World Championship Moscow – inspecting the venue

by ChessBase
5/9/2012 – Two days before the start of a World Championship match the players, their seconds and the organisers visit the venue to see if everything is satisfactory. Unsurprisingly the inspection in the theatre of the Engineering Building in the State Tretyakov Gallery met with the approval of Vishy Anand and Boris Gelfand. In 48 hours they will commence hostilities here. Big pictorial report.

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Everything ready in the Engineering Building

Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand inspect match venue

In accordance with the match regulations for the chess crown, the world champion and the challenger for this title conducted an inspection of the match hall in the Engineering Building of the State Tretyakov Gallery.

The ceremony was attended by Chairman of the Management Board of the Russian Chess Federation Ilya Levitov, Chief arbiter Ashot Vardapetyan, Match supervisor FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos, Appeals Committee Chairman Kurt Jungwirth, FIDE Vice President Israel Gelfer, Assistant to the FIDE President Berik Balgabaev and Chairman of the Israeli Chess Federation Moshe Slav.

Boris Gelfand and Vishy Anand satisfied with the arrangements. In the background: FIDE vice president Israel Gelfer, Advisor to President Ilyumzhinov Berik Balgabaev, Anand team member Hans-Walter Schmitt

Both chess players were satisfied with the match venue and organisation. After inspecting the match area, Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand gave an interview to channel “Russia-24”.

The Theatre in the Engineering Building of the State Tretyakov Gallery

Under construction: the stage where the World Championship games will be played

Cleaning up before the players arrive

World Champion Anand tests the arrangement, chief organiser Ilya Levitov and...

... Anand's wife Aruna look on

Challenger Boris Gelfand arrives and checks the arrangements

Well, yes, everything appears to be fine

Watchful eye: FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos

In just a few dozen hours these two will be at each others' throats – across the chessboard

Anand gives an interview to the TV channel “Russia-24”...

... after which Boris Gelfand follows suit

The above pictures were taken by tournament photographer Eteri Kublashvili,
seen above with Anand team member Eric van Reem. This photo by H-W Schmitt.

We heroically resisted posting this image at the top of our report – to drive our readers nuts!

Karlovich Anastasiya sent us the above picture of the military parade in Moscow's Red Square. It was taken from the window of the official hotel of the match Anand-Gelfand, the Baltschug Kempinski. "Victory Day" commemorates the defeat of Nazi Germany and is celebrated on May 9. It is also known as "Gitler kaput" (really – google it).

World Chess Championsip 2012 – 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%).


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.

Thur May 10 Opening  
Fri May 11 Game 1 Daniel King
Sat May 12 Game 2 Lawrence Trent
Sun May 13 Rest day  
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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