The biggest chess event of 2010 is fast approaching, as Vishy Anand of India gets set to defend his title against Bulgaria's Veselin Topalov in a $3 million world championship match in Sofia from April 21st to May 12th.
The 21st April is the official opening ceremony at the match venue of the Central Military Club. Play gets underway with game one taking place on April 23rd. After every two games there is a rest day, with game twelve on May 10th. If the score is tied 6-6 there will be rapid-play tiebreaks and closing ceremony on May 12th. The full schedule for the Anand-Topalov world championship match between can be found by clicking here.
Will it be Anand, or will it be Topalov? The pundits have the match evenly balanced between the two elite heavyweights - but you can have your say NOW by voting in the ICC poll at www.chessclub.com.
Here on ICC, Chess.FM will have extended coverage throughout this intriguing match-up. The Chess.FM grandmaster team (Joel Benjamin, Larry Christiansen, Gregory Kaidanov, Jon Speelman, Nick De Firmian, Alex Yermolinsky, Varuzhan Akobian and Ronen Har-Zvi) and will be on hand giving you their expert spin of every move in every game - and look out for some surprise special guests popping in during our live shows to offer their insight to all the happenings in Sofia!
And at the nerve center of all the action in the Sofia press room, Macauley Petersen, Chess.FM's resident video guru, will be bringing us all the breaking news, developments, interviews, and his daily video coverage. We'll also have the daily New In Chess & Game of the Day trivia competitions, where ICC members can win major prizes every day.
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