May 7, 2010

World Championship Chess: The great Anand is dead on his feet

This was the epic battle that chess fans around the world –- close to a million of them, watching and listening on multiple web platforms –- had been waiting for.

Before the introduction of game timers in 1883, the image of tournament chess as two old fogeys hunched over a chess board for hours had some basis in fact.

Since then, the rate of play has continually become faster and adjournments — where games were suspended overnight — have been phased out altogether.

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