Kamsky Wins World Cup; Anand - Kramnik to Play in Bonn

Friday December 21, 2007

GM Gata Kamsky (USA) won the 2007 FIDE World Cup at Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, by defeating GM Alexei Shirov (Russia) in the final match of the 7-round elimination event. Kamsky won one game with the white pieces and drew the other three, winning the match in regulation games to avoid tiebreak.

The World Cup victory qualified the American for a match against GM Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria; World Champion 2005-2006). The 8-game match will take place near the end of 2008. The winner of that match will qualify as challenger for a World Championship title match in 2009. • Fide.com: Gata Kamsky Wins World Cup 2007.

In related news, FIDE announced details for a World Championship title match between GM Viswanathan Anand (India; current World Champion) and GM Vladimir Kramnik (Russia; World Champion 2006-2007). The 12-game match will take place October 2008, in Bonn, Germany. The winner will go on to defend the title against the winner of the Topalov - Kamsky match. • Fide.com: World Chess Championship Match 2008, Anand vs Kramnik.

For more about the 2007 World Cup, see the official site Chess in Khanty-Mansiysk. • For all About Chess reports on this event, see our ChessChrono, 2007 FIDE World Cup.

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