Official web site of the World Championship match

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3/27/2012 – In one month and 13 days the opening ceremony of the World Chess Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and his challenger Boris Gelfand will be opened, in the world famous Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. The event now has its official web site, where you can find out all about the players, the venue, sponsors, rules and the schedule. Take a look.

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Press release

Official site of the world chess title match launched

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that the official site of the world chess title match has opened. The site gathers and systematizes all the vital information on the forthcoming duel.

Visitors to the site will find out the match schedule and rules. The Players’ Introduction section carries detailed biographies of Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand. For those who are interested in chess statistics and history, the tournament and match records of the champion and the challenger and the results of all their previous head-to-head games are presented.

A separate section is devoted to the venue of the match, the State Tretyakov Gallery, which is the world’s biggest collection of Russian art. You will also find interviews with leading world chess players, giving their forecasts for the match and reflecting on the prospects for synergy between chess and the world museums.

The Greetings section features messages by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Chairman of the RCF Supervisory Board Arkady Dvorkovich, General Director of the State Tretyakov Gallery Irina Lebedeva and match sponsor Andrei Filatov, a shareholder in the N-Trans Group.

Journalists will find on the site all the information they might need about accreditation and references to materials published in leading Russian and world media.

The site is only just beginning its work. It will be regularly updated by the addition of several new sections and a host of topical materials.

The World chess championship match between the reigning champion Viswanathan Anand (India, 2799) and the challenger Boris Gelfand (Israel, 2739) will take place on 10-31 May 2012. The duel promises to be a highlight of Moscow’s sports and cultural life in 2012. For the first time in chess history, the world championship match will be held at a museum.

Mark Glukhovsky, Press attaché
World chess title match
Russian Chess Federation
tel. +7 (915) 412 77 09

World Chess Championsip 2012 – the sponsors

The sponsors of the event are:

  • the special State Design Bureau Almaz-Antei, one of the most successful major defense industry enterprises in Russia, developing anti-aircraft missiles and bringing together leading designers specializing in air defense complexes for the Air Force, Navy and Army, as well as automated control systems and anti-ballistic missile defense;

  • the NVision Group, a leading developer of unique information and communication solutions and services, which in the past year has implemented more than 2,000 high-tech projects of significance for the country, including work for Rostelecom, Sberbank of Russia, Rosatom, Russian Railways, VTB Bank, Domodedovo airport and Moscow City Government.

  • the initiator and main sponsor Andrey Filatov, a billionaire chess enthusiast who co-owns railway and port operator, N-Trans group, and is a good friend of Boris Gelfand.

Andrey Filatov was born in 1971 in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine. He is a USSR Candidate Master of Sport in chess. In 1993, he received a sports teaching and chess coaching degree from the Academy of Physical Education and Sport of the Republic of Belarus.

In April 1996, jointly with his partners Andrey Filatov founded Severstaltrans (now the N-Trans Group of Companies). Today, N-Trans is Russia's largest privately owned group that provides services in transportation and infrastructure, including rail freight transportation and port asset management. He is a member of the Economic Council of the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce (CCIFR). Forbes puts his net worth at US $1.3 billion and lists him as the 960th richest person in the world.

Recently Andrey Filatov financed the restoration of the tombstone and monument to the legendary Russian-born chess player Alexander Alekhine in Paris. He provides financial support for children’s and young people’s sports school No. 9 in Dnepropetrovsk. He founded the Sinitsin Memorial international children’s chess festival, which has taken place in Dnepropetrovsk since 2001, in memory of his teacher, the chess teacher Alexander Valerianovich Sinitsin. The tournament plays a notable role in the chess life of Ukraine.

World Chess Championsip 2012 in the Tretyakov Gallery

The establishment date of the Tretyakov Gallery is generally considered to be the year 1856. It was then that Moscow's noted art collector, merchant and industrialist Pavel Tretyakov (1832-1898) acquired his first paintings by contemporary Russian artists and set himself the goal of forming a collection that could develop into a museum of national art in the future. No such museum existed in Russia at that time. The overwhelming majority of paintings by Russian artists was dispersed among numerous private collections; a few – the most famous and officially acceptable – found their way into the Imperial Hermitage and the museum of the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts.

Tretyakov State Gallery – use your mouse to explore the location or click for a larger map

Today the State Tretyakov Gallery is the national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the greatest museums in the world. It is located in one of the oldest directs of Moscow Zamoskvorechye, not far from the Kremlin. The Gallery's collection consists entirely of Russian art and artists who have made a contribution to the history of Russian art or been closely connected with it. The collection contains more than 150,000 works of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by successive generations of Russian artists. Russian art works, ranging in date from the 11th to the early 20th century, are on the show in Gallery's historic building on Lavrushinskiy Pereulok.

Ivan Konstantinovich Ayvazovskiy, A Storm, 1857, Oil on canvas

Henryk (Genrih) Ippolitovich Semiradsky, Playing Dice, 1899, oil on canvas

Vladimir Lukich Borovikovskiy, Portrait of M.I.Lopukhina, 1797, oil on canvas (detail)

Vladimir Lukich Borovikovskiy, Allegory of Winter as an Old Man, Warming his
Hands by a Fire, undated, oil on canvas (detail)

World Chess Championsip 2012 – some match details

The World Chess Championship 2012 will be a match between the current World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India and Boris Gelfand of Israel, winner of the Candidates tournament. The match will be held under the auspices of FIDE, the World Chess Federation. The prize fund is US $2.55 million, the winner getting $1.53 million (60%), the loser $1,02 million (40%).


  • May 10, 2012 Opening Ceremony
  • May 11, 2012 Game 1
  • May 12, 2012 Game 2
  • May 13, 2012 Rest day
  • May 14, 2012 Game 3
  • May 15, 2012 Game 4
  • May 16, 2012 Rest day
  • May 17, 2012 Game 5
  • May 18, 2012 Game 6
  • May 19, 2012 Rest day
  • May 20, 2012 Game 7
  • May 21, 2012 Game 8
  • May 22, 2012 Rest day
  • May 23, 2012 Game 9
  • May 24, 2012 Game 10
  • May 25, 2012 Rest day
  • May 26, 2012 Game 11
  • May 27, 2012 Rest day
  • May 28, 2012 Game 12
  • May 29, 2012 Rest day
  • May 30, 2012 Tiebreak games
  • May 31, 2012 Closing Ceremony
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