The World Chess Championship will be held from October 14 to November 02, 2008 in the Art and Exhibition Hall of the
The match will consist of twelve games, played under classical time controls, in the period from October 14 to October 30, 2008. If there is a tie at the end of these games a tiebreak will be played on November 02, 2008. The prize fund, which will be split equally between the players, is 1,5 million Euro (approximately 2,1 million US Dollars) including taxes and FIDE licensee fees.
Viswanathan Anand (38) and Vladimir Kramnik (33) are the two outstanding personalities in chess today. The world championship match between them is keenly anticipated by chess fans all over the world. It is part of a 120-year tradition of chess history, which includes matches like Capablanca-Alekhine, Fischer-Spassky, Kasparov-Karpov and Kramnik-Topalov.
The reigning and undisputed World Champion Anand won his title in September 2007 at the World Championship tournament in
The World Chess Championship 2008 takes place under the patronage of the German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück, who is himself an enthusiastic and ambitious chess player.
The main sponsors of the World Championship are Evonik Industries and Gazprom.
The World Chess Championship 2008 in
The organizer of the World Championship 2008 is Universal Event Promotion (UEP), which is located in
Picture taken from the official site.