Anand - Gelfand Match: The Agreement is Signed

Время публикации: 21.02.2012 00:08 | Последнее обновление: 21.02.2012 00:40

The World Championship Match between the reigning Champion Viswanathan Anand of India and his challenger Boris Gelfand of Israel will take place May 10-31 in Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. The agreement was signed by the adviser of Russian President Arkady Dvorkovich and Director of the State Tretyakov Gallery Irina Lebedeva today in Vrubel Hall. The opponents will play twelve games. The winner will be announced the World Champion. The prize fund of 2.55 Million US dollars will be divided between the players, the winner will receive 60%, while the loser will pocket 40%. A lot of related events will accompany the match; among them are exhibitions and master classes for children which will take place in "Skolkovo". 

The website of "Russian newspaper" cites the participants of the match preparation process.

Director of the State Tretyakov Gallery Irina Lebedeva: "I'd like to thank all the organizers for contacting us. Museum gets a new meaning in these days - it became a meeting place. The Vrubel Hall - a beautiful symbolic place. The opening ceremony of the match will be held right here, while the match itself will take place in Engineering Wing". 

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: "Arkady Dvorkovich made a nice offer to the Presidential Board on the venue of the match. There were several proposals from Israel Chess Federation, India Chess Federation, but we stopped our choice on the proposal of Russian Chess Federation, which offered two symbolic venues - Skolkovo research centre and Tretyakov Gallery. The words of our World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik come true - chess is a combination of sport, science and culture in one". 

Andrei Filatov, the sponsor of the match: "The budget of the match is 4-5 Million US dollars. There will be free entrance and LIVE Internet broadcasting". 

Irina Lebedeva noted that during the "Museum Night" it's planned to make an exhibiton of contemporary artists a new wing of Tretyakov, which is located on the Crimean shaft, it's planned to 


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