World Chess Championship 2014 LIVE countdown (two days left)

carlsen-anandHello everyone and welcome to the live countdown to the Carlsen – Anand 2014 World Chess Championship match on Chessdom.com! Two days are left to the start of the FIDE World Chess Championship 2014 and we continue following the events from Sochi live. Since both players have arrived in Sochi, today will be inspections day. Follow everything with live news updates, we start at 12:00 CET

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17:30 CET

More than 30 000 unique IPs have visited Chessdom’s first article on World Chess Championship 2014 live countdown, the number of unique visitors during the second live article is even more and still is growing. We can only imagine the online crowd when the games kick off.

The World Chess Championship proves to be once again the most interesting event for the chess fans. That is why we will continue to bring you the latest news from Sochi, will provide Grandmaster analysis of the event, will produce daily videos by titled players, and will switch on the most powerful TCEC analysis in order to bring the coverage that the chess fans deserve.

Tonight we will keep uploading photos from Sochi, unedited and raw, but information rich. Visit the photo gallery for the latest photos and tune in the live chat

See you tomorrow for more live updates from Sochi!

16:30 CET

The day started with Putin congratulating Carlsen and Anand (scroll down to 12:00 CET updates) and just a few hours after that he is confirmed by Forbes as the “most powerful person on the planet” by the prestigious Forbes panel.

This is the second year in a row that Putin carries the crown. Obama had previously been on the top of the list for every year with the exception of 2010, when Hu Jintao, the former political and military leader of China, was No. 1. The top five remain the same as 2013 — Pope Francis at No. 4 and the world’s most powerful woman German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Fed chief Janet Yellen moves into No. 6, followed by Bill Gates and European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron slides up to No. 10. The most powerful people in business are Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin at No. 9.

One of the first appearances of Putin after being named “most powerful person on the planet” can be the opening ceremony of Carlsen – Anand World Chess Championship 2014, scheduled this Friday

16:00 CET

From the first photos of the playing hall, it is clear that the stage will be very different from the one in Chennai. Carlsen’s manager Espen Agdestein confirmed for VG that there will be no glass wall, because the ceiling is too high. Instead, a curtain will be used, similar to the one used in Topalov – Anand match (see photo here, here, and here)

Agdestain also said, “The hotel is good, the weather is nice and we are positive”

15:30 CET

More updates from Sochi: after the short inspection today, more models of chairs (see the photo here) will be offered tomorrow. At the airport yesterday Carlsen said that after the inspection today he expects mostly to be relaxing. It turns out that plan will be delayed one day.

Here is a photo by A. Karlovich of Carlsen and Peter Heine Nielsen at Radisson.

14:50 CET

Talking about photos from World Championships, they certainly are the most popular compared to other competitions. The only exception in the Chessdom photo gallery is… Jon Ludvig Hammer! He is by far the most popular photo on the site, followed by multiple photos of Anand and Carlsen from World Championships

See the most popular list here

14:30 CET

The news from the inspection day is that… there will be another inspection tomorrow. Both teams agreed the playing hall state is still “under construction” and have decided to pay a visit to the venue again tomorrow.

News from Sochi continue to come though, stay tuned for interesting details.

13:50 CET

The photo gallery of Carlsen – Anand World Chess Championship 2014 is now active and photos will be uploaded all day long. Bookmark the link, as there you will see behind the scenes action all championship long.

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13:35 CET

The inspection is already underway in Sochi and Magnus Carlsen is present himself at the playing hall. First photos, news and more pictures to come in the next minutes.

Magnus Carlsen inspecting the playing hall with his father Henrik Carlsen and manager Espen Agdestein (photo by Goran Urosevic, Chessdom.com)

Magnus Carlsen inspecting the playing hall with his father Henrik Carlsen and manager Espen Agdestein (photo by Goran Urosevic, Chessdom.com)

Aruna Anand and Peter Heine Nielsen in a friendly talk during the inspection

Aruna Anand and Peter Heine Nielsen in a friendly talk during the inspection (photo by Goran Urosevic, Chessdom.com)

13:30 CET

As we wait for the official photos of the inspection, here is what Viswanathan Anand shared in Sochi. “What I look for in an inspection is do I see the board well, does the chair feel comfortable, and how is the rest area. In the next days I will be spending a lot of time here.”

“If all these things are ok, the rest is chess,” added Vishy.

13:00 CET

This is the starting hour of the World Chess Championship 2014 Carlsen – Anand match. Game 1 is on November 8th, a day before is the opening ceremony. See the full schedule here

Now we invite you for the round 2 of Tigran Petrosian Memorial live here with Aronian, Leko, Gelfand, Grischuk, Kramnik, Inarkiev, Morozevich, and Ding Liren. See the standings

12:45 CET

Chessdom’s editor Goran Urosevic is already in Sochi. He arrived last night at the time of arrival of Carlsen. Expect many exclusive pre-match puctures and twitter updates.

As with every inspection day interviews and improvised press conferences are in place. At such press conference Anand threw the “bomb” last year that his second will be Peter Leko (see the live updates from last year). For now Carlsen’s team is putting decoy messages for Norwegian media, more about this in later updates.

12:30 CET

As a continuation of the chess-politics theme, this summer Viwanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand were awarded Executive Order by Russia for their match in 2012. The award is given for “the development of economic, scientific and cultural ties”. This is basically a translation of the dogma that chess is “sport, science, and art”, and the award itself is a recognition for chess itself.

The FIDE World Championship Match between Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand took place in 2012 at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

This time the facility where the match will take place will not be “Art”, rather a “Sports” center. One could suggest that in order to complete a treble, Russia is going to aim to organize a future World Championship in a “Science” building.

The chairman of the Organizing Committee Mr. Dvorkovich is an ambitious man and we might see this mission completed in the future.

12:15 CET

While waiting for the inspection to conclude, here are some of the news of the day so far. As the two players are already in Sochi, Vladimir Putin has greeted them via the Kremlin official website this morning, see his full statement here.

Unlike other Olympic centers around the world, Russia wants to keep Sochi an active sports venue. Therefore, the national administration and particularly Vladimir Putin himself take special care of every event held in the city, no matter if it is a ski competition, an F1 Grand Prix, or a World Chess Championship.

Unconfirmed information say Vladimir Putin will be present at the opening ceremony and may make the first move in the competition.

Politics and chess always go hand in hand. Bulgarian President Parvanov honorary chairman of the organizing committee in WCC Sofia 2010 and was present at the Topalov – Anand match, the Chennai chief minister Jayalalitha was the central figure of the match in India, and who knows one day a president of USA or China can host a match in Washington or Beijing.

For anyone acquainted with the amount of fans chess has around the world, it is no wonder political figures will always be interested in the game.

12:00 CET

Inspections day is a tradition of the World Chess Championships. It was Bobby Fischer who set the first modern age standards of distance of cameras and atmosphere in the playing hall. Since then we have seen a big evolution in organizational standards and since 2006 yet another revolution due to security and anti-cheating measures.

Even in the last years inspection from inspection differs. During the World Championship 2010 in Sofia Anand and Topalov inspected mostly the light and the chairs. It was an inspection done in separate by the two teams, as the rivalry between the players had escalated because of the volcano incident.

In 2012 we already were viewing a much different and friendly inspection, where Anand and Gelfand tested the board together and even shared some jokes (photo report here)

In Chennai’s first match between Carlsen and Anand the story evolved again. The inspections followed one after the other, however, Magnus Carlsen did not show up himself, rather had his father Henrik Carlsen test the facilities. See the Chennai story here

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