You might be able to dig up all the results elsewhere eventually, but I'll try to encapsulate them here with some thoughts. It's a great event but I felt a disconnect due to the haphazard website. The reports, when they appeared, were of tremendous quality. Insightful and informative, kudos to authors Johannes Fischer and Eric van Reem. The problem was not having a single place to find out the results and see the games at a glance. You had to go to the live games pages and figure things out yourself, although this was largely ameliorated by the inclusion of the players' point totals next to their names on the live pages. Still, there was a lot of hunting around.
In the GRENKELEASING Rapid World Championship, Vishy Anand beat Teimour Radjabov 5-3, winning both games on the final day to pull away after a tight and sloppy brace of games. It was a fun and fighting match, but the quality was poor for this level, even for rapid chess. Anand's new ideas and play on the black side of the Semi-Slav were notable, as was his futility against Radjabov's Sveshnikov. As Kasparov and others have pointed out, Vishy often has trouble against it and he went to 3.Bb5 in the final game, which he won when Radja went overboard in a must-win situation. Radjabov looked nervous but occasionally scrambled brilliantly when Anand let up. Not to criticize zeitnot endgame play, but in game 7 black could have saved a draw with an unusual perpetual with 38.Nxh6!, as pointed out by Kasparov on Playchess.com at the time.
Per the site report, Anand has now won seven of these matches in a row, incredibly, and nine overall. His rapid dominance has been shakier of late (Bruzon fought him to a standstill in Leon this year) but winning is winning and few would bet against the 36-year-old Indian in a rapid match against anyone. Next year he'll defend his title against Rustam Kasimdzhanov, who won the mighty Ordix Open with an undefeated 9.5/11. Mamedyarov, who had promised to win this event after he choked at the end of the Chess960 the day before, was foiled only by tiebreaks. He also scored 9.5 despite losing a spectacular game to Morozevich.
In the shuffle chess match, the Clerical Medical Chess960 World Championship, Levon Aronian deposed Peter Svidler in his second try. He used the same formula as Anand, winning both games on the final day to win 5-3. The last game showed one of the unfortunate hazards of Fischerandom, a position that can be lost for Black almost immediately without perfect defense. White had massive threats after move three or four and Svidler resigned on move 13. Pablo at ChessVille figured out my convoluted method and entered all the games through Fritz so you can download them here and replay them in ChessBase. HIARCS 10 and Shredder 10 can analyze them. (I'm not sure if ChessBase recognizes some UCI freeware engines as capable of Chess960 in order to put them on the engine menu.)
According to the site, sponsorship for the event has been guaranteed through 2013, which is always good to hear. Maybe they could branch out into classical chess... I very much hope more games will become available. There are currently only a handful from the Ordix Open at the official site.
- Anand scored +31=8-1 in a simul. Aronian scored +16=3-1 in a Chess960 simul.
- Shredder won the Livingston Chess960 computer tournament.
- In Chess960 the program Spike beat Svidler 1.5-0.5 and Shredder went 2-0 over Radjabov.
- Harikrishna beat Naiditsch in the U20 Chess960 match. He was down 0.5-3.5 but came back on the second day to win 4.5-3.5.
- Kosteniuk defeated Paetz in the women's Chess960, 5.5-2.5
- Hort and Portisch tied the veterans Chess960 and Hort won the blitz playoff 1.5-0.5
- Bacrot won the FiNet Chess960 Open with 9.5/11 undefeated and will face Levon Aronian in next years match.
- Kasimdzhanov won the Ordix Open on tiebreaks over Mamedyarov and will play Anand next year. (Not confirmed, going on the results charts.)
- Anand beat Radjabov 5-3 in the GRENKELEASING rapid match.