World Chess Championship 2013 Begins

by Webmaster on November 9, 2013

The World Chess Championship 2013 has started in Chennai, India. It is a traditional ‘challenger vs champion’ match.

The match is between the reigning World Champion, Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand (world number 8; FIDE rating 2775; 44 years old), and the challenger, Norwegian Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen (world number 1; FIDE rating 2870; 23 years old).

Out of all professional chess players, I consider my greatest hero to be Viswanathan Anand. I am impressed not only by his chess, but also by his life away from the board. Apart from his humble personality, he leads a normal lifestyle where possible. Along with his chess commitments, the university graduate finds time to juggle two hours at the gym every day and also fits in time for his hobby of astronomy (Anand has mentioned his interest in observational astronomy countless times in interviews). More recently, Anand has also had to add fatherhood to the mix. Of course, this could not have been completed alone and Anand often credits his team, which includes his family (especially his wife, who travels with him), as well as his chess-related and administrative staff.

That being said, I would like to see Carlsen win this match, despite the fact that he has much less 1-vs-1 match experience than Anand. Carlsen winning this match would do the important job of unifying the world number 1 ranking with the world championship. Chess players all over the world will no longer need to explain to their non-chess-playing friends why the current world champion is ranked number 8 in the world rather than number 1.

The schedule of the match is one game every day at 3pm Indian time, except on every third day, which is a rest day. You can follow the games live on the official FIDE World Chess Championship 2013 website.

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