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2013 FIDE World Championship


The first game in the 2013 FIDE World Championship match between Viswanathan Anand (World Champion) and Magnus Carlsen (challenger) is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th in Chennai, India.  This 12 game championship will run throughout the month of November with the closing ceremony scheduled for the 28th of November. 

Anand successfully retained his title of world Championship when he defeated Boris Gelfand in the FIDE World Championship Match in Moscow, Russia in May of 2012.


After winning the Candidates Tournament in March of 2013, Carlsen won the right to become the official challenger to the world championship.

Magnus will turn 23 years old at the end of November.  Even though he is 21 years younger than Anand and playing in Anand’s home country of India, he is considered the favorite by many in the chess community.  In January, 2013, Magnus broke Garry Kasparov’s record by ten points achieving the highest rating ever with 2862.  He increased his own record by 10 points, making 2872 the current rating record.  

The Fide World Championship Match will be played over a maximum of twelve (12) games and the winner of the match shall be the first player to score 6.5 points or more. If the scores are level after the regular twelve games, after a new drawing of colors, four tie-break games will be played.

The time control of each game will be 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting after move 61 has been made.

Check back often throughout the month for updates.