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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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39 votes


  • 23 months ago


    c'mon vishy --- you got'em!

  • 23 months ago


    I want Carlsen to win because he is a machine, an unstoppable force. You may not like his attitude, but he is a fighter and he is there for the win. We need a champion like that, Kasparov and Fischer are great examples.

  • 23 months ago


    Please, at least 50% of games with e4 openings. Good luck to both.

  • 23 months ago


    Anand, you're way more likeable in terms of nicety than Carlsen. It's better for chess if you win. It will make people think less negatively towards chess players. Good luck Anand!! Focus on the board and not the scoreboard. Have fun with it. Don't let Carlsen intimidate you either.

  • 23 months ago


    May the awesomest and best player win and stuff.

  • 23 months ago


    magnus will win.

  • 23 months ago


    Come on Magnus!!! The last steep!_

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  • 23 months ago


    what time does it start i live near NYC

  • 23 months ago


    anand has much more experience and should win

  • 23 months ago


    Why is this being held in the champions home country? Is that fair? And why does the champion not have to qualify?? Should the soccer World Cup winner automatically go to the next World Cup final? Of course not. Should the World Series baseball champions go straight to the finals of the next World Series? Of course not!!

    In the interests of fairness and because Magnus fights harder than anyone else and is simply better than the old man I hope he wins.

    Good luck Magnus!!

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  • 23 months ago


     i like anand

  • 23 months ago


    @spsiddu00: At that rate, Charles Manson was a wonderful person. So were the guys who took out the Twin Towers. Methinks your reasoning is a bit off.

  • 23 months ago


    It will a real honor for me to see these two gentlemen against each other!! We can not miss any detail!!!

  • 23 months ago


    Chess was invented in India as "Chaturanga" & came to Europe via Persia aka Iran

  • 23 months ago


    dont have favourites, magnus and anand are both amazing players, any of them deserve it.

  • 23 months ago


    Relevant,helpful and nice!

  • 23 months ago


    I pray god that Anand wins for I hate Carlsen's self-assurance, he really seems to be somewhat vulgar in comparison with Anand. 

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