World Chess Championship Bonn, Germany Round 1

10.14.08 The World Chess Championship began today in Bonn, Germany between defending Word Champion Viswanathan Anand of India and Vladimir Kramnik of Russia. As expected, both players were feeling each other out and the game fizzled out to a draw after Black's 32nd move.

The long-awaited World Championship Match is underway. Vladimir Kramnik (left) and Viswanathan Anand get down to business.

Images courtesy ChessBase.com

World Chess Championship

World Champion Viswanathan Anand vs. challenger Vladimir Kramnik

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The match consists of twelve games, played under classical time controls: 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move 61.

When: October 14 - November 02, 2008
Where: Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn
Prize fund: 1.5 million Euro (= US $2.35 million)
Patron: German Finance Minister Peer Steinbr├╝ck
Main sponsor: Evonik Industries AG

Schedule

Game 1: Tuesday October 14 Replay Game 1
Game 2: Wednesday October 15
Free Day: Thursday October 16
Game 3: Friday October 17
Game 4: Saturday October 18
Free Day: Sunday October 19
Game 5: Monday October 20
Game 6: Tuesday October 21
Free day: Wednesday October 22
Game 7: Thursday October 23
Game 8: Friday October 24
Free Day: Saturday October 25
Game 9: Sunday October 26
Game 10: Monday October 27
Free Day: Tuesday October 30
Game 11 Wednesday October 29
Free Day Thursday October 30
Game 12: Friday October 31
Free Day: Saturday November 1
Tiebreak: Sunday November 2


More Details of the World Championship Match Here


The State Art Gallery in Bonn, Germany is the venue for this prestigious event.


Game 1 begins...


...heats up and then...


...ends in a draw under the watchful eye of Chief Arbiter Panagiotis Nikolopoulos.


The players at the post-game press conference moderated by GM Klaus Bischoff.


Throngs of reporters pack the floor of the press conference.


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