Elsewhere on the Web : FIDE World Championship - Underway!

Saturday October 1, 2005

The FIDE World Chess Championship started without a hitch on 28 September in San Luis, Argentina. The first round saw two wins by the Black pieces -- Veselin Topalov beat Peter Leko and Viswanathan Anand beat Judit Polgar -- while the other players drew. We'll be following the action daily in the About Chess forum where you are welcome to comment on the progress (see Join the Discussion : 2005 FIDE World Championship). While we were waiting for more results, we wondered about the relative popularity of the eight participants.

Using the same technique we introduced in Google Games - World Chess Champions, we searched Google on the keyword 'chess' plus the player's full name. For example, a search on India's favorite son returned 72,300 results for chess "Viswanathan Anand". • After that we worked through a selection of the players' puzzles from WTHarvey's incomparable Chess Puzzles by GMs. The Google results plus a link to the puzzles for each player are given in the following table.

How do the popularity numbers compare with other World Champions of the past decade? Glad you asked!

For our preliminary reports on the FIDE World Championship see Elsewhere on the Web -- The Players (17 September), and Introduction (24 September).

Index of all World Championship blog posts