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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


    Can we have the game uploaded here? It would be better for analysis if this could be done for all the future games of this championship too.

  • 23 months ago


    FIrst game is drawn.... next Anand will win

  • 23 months ago


    OMG how bad is the commentary, and they're not even trying to keep up with the play

  • 23 months ago


    @ Statik0, thank you so much for providing link for the live broadcast of Anand Vs Carlsen Smile

  • 23 months ago


    anand is the best!!!!Cool

  • 23 months ago


    I hope these matches go to a tiebreaker so that we get more action

  • 23 months ago


    Hey guys!!!! stop IT>>>>>>>>>  Anand or carlsen let's watch tough games!!!!!

    That's chessssssssssss!!!!!!!!

  • 23 months ago


    I think Carlsen will win.

  • 23 months ago


    So close now!!! I am just hoping that this first round will not end up in a draw!

  • 23 months ago


    carlsen is best! :p

  • 23 months ago


    Some people think Magnus will win. I know Anand will win!!

  • 23 months ago

    FM krstulov_alex

    I think, Magnus win! :)

  • 23 months ago


    "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."

    Why is chess.com's live coverage starting 30 minutes after the game has begun??  Am I missing something?

  • 23 months ago


    I think Carlson will win. It will be a close game with a lot of draws. But Magnus will revail with one or two points.

  • 23 months ago


    i gotta tell ya theseguys are LEGENDS

  • 23 months ago


    This will be not only game ...It will be battle between youngster and experienced....I would love to see Carlsen attacking in unorthodox way !

  • 23 months ago


    no one can defeat anand thats true

  • 23 months ago


  • 23 months ago


    Because the World Chess Championship is happening in Chennnai(Anands hometown) it puts unnecessary pressure on Anand to win.

  • 23 months ago


    I also watched the opening ceremony and press conference and found Carlsen to be a bit rude. Anand and Carlsen are my two favorite chess players so I'm happy regardless of who wins. However, I don't appreciate Carlsen behavior.

    When asked about the venue, Carlsen could have praised the organizers and show his appreciation. Instead, he said something along the lines of: "It's alright so far..."

    Though not revealing his seconds at the conference is perfectly acceptable. He has no obligation to reveal them and I doubt Anand was honest. Anand probably has stronger seconds too such as Caruana, Kramnik, Svidler, etc.

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