Anand-Carlsen: All The Info

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 11/8/13, 6:51 AM.

We're still counting down and it's now less than 19 hours until the start of the much awaited World Championship match in Chennai between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen. On Saturday, November 9th, at 15:00 hrs local time, the players will start their first game. For your convenience, here's all the important info one more time.

Chess fans around the globe are waiting for one of the most anticipated chess events in recent years: the Anand-Carlsen world title match. Here's all the important information you need.


Date Event Colors Sydney Chennai Amsterdam/Paris New York Los Angeles
09.11.2013 Game 1 Carlsen-Anand 20:30 15:00 10:30 04:30 01:30
10.11..2013 Game 2 Anand-Carlsen 20:30 15:00 10:30 04:30 01:30
11.11.2013 Rest Day            
12.11.2013 Game 3 Carlsen-Anand 20:30 15:00 10:30 04:30 01:30
13.11.2013 Game 4 Anand-Carlsen 20:30 15:00 10:30 04:30 01:30
14.11.2013 Rest Day            
15.11.2013 Game 5 Carlsen-Anand 20:30 15:00 10:30 04:30 01:30
16.11.2013 Game 6 Anand-Carlsen 20:30 15:00 10:30 04:30 01:30
17.11.2013 Rest Day            
18.11.2013 Game 7 Anand-Carlsen 20:30 15:00 10:30 04:30 01:30
19.11.2013 Game 8 Carlsen-Anand 20:30 15:00 10:30 04:30 01:30
20.11.2013 Rest Day            
21.11.2013 Game 9 Anand-Carlsen 20:30 15:00 10:30 04:30 01:30
22.11.2013 Game 10 Carlsen-Anand 20:30 15:00 10:30 04:30 01:30
23.11.2013 Rest Day            
24.11.2013 Game 11 Anand-Carlsen 20:30 15:00 10:30 04:30 01:30
25.11.2013 Rest Day            
26.11.2013 Game 12 Carlsen-Anand 20:30 15:00 10:30 04:30 01:30
27.11.2013 Rest Day            
28.11.2013 Tie Break Games     To be decided      
28.11.2013 Closing Ceremony     To be decided      

At the opening ceremony on Thursday, the drawing of colors resulted in Magnus Carlsen playing with the white pieces in the first game.

World Chess Championship 2013

Viswanathan Anand 2775 . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
Magnus Carlsen 2870 . . . . . . . . . . . . 0

The players

Viswanathan Anand (India, 43) retained the world title after defeating the challenger, Boris Gelfand, in the FIDE World Championship Match 2012 in Moscow, Russia. Before that, after winning the Mexico 2007 World Championship tournament, Anand successfully defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in Bonn 2008 and against Veselin Topalov in Sofia 2010. Anand was also FIDE World Champion in 2000 after winning a knockout tournament.

Magnus Carlsen (Norway, 22) became the official challenger by winning the Candidates Tournament 2013, played in London in March of this year, after a thrilling finish where Vladimir Kramnik ended on an equal number of points but lost on tiebreak. Carlsen has been the most successful tournament player in recent years and is the highest rated player in the world by a big margin. In December last year he broke Garry Kasparov's record of highest rating ever.

Anand & Carlsen at the Tal Memorial in 2011


You can find the official regulations of the match here in PDF. Below we'll give the most important aspects:

  • The World Chess Championship Match 2013 will consist of 12 games and if necessary, tie-break games. The draw for colors will be conducted during the opening ceremony. The colors shall be reversed after game 6. (The player getting the white color in game 1 shall play game 7 with the black color).   
  • The time control for each game shall be: 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting after move 61 has been made.
  • If the scores are level after the regular twelve (12) games, after a new drawing of colors, four (4) tie-break games shall be played. The games shall be played using the electronic clock starting with 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds after each move. If the scores are level after this, then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of 2 games shall be played with a time control of 5 minutes plus 3 seconds increment after each move. In case of a level score, another 2-game match will be played to determine a winner. If still there is no winner after 5 such matches (total 10 games), one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the  player with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds starting from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

Prize fund & venue

The prize fund will be about 14 Crore rupees (1,673.560 Euros or 2,240,840 US$) and will be divided 60% for the winner and 40% to the loser if the match ends within the 12 regular games. In case the winner is decided by tie-break games, the winner shall receive 55% and the loser 45%.

