The Tretyakov Art Gallery will play host to the World Chess Championship at Moscow. Boris Gelfand will take on defending champion Vishwanathan Anand, who while remaining the obvious favourite, will be defending his title for the third consecutive time. Monitored by the World Chess Federation, FIDE carries a bounty prize of USD $2.55 million.
Awaiting the historical game are chess players and enthusiasts, and given Anand’s history with the game, it comes as no surprise that he remains the unanimous favourite for all aspiring chess afficionados in the city. K Narsimha Rao, chess coach and a FIDE rated player says, “The opening move, as always, will be the surprise element in the game.
Anand is known for his favouritism towards the King’s Pawn opening. Considering, that both the players are of almost equal rating, it will be interesting to see them play the 12 round game, as both of them are tactical players and are theoretically very strong.”
Lanka Ravi, member of the Cyber Chess Academy points out, “Anand is too strong for Gelfand. Gelfand’s history points out how errors creep into his game, easily.
Anand’s preparations include playing with a 300 permutation and combination game player, that tests theory, tactics and positions. He has paved the way for a new approach towards chess, as mentioned by the great Gary Kasparov. All said and done, Anand remains the favourite and is sure to blitz his way to a glorious hat-trick, hopefully.”
Chess enthusiasts in the City are slightly disappointed that Anand has not had the opportunity to meet his equal, Magnus Karlson. Karlson, now the highest FIDE rated player couldn’t make it to the championship due to personal reasons.
Prashant Narayan, a chess player said, “It’s nice to see two gentlemen playing the game in a different venue, as opposed to the usual age gap between the challenger and the defender.
Unlike the previous championship where Topalov was out and out aggressive from the start and caused cold vibes, there will be a show of gentlemanship this year. But, Karlson’s absence this year from the championship is slightly off-putting. It would have been a spectacular show to watch Karlson pitted against Anand for the championship.”
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