King’s Defence

King’s Defence

India’s Viswanathan Anand will be favourite to retain his world title when he plays Israeli Boris Gelfand over 12 games starting today

World Champion Viswanathan Anand,who starts with white , will be a huge favourite in his title defence at the Tretyakov Gallery against Boris Gelfand of Israel in a 12-game World Championship match.

Vying for his fifth World championship crown,Anand has history and match-experience on his side to edge Gelfand,who is fighting a 19-year drought against Anand in the classical format. Also at stake is the prize fund of $ 2.55 million (about Rs. 13.5 crore) out of which 60 per cent will go to the winner in case of a victory without a tiebreaker.

In the event of a deadlock after 12-rounds,games of shorter duration will be played to determine the winner and if this happens,the winner will take home 55 per cent of the prize fund.

Anand first became the undisputed World Champion in 2007 and has retained his title since while Gelfand will be hoping to emerge as the world champion from his first such match itself. It was trial by fire for the Israeli in the Candidates Tournament that he won last year to stake his claim for the ultimate title.

Anand has been here many times,losing to Kasparov in 1995 before winning the FIDE World title in 2000,when the chess world was split. After the reunification of the chess world in 2006,Anand defeated Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in 2007 and Veselin Topalov in 2010 to defend his title.