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In exactly two hours it's on. A year after the reunification match Kramnik-Topalov, with which the chess world finally got rid of the schism and Kramnik was crowned unified world champion, the tournament for the new world championship starts today. With Kramnik, without Topalov. The world champion defends his title against Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian, Boris Gelfand, Alexander Grischuk, Peter Leko, Alexander Morozevich and Peter Svidler. Tonight at 21.00 CET (14.00 local time in Mexico City) the first moves will be made. The pairing for the first round: Kramnik-Svidler, Anand-Gelfand, Morozevich-Aronian and Grischuk-Leko.



This is the participants list with the birth years and numbers of the current rating list:

 1  Anand, Viswanathan      IND  1969  2792
 3  Kramnik, Vladimir       RUS  1975  2769
 5  Morozevich, Alexander   RUS  1977  2758
 7  Leko, Peter             HUN  1979  2751
 8  Aronian, Levon          ARM  1982  2750
12  Svidler, Peter          RUS  1976  2735
13  Gelfand, Boris          ISR  1968  2733
14  Grischuk, Alexander     RUS  1983  2726


The biggest absents are Veselin Topalov and Vassily Ivanchuk (except for Garry Kasparov and... OK... Bobby Fischer). But Mamedyarov, Radjabov, Jakovenko and Shirov are also higher rated than Grischuk for example. This tournament was a necessary evil anyway, to some extend, and afterwards we can continue with matches again, as it should be. But this doesn't mean we weren't looking forward to this event! It's simply a very strong tournament where the world title is at stake, whatever happened before and whatever complicated matters are waiting afterwards.

Based on more than a thousand votes, the ChessVibes poll results are as follows:

1. Vladimir Kramnik      33%
2. Viswanathan Anand     31%
3. Levon Aronian         20%
4. Alexander Morozevich   7%
5. Peter Leko             6%
6. Boris Gelfand          2%
7. Alexander Grischuk     1%
8. Peter Svidler          1%


The rate of play is 40 moves in 2 hours, then 20 moves in 1 hour followed by 15 minutes plus 30 seconds per move for the rest of the game. The pairings:

Round 1 (September 13, 2007)

Anand, Viswanathan - Gelfand, Boris Grischuk, Alexander - Leko, Peter Kramnik, Vladimir - Svidler, Peter Morozevich, Alexander - Aronian, Levon

Round 2 (September 14, 2007)

Aronian, Levon - Anand, Viswanathan Gelfand, Boris - Grischuk, Alexander Kramnik, Vladimir - Morozevich, Alexander Svidler, Peter - Leko, Peter

Round 3 (September 15, 2007)

Anand, Viswanathan - Kramnik, Vladimir Grischuk, Alexander - Aronian, Levon Leko, Peter - Gelfand, Boris Morozevich, Alexander - Svidler, Peter

Round 4 (September 16, 2007)

Aronian, Levon - Leko, Peter Kramnik, Vladimir - Grischuk, Alexander Morozevich, Alexander - Anand, Viswanathan Svidler, Peter - Gelfand, Boris

Round 5 (September 18, 2007)

Anand, Viswanathan - Svidler, Peter Gelfand, Boris - Aronian, Levon Grischuk, Alexander - Morozevich, Alexander Leko, Peter - Kramnik, Vladimir

Round 6 (September 19, 2007)

Aronian, Levon - Kramnik, Vladimir Gelfand, Boris - Morozevich, Alexander Grischuk, Alexander - Svidler, Peter Leko, Peter - Anand, Viswanathan

Round 7 (September 20, 2007)

Anand, Viswanathan - Grischuk, Alexander Kramnik, Vladimir - Gelfand, Boris Morozevich, Alexander - Leko, Peter Svidler, Peter - Aronian, Levon

Round 8 (September 21, 2007)

Aronian, Levon - Morozevich, Alexander Gelfand, Boris - Anand, Viswanathan Leko, Peter - Grischuk, Alexander Svidler, Peter - Kramnik, Vladimir

Round 9 (September 23, 2007)

Anand, Viswanathan - Aronian, Levon Grischuk, Alexander - Gelfand, Boris Leko, Peter - Svidler, Peter Morozevich, Alexander - Kramnik, Vladimir

Round 10 (September 24, 2007)

Aronian, Levon - Grischuk, Alexander Gelfand, Boris - Leko, Peter Kramnik, Vladimir - Anand, Viswanathan Svidler, Peter - Morozevich, Alexander

Round 11 (September 25, 2007)

Anand, Viswanathan - Morozevich, Alexander Gelfand, Boris - Svidler, Peter Grischuk, Alexander - Kramnik, Vladimir Leko, Peter - Aronian, Levon

Round 12 (September 27, 2007)

Aronian, Levon - Gelfand, Boris Kramnik, Vladimir - Leko, Peter Morozevich, Alexander - Grischuk, Alexander Svidler, Peter - Anand, Viswanathan

Round 13 (September 28, 2007)

Aronian, Levon - Svidler, Peter Gelfand, Boris - Kramnik, Vladimir Grischuk, Alexander - Anand, Viswanathan Leko, Peter - Morozevich, Alexander

Round 14 (September 29, 2007)

Anand, Viswanathan - Leko, Peter Kramnik, Vladimir - Aronian, Levon Morozevich, Alexander - Gelfand, Boris Svidler, Peter - Grischuk, Alexander

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 --------------------------------------------------------- 1 Anand, Viswanathan 2792 ** .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 0.0 2 Aronian, Levon 2750 .. ** .. .. .. .. .. .. 0.0 3 Gelfand, Boris 2733 .. .. ** .. .. .. .. .. 0.0 4 Grischuk, Alexander 2726 .. .. .. ** .. .. .. .. 0.0 5 Kramnik, Vladimir 2769 .. .. .. .. ** .. .. .. 0.0 6 Leko, Peter 2751 .. .. .. .. .. ** .. .. 0.0 7 Morozevich, Alexander 2758 .. .. .. .. .. .. ** .. 0.0 8 Svidler, Peter 2735 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ** 0.0 ---------------------------------------------------------


The games can be followed live here.

Coverage online During the games there will be live coverage at ICC, Playchess, Susan Polgar, Chessdom, ChessOK and most probably on more sites. Mark Crowther's TWIC has lots of interesting information. Do add interesting sites in the comments if you know more.

ChessVibes coverage Of course we will cover the tournament intensively. Monday I'm flying to Mexico City from where I can provide inside information right from the press room. Howewer, Macauley is already there, working for ICC, and we will be working together a lot. His videos of the first four days will most probably be published here as well, so stay tuned!
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