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Questions tagged [world-championship]

For all questions related to the World Chess Championship: its holders, contestants, history, etc.

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What makes game 5 of the World Championship a draw?

I was watching recently the excellent ChessNetwork commentary of the 5th game of the WCC 2018 between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana. The end position looked like this and players shook hands ...
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Next world chess championship

When and where is the next world championship? Also, when is the candidates? Where can I find the important chess tournaments online?
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Why is Carlsen being praised for his tie-break play, when Caruana made several game-losing moves?

I followed the three games live on chess24.es (for live commentary from GMs) and chess.com (for actual real time computer analysis). As per my understanding: Game 13 was mostly balanced until 19... ...
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Carlsen-Caruana Game 12

Any online search about the recent game 12 in Carlsen-Caruana's WCC is filled with the surprise caused by Carlsen offering a draw when in a (possibly?) winning position. It was announced on chess.com ...
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Is a given time control per side or in total?

The Wikipedia page about Chess Time Control describes for example: ... 90 minutes for the first 40 moves ... A move in chess is defined as both White and Black side doing their separate move, so ...
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Does FIDE make any money from media coverage?

Unlike any other professional sports I know of, everyone seems to be able to broadcast chess world chess championship online. That raises the question, are they making any money from media coverage? ...
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Is there any analysis of the Carlsen-Caruana World Championsip match by AlphaZero?

How cool would it be to have the world's most powerful computer analyzing games played in a match between the world's two strongest human players? Has it happened yet and is the analysis available?
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Why is Carlsen criticized for poor preparation at World Chess Championship 2018?

As of 2018-11-24, 11 games have been drawn at the World Chess Championship (WCC) 2018. A lot of commentators (in particular Alexander Grischuk) have attacked Carlsen for poor preparation. But ... 11 ...
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Is there a live streaming of the WCC2018 of the players themselves?

I was able to find on YouTube several live streaming videos of GMs commenting the Carlsen-Caruana games. But I wanted to see the actual players and the real board! Is there any streaming of that? I ...
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What are the worst blunders ever committed in a world championship match (final)?

As title above, what are a few of the worst blunders ever committed in a World Chess Championship Match?
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What is the engine powering the analysis of the world championship event at worldchess.com?

I was streaming the game at FIDE's World Chess website London event and I was wondering what engine are they using. I couldn't find it. Here is a screenshot
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What if threefold repetition occurs in WCC 2018?

It is not allowed to draw till move 30. Are the players forced to find another moves in case of threefold repetition?
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Is FIDE still using the same logo for world championship final?

I remember that this logo was used last championship, why are they still using it? Shouldn't every final have its own logo? Am I missing something?
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Why don't the ratings of Carlsen and Caruana change after 4 games in the WCC 2018?

By now there were 4 games and all were drawn. Should it not mean that Caruana should get points?
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If a player is significantly behind in time, does it mean he's bound to lose?

Let's focus on FIDE classical chess finals historically. Caruana is always behind in time control, thinks more, waste more energy. Statistically speaking, did the players who played faster won more ...
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Why isn't Gata Kamsky considered the first American since Bobby Fischer to fight for the World Championship?

As in the title above, since we read it everywhere about Caruana... why isn't Gata Kamsky considered the first American since Bobby Fischer to fight for the World Championship? He played Karpov in ...
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The London 2018 World Chess Championship live coverage sources

Which TV channels are going to stream the WCC? Preferably with English commentary. (With live video from the playing board, not only the moves).
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FIDE World Champions after 1993

Are FIDE World Champions after the 1993 Kasparov-Short match, i.e. Khalifman, Ponomariov, Kasymdžanov, Topalov, (not counting Karpov and Anand, for obvious reasons) to be considered actual World ...
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Are there any chances that the Fischer who reappeared in 1992 was not the real one? [closed]

As in title above, are there any chances that the Fischer who reappeared in 1992 (and then later on), was not the real Bobby? If this is not the case, what do you consider as "proof" that he was ...
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Worst tournament performances of reigning World Champions

As a Magnus Carlsen fan, it was a bit disappointing for me to see him finish clear second in Biel 2018, one and half points after Mamedyarov, after starting the tournament with two wins - and it could ...
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In the upcoming Caruana, Carlsen final, who will play with the white pieces?

