World Championship G2 – Rest day video reports and pictures

by ChessBase
5/14/2012 – Sunday is a rest day in Moscow – opportunity for us to catch up on the masses of material pouring in. We bring you videos with rest day reflections by GM Daniel King on Playchess, a round two report by French chess magazine reporter GM Robert Fontaine, and game two analysis by chess trainer Andrew Martin. In addition some wonderful photos by Anastasia Karlovich and Alexey Yushenkov.

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The World Chess Championship 2012 is being staged in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, between the current World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India and the winner of the Candidates tournament Boris Gelfand of Israel. The match is over twelve games and lasts from May 11 to 30. The prize fund is US $2.55 million, the winner getting $1.53 million (60%), the loser $1,02 million (40%).

Video reports and coverage

Rest day reflections by GM Daniel King on Playchess

King: In spite of the tangible tensions that were there in the first two drawn games, they were not exactly to the taste of a lot of chess fans around the world who are looking for more exciting encounters. I am sure the match will catch fire as some point. To satisfy the blood lust of a lot of you out there I am going to show you a game from the World Championship match from two years ago between Anand and Topalov, which was a very different kind of encounter. – Daniel King goes on to show us game four of the match in 2010.

GM Robert Fontaine and his video producer Gérard Demuydt are in Moscow produced video reports and interviews after each round for the French chess magazine Europe Echecs. In the round two report we see the arrival of players, a short résumé of the game, the press conference with the home prep of Vishy 17…Bf5, and small interviews with Joel Lautier regarding this start of the match.

IM Andrew Martin on game two

The English chess trainer has a dedicated following of chess enthusiasts who simply like his style. "Andrew Martin's analysis fits me best," writes Karl-Heinz Isleif from Tokyo, Japan. "He makes sense, and no one is easier to understand and to follow. But what made you say he's from London, when he sounds like the guys down in Melbourne?" – Sorry, Karl-Heinz, Andrew was born in West Ham, London, and is pure Brit. He is a professional chess teacher and head trainer of the English youth team. He trains eight schools: Yateley Manor, Aldro, Millfield, Sunningdale, Waverley School, St Michael’s Sandhurst, Wellington College, Salesian College.

For a full bio and a list of the training DVDs he has produced for ChessBase visit this page in our online shop.

Photo gallery

Vishy! The World Champion in a post game press conference

Typical posture of Boris Gelfand when he is pondering a position

Anand and Gelfand discuss the second game while chief arbiter Ashot Vardapetyan
from Armenia and deputy Hal Bond from Canada look on

The challenger Boris Gelfand from Israel

Press Officer of Russian Chess Federation Mark Glukhovsky

FIDE Press Officer Anastasia Karlovich (Ukraine)

Tournament photographer Eteri Kublashvili

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the RCF, and aide to the
President of the Russian Federation, Arkady Dvorkovich

General Director of the State Tretyakov Gallery Irina Lebedeva

A private moment between Anand and wife Aruna

Photos by Anastasia Karlovich and Alexey Yushenkov


 Vishy Anand
 Boris Gelfand  

Remaining schedule

Days of play, with live commentators on Note that the games start at 15:00h local time = 13:00 CEST, 07 a.m. New York or here in your location.

Mon May 14 Game 3 Yannick Pelletier
Tues May 15 Game 4 Daniel King
Wed May 16 Rest day  
Thur May 17> Game 5 Daniel King
Fri May 18 Game 6 Loek van Wely
Sat May 19 Rest day  
Sun May 20 Game 7 Lawrence Trent
Mon May 21 Game 8 Oliver Reeh
Tues May 22 Rest day  
Wed May 23 Game 9 Daniel King
Thur May 24 Game 10 Yannick Pelletier
Fri May 25 Rest day  
Sat May 26 Game 11 Daniel King
Sun May 27 Rest day  
Mon May 28 Game 12 Sam Collins
Tues May 29 Rest day  
Wed May 30 Tiebreaks  
Thurs May 31 Closing  


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