Reports | December 19, 2007 22:02

[lang_nl]Anand-Kramnik in oktober 2008 in Bonn[/lang_nl][lang_en]Anand-Kramnik in Bonn, Germany[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Via een persbericht heeft United Event Promotion (UEP) vandaag laten weten dat de WK-match van twaalf partijen tussen wereldkampioen Viswanathan Anand en uitdager Vladimir Kramnik gaat plaatsvinden van 11 tot en met 30 oktober 2008, in de Nationale Kunsthal in Bonn, Duitsland.[/lang_nl][lang_en]Breaking News: in a press release United Event Promotion (UEP) today announced that the 12-game World Championship Match between World Champion Viswanathan Anand and challenger Vladimir Kramnik will take place 11-30 October 2008, in the National Art Gallery in Bonn, Germany.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]PERSBERICHT

Schaakwereldkampioenschap in Duitsland: Viswanathan Anand en Vladimir Kramnik strijden om de hoogste titel schaken in oktober 2008:

  • Wanneer: van 11 tot 30 oktober 2008
  • Waar: de Kunsthal van de Bondsrepubliek Duitsland in Bonn
  • Prijzenfonds: 1,5 miljoen euro li>
  • Beschermheer: de Duitse minister van Financi?ɬ´n Peer Steinbr?ɬºck
  • Hoofdsponsor: Evonik Industries AG

Het Schaakwereldkampioenschap wordt gehouden van 11 tot 30 oktober 2008 in de Kunsthal van de Bondsrepubliek Duitsland in Bonn, tussen Viswanathan Anand (India) en Vladimir Kramnik (Rusland).


Kunsthal van de Bondsrepubliek Duitsland

De match zal bestaan uit twaalf partijen en wordt gespeeld onder klassieke tijdcontrole, in de periode van 11 tot en met 28 oktober 2008. Bij een gelijkspel wordt er een tiebreak gespeeld op 30 oktober 2008. Het prijzenfonds, dat gelijkelijk zal worden verdeeld tussen de spelers, is 1,5 miljoen euro (ongeveer 2,1 miljoen US dollar), inclusief belastingen en FIDE-licenties.

Viswanathan Anand (37) en Vladimir Kramnik (32) zijn de twee uitzonderlijke persoonlijkheden in het schaken vandaag de dag. Schaakfans over de hele wereld zien uit naar de wereldkampioenschapsmatch tussen hen. Het is een onderdeel van een 120-jarige traditie van de schaakgeschiedenis, waartoe ook matches als Capablanca-Aljechin, Spassky-Fischer, Karpov-Kasparov en Kramnik-Topalov horen.

De regerende en onbetwiste wereldkampioen Anand heeft zijn titel gewonnen in september 2007 op het WK-toernooi in Mexico City. Kramnik, tot nu toe ongeslagen in WK-matches, werd tweede in dit dubbelrondige round-robinevenement.

De beschermheer van het Schaakwereldkampioenschap 2008 is de Duitse minister van Financi?ɬ´n Peer Steinbr?ɬºck, zelf een enthousiast en ambitieus schaker.

De belangrijkste sponsor van het Wereldkampioenschap is Evonik Industries. Deze industri?ɬ´le onderneming is gevestigd in Essen, Duitsland, en was de exclusieve sponsor van de ?¢‚ǨÀúWorld Chess Challenge'-match tussen Vladimir Kramnik en het schaakprogramma Deep Fritz.

Het Schaakwereldkampioenschap in 2008 in Bonn zal worden georganiseerd met de volledige medewerking van de wereldschaakbond FIDE en haar president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. FIDE heeft haar hoofdkantoor in Athene, Griekenland, en staat aan het hoofd van de 161 nationale schaakfederaties met 40 miljoen actieve schakers. Het is daarmee een van 's werelds grootste sportorganisaties.

De organisator van het WK 2008 is Universal Event Promotion (UEP), dat is gevestigd in Dortmund (Duitsland) en beschikt over alle rechten voor dit FIDE-evenement. UEP organiseerde ook de match Kramnik-Deep Fritz in 2006, een evenement dat de aandacht van de internationale media trok en zeer succesvol gecommercialiseerd was.
[/lang_nl][lang_en]PRESS RELEASE

World Chess Championship to be held in Germany:
Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik battle for the highest chess title in October 2008

  • When: From October 11 ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú 30, 2008
  • Where: Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn
  • Overall Prize fund: 1,5 Million Euro
  • Patron: German Finance Minister Peer Steinbr?ɬºck
  • Main sponsor: Evonik Industries AG

The World Chess Championship will be held from October 11 to 30, 2008 in the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn, between Viswanathan Anand (India) and Vladimir Kramnik (Russia).


Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany

The match will consist of twelve games, played under classical time controls, in the period from October 11 to October 28, 2008. If there is a tie at the end of these games a tiebreak will be played on October 30, 2008. The prize fund, which will be split equally between the players, is 1,5 million Euro (approximately 2,1 million US Dollars) including taxes and FIDE licensee fees.

Viswanathan Anand (37) and Vladimir Kramnik (32) are the two outstanding personalities in chess today. The world championship match between them is keenly anticipated by chess fans all over the world. It is part of a 120-year tradition of chess history, which includes matches like Capablanca-Alekhine, Fischer-Spassky, Kasparov-Karpov and Kramnik-Topalov.

