The World Chess Championship 2012 will be a match between the current world champion Viswanathan Anand of India and challenger Boris Gelfand of Israel, winner of the World Championship Candidates Knock-Out Tournament.1
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The match format is 12 games, with the first game on May 11. Should the match be tied 6-6, tiebreaks will occur on May 30, first employing rapid games, then blitz games, and finally an Armageddon game if needed. The time controls are: 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, add 60 minutes after move 40, add 15 minutes and the increment +30s/move after move 60.
UPDATE: The first half of the match saw the players tied after six fairly short draws. Remarkably, only one game (#9) has yet lasted long enough to reach the time control at move 40. Gelfand drew first blood in game seven, in which Anand made some provocative or inaccurate moves and Gelfand held a commanding position. The very next day, revenge was had in game eight when Gelfand got his queen trapped on move 17--the shortest loss in WCC history! Then after three more draws, the match is only one games away from tiebreaks. The final round of the 12-game classical match takes place on Monday, May 28, when Anand will have the white pieces for game 12. Should that game be drawn as well, tiebreaks will determine the champion on May 30.