World Chess Championship 2012

May 4, 2012, 4:29 AM |

The World Chess Championship 2012 will be a match between the current world champion Viswanathan Anand of India and Boris Gelfand of Israel, winner of the Candidates tournament.The match will take place on 10–31 May 2012 in the Engineering Building of the state Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia and will determine the world chess champion. The match will be held under the auspices of FIDE, the World Chess Federation. The prize fund is 2.55 million US Dollars.

The defending champion is Anand, having held the title since 2007. He last defended his title by winning the world chess championship 2010 against veslin topalov. The challenger is Gelfand, who won the tournament of eight-player candidate matches.

The process for selecting the challenger has undergone a number of changes. A major change was announced on 25 November 2008, when it was announced that a two-player Challenger Match would be replaced with an eight-player Candidates' Tournament. The change was criticised by a number of players and commentators, as well as by the association of chess professionals. In November 2010, then world No. 2  Maguns carlsen (MAG-TOWN) withdrew from the Candidates' Tournament.

Gelfand, although being a very strong respectful player is considered the under dog at the upcoming match. Bellow are two memorable games played between  Anand and Gelfand in the past. Enjoy!



Update: After 12 games the score is tied 6-6 .

Below are two games from the match. One in which Boris Gelfand won, and the other with a display of power by Anand who managed to score a quick victory in just 17 moves.


Final update: Anand has defended his title successfully, and will remain the world chess champion 2012.