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Thursday, 10 May 2012

World Chess Championship 2012 on TWIC

World Chess Championship 2012
Mark Crowther - Wednesday 9th May 2012

Photo © | http://www.russiachess.org
The World Chess Championship match between defending Champion Viswanathan Anand and his Challenger Boris Gelfand takes place in Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery. 10th (Opening Ceremony) - 30th (Possible play-offs) May 2012. Game 1 Friday 11th May 2012 3pm Local Time 12pm BST. Coverage on TWIC's live page where Malcolm and I will be tweeting during play. We'll have live PGN and commentary PGN in the same file. Reports every day, videos from Europe-Echecs, photos etc. 4pm for the opening ceremony on Thursday 10th.

Mark Crowther - Wednesday 9th May 2012

Photo © |http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/
The Opening Ceremony of the World Chess Championship in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow took just over an hour on the evening of 10th May. The ceremony accentuated the culture of Russia and the 1000 years of art held in the gallery. Mikhail Gorbachev attended, Arkady Dvorkovich and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov spoke as did the players, there were national athems. The players drew for colours with paint brushes to sign pictures of positions from a great game of theirs. World Champion Anand emerged with white. The video coverage started with a wonderful film of the history of the world championship (well worth catching on replay) and finished with music from mini-musicians Roman the pianist and violinist Varvara and finally major pianist Denis Matsuev (who at one point murdered a well known piece of music in the name of entertainment). The venue looks fantastic. It wasn't until the advent of this hi-def coverage that I've had the opportunity to watch opening ceremonies for these major events. Still not sure whether that element is progress. 

Game 1 Friday 11th May 3pm Moscow Time 12pm BST.

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