The reigning and undisputed World Champion Anand won his title in September 2007 at the World Championship tournament in Mexico City. Kramnik, who was undefeated in his three world championship matches, became second in this double round robin event.

The World Chess Championship 2008 takes place under the patronage of the German Finance Minister Peer Steinbr?ɬºck, who is himself an enthusiastic and ambitious chess player.

The main sponsor of the World Championship is Evonik Industries. This industrial enterprise is located in Essen, Germany, and was the exclusive sponsor of the 2006 World Chess Challenge between Vladimir Kramnik and the chess program Deep Fritz.

The World Chess Championship 2008 in Bonn will be organized with the full cooperation of the World Chess Federation FIDE and it's President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. FIDE has its main office in Athens, Greece, and is the head of 161 national chess federations with 40 million active chess players, making it one of the world's largest sporting organizations.

The organizer of the World Championship 2008 is Universal Event Promotion (UEP), which is located in Dortmund (Germany) and has received all rights for the event from FIDE. UEP staged the World Chess Challenge between Vladimir Kramnik and the chess program Deep Fritz in 2006, an event that drew worldwide media attention and was very successfully commercialised.

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Comments

Xtra's picture

maybe he just demanded to play in a "neutral" cuntry not as something he really wanted, but to use it to force something else...it would be a good negotiations technique.

Macauley's picture

I guess Anand dropped his "neutral country" plea. Wonder what happened to change his mind...

Edwin's picture

It'll be real close, but I guess Kramnik will win.. Can't wait!

Edwin's picture

@Frans: uiteraard, officieel, maar daar ging mijn opmerking niet over. Wie heeft het anno nu nog over 'Bondsrepubliek Duitsland'? Dat viel mij alleen op. Ik heb er zelf gewoond v?ɬ??ɬ?r dat de muur viel, vandaar.

acirce's picture

Anand has stated clearly that "neutral country" was never an issue since that was already in the contract. In an interview some days before the match announcement, he said very clearly that he would be glad to play in Germany. And why wouldn't he? It is well known that he enjoys playing there.

As for his draw odds demand -- well, I suppose he had to give in sooner or later.

Jan's picture

@ Jagadish: I've read somewhere that the match Kamsky-Topalov should be played after this one. But I think it shouldn't overlap or be too close to the Olypiads (Nov. 12-25), so I guess December?

Jagadish's picture

It is surprising that the negotiations were so quick and the details announced so fast. Hope the match too progresses as smooth as this.

Any idea if the Kamsky vs Topalov match is to be held before or after this ? or at the same time :-) ?

If all these games start on time, we are going to have one heck of a time high-quality games everyday for a good part of the year. Its nice to see top-level chess activity starting in earnest.

With the Grand Prix tournaments, the Grand Slams, one gets the feeling that chess is going to get a lot more visibility now. Its a strange coincidence that all this is happening when Karpov and Kasparov are out of the main scenes of action ;-)

Talk about politicians ruining sports !

Louis de funes's picture

deze confrontatie is toch onmogelijk een wk match te noemen?
de uitdager (kramnik) krijgt zijn zitje gratis en de winnaar moet straks opnieuw aan de bak (kamsky-topalov).

Garrick's picture

Anand will bite the dust. Kramnik zal zeer zeker winnen.

Felix's picture

Germany is a neutral country, well, Kramnik played already in Bonn but Anand speaks German (I heard he also speaks a local dialect (Hessisch)) and is a lot of time in Germany... so it's a good place for both players.

peter's picture

@Macauley
Yes, and it was also reported that Vishy wanted to restore the right of the champion to claim victory if the match ends in a tie. Another plea that was dropped, apparently.

Edwin's picture

Bondsrepubliek Duitsland ? Volgens mij sinds 1989 niet meer... [mooie site overigens, ga zo door!]

Frans's picture

Nou en of de 'BRD' nog steeds bestaat! De Bondsrepubliek bestaat onafgebroken vanaf 1949. Alleen is het in 1990 wat groter geworden door de opheffing van de DDR. Het territorium van die republiek is bij dat van de Bondsrepubliek gevoegd, waardoor de staat behoorlijk wat groter was en sindsdien als het herenigde Duitsland ('Wiedervereinigung') geldt.

Hoe dan ook, Bonn is nog steeds net zo dichtbij Nederland, goed nieuws dus als we het evenement willen bezoeken.

Anand is hot's picture

Todays match showed immense pressure of Kramnik.
Hopefully Anand comes back: hotter than hot...

Anand is hot's picture

Hi Chessfan,

Anand is not??
Ha ha ha... hari hara...(gna gna)
Anand is hot!!

beterweters overal.
Hoe zit het ook al weer met de Bondsrepubliek?

Keep thinking ol' chessfans....

Chess Fan's picture

I think Kramnik will beat Anand for sure... Kramnik is a proven material in big games ..Anand is not . Anand is a better tournament player and thats where the buck stops.

Hari Hara Nandanan's picture

Well, there is a lot of crap being writen saying that Anand will lose the match to Kramnik. But this one, Anand will win comfortably.

binary0's picture

Guys loke garrick and chess fan.....talking about anand biting the dust and not being a match player......i guess you got your answer now.....i bet u dont even feel ashamed for mooning in public.....as a kid, i saw anand play lightning, without the aid of computer coaching or chess manuals and i knew that in course of time, he would rule the chess world. Cheers to anand and to the land where great things like chess and the decimal system and zero was invented....and hey, though im indian im a big fan of russian chess.

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