October 17, 2008

Friday Fun: World Chess Championship

Yes, it has begun!

The 12 game epic clash between reigning champ Viswanathan Anand and challenger Vladimir Kramik started this past Tuesday in Bonn Germany: official home page, Wikipedia page on the match, live game viewer.

Currently, the score is 2-1 Anand, with Anand winning is pretty dramatic fashion today in game 3 with black. Winning a game with black against someone like Kramnik is quite the accomplishment and will certainly put a lot of pressure on the normally solid Kramnik to open up his game.

Personally, I'd be happy to see Anand retain as he's a class act over all and one of the all-time greats. I'd be somewhat disappointed if Kramnik wins as I always tend to prefer the more dynamic Anand vs. the solid, slightly dull style of Kramnik, but I have nothing against the man personally and would be ok if he won.

There's great coverage at ChessNinja, TWIC and Chessbase. Jason Rosenhouse at EvolutionBlog is also posting on the match.

1 comment:

votetheday.com said...

It's the greatest chess game of this year! Kramnik, the World Chess Champion of 2006, will be trying to regain the title from Anand, who took it over in 2007.
The chess board will be fight arena, and chess pieces will move along like warriors! You can predict here, who the winner will be - http://www.votetheday.com/top-events-42/world-chess-championship---318