WC C'ship: Anand to face Kramnik in October

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New Delhi, Dec 13: World chess champion Viswanathan Anand will defend his title against challenger Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in a 12-game world championship match in October 11-30 at Bonn, Germany.

The match, to be held at an art and exhibition hall, will have a prize fund of euro1.5 million (nearly USD 2.2 million), to be shared equally by the two players, organisers said on Wednesda in the German city. Ever since Anand won the title in Mexico City in one of the strongest fields ever assembled in a tournament, there has been talk about a match against Kramnik. The terms and conditions as also the prize fund have finally been decided.Kramnik finished second in the double round-robin event.

 
The winners of the Anand-Kramnik and Topalov-Kamsky games are expected to clash in 2009.

The Anand-Kramnik match is part of a 120-year tradition of chess history, which includes matches like Capablanca-Alekhine, Fischer-Spassky, Kasparov-Karpov and Kramnik-Topalov.

The World Chess Championship 2008 takes place under the patronage of the German Finance Minister Peer SteinbrÜck who is an enthusiastic and ambitious chess player.

The main sponsor of the World Championship is Evonik Industries, an industrial enterprise located in Essen, Germany, who also sponsored the 2006 World Chess Challenge between Kramnik and the chess programme Deep Fritz.

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