Aronian, Grischuk Score in Game 1 of Candidates Print
Sunday, 27 May 2007 00:00
Top seed Levon Aronian of Armenia beat wunderkind Magnus Carlsen of Norway with a stunning Rook sacrifice while Russian bet Alexander Grischuk won against compatriot Vladimir Malakhov in the two decisive games of the opening day. Last to finish was Judit Polgar who salvaged a draw against Evgeny Bareev as six games were hard fought draws. Candidates Matches Rounds 1 and 2 shall select four qualifiers to the World Championship Tournament in Mexico City. Watch games live at the official site. Download Round 1 games. Read photo report. Top seed Levon Aronian of Armenia beat wunderkind Magnus Carlsen of Norway with a stunning Rook sacrifice while Russian bet Alexander Grischuk won against compatriot Vladimir Malakhov in the two decisive games of the opening day. Last to finish was Judit Polgar who salvaged a draw against Evgeny Bareev as six games were hard fought draws. Candidates Matches Rounds 1 and 2 shall select four qualifiers to the World Championship Tournament in Mexico City. Watch games live at the official site.

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Round 1: Sunday, 27 May 2007

Magnus Carlsen 
0-1
 Levon Aronian
Peter Leko 
1/2:1/2
 Mikhail Gurevich
Boris Gelfand 
1/2:1/2
 Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Ruslan Ponomariov 
1/2:1/2
 Sergei Rublevsky
Gata Kamsky 
1/2:1/2
 Etienne Bacrot
Alexander Grischuk 
1-0
 Vladimir Malakhov
Judith Polgar 
1/2:1/2
 Evgeny Bareev
Michael Adams 
1/2:1/2
 Alexei Shirov


Even the first round of the Candidate Matches has produced big fights, imbalanced positions and an enormous interest among chess lovers all over the world. The excitement created by Magnus Carlsen`s participation in the tournament in Norway was clearly shown in the high number of Norwegian connections through the Internet, although all the other participants have had their fans following the games on Internet in large numbers. Unfortunately, this great interest has from time to time overloaded the server kindly provided by the Turkish Federation and made the access to the official website somewhat time-consuming and difficult that all the organizers very much regret.

The local audience could follow the games in the main playing hall or in another room with commentaries of expert chess players, Even World Chess Champion Boris Spassky took the opportunity to attach his comments and view to some of the games for the audience. Annotated games will appear on the website next day where you can find the standings, too.

Watch games live at the official site.

Photos by Casto Abundo


FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov opened game 1 of the Candidates Matches on top board between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Armenia's Levon Aronian. Looking on are, from left, Chief Arbiter Andrzej Filipowicz, the FIDE President, Organizing Committee Chairman Valery Bovaev, Chinese parliament Chairman of the Board Mr. Ulide and Press Officer Peter Rajcsanyi.


GM Gurevich of Turkey (right) is the only player with his special chair.


At far left is Arbiter Abdulrahim Mahdi of the United Arab Emirates and Deputy Chief Arbiter Takis Nikolopoulos of Greece.










Organizing Committee Chairman Valery Bovaev looking on the Adams-Shirov game.


FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumvhinov (center) gave a press conference after the opening.


Three tables in the front row and five in the back fit on stage.


Flags of participants adorn the playing hall.


All eight games are displayed live on two screens on each side of the stage.



 
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