The venue is the 5-star Hyatt Regency in the heart of Chennai. Tickets can be booked here - they're not sold out yet. coverage will offer a wide array of exclusive, comprehensive coverage. With live (ChessTV) coverage during the round, exclusive on- site reporting, and a "post game show," we plan to offer its worldwide community, in all time zones, the most detailed look into all the action from Chennai. Find all info here!

20646 reads 81 comments
8 votes


  • 3 years ago


    Here is the difference between two players

    1.  Anand is in 40s while Magnus is so young at 20s. Advantage Magnus
    2. Anand is better and well experienced in (short period) championships, Magnus, still young, his first world championships is out to match Kasparov feat. Kasparov cannot win the championship against karpov in 48 games trailing 5-3 in a first to win six games world championship. until the organizers made interventions to change in to 24 games which Kasparov won later. it took him more than 60 games to demolish karpov all in all. Advantage Anand
    3. Anand may not be as effective as before. His style and level of play may not be the same. Magnus has a young brain able to analyze positions perhaps beyond 15 to 20 moves. Advantage Magnus.
    4. Anand may not be as enthusiastic to win than before but his preparations might be greater for he knew he is facing a much younger opponent for the first time. Magnus is eager and excited to make another history or chapter in his chess career, a World Champion title.  Advantage Carlsen.
    5. Anand is as i believe more patient and tougher in the endgames. Magnus being young may wish to win in positions in midgames. Advantage Anand.
    6. Anand is mature in chess attitudes, not easily irritated nor hot tempered. Magnus has yet to experience how it is to be against a world champion in a world championship match. Advantage Anand.

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen will be the World Champion by the end of the 9th game.

  • 3 years ago


    3-3 after 6 games, then Magnus slowly gets the advantage, as in endgames.

  • 3 years ago


    Can someone provide the Anand's Team members and Carlsen's Team members.

  • 3 years ago


    Thanks so so so much for including that variety of time zones!! is becoming increasingly global and your merging with it is a big contribution to that:))

  • 3 years ago


    Anand is a genius. Not an easy win for Carlsen. Tomorrow we will see... 

  • 3 years ago


    I only hope that Carlsen will not suffer from food poisoning or some strange tropical sickness. 

  • 3 years ago


    I believe that Carlsen has the handicap of never playing a match against one of the top eight players in the world. On the other hand Anand has great experience in match play against top elite players and this could be the winning key to retain the World Championship Title.

  • 3 years ago


    Come on Anand!! 

  • 3 years ago


    That's a great picture of the 2 of them!

    Funny how the defending world champ goes into this match the Underdog lol.  Best of luck to both!

  • 3 years ago


    Wish Anand and get into the lottery for a free ticket to the WC match!!

  • 3 years ago


  • 3 years ago


    What score should Anand win by- to get past Carlsen's rating? or if Anand wins 8-4, what will the rating of both the players become?

  • 3 years ago


    To those who think the loser getting 40% of the total prize fund is too much - you're not really considering that the winner gets 50% more $$ than the loser, even though both put in equal preparation and actual tournament time.That's a huge pay increase for the same amount of effort.

    Compare that to sports like football, baseball, basketball, etc. where the many of the losers often still get paid more than the winners of the championship.

  • 3 years ago


    Anand has defended his World title successfully against World Class players 3 times and still retains a huge amount of repect as the "underdog".

    If he can find the energy and freshness of 10 years ago his expeirience gives him the edge in this match.

    Anand wins 6.5-5.0

  • 3 years ago


    @sixtyfoursquares - I'm pretty sure there is no "Sophia Rule" in the World Championship Match, although there may be anti-draw rules in the preliminary rounds of the WC cycle.

  • 3 years ago


    lord vishy pls show that kid what the world championship means to you

  • 3 years ago


    it's an absurb. the loser should get 20%. it's fine for it.

    i'm not sure if Magnus will get that easy. it'll be a tough task.

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen's winning chances are 59.2%

  • 3 years ago


    How much are the seconds paid?  Who pays them?

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