A first impression of Bonn, the former capital of Germany: the Town Hall
The pedestrian street in the old part of the town
A group of costumed musicians do an open-air Saturday evening routine
Anand arrives at the playing hall to check the equipment
Vladimir Kramnik joins him at the table where the two will play their match
How low can I go, how far back can I lean? These chairs give you a lot of freedom
Anand has some problems with the tilt and swivel of the high-tech chair
Albert Vasser (Foidos) and Executive Match Director Josef Resch try to work it out
Josef Resch offers the players a choice of different chess sets
Are those pawns too large or too small? Are they too dark?
In the end the player opt for the original board with the smaller pawns
The players are behind a giant gauze curtain, which is almost invisible to the audience
but which does not allow the players to make visual contact with people in the hall
The organisers, arbiters and journalists surround the table
The two players do a handshake for the photographers
At the behest of the photographers the two start a mock game
Is that what we can expect: 1.g4 b5? I think maybe that is a little bit better for White,
says Kramnik, but the two agree to a draw.
The rest rooms where the players can retire during the games
An arbiter can watch the players while they are in their rooms
Vladimir Kramnik is satisfied with the setup
The 2008 World Chess Championship between the reigning Champion Viswanathan Anand and challenger Vladimir Kramnik takes place in Bonn, Germany. Main info in brief:
|When:||From 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 Steinbrück|
|Main sponsor:||Evonik Industries AG|
Duration and time controls: 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.
Prize fund: The sum of 1.5 million Euro (approximately 2.35 million US Dollars) including taxes and FIDE license fees, is split equally between the players.
Tickets cost 35 Euro (= US $54.80) per round. They include the following benefits:
The tickets are available at all ticket agencies in Germany. You can also buy tickets for the match in advance via BONNTICKET, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (+49-180-5001812).
FoidosChess is a live chess broadcasting application, based on the Mircosoft Silverlight technology, which will be used for live coverage of the the World Chess Championship match in Bonn. The system uses five parallel video streams to present the players and commentary by Grandmasters in German (Artur Yussupov, Dr Helmut Pfleger, Klaus Bischoff), English (Yasser Seirawan), Spanish (Miguel Illescas) and Russian. The games will be also broadcast live on Playchess.com, but without the videos and commentary.