The much anticipated 6-game classical match between Vladimir Kramnik and Levon Aronian kicks off tomorrow in Zurich.
Although the Zurich Chess Challenge a friendly match, both players will want to make the most of the opportunity for some valuable match practice with some hard fought games.
If any of the games end in a draw after less than 3 hours play, there will be a rapid game to entertain the watching audience (not counting towards the match score).
On the official FIDE rating list, Levon Aronian is currently ranked #2 in the world with a rating of 2820 Elo, and Vladimir Kramnik is ranked #3 with 2801 Elo.
The time control is 40 moves in 120 minutes, followed by 20 moves in 60 minutes, and then 15 minutes plus a 30 second increment to finish. All games start at 15:00 local time (13:00 UTC) except the final game which is 2 hours earlier.
The main sponsor is IGC (International Gemological Laboratories). The schedule is:
| Saturday 21 April
|| Game 1
| Sunday 22 April
|| Game 2
| Monday 23 April
|| Rest Day
| Tuesday 24 April
|| Game 3
| Wednesday 25 April
|| Game 4
| Thursday 26 April
|| Rest Day
| Friday 27 April
|| Game 5
| Saturday 28 April
|| Game 6
Chess.com will be covering all the games LIVE!
For full details look here.
The official website promises live coverage from two Swiss players, GM Yannick Pelletier and IM Werner Hug, and Macauley Peterson will also be providing his excellent video coverage.
The original match announcement is here.
Who is your choice to win? Have your say in the comments!