A closing and opening day for World Chess Championships (UPDATE)

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Chess News & Events |

Another day of media battles begins, as two ceremonies coincide (photo by Paul Truong)

Another day of media battles begins, as two ceremonies coincide (photo by Paul Truong)

The closing ceremony of the FIDE World Chess Championship in Chennai is going to start at 12:00 local time today. It will be held at the Ball Room of Hotel Hyatt Regency, with the presence of the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Ms. J Jayalalithaa and the FIDE President Mr Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. The ceremony will mark the end of the possibly the most viewed World Chess Championship in history (expect fascinating statistics) by distributing a hefty prize fund of 2,55 million USD.

The closing ceremony will be with live video and commentary and you can follow it at the official website.

The same day the Anand – Carlsen World Championship match comes officially to an end, another World Championship battle starts. Today at 15:00 local time (14:00 CET) the World Chess Team Championship (see team compositions here) will be inaugurated.

Stay tuned for photos, details, and information all day on Chessdom.com

More live action today: Stockfish – Komodo Superfinal live / WCTC opening ceremony / Play online at Chessdom Arena

Magnus Carlsen with the trophy

Magnus Carlsen with the trophy

FIDE World Chess Championship Prize Giving Ceremony

The prize giving ceremony of the FIDE World Chess Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen was held at the Ballroom of Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chennai on Monday November 25.

Grandmasters Susan Polgar and Ramesh RB introduced the ceremony from the TV Studio.

At the prize giving, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov presented Viswanathan Anand and the 20th World Champion Magnus Carlsen with medals.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Selvi J Jayalalithaa handed the laurel wreath to Magnus Carlsen, and proceeded to present the players with prize checks – 9,9 crore to Carlsen, 6 Crores 3 Lakhs to Anand.

Anthems of Tamil Nadu, Norway, India and FIDE were performed at the closing.

Back in the TV Studio, Susan Polgar and Ramesh RB shared their final thoughts and signed off the FIDE World Championship live broadcast.


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FIDE World Chess Championship Match Opening Ceremony

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Chess News & Events |

The opening ceremony for the FIDE World Chess Championship Match was held today at 4pm local at the Nehru Indoor Stadium, Periamet, Chennai 600003, in the presence of thousands in the audience.

After the Tamil Thai Vazhthu and FIDE Anthem were performed, Mr K.C. Veeramani, Hon’ble Minister for School Education, Sports & Youth Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu, addressed the guests and visitors.

The next speaker was Mr Kirsan Ilyumzhninov, President, FIDE, who gave the Presidential Address, thanking the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Indian chess community for organizing this historic event.

Chess Dance

Ms J. Jayalalithaa, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, gave the Inaugural Address, highlighting the support for chess and sports provided by her government. Ms J. Jayalalithaa also released the official souvenir and conducted a draw of lots in the presence of Chief Arbiter of the Match.

Anand will play black, Carlsen will be white in game one on 9th November.

The Cultural Programme included a beautiful Chess Dance and the uplifting Norwegian Dance, performed by the mixed group of Norwegian and Indian artists.

Mr P.R. Venketrama Raja , President, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association gave the vote of thanks and the ceremony was concluded with the National Anthems of Norway and India.

Photos courtesy of Asim Pereira

Indoor Stadium


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World Chess Championship 2013 opening day LIVE!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Chess News & Events |

Official logo of the FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2013

Official logo of the FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2013

Hello everyone and welcome to the live coverage of the opening ceremony day of World Chess Championship 2013 on Chessdom.com! In the next 24 hours we will be covering for you all events from Chennai in the form of minute by minute updates. We will bring you the exclusive news from the press conference, the first thoughts of Anand and Carlsen, interviews with the organizers, and practically anything that happens in Hyatt Regency (press conference and official hotel) and Nehru Indoor Stadium (opening ceremony location)

WCC 2013 info: Official website / Live games / Live games (2) / Schedule / Time mapPlay online at Chessdom Arena

Scroll down for all news in reverse chronological order. The page gets updated every 15 minutes.

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13:30 local time (9:00 am CET, 3:00 am EST)

The Press conference of the World Chess Championship 2013 is complete and with it broke the first surprise of the match – Peter Leko is in Anand’s team of seconds. As the audience and journalists were still buzzing the news, Carlsen replied, “I appreciate Anand revealed his seconds, but I am not going to return the favor”

Having Leko on the team is a logical development, having in mind Anand conducted his training camp in Germany as we informed earlier, but it certainly is a game changer. If the location of the training is indicative though, then with Carlsen training in Oman who would be his secret second?:)

For more photos and updates of the press conference check out Twitter

13:00 local time (8:30 am CET, 2:30 am EST)

Now we leave you with the press conference of the World Chess Championship. The live updates will continue right after the press conference is finished. Do not forget to check out also the strongest computer chess championship TCEC where the derby game Stockfish – Bouquet is now live

12:45 local time (8:15 am CET, 2:15am EST)

The press conference room is full and the stage is awaiting Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen

Press conference awaits Anand and Carlsen

Press conference awaits Anand and Carlsen

View from the board through the glass "aquarium" towards the audience

View from the board through the glass “aquarium” towards the audience

12:30 local time (8:00 am CET, 2:00am EST)

The inspection of the playing venue is finished. Here is a first photo report of it, click on each photo for larger size.

