In the first game of the World Championship Match, Vladimir Kramnik beat Veselin Topalov in 75 moves and six and a half hours. In a drawing position, Topalov refused to repeat moves, pressed for a win and blundered on the 57th move. Watch games of the exciting Match live starting 3pm in the Official website of the event: www.worldchess2006.com. See also Chessbase coverage. Read a Short interview. See the Delegation members, accompanying persons and coaches as well as other related information on the Page of the Match
Alexander Zhukov, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, President of the Russian Chess Federation and Organizing Committee Chairman, makes the first move of the match. Looking on are, from left, Deputy Arbiter Panagiotis Nikolopoulos; Chief of the Federal Agency on Physical Training and Sports Vyacheslav Fetisov; FIDE President and President of the Republic of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Chief Arbiter Geurt Gijssen and Valery Bovaev, Vice President of the Russian Chess Federation.
Vladimir Kramnik won the first game in 75 moves lasting six and a half hours. In a drawing position, Topalov refused to repeat moves, pressed for a win and blundered on the 57th move.
Watch the exciting Match for the World Championship title between Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria and Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, live starting 3pm today, 23rd September in the Official website of the event: www.worldchess2006.com. See also Chessbase coverage.
Both candidates for the World Chess Champion title Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) and Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) were satisfied with the results of the pairings and stated that the right to make the first move in the Match is not of great importance for them.
- Vladimir, did you expect that you would play with white in the first game?
Vladimir: The color of the pieces in the first game is not that important for me. We will play the equal number of games with equal number of pieces` color. But I liked very much the pairings procedure. It was very beautiful.
- Are you in a good shape now?
Vladimir: I am always in a perfect shape. This event, World Chess Championship Match, is very important for me. I am fully ready for the fight.
- Veselin, what is your mood before the match?
Veselin: After this nice Opening Ceremony I am in a very good mood. It was very colorful Opening Ceremony; I was very pleased that attended it. I hope that all the games will be also fascinating.
- Would you prefer to have this match in some other neutral place, not in Russia?
Veselin: I think that this is a territory of FIDE that is why I don`t have any problems with it.
Today, on 23 September at 15.00 in the afternoon the World Chess Championship Match starts.
The Deputy Prime Minister of Russian Federation, the President of the Russian Chess Federation Alexandr Zhukov will make the first move.
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Delegations came to Elista on 16 September by charter flight from Moscow to have one week of acclimatization and get acquainted with the conditions of the Match.
We announce the Members of the delegations of both players
Team of Veselin Topalov, Bulgaria
1. Veselin Topalov, Bulgaria, participant
2. Danailov Silvio, Bulgaria, manager
3. Cheparinov Ivan, Bulgaria, coach
4. Oleksandr Onishchuk, the USA, coach
5. Francisco Vallejo Pons, Spain, coach
6. Vladimir Haralampiev Rapondzhiev, Bulgaria, team member
7. Raicho Ivanov Gospodinov, Bulgaria, team member
8. Georgiev Dragomir, Bulgaria, team member
9. Ginchev Zhivko, Bulgaria, team member
10. Dancho Djongov, Bulgaria, team member
Team of Vladimir Kramnik, Russia
1. Vladimir Kramnik, Russia, participant
2. Carsten Hensel, Germany, manager
3. Miguel Illescas, Spain, coach
4. Alexander Motylev, Russia, coach
5. Sergei Rublevsky, Russia, coach
6. Valeri Krylov, Russia, physiotherapist
7. Victor Bobylev, Russia, cook
See the Team members, accompanying persons and coaches as well as other related information on the Page of the Match
Weather conditions are mild for the whole period of the Match. The first week of teams` staying in Elista will be very warm and sunny. The temperature will vary between +15 to +25 degrees above Zero. You can check the weather conditions at the Forecast site.