Tue. Sep 27th, 2022


The FIDE World Chess Championship between GM Magnus Carlsen and the winner of the FIDE Candidates Match might be held together with the Dubai World Expo on 24-December 16, 2021. Chess.com might be an official broadcast companion. The brand new match dates have been introduced by FIDE at present.

The World Championships might be performed in additional than 14 classical sports activities for a prize cash of €2 million, with 60 p.c going to the winner and 40 p.c to the runner-up. It was initially scheduled to start out from December 20, 2020, however was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Location didn’t change. The match will nonetheless happen on the state-of-the-art Dubai Exhibition Centre, situated simply 300 meters from the middle of the world-class Expo 2020 web site. The World Expo was additionally postponed because of the pandemic and can now run from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

The affirmation of the situation, new dates and prize cash comes two months after Chess.com grew to become the primary firm to amass the rights to broadcast the match. This unprecedented settlement between FIDE and Chess.com, the main chess broadcaster, will carry the World Chess Championship to a wider viewers than ever earlier than.

Chess.com will broadcast its official protection throughout a number of platforms on the planet’s hottest languages, that includes commentary from a few of the largest names in chess and leisure.

The opponent for Carlsen within the match would be the winner of the 2020 FIDE Candidates Match, the second half of which was additionally postponed and which is presently scheduled to happen in Yekaterinburg, Russia, within the second half of April 2021. Chess.com additionally acquired the printed rights for the occasion.

The Taking part in Corridor in Yekaterinburg through the first half of the FIDE Candidates Match in March 2020. Photograph: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

The World Championships may even embody a collection of aspect occasions in Dubai, together with exhibition matches and performances by former champions and superstar followers. Commenting on at present’s announcement, Mohammed Al Ansari, Vice President of Communications at Expo 2020, mentioned:

“Expo 2020 Dubai might be a world celebration of the very best of mankind held in probably the most welcoming and impressive nations of the world – what higher place to host an thrilling efficiency amongst the brightest minds in chess?

“Simply as chess unites individuals of all ages and backgrounds around the globe, and encourages strategic considering and downside fixing, Expo 2020 additionally goals to bridge the world and remedy a few of the most urgent shared challenges of our time. The FIDE World Chess Championship might be an thrilling spotlight of the Expo’s occasion calendar, loved by tens of millions of bodily and digital guests around the globe.”

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich mentioned: “The World Championship match is an excellent occasion, and we’re proud to have teamed up with the Expo to create a breath-taking expertise not just for hardcore chess followers but additionally for a wider viewers. Because the Worldwide Match held in London in 1851 as part of the Nice Exhibition, chess has been strongly related to occasions resulting in the development of the human thoughts and striving for excellence.

“This 12 months’s match might be extraordinary in some ways, and I imagine will probably be an occasion to recollect for years to return. Chess, a recreation with a historical past of a whole lot of years, however nonetheless enigmatic, has its personal This competitors of the 2 finest chess minds goes to disclose the sweetness, and due to the collaboration between Expo and FIDE, we are going to see the entire chess world after this combat.”


Correction: An earlier model of this text erroneously said that the prize cash is $2 million; It is two million euros.


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