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Carlsen-Anand: World Championship Coverage

  • IM DanielRensch
  • on 11/4/13, 8:27 AM.

Chess.com will offer a wide array of exclusive, comprehensive coverage of the 2013 World Championship Match between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand - taking place in Chennai, India from November 7th-28th.

With live (ChessTV) coverage during the round, exclusive on- site reporting, and the only (as far as we know) "post game show," Chess.com plans to offer its worldwide community, in all time zones, the most detailed look into all the action from Chennai.

Starting with the live coverage, anchor host, FIDE Master Mike Klein, will lead an all-star team every morning - starting at 5AM - roughly 30 minutes after the first move has been played. Mike will host ChessTV's live coverage alongside guest commentators such as Grandmasters Irina Krush, Alex Yermolinsky, Dejan Bojkov, Melik Khachiyan, Jesse Kraai and others. International Masters and FIDE Masters known well to the Chess.com community will also be joining the live shows at different times.

In addition to his daily news reports and exclusive, on-site video footage (which you can expect to find on Chess.com's YouTube Channel - click here to subscribe) Peter Doggers, Chess.com's embedded reporter, plans to "call in" during each live broadcast, potentially with very special guests, to provide descriptions of the "in-person vibe" among other things.

Magnus Carlsen is the challenger

And what about the thousands of people who can't reasonably be expected to follow all the games while in progress? Don't they deserve a live show too? Well, for all those living in the Western Hemisphere - needing to play catch-up each morning / early afternoon - we've planned something extra special just for you! International Master Danny Rensch and Grandmaster Ben Finegold will host the only (as far as we know) comprehensive "post game show" immediately following the conclusion of each round.

Viswanathan Anand is the defending champion

Set to start each day at 9AM Pacific, 12PM NOON Eastern, "The Morning After" show will see Rensch and Finegold dive deeply into the games, discussing opening preparation, what the result (whatever it is) means to the overall "match perspective," what the next day might be likely to bring, etc. The show will last 1.5-2 hours each day. Danny and Ben will once again be joined by Peter Doggers (likely, depending on his on-site duties) to get his exclusive, from-the-press-room take on how the players felt about their performances.

Chess.com will also offer a live "relay" of the Live PGN to its own Live Chess Arena, which represents the launching of our official "Live Chess Presenters" group. You can now expect more relays of top grandmaster tournaments from around the world. Now you don't have to guess which web site to go to for live games from super-tournaments - Chess.com will have them all!

Add all of this to a number of planned premium video lectures, articles from top GMs (including one from a Carlsen second coming out shortly) as well as detailed breakdowns after the match in our Master's Bulletin, Chess.com is holding nothing back regarding its coverage of this incredible event.

Anand holds the lifetime edge in classical head-to-head play, but Carlsen won their last encounter, at this year's Tal Memorial.

The official website, displaying the complete schedule as well as other happenings from Chennai is chennai2013.fide.com. Live games will also be available from the official website. To see Chess.com's full TV Schedule, go to www.chess.com/tv and subscribe to our Google Calendar.

Consult this table for some major time zones. The matches will begin at 3:00 p.m. local time in Chennai, with the live broadcast beginning 30 minutes later, at 3:30 p.m. local time. Hence the broadcast begins at 11 a.m. in Western Europe, 10 a.m. in the U.K. and 5 a.m. in the Eastern U.S.

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  • 17 months ago


    it kinda sucks that in this era chess players have over analysed too many variations , we know too much for own good, its killing the excitment of this events and we can see by the many draws of the last couple of championships, GMs avoided this and that path to avoid this and that complication, maybe they feel too much is at risk, they only want to play on when they have studied a win till the end, makes me miss the fighting chess of kasparov , I mean come on anand even had a draw against us here at chess.com remember lol

  • 17 months ago


    oh...2nd one was drawn too!

  • 17 months ago


    just the first round played. lot of action yet to come. picture abhi baki hai mere dost.

  • 17 months ago


    Regarding playing the home country and the advantage, remember Gelfand played in Russia (where his ancestors came from), Topalov played in Bulgaria his homeland. Karpov played Anand without any rest. The Russian have had the home and state advantage for several decades, remember Korchnoi versus Karpov etc.

    Anand is one of the most decent and dignified Champions, Kasparvov used to rant and rave and did not have humility, Karpov would do anything to win, Anand, Kramnik and Gelfand are a rare breed of gentlemen Champions. Even Carslen speaks like Kasparov. Remember Carslen nearly lost the challenge to Kramnik and won only on tie break.

  • 17 months ago


  • 17 months ago


    where is the movelist?

  • 17 months ago


    That match was extraordinary but only a draw

    But there was a lot of action

  • 17 months ago


    @Mrnckyb: I think it's pretty obvious that this wasn't a prepared draw.  Carlsen will be wanting wins as white, not draws.

  • 17 months ago


    pls have look at the press conference. Anand was asked for a question that why are you agreed for the comfortable draw? it was a very well planned and managed draw by anand. he will hit with the strom tomorrow morning. apart from this please have a look at previous games of anand. he is a classical player who forced the draw and wins the games. even he had a same stratergy for the great kasparov.

  • 17 months ago


    question, with the game being a draw does that affect their overall rating or do they stay the same? and comment for chess.com WE WANT DANIEL RENSCH , WE WANT DANIEL RENSCH TO MAKE VIDEOS FOR THIS MATCHES!!! lol

  • 17 months ago


    some draws, aspecially st the beginning are natural for a championship-match! feeling out the enemy and fight when u know him... 

  • 17 months ago


    Anad was quite aggressivese. Who says that he is going to lose?Cool

  • 17 months ago



    Why is it funny

  • 17 months ago


    Anand has a strategy.He called for a draw on purpose.Well the show must go on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    BEST OF LUCK ANAND!!!!!!!!

  • 17 months ago


    Anand had an upper-hand by a whisker. Wonder why he agreed for a Draw.

  • 17 months ago


    @LELopezGuerra (and anyone else who wants to know when to wake up):



  • 17 months ago


    Well, for the first game both Vishy and Carlsen seem to be very cautious and defensive,Makes sense as preparing to settle down.Tomorrow"s game might be more aggressive and decisive.

  • 17 months ago


    Tomorrow we'll see who's the one.

  • 17 months ago


    I got up at 4:00am est, it started at 4:30am, and started drinking my wake up coffee, ready to enjoy an epic battle of two great players only to be very dissapointed with a 16 move draw. Wish I would have got more sleep now.

  • 17 months ago


    Does anybody know match time (Anand-Carlssen) in Central Time (USA)? Thanks a lot in advance!!

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