As the nation is focussed on the Test match in Kolkata, down south in Chennai, another sporting icon of the era will kick start his campaign to defend the World Championship. Even though Viswanathan Anand’s campaign is not hyped, it will surely pick up steam as it progresses.
The tournament will officially get underway on Thursday, even though the first match will be played on Sunday.
In what is expected to be the best World Championship in recent times, it is going to be clash between two different styles of play. While Magnus Carlsen is patient and waits for his opponent to make mistakes, Anand is aggressive and takes chances.
In all, 12 games will be played in the match under Classical system in which both players will get 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 and the 15 minutes for the remaining game with an increment of 30 seconds per move effective from the 61st move.
The first to score 6.5 points will win the match and the remaining games will not be played should it happen before the 12th game. The winner will take home 60% of the prize fund.
In case of a tied score after twelve games, games of shorter duration will be played to determine the winner.
However, if the tiebreak stage is reached the winner will get 55% of the total prize at stake.
- 1994 Melody Amber Tournament, Monaco 1st
- 1996 Credit Swiss Rapid Chess Grand Prix, Geneva 1st
- 1996 Torneo Magistral de Ajedrez, Leon
- 1997 Melody Amber Tournament, Monaco 1st
- 1997 Chess Classic Rapid Tournament, Frankfurt
- 1998 Torneo Magitral Communidad De Madrid, Madrid 1st
- 1998 Siemens Nixdorf Duell (Rapid), Frankfurt 1st
- 1999 Wydra Memorial Chess (Rapid), Haifa 1st
- 1999 Torneo Magistral de Ajedrez, Leon beat Karpov 5–1
- 2000 Wydra International Tournament (Rapid), Haifa 1st2000 Torneo Magistral de Ajedrez, Leon beat Shirov 1½–½
- 2000 Fujitsu Siemens Giants Chess (Rapid), Frankfurt 1st
- 2000 Corsica Masters (Rapid), Corsica 1st
- 2002 Eurotel (Combined Rapid plus Classical), Prague 1st
- 2011 Botvinnik Memorial, Moscow, 1st
- 2011 Corsica Masters Knockout (Rapid), Corsica 1st
- 1986 Arab-Asian International Chess Championship 1st
- 1987 Sakthi Finance Grandmasters Chess Tournament 1st
- 1989 51st Hoogovens Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 1st
- 1989 2nd Asian Active Chess Championship, Hong Kong 1st
- 1990 Asian Zonal Championship Gold Medal
- 1990 Manchester Chess Festival, Manchester 1st
- 1990 Triveni Super Grandmasters Tournament, Delhi Joint 1st
- 1991 World Chess Championship, Brussels Quarter Finalist
- 1992 Reggio Emilia Chess Tournament, Reggio Emilia 1st
- 1992 Goodrich Open International Tournament, Calcutta 1st
- 1992 Linares match Anand vs Vassily Ivanchuk 5–3
- 1992 Alekhine Memorial, Moscow
- 1993 PCA Interzonal, Groningen 1st
- 1994 World Championship Candidates Cycle, Linares
- 1994 PCA Grand Prix, Moscow 1st
- 1995 PCA Candidates Final, Las Palmas
- 1996 Dortmunder Schachtage, Dortmund (joint 1st with Kramnik)
- 1997 Torneo de Ajedrex, Dos Hermanas 1st
- 1997 Aegon Man vs Computers chess event won 4–2
- 1997 Invesbanka Chess tournament, Belgrade 1st
- 1997 Credit Suisse Classic Tournament, Biel 1st
- 1997 Knock-Out Championship, Groningen
- 1998 FIDE World Chess Championship Finalist
- 1998 60th Hoogoven's Schaak Tornoi, Wijk aan Zee 1st
- 1998 Torneo International De Ajedrez, Linares 1st
- 1998 Fontys-Tilburg International Chess Tournament 1st
- 2003 65th Corus Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 1st
- 2004 66th Corus Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 1st
- 2006 68th Corus Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 1st
- 2007 Linares Chess Tournament, Linares 1st
- 2007 FIDE World Championship Tournament, Mexico City 1st
- 2008 Linares Chess Tournament, Linares 1st
- 2013 Grenke Chess Classics, Baden Baden 1st