Challenger Viswanathan Anand will play with white pieces in the first match of the World Chess Championship that gets under way in Sochi, Russia on Saturday evening (5:30 PM IST). Norway's young super Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen is the defending champion. (Viswanathan Anand to Play With White in the World Championships Opener)
Motivation, experience and form are the three formidable weapons that Viswanathan Anand will be brandishing at Sochi against Carlsen at the gruelling three-week event. The Olympic village at Sochi is the venue and is all spruced up with a spectacular designer look, unveiled for the first time in a world chess match. (Time for Revenge as Anand Eyes 16th Title)
A relaxed confident Anand has inspected the Playing Hall, tried out his Chair, got a feel of the pieces and was rearing to get into action. Both Carlsen and Anand appeared in the 2013 World Championship match, that time with Anand as the reigning world champion and Carlsen as the challenger with the latter winning 6.5-3.5. This will mark the first time that the same two opponents have met in consecutive World Championship matches since Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1990).