December 19, 2007
World Chess Championship to be held in Germany:
Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik
battle for the highest chess title in October 2008
- When: From October 11 – 30, 2008
- Where: Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in
- Overall Prize fund: 1.5 Million Euro
- Patron: German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück
- Main sponsor: Evonik Industries AG
Dortmund. The World Chess Championship will be held from October 11
to 30, 2008 in the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany
in Bonn, between Viswanathan Anand (India) and Vladimir Kramnik (Russia).
The match will consist of twelve games, played under classical time controls,
in the period from October 11 to October 28, 2008. If there is a tie at the
end of these games a tiebreak will be played on October 30, 2008. The prize
fund, which will be split equally between the players, is 1.5 million Euro (approximately
2.1 million US Dollars) including taxes and FIDE licensee fees.
Viswanathan Anand (37) and Vladimir Kramnik (32) are the two outstanding personalities
in chess today. The world championship match between them is keenly anticipated
by chess fans all over the world. It is part of a 120-year tradition of chess
history, which includes matches like Capablanca-Alekhine, Fischer-Spassky, Kasparov-Karpov
The reigning and undisputed World Champion Anand won his title in September
2007 at the World Championship tournament in Mexico City. Kramnik, who was undefeated
in his three world championship matches, became second in this double round
The World Chess Championship 2008 takes place under the patronage of the German
Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück, who is himself an enthusiastic and ambitious
The main sponsor of the World Championship is Evonik Industries. This industrial
enterprise is located in Essen, Germany, and was the exclusive sponsor of the
2006 World Chess Challenge between Vladimir Kramnik and the chess program Deep
The World Chess Championship 2008 in Bonn will be organized with the full cooperation
of the World Chess Federation FIDE and it’s President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. FIDE
has its main office in Athens, Greece, and is the head of 161 national chess
federations with 40 million active chess players, making it one of the world’s
largest sporting organizations.
The organizer of the World Championship 2008 is Universal Event Promotion (UEP),
which is located in Dortmund (Germany) and has received all rights for the event
from FIDE. UEP staged the World Chess Challenge between Vladimir Kramnik and
the chess program Deep Fritz in 2006, an event that drew worldwide media attention
and was very successfully commercialised.
Official World Championship web site of the organizer:
Evonik Industries: company information
Evonik Industries is the creative industrial group which operates in three
highly profitable, promising 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. The strengths of Evonik are creativity, specialization,
continuous self-renewal, and reliability.
Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal 2006 around
43,000 employees generated sales of €14.8 billion and an operating profit (EBIT)
of over €1.2 billion. Evonik plans to enter the capital markets in the first
half of 2008.
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