Anand will have to fight seven others to challenge reigning champion Magnus Carlson for the world title. The event will be played under Classical Chess rules with 120 minutes for the first 40 moves and 60 minutes for the next 20 moves. If the game still continues, the sudden death time control will come into effect giving both players 15 minutes each with a 30 second increment from move 61.

Carlsen defeated Anand in the last world championship match at Chennai by 6.5-3.5 margin to become the undisputed king of the 64-squares last year. This might be the best time for Anand to get back to Carlson and win the world title.

Anand, world No 8, is seeded fourth behind Aronian,Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov. The other players in the fray are Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler and world No. 42 Dmitry Andreikin.


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