October 24, 2008

Friday Fun: Update on the World Chess Championship

Wow. If I had had to chose any possible outcome for the first 7 games (of 12), one of the least likely would have been that champ Viswanathan Anand would jump out to a 5-2 lead over challenger Vladimir Kramnik. But that's what's happening. Anand needs just 1.5 points over the next 5 games to win the match. While it's not impossible that Kramnik could pull off that kind of comeback, I would be quite surprised if it happened.

Today is game 8, a make-or-break game for Kramnik as white. He pretty well has to win to keep his hopes alive.

Great coverage at ChessNinja, Chessbase and EvolutionBlog.

In any case: official home page, Wikipedia page on the match, live game viewer.

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