World Championship – Opening ceremony, Anand has white

by ChessBase
5/11/2012 – The World Chess Championship was opened in the Tretyakov Gallery on Thursday in spectacular style and with plenty of prominence. There was the playing of anthems, speeches by dignitaries, and the drawing of colours – Anand will play white in the first game. But the highlight is the musical part of the evening, which includes a pre-teen pianist whom we shall call the Magnus Carlsen of Music.

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Opening ceremony in Moscow

Watch the HD video stream of the openings ceremony – select HD and click on full screen for maximum enjoyment.

The highlight of the evening was the musical part, with some extraordinary performers.

To get you in the mood start with Roman and Barbara, who play at around 20:56:20
into the video. After being enchanted by the two prepare to be stunned by...

... Roman playing solo at around 21:02:40 into the video – dazzling the audience and
all of us. Let us be the first to say it: this lad is the Magnus Carlsen of Music! (Got it?)

We have not been able to identify this remarkable pre-teen, who is bound to be playing in the international concert halls very soon. Would anyone who has the exact name and information on him please write to us so we can add it to this report.

Then at around 21:07:00 a professional pianist, one of the most popular classical music
performers of his generation: Denis Matsuev, who has scores of videos in Youtube

Finally, at 21:22:00, the two play together – sorry, Denis Leonidovich, the kid won this one

And if you are still up to it, here is a video report of the opening ceremony by GM Robert Fontaine for Europe Echecs – it includes interviews with the likes of Anatoly Karpov and Mikhail Gorbachev.


 Vishy Anand
 Boris Gelfand  

Schedule, video coverage, commentary

During the match for the World Chess Champion title, a video broadcast in Russian and English will be available on the official game website. The chess portion of the broadcast will be commented on by leading grandmasters and chess experts including Nigel Short, Jan Timman, Peter Leko, Peter Svidler and Alexander Grischuk. Studio commentary will be made by press center guests – former world champions, World Cup holders, and winners of major international tournaments. And for the first time during a video broadcast of a chess tournament, there will also be a separate studio where well-known art historians will discuss the role and place of Russian art in the context of Russian history and world artistic culture. The Russian and foreign audiences will get acquainted with the key themes of works of Russian visual art from icon painting through the Soviet period.

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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