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The World Chess Championship between Vishy Anand (India, 2791) and Boris Gelfand (Israel, 2727) will take place in the Engineering Building of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow from 11 till 30 May, 2012. The two will play a match of 12 games, unless someone scores a decisive 6.5 points at an earlier stage. In case of a tie, there will be a rapid / blitz playoff to decide.
Time control: 120 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 60 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move.
Days of play: 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26 and 28 May.
Colin McGourty and Dana Mackenzie are translating GM Sergey Shipov's online commentaries at Crestbook.
Colin McGourty’s translations first appear in real time at the special “live games” page of his site “Chess in Translation” and then can be found at the dedicated GM Sergey Shipov’s live commentary on the 2012 World Championship (Games 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 11).
Dana Mackenzie’s translations are initially at his chess blog and then can be found at their permanent locations:
International grandmaster Judit Polgar is the greatest female chess player of all time. She is ready to answer chess fans' questions as part of the Crestbook KC-Conferences project. You can ask the Hungarian queen about virtually anything!
Your questions for GM Judit Polgar can be submitted in English at
GM Sergey Shipov's article initially published in Crestbook's Russian section is now available in English at the premier chess site ChessBase:
In this article Crestbook's editor-in-chief analyses Rustam Kasimdzhanov's recent idea for getting rid of the drawn result in chess and discusses a new scoring system allowing for increasing the number of decisive games in tournaments and stimulating fighting play.
Your questions for GM Levon Aronian can be submitted in English at a special post at Chess in Translation. Of course, it is also possible to submit your questions in Russian at the KasparovChess forum. The deadline is 2 February.
From 3 to 27 May 2011 the FIDE Candidates Matches take place in Kazan, Russia. The winner will qualify to challenge the World Champion GM Vishy Anand in a 12-game match during the first half of 2012.
Quarterfinals (best of four): 5 May - 9 May:
V. Topalov (Bulgaria, 2775) - G. Kamsky (USA, 2733)
Semifinals (best of four): 12 May - 16 May:
B. Gelfand (Israel, 2733) - G. Kamsky (USA, 2733)
Final (best of six): 19 May - 26 May:
B. Gelfand - A. Grischuk
Time control:120 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus an additional 30 seconds increment per move, starting from move 61.
Tiebreaks: four games of 25 minutes plus 10 seconds increment, two blitz games (five minutes plus three seconds) and one sudden death game (five against four, with three seconds increment from move 61, and draw odds for Black).
Games begin: 3:00pm Moscow time / 12:00pm GMT
Live commentaries by GM Sergey Shipov:
F: Day 1: Grischuk - Gelfand 1/2 - 1/2