WCC Final Preview - It's Nearly Here!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 10/12/08, 1:04 AM.

The opening ceremony of the 2008 World Chess Championship will take place on Monday 13th October in Bonn, Germany.  At the ceremony Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik will draw lots to determine colours in the opening game.

Colours will then alternate through game 6, but in game 7 the order is changed before alternating again until the end of the match.  This means that one player will have the white pieces in games 1,3,5,8,10 and 12 and the other will have white in games 2,4,6,7,9 and 11.  I can't remember ever seeing this change of order during a match before and I'm not sure why they are bothering, since there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with simply alternating colours all the way through.  Will it make any difference?  Who knows...

If tie-breaks are needed there will be a separate draw for colours.

All games start at 3pm local time and Chess.com will be covering the games LIVE!
A regularly updated news item will have the latest moves, the current position and comments.  Chess.com members are invited to add their own comments to the news item as the games unfold!

The start time corresponds to 2pm UK time and 9am Eastern USA time.

Experts are predicting a close match and fan polls are quite evenly divided.  The Chess.com poll gives a narrow lead to Anand, but it's a close run thing at 54% to 46%.

It's a sign of the modern times that the match is only over 12 matches.  Matches have traditionally been over a larger number of games (say 16, 18 or 24) but shorter matches are more media-friendly.  There will be less time to recover from a loss.  Will this make the players more cautious?

Before the match even starts, Kramnik has achieved a coup by having Peter Leko as one of his 'seconds' assisting him during the match.  However, if the rumours are right, Magnus Carlsen has been helping Anand, but this is unconfirmed.

The gladiators shake hands before the event (picture from Chessvibes).

Vishy Anand is a natural attacking player, and in his youth earned the nickname The Lightning Kid for his fast play.  He is arguably at his peak and will want to cement his position as undisputed world champion with a match win over his rival.  This may be his last chance as a new generation of talented young players, headed by Magnus Carlsen, are closing in fast.

Vladimir Kramnik has a reputation as a stronger match player than Anand, with his victory in 2000 against Garry Kasparov for the WCC title being the highlight.  He is a more strategic player, with excellent endgame technique and a strong defence.

It appears that there will be a half-hour delay on the broadcast of moves to external news agencies.  Only Foidos, the official broadcasters for the event, are allowed to cover it exactly as it happens, and for everyone else it will be broadcast 'as-live' with a half hour delay.  This transparent attempt to get more people to pay for the official coverage will probably not endear them to chess fans, but we will have to put up with it.

Look out for coverage of all the games at Chess.com, starting on Tuesday.

Let the games begin!

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  • 8 years ago


    World championship is a must to see...

  • 8 years ago


    CoolAccording to the latest Ratings,of Top Players,given by FIDE,OurGladiators are on the 5th(Anan)and 6th.(Kraminic)places of the list.No matter who will win the match?!,but both are so lucky with the undesrved Prizes&monies..LOL..

  • 8 years ago





    and take anand

  • 8 years ago


    I think it will be close but Anand will shade it.

    But i am looking forward to this match and some great chess.

  • 8 years ago


    come on Smilekramnik you cane do it!!!!

  • 8 years ago


    garromark - anyone is welcome to comment on the games as they progress.  Join in everyone, especially if you are a strong player and can help explain the game! Cool

  • 8 years ago


    Icant wait any more

  • 8 years ago


    The more I know about Kramnik the more I want him to win. Also, he has the hotter wife!!!

  • 8 years ago


    go kramnik

  • 8 years ago


    it will be very interesting to see how the Super Grandmasters play! I cant wait!

  • 8 years ago


    Suggested caption for the photo: "Tell you what, Vlad, whoever gets 2 whites in a row buys the first pint".Smile

  • 8 years ago


    Yeah, I thought it was today but it is tommorrow.

  • 8 years ago


    yes, today there is only the ceremony - "Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik will draw lots to determine colours in the opening game."

  • 8 years ago


    is the game not TOMMOROW 14th oct?

  • 8 years ago


    Go Kramnik!  As much as I think Vishy is a great guy, I don't wont Kasparov to lose to someone unworthy - there has to be a reason!

  • 8 years ago


    it will be a great match!

  • 8 years ago


    How exciting.  I hadn't been following the dates or times and just knew (from chess.com of course) that there was a WCC match coming up.  Now that I know I can see it pseudo-live from Chess.com I'm really pumped.  I'm going to be following the game while using an engine (Rybka 3.0 :D), since I probably won't understand some of their moves anyway.  I imagine that this question is silly of me to ask but how will it be shown on Chess.com?  A locked thread of sorts?  Will there be an open thread going allowing us to discuss the game?  Maybe like Vote Chess (a thread per move)?

  • 8 years ago


    uh 6am in the morning for me:D

    I go to school at 7am. well, at least I can watch for 1 hour. Hope this is entertaining. One side will be defense and other attack. i vote for attack side. which is Vishy Anand. very nice of chess.com to cover this free. thanks.

  • 8 years ago


    Yeehah, that's tomorrow! Tomorrow night where I am though... at midnight.. :-(

  • 8 years ago


    Thx sonofpearl....I haven't had the pleasure of following a WCC before until now. It will be a battle between Titans !

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