Reports | August 21, 2007 1:09

[lang_nl]Anand voor tiende keer rapidwereldkampioen[/lang_nl][lang_en]Anand rapid world champion for 10th time[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Viswanathan Anand hield het heel kort in zijn speech gisteravond. "Just to thank everyone, I hope you enjoyed it." Het had hem enorm uitgeput, de vele rapidpartijen de afgelopen vier dagen in Mainz, en daarom werd de persconferentie afgelast. Wel had hij nog een kort interview met Vijay Kumar voor de Indiase televisie en dat kun je hier zien. Anand won de finale door na drie remises de vierde rapidpartij te winnen van Levon Aronian. Hij pakte zo zijn tiende titel van het GrenkeLeasing Rapid World Chess Championship, de achtste op rij.[/lang_nl][lang_en]Viswanathan Anand's speech was a very short one, last night: "Just to thank everyone, I hope you enjoyed it." It had exhausted him, all those rapid games the last four days in Mainz, and therefore the press conference was canceled. He did give a short interview to Vijay Kumar for the Indian television and this we can show you. In the final Anand beat Aronian after drawing three games and then winning the last one with Black. He clinched his tenth title of the GrenkeLeasing Rapid World Chess Championship, the eigth in a row.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Etienne Bacrot en Rustam Kasimdzhanov speelden 2-2 (beiden wonnen ?ɬ©?ɬ©n partij) maar er werd daarna niet meer gesnelschaakt. De finalepartijen:[/lang_nl][lang_en]Etienne Bacrot en Rustam Kasimdzhanov played 2-2 (both won one game) but no blitz tiebreak was played. The games of the final:[/lang_en]




Anand, congratulations on winning the Mainz rapid for the record 10th time. What do you feel?

Well, basically sort of relieved because already this was my 14th game with Aronian here, so?¢‚Ǩ¬¶ I mean we were just playing each other and each other and again and again and again so it was?¢‚Ǩ¬¶ OK finally it seems fair that I took one, he took one. He took 960, I took the rapid event. But OK basically I'm relieved that I can stop now because I really played quite a lot.

So in the final you have three drawn games and an exciting win. How you recall about the last game?

Ehm, basically?¢‚Ǩ¬¶ it was a Catalan and he introduced an interesting idea. I think at some point he was better so his opening was a success. But Black's position has some resources and especially his pawn on a3 was weak. But of course I hadn't expected to win this game. I was quite happy to go for a tiebreak because then at least it's 5 minutes and you can play faster, though of course he is a very good blitz player. But at some point I saw that we could swap bishops, I could move one rook?¢‚Ǩ¬¶ My rook on a7 is doing a fantastic job; it's covering almost all the entry points for him and my other rook will go in and win his a3 pawn and after that he has quite some problems.

You have now 20 more days for the world championship. How you will prepare yourself?

Well, we've already done quite some work, in fact most of July and August I spent working and hopefully now I take a bit of rest, especially after this. I hope it's a good warm-up but OK, we'll just do some last-minute work and about then it's time to start playing actually, having enough preparation.

Best of luck.

Thank you.

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


Srini's picture

Looks like Anand was impatient and flustered in the last 2-3 moves of the game. He wanted Aronian to resign earlier.

?ô‚Ķ?õ?í?ò¬?'s picture

I can't wait; 22 more days. Come on this is torture. FIDE, you've shown that you can change the rules whenever you want; so please, please, please move the date to this week. Next week at a stretch.
Anyway who else is excited?

iamzero's picture

Off-topic: willen de mensen die dagopgave 1 fout hebben NOOIT meer op deze site komen?

chessgrrrl's picture

Peter, thanks for the great coverage of the tour! It has been a pleasure to read through it. I wish Chessvibes a bright future :)

chessgrrrl's picture

One question though. You say: "He clinched his tenth title of the GrenkeLeasing Rapid World Chess Championship, the eigth in a row."

I thought the Mainz tournament only existed since 2001, so this would be his 7th title, as he won it every year. How does he have 10 titles?

peter's picture

OK, here we go:

In 1997 Anand defeated Karpov at the Chess Classic in Frankfurt; in 1998 Anand beat Kramnik in Frankfurt; in 1999 Garry Kasparov won ahead of Anand, Kramnik and Karpov; in 2000 Anand won ahead of Kasparov, Kramnik, Shirov, Leko and Morozevich; in 2001 the event moved to Mainz and Anand defeated Kramnik; in 2002 Anand defeated Ponomariov; in 2003 Anand defeated Judit Polgar; in 2004 Anand defeated Shirov; in 2005 Anand defeated Grischuk; in 2006 Anand defeated Radjabov and this year Anand defeated Aronian.

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