| Viswanathan Anand (IND)|
| Vladimir Kramnik (RUS)|
|Defending world champion: winner of the 2007 World Chess Championship||Previous world champion: winner of the 2006 World Chess Championship|
|38 years old||33 years old|
|2783 FIDE Rating||2772 FIDE Rating|
The World Chess Championship 2008 will be a match between the World Chess Champion, Viswanathan Anand, who won the World Chess Championship 2007 in Mexico City, and the previous World Champion, Vladimir Kramnik. Kramnik was granted this rematch by a special FIDE rule that accorded special privileges to him, and former FIDE World Champion Veselin Topalov, following the reunification of the title in 2006.
|Anand (White) – Kramnik (Black)||2||19||0|
|Kramnik (White) – Anand (Black)||2||22||6|
The match will be a best of 12 games. Players score 1 point for a win and half a point for a draw. Time control will be 120 minutes, with 60 minutes added after move 40, 15 minutes added after move 60, and additional 30 seconds per move starting from move 61. The match will end as soon as any player scores 6.5 points.
If, after 12 games, the score is equal, up to three rounds of tie breaks will be played.
The first round will be four rapid games, with the players alternating white and black pieces. Time control for these games will be 25 minutes plus 10 seconds per move.
If the score is still equal after the four rapid games, two blitz games will be played (5 minutes plus 10 seconds per move), each player having white once and black once.
If the score is still equal after the two blitz games, a decisive Armageddon game will be played (6 minutes for white, 5 minutes for black, black declared champion in case of a draw).
Before each round there will be a new drawing of lots for colors.