The 2007 World Chess Championship has begun! The games started today and from all indications the games have started off with a fighting spirit… despite the draws. The field is as follows:
Viswanathan Anand (India 2792)
Vladimir Kramnik (Russia 2769)
Alexander Morozevich (Russia 2758)
Peter Leko (Hungary 2751)
Levon Aronian (Armenia 2750)
Peter Svidler (Russia 2735)
Boris Gelfand (Israel 2733)
Alexander Grischuk (Russia 2726)
Mexico 2007 (official site)
Europe-Echecs (web coverage, photos, videos)
ChessBase (web coverage, photos, games)
TWIC (web coverage, commentary, games)
GM Susan Polgar (blog, live commentary)
The Daily Dirt (blog, fan commentary)
Chess OK (Sergey Shipov’s commentary)
Chess.FM (audio commentary… ICC members)
FIDE America (web coverage, photos, games… in Spanish)
Here are some of the regulations:
Schedule: Opening ceremony 12th Sept 2007. Rounds 1-4 13th-16th Sept 2007: Rounds 5-8 18th-21st Sept 2007: Rounds 9-11 23rd-25th Sept 2007: Rounds 12-14 27th-29th Sept 2007. Tiebreak games if required 30th Sept 2007, along with the closing ceremony. Play starts at 15:00 (Eastern Standard Time – New York) tiebreaks a couple of hours earler at 12:00. Prize fund: US$1.3 million.
Time control: 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in one hour, followed by 15 minutes plus 30 seconds for all the remaining moves (40/2h, 20/1h, 15m+30sec/all).
According to the FIDE regulations: Tie breaks for the World Chess Championship Tournament: When the top two or more players score the same number of points, the title of the World Champion will be decided by the following criteria, in order of priority: a) The results of the games between the players involved in the tie. If they are still tied: b) The total number of wins in the tournament of every player involved in the tie. If they are still tied: c) Sonneborn – Berger System. If there is no clear winner with the above 3 criteria, there will be a special competition between the players who still remain tied after using the 3rd criteria (Sonneborn – Berger). If still tied each player will play two games with the other opponents (one or more) with a time control of 25 minutes and an increment of 10 seconds per move from move one for each player. There can also be Blitz and sudden death games.
The World Championship cycle has gone through several permutations and the latest design was announced by FIDE, but you can also read the analysis on the ChessBase website.
One of the drawbacks of these championships is that they feature the same permutation of players as in Dortmund, Linares, Wijk an Zee, etc. There needs to be some “fresh blood” in the mix. Fortunately, Armenia’s Levon Aronian will bring a new face to the elite chess fraternity. It will be exciting to watch the world’s best square off!
Here are videos from opening ceremonies: