Warning: this post may contain spoilers
Why am I posting this thread?
Honestly, I'm really excited about this. Isn't that enough? :)
What is it?
The World Chess Championship (WCC) is the topmost competition of the sport, and basically determines the best player in the world. It is disputed between the winner of the Candidates Tournament and the current champion. Since his first title in 2013, Magnus Carlsen successfully defended the title on three different occasions and is the undisputed favorite. The challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi does have a positive score against Magnus, but most don't give that much importance, since most of his victories happened when they were much younger. Chess.com combed through the data and gave Magnus 72% winning odds. In terms of style, Magnus is considered a universal player. Nepomniachtchi is generally more aggressive but adopted a more conservative style in the Candidates Tournament.
Since 2014, the WCC happens once every 2 years, alternating with the Candidates Tournament. The current edition was supposed to take place in 2020, but was postponed due to covid. It will happen in Dubai.
The World Chess Championship starts this Friday, November 26, at 16:30 local time, 12:30 UTC.
Where to watch
- Chess.com Youtube
- Chess.com Twitch
- Chess24 Youtube (I strongly recommend the stream with David Howell for non-advanced players)
- FIDE Youtube
- FIDE Twitch
In the United States, the NBC over-the-air television channel will broadcast daily 30 minutes highlights.
|Player||Country||Age||GM Age||Rating||Peak Rating|
In chess, time controls determine the time each player has to make their movies. A time control of 10 minutes means that each player has 10 minutes to use throughout the game. There can also be increments, which are added to a player's overall time after each move. For example, with a time control of
10 | 5 each player starts with 10 minutes to make their moves, and automatically gains 5 seconds on the clock every time they make a move.
The time controls for the World Championship matches may seem a bit complex at first. This is just for reference, if you intend to follow the games online, I'm certain that the commentators will make sure to remind you of these details.
|1||01 to 40||120|
|2||41 to 60||60|
|3||61 to ∞||15 + 30s|
The table above means that, on stage 1, each player has 120 minutes to make their moves. On stage 2, they have 60 minutes. On stage 3, each player has 15 minutes, with an addition of 30 seconds after each move.
Draw by agreement is only allowed after the 40th move (it used to be the 30th).
There will be 14 standard games (it used to be 12). The first to achieve 7½ points will be World Champion.
If, after the 14 games, the score is equal, there will be tie-break games in that order, with the subsequent tie-break only being disputed if the previous one maintained the tie.
- 4 rapid games of (TC: 25min + 10s)
- Best out 5 blitz games (TC: 5min + 3s)
- 1 armageddon game.
|Magnus Carlsen||½||½||½||½||½||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||2 ½|
|Ian Nepomniachtchi||½||½||½||½||½||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||2 ½|
All games, as well as the closing ceremony, are scheduled to 07:30 AM EST / 12:30 UTC.
This will be updated with the results for each match, as well as the sum of the overall points. I will also try to sum up some experts commentaries for
each selected games. Adding notes to every game would require more effort than I initially thought! I'll create a top comment with links and basic info on each game, but will not be adding personal notes to all of them. Feel free to add your impressions to the top comments. Thanks!.
|Nov 26||GAME 1||Draw|
|Nov 27||GAME 2||Draw|
|Nov 28||GAME 3||Draw|
|Nov 30||GAME 4||Draw|
|Dec 01||GAME 5||Draw|
|Dec 03||GAME 6|
|Dec 04||GAME 7|
|Dec 05||GAME 8|
|Dec 07||GAME 9|
|Dec 08||GAME 10|
|Dec 10||GAME 11|
|Dec 11||GAME 12|
|Dec 12||GAME 13|
|Dec 14||GAME 14|