The big downdown will commence in Bonn, Germany in a few days. World Champion Viswanathan Anand will play in perhaps the biggest match of his life and a chance to cement his legacy among the world’s greatest players in chess history. His opponent… Vladimir Kramnik, who defeated Garry Kasparov in a match to become the disputed World Champion. Kasparov had broken away from FIDE which resulted in two disputed crowns.
Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik in Game #1.
Photo by Frederic Friedel (ChessBase).
Over the past few years, a cycle has been devised to unify the crown and Anand is currently the undisputed champion after winning the 2007 World Championship in Mexico City, Mexico. FIDE had designed a structure for the World Championship cycle and this is the second phase. The other part of this phase is a match between Veselin Topalov and Gata Kamsky. The winners of the two matches will meet in 2009.
This 12-game match will begin on October 14th and end on October 31st with tiebreaks on November 2nd if needed. The prize fund is a handsome 1.5 million euro (US$2.35 million) and sponsored by Evonik Industires AG. The tournament will be covered on many chess sites live with the use of Foidos new game presentation interface. It features videocast and live game feeds from five different cameras. It’s impressive.
Foidos Chess is offering two free passes for the first two games on October 14th and 15th if you send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. There are daily rates available as well as tournament packages. Check out their website and watch the interface demo at http://www.foidoschess.tv/.
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