India Today Online New Delhi, November 4, 2013 | UPDATED 20:33 IST
Chess champion Magnus Carlsen on Monday arrived in Chennai to participate in the World Chess Championship to be held from November 9 to 28.
Current World No. 1 Carlsen will play India’s Viswanathan Anand who will defend his World Championship title. Carlsen was received at Kamaraj International Airport by FIDE Vice-President D V Sundar, AICF President J C D Prabhakar and World Championship Organising Secretary V Hariharan.
After reaching Chennai, Carlsen said, “I have been practising in Oman. I have brought my own chef because I don’t want to fall sick. Food is not my biggest worry though, it is Anand.”Chennai gears up for World Chess Championship
The formal inauguration of the FIDE World Championship will be done on November 7 by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. The first game is scheduled for November 9. The sponsor of the tournament is the Government of Tamil Nadu which has allocated a record budget ofRs.29 crore.
The colour for the 12 games would be known at the draw of lots which would be done by Jayalalithaa during the inauguration ceremony. The player who gets white in games 1, 3 and 5 will get white in games eight, 10 and 12. So, one player will get white in games 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11. Each player will play six white and six black games.
Although the game lasts about six hours, it can go longer as there is an increment of 30 seconds per move. The first player to reach 6.5 points wins the match. The prize fund will be aboutRs.14 crore and the winner will get 60 per cent and the loser 40 per cent.
Anand, his wife Aruna and son Akhil and his team members, who will be assisting the Indian wizard, have checked in at Hotel Hyatt Regency, the venue of the World Championship last Friday itself.
There were reports in the media that Carlsen would be staying at an undisclosed resort but Sundar said, “We do not have any official information on that and that Espen Agdestein (Carlsen’s manager), who had a meeting with us this afternoon had not informed us about Carlsen staying at a resort for couple of days. As far as we are concerned, he will be staying at Hyatt”.
Sundar said Anand and Carlsen will address a joint press conference on November 7.
The 22-year-old Norwegian chess genius’ team visited Chennai in August this year. The team comprised Carlsen’s father, agent and chef with three members of the Norwegian media.
Meanwhile, in India, chess aficionados have devised various ways and means to support Vishy, as Anand is popularly known. In one such instance, NIIT – which has been associated with Anand for 15 years now – unveiled a website www.wish4vishy.com, a unique initiative to enable every Indian to cheer for Viswanathan Anand.
Speaking on the Wish4Vishy initiative, Anand said: “I would like to thank everyone for the amazing wishes. To all the friends who have sent in their wishes for me through NIIT’s Wish4Vishy initiative, I would like to say that every single wish means a lot to me. “Thank you for the fantastic support and your love,” added Anand, who is a five-time World Champion, who is the only person in the sport to have won a World championship title in all formats – match, knock-out and tournament.