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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Let the Anand-Topalov World Championship Chess match begin....well almost

Today I have discovered that the official  World Chess Championship website is up and running. The website is at http://www.anand-topalov.com/ . At the present time the website has the official match schedule, biographies of both players, a complete database of all the games which Anand and Topalov have played against each other in their chess careers, a "news" section, an "interviews" section, a "results and games section" and a "Gallery" section (I assume this is where photos of the games will be place). The website states that tickets for the individual games will only be sold at the venue for the championship,that being the Central Military Club.

For some reason the FIDE, the governing body of chess has decided that this World Chess Championship will only consist of  12 games!! Why so few for a World Chess Championship? What is even more appalling to me is that if the two players are tied at the end of twelve games in score, then a rapid chess playoff, or if the two players are still tied, then unbelievably a blitz chess playoff, or worse, an Armageddon blitz game  will decide who wins the World Chess Championship!! I can't believe that the players agreed to this (maybe they had no say in this decision?) Here is the schedule for the match,which I found at the official Match website:


2. Schedule
2.1 Match System: The World Chess Championship Match Anand - Topalov will consist
of 12 games and if necessary, tie-break games.
2.2 The FWCM will be played according to the following schedule:
April 21 – 18.00 EEST (15.00 UTC) - Official opening
April 23 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 1
April 24 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 2
April 25 – Rest Day
April 26 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 3
April 27 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 4
April 28 – Rest Day
April 29 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 5
April 30 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 6
May 1 – Rest Day
May 2 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 7
May 3 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 8
May 4 – Rest Day
May 5 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 9
May 6 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 10
May 7 – Rest Day
May 8 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 11
May 9 – Rest Day
May 10 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 12
May 11 – Rest Day
May 12 – Tie breaks
CLOSING CEREMONY


The time control for the games in this match is:
 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.


Why has the FIDE decided to only allow an increment after 60 moves have been made?





And here  are two  key articles of the rules for this match:


Article 3.5.1 The WCM shall be played over a maximum of twelve (12) games and the winner of the
match shall be the first player to score 6.5 points or more. A tie shall be broken according to
Article 3.7 below. If the winner scores 6.5 points in less than 12 games then the organizer can
re-schedule the Closing Ceremony for an earlier date.

3. 7 Tie-breaks
3.7.1.a 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.

3.7.2 If the scores are level after the games in Article 3.7.1a, 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 as described below in Article 3.7.3.
3.7.3 If the score is still level after five matches as described in Article 3.7.2, the players
shall play a one sudden death game. 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 from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is
declared the winner.

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It should be a very interesting World Championship in which the player who wins first is going to have a big advantage!


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