under the rules he played under.>

And that's important. You do have to play by the rules in effect, not some other rules. Like, in the 1984 match, you could try to say "Karpov won, because if they'd been playing under the old Best of 24 rules, he'd have won 12.5 - 8.5 after 21 games. Problem is, they WEREN'T playing Best of 24, they were playing first to win 6.

Anand is certainly the champion. He won under the rules used in this event, not the rules used in other events. The fact remains though, that the value of the title is diminished, as it was in 1975, by the fact that he didn't defeat his predecessor. Fortunately though, unlike Karpov, Anand WILL have the chance to defeat his predecessor very soon and the whole thing will become academic.

Nov-10-07  Open Defence: UNLESS FIDE messes up the match.... always a possibility
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