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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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  • 23 months ago


    Talk chess here not what other guys said..they are entitled to their opinion :)

  • 23 months ago


    winner gets 3 million dollars wow!

  • 23 months ago


    its funny how westerners are supporting carlsen by default.

    Anyway I was wondering had it been Kasparov in place of carlsen he would've gone all guns blazing.

    really shows mindset of carlsen; surely psychological victory for anand

  • 23 months ago


    The pressure is even on both players. While Anand has the home pressure, Carlsen has the pressure of being favourite. I guess, we can see intense battles from the second game itself. Since Carlsen also can play quick (perhaps quicker) , Anand won't like to enter into the tie-break and will try hard to win with white pieces. Let's enjoy this interesting battle!!

  • 23 months ago


    Hope to see attacking Vishy tmrw with white.

    All the Best Vishy!!!

  • 23 months ago


    hey guys here is a link to the game made by Jerry, enjoy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5sQR-6WCFA

  • 23 months ago


    I got home from work, showered and then got the lap top set up all ready to watch the match. I knew that I'd missed the first hour,but thought I'd catch most of the rest of the game. Was very disappointed when I finally Sat down to see them shake hands and agree a draw :(

  • 23 months ago


    A sparring first round.  Not surprising but if this match is going to actually catch the world's attention then they are going to have to play to win.  Prepared draws in 16 moves ain''t gonna do it!

  • 23 months ago


    If Carlsen approach the opening so passively throughout the match he will lose to Anand. He need to work on his openings. I was counting on Carlsen to win  now i respect Anand cause as a player he works on his game. So go Anand shows us the style of WC!

  • 23 months ago


    Guys, Chess is strategy. Anand only needs to draw in order to retain the title. 1 game down 11 to go. Super clever strategy to draw the first game as Black. He wanted the draw. The next game he will be more aggressive to win as white. Its pretty simple logic. If he draws all the black games, and pushes for wins every white game, young man Carlsen is going to struggle uphill all the way.

  • 23 months ago


    Carlsen will not play for a draw as black...however, it could be said that Anand has the psychological edge here.

  • 23 months ago


    Mmmmmm, the 1st game was a draw!

    Very short game only 16 moves!!! Good !

  • 23 months ago


    Lame Game

  • 23 months ago


    welll..........1st game was drawn.......lets see wht anand does w/white pieces nxt.........hope Anand winsSmile

  • 23 months ago


    @Pichard most of those games Carlsen was still a kid. He hadn't become the monster he is now.

    If you guys think this is a pychological win for Anand you're dead wrong. Carlsen was just looking to get a draw today to ease in to the tournament. His opening was as defensive as you get. This game was pretty much drawn after the first 4 or 5 moves.

  • 23 months ago


  • 23 months ago


    this is very intresting....!

  • 23 months ago


    It is a phychological win to Anand. An easy almost forced draw.

  • 23 months ago


    I agree people need to give Carlsen some slack, very young, socially awkward like most chess players (Anand is more gracious than most), first time in that situation, around 1.3 billion people rooting for him to lose. The biggest prize fund he's ever seen, I'm guessing. His biggest life goal on the line. More cameras than he's probably seen in his life pointed at his face. Different sleep schedule, differerent food and water. Did anyone see if he have his ever-present OJ with him? I don't think I saw it.

  • 23 months ago


    It was psychological victory for Anand ...He forced comfortable draw with black :)

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