The world champion goes down

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World champion Vladimir Kramnik went knockout today in the ninth round of the WCC in Mexico. A marvellous Morozevich was needed; the Russian with the unique playing style acted orthodoxly unorthodox again with a g-pawn push in front of his king, but Kramnik quickly choked on it. Update: last video has been added.

Anand had drawn relatively quickly against Aronian and he became the big winner of the day after Gelfand lost a rook ending that should have ended in a draw. The Indian is now a point clear from the Israeli (who's still clear second) and 1,5 points ahead of Kramnik. The latter needs to beat Vishy with White tomorrow to keep chances of retaining his title.

Aronian's choice of the Marshall was to be expected and Vishy tried an original defense with an early Kg1-f2, but during the preparation he and his second Peter Heine Nielsen (who stays in the hotel room opposite to mine and who I've seen on several mornings in pyjamas with laptop and cables under his arm shuffling to Anand's room further down the hall) had both missed the important move ?¢‚Ǩ¬¶Qd7 that more or less neutralised everything.



Almost all the chess fans were relieved to see Svidler answering Leko's first move with the Sicilian. The most popular defence against 1.e4 hadn't been played before at this tournament! Which has something to do with fashion, but also with the fact that Topalov doesn't play here. Anyway, Svidler regretted the fact that he still hadn't checked Leko's 12.Rg1 and was all by himself after 14?¢‚Ǩ¬¶Ne8. But fared quite well.

At the start of the press conference it seems there's thunder and (especially) lightning. This is because not all the lamps were on; later it gets better.



The third game finishing today was Kramnik being punched. The move g2-g4 wasn't that powerful actually, but securely placed and it did made him stagger. His c5-c4 was wrong, as he noticed right after he hit the clock, and then it was just Moro punching and Vlad on the receiving end, till he could handle no more.



For Anand the sun started shining even brighter when that other Alexander (Grischuk) won against Vishy's other competitor, Gelfand. Because of passive play Black had gotten into trouble but the rook ending was drawn. However, Black blundered with 56?¢‚Ǩ¬¶h3? where 56?¢‚Ǩ¬¶Kg5 should have been played.



So tomorrow is the big game. As Macauley mentioned during dinner, a certain player in Bulgaria might even be routing for Kramnik, since then he'll get a title match, and otherwise he'll play the winner of Khanty-Mansyisk to qualify for... a title match. As a reminder: the world champion will play a title match anyway (at the moment this will be a Anand-Kramnik match in 2008). But still today he looked pretty disappointed.



Standings (click for bigger version):



Results/schedule:

Round 1: Thursday, Sept. 13th 2007, 14:00h
Kramnik 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Svidler
Morozevich 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Aronian
Anand 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Gelfand
Grischuk 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Leko
Round 2: Friday, Sept. 14th 2007, 14:00h
Svidler 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Leko
Gelfand 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Grischuk
Aronian 
0-1 Anand
Kramnik 
1-0 Morozevich
Round 3: Saturday, Sept. 15th 2007, 14:00h
Morozevich 
1-0 Svidler
Anand 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Kramnik
Grischuk 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Aronian
Leko 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Gelfand
Round 4: Sunday, Sept 16th 2007, 14:00h
Svidler 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Gelfand
Aronian 
1-0 Leko
Kramnik 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Grischuk
Morozevich 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Anand
Free day: Monday, Sept. 11th 2007
Round 5: Tuesday, Sept. 18th 2007, 14:00h
Anand 
1-0 Svidler
Grischuk 
1-0 Morozevich
Leko 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Kramnik
Gelfand 
1-0 Aronian
Round 6: Wednesday, Sept. 19th 2007, 14:00h
Aronian 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Kramnik
Gelfand 
1-0 Morozevich
Grischuk 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Svidler
Leko 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Anand
Round 7: Thursday, Sept. 20th 2007, 14:00h
Anand 
1-0 Grischuk
Kramnik 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Gelfand
Morozevich 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Leko
Svidler 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Aronian



Second half

Round 8: Friday, Sept. 21st 2007, 14:00h
Svidler 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Kramnik
Aronian 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Morozevich
Gelfand 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Anand
Leko 
1-0 Grischuk
Free day: Saturday, Sept. 22nd 2007
Round 9: Sunday, Sept. 23th 2007, 14:00h
Anand 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Aronian
Grischuk 
1-0 Gelfand
Leko 
?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Svidler
Morozevich 
1-0 Kramnik
Round 10: Monay, Sept. 24th 2007, 14:00h
Aronian 
  Grischuk
Gelfand 
  Leko
Kramnik 
  Anand
Svidler 
  Morozevich
Round 11: Tuesday, Sept. 25th 2007, 14:00h
Anand 
  Morozevich
Gelfand 
  Svidler
Grischuk 
  Kramnik
Leko 
  Aronian
Free day: Wednesday, Sept. 26th 2007
Round 12: Thursday, Sept 27th 2007, 14:00h
Aronian 
  Gelfand
Kramnik 
  Leko
Morozevich 
  Grischuk
Svidler 
  Anand
Round 13: Friday, Sept. 28th 2007, 14:00h
Aronian 
  Svidler
Grischuk 
  Anand
Leko 
  Morozevich
Gelfand 
  Kramnik
Round 14: Saturday, Sept. 29th 2007, 14:00h
Anand 
  Leko
Kramnik 
  Aronian
Morozevich 
  Gelfand
Svidler 
  Grischuk

Sunday, Sept. 30th 2007

Possible tiebreaks, closing ceremony

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