Anand and Gelfand Draw, Retain 1-2 Position in World Championship Print
Saturday, 22 September 2007 00:00
Viswanathan Anand of India and Boris Gelfand of Israel drew in 20 moves of an Open Catalan game to retain their 1-2 pole position with 5.5 and 5 points, respectively, after 8 rounds of the World Championship in Mexico City. Vladimir Kramnik used the Petroff defense to draw with Peter Svidler and follow with 4.5 points. Peter Leko of Hungary climbed to 4th place after dealing Alexander Grischuk his second straight loss in 60 moves of a Ruy Lopez. Aronian and Morozevich drew in 69 moves of the latter`s Queen`s Indian defense. Saturday is a free day. Visit the official web site. . Viswanathan Anand of India and Boris Gelfand of Israel drew in 20 moves of an Open Catalan game to retain their 1-2 pole position with 5.5 and 5 points, respectively, after 8 rounds of the World Championship in Mexico City. Vladimir Kramnik used the Petroff defense to draw with Peter Svidler and follow with 4.5 points. Peter Leko of Hungary climbed to 4th place after dealing Alexander Grischuk his second straight loss in 60 moves of a Ruy Lopez. Aronian and Morozevich drew in 69 moves of the latter`s Queen`s Indian defense. Saturday is a free day. Visit the official web site.

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Round 8: Friday, Sept. 21st 2007
Peter Svidler 
½-½
 Vladimir Kramnik
Levon Aronian 
½-½
 Alexander Morozevich
Boris Gelfand 
½-½
 Viswanathan Anand
Peter Leko 
1-0
 Alexander Grischuk


(1) Svidler,P (2735) - Kramnik,V (2769) [C42]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Be7 7.Bf4 0-0 8.Qd2 Nd7 9.0-0-0 Nc5 10.Be3 Re8 11.Bc4 Be6 12.Bxe6 Nxe6 13.h4 Qd7 14.Qd5 Qc6 15.Qf5 Qc4 16.Kb1 g6 17.Qh3 h5 18.Nd2 Qe2 19.Rde1 Qg4 20.Qh2 d5 21.f3 Qa4 22.g4 Bd6 23.Qf2 Ng7 24.c4 dxc4 25.Bd4 Qc6 26.Bc3 Bc5 27.Qg3 Bd6 28.Qf2 Bc5 29.Qg3 Bd6 1/2-1/2

(2) Aronian,L (2750) - Morozevich,A (2758) [E17]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.Nc3 Ne4 7.Bd2 f5 8.d5 Bf6 9.Qc2 Na6 10.Nxe4 fxe4 11.Qxe4 Nc5 12.Qe3 0-0 13.dxe6 Re8 14.Qa3 Qe7 15.Be3 Qxe6 16.Rc1 Ne4 17.0-0 Nd6 18.Bd4 Be7 19.c5 Ne4 20.Nd2 Nxd2 21.Bxb7 Rab8 22.Rfd1 Rxb7 23.Rxd2 Reb8 24.Qe3 bxc5 25.Qxe6+ dxe6 26.Bxc5 Bxc5 27.Rxc5 Rxb2 28.Rd7 Rc8 29.a4 Rxe2 30.Rcxc7 Rxc7 31.Rxc7 a6 32.Ra7 Ra2 33.Rxa6 e5 34.a5 e4 35.Ra7 h5 36.h4 Kh7 37.a6 Ra1+ 38.Kg2 Ra2 39.Kf1 Kg6 40.Ra8 Kh7 41.a7 g6 42.Ke1 Kg7 43.Kd1 Ra1+ 44.Kc2 Ra2+ 45.Kb3 Ra1 46.Kc4 Ra2 47.Kd4 Ra1 48.Kxe4 Ra4+ 49.Kf3 Ra3+ 50.Kg2 Ra2 51.Kh3 Ra3 52.f3 Kh7 53.Kg2 Ra2+ 54.Kf1 Ra1+ 55.Ke2 Ra2+ 56.Kd3 Kg7 57.Kc4 Ra1 58.Kc5 Rc1+ 59.Kd6 Rd1+ 60.Ke5 Ra1 61.Kf4 Ra4+ 62.Ke5 Ra1 63.f4 Ra2 64.f5 gxf5 65.Kf4 Ra5 66.Re8 Rxa7 67.Kxf5 Rf7+ 68.Ke4 Rf1 69.Re5 Kg6 1/2-1/2

(3) Gelfand,B (2733) - Anand,V (2792) [E06]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qc2 Bb7 10.Bd2 Bd6 11.Rd1 Nbd7 12.Ba5 Qb8 13.b4 e5 14.Nbd2 exd4 15.Nxd4 Bxg2 16.Kxg2 c5 17.bxc5 Bxc5 18.N2b3 Ba3 19.e4 Ne5 20.Nf5 1/2-1/2

(4) Leko,P (2751) - Grischuk,A (2726) [C88]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.a4 b4 9.d3 d6 10.Nbd2 Be6 11.Bxe6 fxe6 12.Nf1 Qd7 13.Ng3 Na5 14.d4 exd4 15.Qxd4 c5 16.Qd3 Nc6 17.c3 bxc3 18.bxc3 Kh8 19.h3 Qc7 20.Ng5 Ne5 21.Qe2 Qc8 22.f4 Nf7 23.Nf3 Rb8 24.c4 Qb7 25.Bd2 Qb2 26.Qd3 Qb7 27.Bc3 Qc6 28.a5 Kg8 29.Rad1 Rbd8 30.f5 e5 31.Nf1 Rb8 32.g4 h6 33.N1d2 Qc7 34.Kh1 Qd8 35.Rg1 Nh7 36.Nf1 Bg5 37.Ne3 Bxe3 38.Qxe3 Rb3 39.Rd3 Nhg5 40.Nd2 Ra3 41.h4 Nh7 42.Nf3 Nf6 43.g5 hxg5 44.hxg5 Nh5 45.Bd2 Ra4 46.Qe2 Ra2 47.Qe1 Nf4 48.Bxf4 exf4 49.Qh4 Qe8 50.g6 Nh6 51.Qxf4 Re2 52.Ng5 Qa4 53.Qxd6 Qxc4 54.Qd5+ Qxd5 55.Rxd5 c4 56.Rd7 c3 57.Ne6 Rc8 58.Rgd1 Rd2 59.R1xd2 cxd2 60.Rxd2 1-0
 
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