Five-time world champion India’s Viswanathan Anand is ready and raring to seek revenge against Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, who defeated Anand in the last year’s championship defeat at Chennai’s home. Anand will look to avenge Carlsen for that victory and will look to clinch his sixth world title when he faces Carlsen in the first game of the 2014 World Chess championship in Sochi later today.
The match will be played over 12-games. It will have the Classical time control with 120 mins for the first 40 moves, 60 mins for the next 20 and then 15 mins each with a 30 secs. increment from move 61 onwards. In case if the match is tied after the 12-games, the winner will be determined by four rapid games and still if the scores are tied, the match will be fought in a series of blitz games till a clear winner emerges from it.
The winner will get 60 per cent from the total prize fund of 1 million Euros (Approx. Rs. 7.6 Crores). Anand will face a new challenge under some challenging conditions than the last time the match took place between them at Chennai.
Anand earned a chance to face Carlsen by winning the candidates tournament in March and he proved his critics wrong as he followed it up with another victory at Bilbao Final Masters recently.
Carlsen, who starts as favourite against his rival will have his task cut out as he is struggling with some mediocre performances recently. The Norwegian, who won the world rapid and blitz earlier this year is the first player ever to be world champion across all formats.
Carlsen would be carrying a huge burden on his shoulders being the defending Champion as a lot will be expected from him. Anand, who has been preparing for this match since April is confident of bringing the crown back to India.
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