World Chess Championships

Magnus Carlsen - Ian Nepomniatchi

Date Round Commentary
Friday 3rd December Game 6 Catch-up in the auditorium from 4pm with GM Nigel Short and GM Stuart Conquest
Saturday 4th December Game 7 Live in the auditorium from 12pm with GM Nigel Short and GM Stuart Conquest plus special appearance from GM Matthew Sadler and WIM Natasha Regan
Sunday 5th December Game 8 Live in the auditorium from 12pm with GM Nigel Short and GM Stuart Conquest
Wednesday 8th December Game 10 Recap in the auditorium from 4pm with GM Nigel Short and GM Stuart Conquest
Saturday 11th December Game 12 Live in the auditorium from 12pm with GM Nigel Short and GM Stuart Conquest
Sunday 12th December Game 13 Live in the auditorium from 12pm with GM Nigel Short and GM Stuart Conquest
Format

The match will be played over 14 standard games. When someone reaches 7.5 points, he wins.

The time control is 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 61.

The players cannot draw a game by agreement before Black's 30th move. A claim for a draw before Black's 30th move is permitted only through one of the arbiters in the cases of a threefold repetition.

The prize fund will be $2 million euros. The winner will earn 60 percent of the prize fund, and 40 percent will go to the runner-up. If the match ends in a tie after 14 games and a tiebreak will decide matters, the winner receives 55 percent and the runner-up 45 percent.

GM Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen (Norway) is the reigning world champion, who will be defending his title. He is 30 years old and has held the title since 2013 when he defeated then world champion GM Viswanathan Anand of India.

Carlsen is known as one of the biggest chess talents that ever lived. He became a grandmaster at the age of 13 years, 4 months, and 27 days. He has won numerous tournaments and has been the world's number one player continuously since 2011.

GM Ian Nepomniactchi

Ian Nepomniactchi

Carlsen's challenger is Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia), the winner of the 2020/21 Candidates Tournament. The two-time Russian champion finished second in the 2019 FIDE Grand Prix, which qualified him for the Candidates Tournament that began in March of 2020 and concluded in April 2021. Nepomniachtchi won the tournament with a round to spare, finishing at 8.5/14.

Nepomniachtchi has had more success than most against Carlsen. Both were born in 1990 and they played three times in youth events from 2002-03, with Nepomniachtchi winning twice. He also defeated Carlsen at the 2011 Tata Steel tournament and the 2017 London Chess Classic. Nepomniachtchi's overall score against Carlsen in classical time controls is +4 -1 =6.