>Chess World Championship 2008 in progress

>Since we’re in the middle of college football season I thought it appropriate to bring you some chess highlights.

Vladimir Kramnik, World Chess Champion from 2000 to 2007 is trying to regain his former glory by playing the current World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand, who beat Kramnik for the title in 2007. The two are currently battling it out in a 12 game World Championship series being held in Bonn, Germany. Official site. Regardless of who wins, the prize money will be split between the players. The amount is roughly 2.1 million U.S. dollars.

So far the games have gone like this:
Game 1: tie
Game 2: tie
Game 3: Anand wins
Game 4: tie
Game 5: Anand wins
Game 6: Anand wins
Game 7: they play today

It’s not looking good for Kramnik, but there’s a lot of chess left and it’s not unusual for a player at his level to rally. On the other hand, Anand is clearly in top form.

Here is a look at game six:

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/AdT6SMAc%5D

Clearly edge of your seat action. In all actuality, I would love to attend one of these championships. Unfortunately, we typically don’t have ones of this caliber here in the U.S. Maybe someday.

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