Friday, September 14, 2007

World Championship puzzler!

Here's a nice easy one for a Friday.

What did not happen - on the board - in the 2006 Kramnik-Topalov match that happened in every previous world championship match?



[you might like to guess before looking in the Comments box....]

11 comments:

Tom Chivers said...

1...Nf6?

ejh said...

No, because it did!

Anonymous said...

1 e4?

Andrew (with very sore feet after walking Hadrian's Wall (84 miles))

ejh said...

Indeed.

Chessbuff said...

Did Topalov and Kramnik shake hands at all? They probably did in the beginning of the match before all the guerilla tactics began. I don'think they will shake again. The Capablanca-Alekhine match almost made your question untrue had the first game of that match not been a French Defense.

ejh said...

Yes, it would have been the same if it had not been different.

Jonathan B said...

Probably rash prediction for round 2:-

Kramnik to beat Moro ... all other games ending in a draw.

Anonymous said...

Well, Svidler has allowed Leko's Marshall... And Aronian-Anand looks wild - is it book?

(Angus)

ejh said...

I think 17...c5 is a novelty (i.e. it's the first new move on Chessbase Database Online!)

Jonathan B said...

Aronian has just resigned so Anand leads the world championship.

Jonathan B said...

and Kramnik joins Anand ...