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Time for revenge as Anand eyes sixth world title

PTI 07 Nov 2014, 18:02:09 PM IST

Sochi (Russia): Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand will look to avenge last year's championship defeat and clinch his sixth world title when he takes on Magnus Carlsen in the first game of the World Chess championship here tomorrow.

The Indian ace, who has silenced his critics with some remarkable performances this year, is still the underdog but his chances seems to have improved greatly as compared to last time.

The match, to be played over 12-games, will have the Classical time control with 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 and then fifteen minutes each with a 30 second increment from move 61 onwards.

In case of a tied result after 12-games, four rapid games will be played to determine the winner and if the scores are still tied, the match will be fought over in a series of blitz games till a clear winner emerges.

The winner will get 60 per cent from the total prize fund of 1 million Euros (Approx. Rs. 7.6 Crores).

For Anand it will be a new challenge under better conditions than the last time when the Indian was struggling before the match took place.

By winning the candidates tournament and earning the right to challenge Carlsen in a match again in March, Anand proved his detractors wrong and followed it up with another tournament victory at Bilbao Final Masters more recently.