Anand-Kramnik: 90 days to go

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The world championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik will start in exactly 90 days from now. The first game will be played on Tuesday, October 14th, at 15.00 hrs CET.

The most important chess event of the year 2008 will take place in the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn. From October 14th till November 2nd, Viswanathan Anand from India will be defending his world champion title against challenger Vladimir Kramnik from Russia. The prize fund is 1.5 million Euro. Patron is German Finance Minister Peer Steinbr?ɬºck and main sponsor is Evonik Industries AG.

Rate of play & tiebreak The match consists of twelve games, with a classic rate of play: 120 minutes for 40 moves, then 60 minutes for 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus 30 seconds increment, starting from move 61. If the match ends in a tie, a tiebreak will be played on November 02, 2008. The tiebreak consists of four rapid games, if needed two blitz games and if needed, one sudden-death game.

Arbiters and Appeals Committee FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has appointed the Appeals Committee for the World Championship Match. The arbiters of the match have also been approved by the FIDE President. The arbiters are: Panagiotis Nikolopoulos (GRE) ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Chief Arbiter, Werner Stubenvoll (AUT) and Hal Bond (CAN) ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Debuty Arbiters. The Appeals Committee: Florencio Campomanes (PHI) ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Chairman, Nigel Freeman (BER) and Israel Gelfer (ISR) ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Members.

Advance Booking Since May 5, 2008 advance booking for the World Chess Championship 2008 is possible. The tickets are available at the price of 35 Euro per day. The following benefits are included:
  • entrance to the playing hall
  • entrance to the commentary room with analysis by prominent grandmasters. Together with various guests there will be discussions around chess.


The tickets are available at all ticket agencies in Germany. You can also buy tickets for the match in advance directly via the Art and Exhibition Hall in Bonn: benzelrath@kah-bonn.de, Phone: +49-228-9171-485. Tickets for a possible tiebreak on November 02, 2008, will be available after the 12th game.

Exclusive VIP tickets: Additionally, the organizer Universal Event Promotion offers exclusive VIP tickets at the price of 280 Euro each day. The VIP tickets are strictly limited. The following benefits are included:
  • exclusive seats in the playing hall, front row
  • entrance to the VIP room incl. catering
  • exclusive seats in the commentary room
  • official World Championship chess set in limited edition, incl. chessboard and figures (wood) signed by Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik


The advance booking of the VIP tickets is only possible at the organizer Universal Event Promotion: CEO Stefan Koth, stefan.koth@uep-worldchess.com.




Official World Chess Championship website of the organizer UEP The official World Championship website will provide chess fans all over the world with information and news about the World Championship match. After presenting the interviews of Michael Adams, Albert Vasse and Artur Jussupov, now an interview with Dr. Helmut Pfleger has been published. Together with other prominent grandmasters, Helmut Pfleger will comment the games of the World Chess Championship live from the commentary room (Ostgalerie) in the Art and Exhibition Hall.

Schedule for the World Chess Championship 2008 Game 1 Tuesday October 14 3 p.m. Game 2 Wednesday October 15 3 p.m. Game 3 Friday October 17 3 p.m. Game 4 Saturday October 18 3 p.m. Game 5 Monday October 20 3 p.m. Game 6 Tuesday October 21 3 p.m. Game 7 Thursday October 23 3 p.m. Game 8 Friday October 24 3 p.m. Game 9 Sunday October 26 3 p.m. Game 10 Monday October 27 3 p.m. Game 11 Wednesday October 29 3 p.m. Game 12 Friday October 31 3 p.m. Tiebreak Sunday November 02 3 p.m. Press contact Rolf Behovits Universal Event Promotion Press Officer Tel.: +49-170-2317139 Email: rolf.behovits@uep-worldchess.com

Company Information Evonik Industries - Main Sponsor of the World Chess Championship 2008 Evonik Industries is the creative industrial group from Germany which operates in three business areas: Chemicals, Energy and Real Estate. Evonik is a global leader in specialty chemicals, an expert in power generation from hard coal and renewable energies, and one of the largest private residential real estate companies in Germany. Evonik?Ǭ¥s strengths are creativity, specialization, continuous self-renewal, and reliability. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In its fiscal year 2007 about 43,000 employees generated sales of about ?¢‚Äö¬¨14.4 billion and an operating profit (EBIT) of more than ?¢‚Äö¬¨1.3 billion (preliminary figures). Press Contact Evonik Industries Sabrina Herich Evonik Industries Tel. +49-201-177-2225 Email: presse@evonik.com
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