Kampf der Könige – Fighting For The Crown

by ChessBase
9/20/2008 – Just 23 days, 20 hours, 37 minutes and 06 seconds left (at the time of writing) for the start of the World Championship between Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik in Bonn, Germany. For those of you who can barely wait there is a chess quiz on the official site; an opportunity to buy premium tickets for the live online coverage; and a chess film on DVD with spectacular chess visuals.

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World Championship Quiz with attractive prizes

Press release – Now all chess fans can test their knowledge about the royal game on the official World Championship web site. The quiz offers many interesting questions in varying ranges of difficulty. Participation in the quiz is free – and there are many attractive prizes to be won: the first prize is an exclusive VIP ticket for the World Chess Championship 2008. This VIP ticket includes exclusive seats in the playing hall (front row), entrance to the VIP room incl. catering, exclusive seats in the commentary room, official World Championship chess set incl. chessboard (plus figures) signed by Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik.

Prizes World Chess Championship Quiz:

1. VIP ticket
2. Official WCC Chess Set
3. WCC Shredder
4.-5. 2x2 tickets for the World Chess Championship 2008
6. Subscription of FoidosChess during the WCC
7.-8. Official WCC Wine Set
9.-12. Official WCC T-shirt
13.-15. FoidosChess (daily subscription)

Entries for the quiz will be accepted until midnight on October 05, 2008. at the Official World Championship web site.

FoidosChess: the wait is over

Press release – Chess Media Services and FoidosChess is proud to announce that ticket sale for the World Chess Championship 2008 has started today. Do not miss the chance to be part of this historical event and ground breaking internet broadcasting.

We want to guarantee early buyers top quality service. It is the technology that introduces limitation so only a limited number of tickets are available. As an early buyer you can profit now from our early bird discount of 30%. Please follow the payment process and get your tickets now. The early bird discount ends September 14th 2008 at 24:00 CET (Paris time). Make sure you book yours on time.

Once you register you will receive an email with broadcasting details and times. All broadcasting will start every match day from 14:50 CET (Paris time). Each day ticket and complete tournament ticket will give you full access to the system throughout the day starting with players arrival, opening ceremony, the match itself, press conference, live interviews with VIP and guests, live commentator in the language of your choice (available from English, Spanish, German, Russian), live interactivity with the commentators and many many more. FoidosChess puts you in control!

Ticket Type Early bird (before September 30) Normal price
One day ticket 8 euro 10 euro
Complete tournament 72 euro 90 euro

Early bird discounts are only available until September 30, 24:00 CET (Paris time). So make sure you book your tickets on time to profit from no less than 20% discount. Apart from the early bird discounts there is a volume discount as well:

Number of day tickets Discount level
2-3 day tickets 5% extra discount
4-5 day tickets 10% extra discount
6-10 day tickets 20% extra discount

Chess Media Services BV is a Netherlands based consortium of companies that love chess and understand the value and power of the game. Chess Media Services is a consortium of dynamic companies. UEP GmbH, (Germany), DGT BV (Netherlands), Share Dimension srl. (Romania), Noterik BV (Netherlands) all bringing their expertise and power behind FoidosChess.

“Fighting for the crown”

  • New Chess Film on DVD
  • 70 minutes film plus bonus material
  • To be released October 2008 (for World Chess Championship)

Press release – In October 2008, the World Chess Championship is taking place in Germany. With reigning world champion Viswanathan Anand taking on Vladimir Kramnik, two intriguing personalities will be fighting for the crown. The head-to-head duel follows on a tradition of over 120 years of great matches between famous grandmasters, such as chess legends Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca, Fischer, Karpov, and Kasparov.

The film “Fighting for the Crown” portrays the two opponents, Kramnik and Anand, and their style and shows how and why they have made it to the top. Friends, colleagues, managers, and their wives talk about these two outstanding players. And last but not least we will hear what they have to say about themselves and about each other. Director Bernhard Pfletschinger and production company Schnittstelle Film und Video GmbH have accompanied Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand for almost two years. We see the titleholder from India and his Russian opponent at tournaments in Wijk aan Zee, Miskolc, Bonn, Mainz, and Dortmund. Witness the encounter of two extraordinary characters with different philosophies and a common passion: chess.

The producer Dr. Bernhard Pfletschinger has been working since 1984 as a screenwriter and director of documentary films. He received numerous awards, among others the renowned German Adolf Grimme Prize.

Screen shots from the movie


Kampf der Könige – Fighting For The Crown (Trailer)

Retail price: 27 Euro plus postage and packaging. Available from beginning October 2008.
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