Vishy Anand started by testing the selection of chairs
Henrik Carlsen asked for temperature 23-24 C and no air flow
Playing hall inspection
Proposed chess set was used at London Candidates Tournament
Proposed table and chess set  and chairs
Press conference awaits Anand and Carlsen
View from the board through the glass "aquarium" towards the audience

11:45 local time (7:15 am CET, 1:15am EST)

A boy and a girl dressed in King and Queen costumes are helping the guests, journalists and visitors to find their way in the Hyatt Regency, where the multitude of people is growing. It has been an intense morning and the organizing committee is fully occupied as an inspection by the players is expected at any moment. Before the press conference scheduled for 13:00 local time, Anand and Carlsen will walk around the playing area. They have to approve the exit and entrance of the playing area, the rest zones, the chairs and table height, the lights, and practically everything. Such an inspection is documented in 2010 in a photo report here (page 1, page 2, page 3) and the details from the 2013 inspection will be available in just a few hours.

11:30 local time (7:00 am CET, 1:00am EST)

All morning there has been high journalistic activity in the hotel. A multitude of Indian journalists have been lining for their accreditation, while the Norwegian camera crews are constantly filming every detail in the Hyatt Regency. The big chess set in the lobby, which you can see at yesterday’s preparation photo report, is a popular location for hotel guests, and games are constantly going on.

Both Anand and Carlsen have a “liaison person” through which communication is going, therefore, no one is disturbing the players themselves. Carlsen even has an additional guard on the 6th floor to provide the needed peace and comfort.

11:15 local time (6:45 am CET, 12:45am EST)

The World Chess Championship opening day morning starts with a good news: the opening ceremony will be with live TV and video coverage online. The broadcast can be followed on the National Television network DD-Sports and the official website chennai2013.fide.com . Livestream should also be available on Youtube, as the organizers from AICF have agreed on a cooperation with a local Youtube Content Partner.

11:00 local time (6:30 am CET, 12:30am EST)

Good morning everyone and welcome to the minute by minute updates on Chessdom.com! Today is the opening day of the World Chess Championship 2013 and we will cover all news for you live from Chennai. The opening day will start with a Press Conference that will be held at 13:00 local time (8:30 am CET, 2:30 am EST) at Hotel Hyatt Regency. Both players, the World Champion Viswanathan Anand and the Challenger World No.1 Magnus Carlsen will be presented on the occasion and will address the media. The FWCM 2013 is all set to be inaugurated at the Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai at 16:00 local time (11:30 am CET, 5:30 am EST) the same day.

To keep track of the times of events starting or happening, we will list the hours of the updates in local time IST, CET, and EST. You can also check our time guide and the official schedule


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Indonesia Open Chess Championship – Opening Ceremony

Posted by on Ott 10, 2013 in Chess News & Events |

The 3rd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (IOCC) 2013 held at the Sahid Jaya Hotel in Jakarta got off to a grand start with the Opening Ceremony officiated by Roy Suryo, Minister of Youth and Sport.

Following the report by Ida Gayatri, IOCC Organising Chairperson, the representative of the National Olympic Sports Council added his welcome to participants and congratulated the Indonesia Chess Federation (PERCASI) for once again doing an excellent job in promoting and developing athletes able to compete in the international arena.

The program next showcasing Indonesian dance from Acheh province recognised by UNESCO as an integral part of mankind’s heritage.

Hashim Djojohadikusumo, PERCASI President, then took the stage and started by thanking the participants for helping implement his vision of exposing and training Indonesian players by their coming and playing here!

He then shared his plan to have numerous grandmasters emerging from the many young players in Indonesia and congratulated Medina Warda Aulia for becoming his country’s second Woman Grandmaster at the recently concluded World Junior Chess Championships.

Group Photo

Minister Roy Suryo opened the event, first recognising the presence of a former World Champion, a World Championship finalist, and two current European Champions. He then went on to laud the strength and depth of the field and praised the positive aspects of chess, even comparing the moves and strategies of chess before officially opening IOCC 2013 by making sounding the ceremonial gong and playing a chess match with Hashim Djojohadikusumo.

Earlier at the Press Conference, the PERCASI President took pride in having 70 foreign players including no less than 30 grandmasters, many with elite 2600+ ratings from 29 countries coming to make IOCC not only the leading international Open in Asia but among the top 10 in the World.

He also shared his hope and dream that Indonesia would be able to join Dubai and Manila as an Asian nation able to hold the World Chess Olympiad in the next few years.

The USD 100,000 IOCC 2013 will be played as a FIDE titled and rated 11 round robin Swiss Tournament from 9-17 October 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Dance 2
Gong for Opening
Group Photo
Indonesian WGMs
Minister of Youth & Sport
Organisers Entertained
Participants Taking Photos
PERCASI President
Torre Player Tribute to Organisers
VVIP Match

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