Saturday, April 24, 2010

In Case Anyone Is Interested...

The World Chess Championship starts April 24th (today) at 10 a.m. New York time, and runs through May 12. There are 2 million Euros in prize money - split 60/40 - so it is a big deal. That's about $2.67 million.

Viswanathan Anand (India) the current champion, is meeting challenger Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) in Sophia, Bulgaria.

It wouldn't be a chess championship without controversy and people are already crying foul that Topalov is playing "on his home turf." And Topalov has invoked the rules of "silence" - no conversation between players - which apparently has insulted Viswanathan.

For anyone interested, there will be live coverage, and commentary, (ChessBase is as good a place as any.) But that is only for the truly dedicated geeks among us.

The games are long, even by the standards of chess. Each player gets 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves, followed by 15 minute sudden death - except both clocks get a 30 second bonus for each move after 61. Hey, it's chess, the rules are supposed to be complicated.

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