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Moscow Prepares To Host Chess Title Match

Viswanathan Anand
Chess world champion Viswanathan Anand of India is due to play Israel's Boris Gelfand in Moscow on May 11 in the first game of a battle to decide the world title -- and $1.5 million in prize money.

The last time two chess grandmasters clashed for the world crown in Moscow was Garry Kasparov's epic 1984-85 encounter with world champion Anatoly Karpov.

That match was controversially called off by the game's ruling body as it dragged out, inconclusively.

This time, the winner will be decided over a series of 12 matches scheduled to last three weeks.

A tie-breaker, if necessary, would take place on May 30.

Based on reporting by AFP and "The Times of India"