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World Chess Championship 2012 (Website)

Official site of the world chess title match launched

Alexei Filatov the sponsor of the match. Photo ©

Alexei Filatov the sponsor of the match. Photo © | http://www.piranhaphotography.com

The Official website of the World Chess Championship in Moscow has been launched. The address is http://moscow2012.fide.com. Information on the rules and venue of the match between defending champion Viswanathan Anand and his challenger Boris Gelfand 10th-31st May 2012 held in the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. The match general sponsor is Alexei Filatov. Report by Mark Glukhovsky Press Attache to the World Championship for the Russian Chess Federation.

Official site of the world chess title match launched

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that the official site of the world chess title match has opened at http://moscow2012.fide.com. The site gathers and systematizes all the vital information on the forthcoming duel.

Visitors to the site will find out the match schedule and rules. The Players' Introduction section carries detailed biographies of Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand. For those who are interested in chess statistics and history, the tournament and match records of the champion and the challenger and the results of all their previous head-to-head games are presented.

A separate section is devoted to the venue of the match, the State Tretyakov Gallery, which is the world's biggest collection of Russian art. You will also find interviews with leading world chess players, giving their forecasts for the match and reflecting on the prospects for synergy between chess and the world museums.

The Greetings section features messages by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Chairman of the RCF Supervisory Board Arkady Dvorkovich, General Director of the State Tretyakov Gallery Irina Lebedeva and match sponsor Andrei Filatov, a shareholder in the N-Trans Group.

Journalists will find on the site all the information they might need about accreditation and references to materials published in leading Russian and world media.

The site is only just beginning its work. It will be regularly updated by the addition of several new sections and a host of topical materials.

The World chess championship match between the reigning champion Viswanathan Anand (India, 2799) and the challenger Boris Gelfand (Israel, 2739) will take place on 10-31 May 2012. The duel promises to be a highlight of Moscow's sports and cultural life in 2012. For the first time in chess history, the world championship match will be held at a museum.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Glukhovsky

Press attache

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