In the upcoming Caruana, Carlsen final, who will play with the white pieces? Does anyone know?
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Fischer vs Sherwin Game - 1957

In this game Move # 32 Sherwin play Rxh7 and this move makes him loose the game, so why he didn't play Rxf6 ? is this mistake from him? or something i didn't get. [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/...
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Where can I find lists of best games per tournament?

I would like to obtain a list of best games per tournament (World Chess Championships, Chess World Cup, ...). By "best" I mean games that either have won a brilliancy prize, or games that are ...
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Capablanca vs Lasker - 1921 WCC

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1241495 [White "Capablanca"] [Black "Lasker"] [FEN "2r2rk1/pb1n1ppp/Bp3q2/2p5/3P4/Q3PN2/PP3PPP/2R1K2R b K - 1 16"] This is the 5ht Match game for the ...
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How do I become chess world champion? [duplicate]

If I play better than the current world champion, Carlsen, and I am able to win him - how would I do to become world champion as fast as possible? Would I have to go through long tournaments or is it ...
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Can you objectively determine who was the best chess player of all time?

There have been a number of statistical attempts (e.g., chessmetrics and edo) or computerized attempts to determine who was the best chess player of all time. The statistical approaches attempt to ...
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When will the 2018 FIDE Candidates tournament be held, and who will qualify for it?

We've just had the World Championship match between Carlsen and Karjakin, so one qualifier for the next Candidates is known: Karjakin. I assume it will be held in 2018, is anything more known about ...
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Seconds of Magnus Carlsen

Has it been revealed who helped Magnus Carlsen in preparing and during the World Chess Championship against Karjakin?
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Draws by game number in championship matches

Some commentators have expressed surprise at the two relatively bland draws to open out the most recent (Carlsen-Karjakin) World Championships. I'm wondering whether there's been any study as to ...
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Where can I watch Carlsen - Karjakin with video + commentaries?

Does anyone have tips on where to watch the (now ongoing) World Championship match between Carlsen and Karjakin? I'm looking for live commentaries and a video feed if that's available. Thanks!
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Change of venue of 1972 match

In 1972, when Fischer and Spassky played the championship tournament, Fischer demanded to play the games in a ping pong room stating too much distractions as his reason. Later (if I am not wrong) he ...
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Carlsen vs Karjakin individual encounter results statistics so far?

I wonder how many times Carlsen and Karjakin played so far and who won the more number of games. Any idea?
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Why did Gelfand resign against Anand in the shortest match in WCC?

I saw the notations of the match in chessbase, and I couldn't understand why Boris resigned. Anand was no where close to checkmate. I don't see why he didn't just trade his queen for a bishop and ...
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Full Footage From 1972 Championship

Since the 1972 chess championship was televised I imagine there must be full footage of all the matches somewhere. I have spent time looking around, but found nothing but short clips of the games. ...
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Based on their separate and mutual records, what chance does Karjakin have against Carlsen?

I was slightly disappointed with the recent result at the Candidates. Karjakin won, but I just don't think he can match Carlsen for the WCh title. What is the most accurate prediction of the ...
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Live viewers for top chess events

What is the average number of live viewers (online and TV) for top chess events like the world championship match and the candidates tournament? Are there some statistics publicly available?
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What was the biggest blunder made by Boris Spassky in Game 6?

I just wanted to inquire about the biggest mistake or blunder by Boris Spassky In game no. 6 against Bobby Fischer.
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Why did Bobby Fischer quit chess after the match with Spassky?

I am not asking about the 1975 "resignation" to Karpov, but for which reasons did Bobby Fischer gradually lose interest in competitive chess after becoming World Champion? Jews or not Jews, he did not ...
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What happened to the official website for the World Chess Championship 2010?

The official website for the WCC2010 is supposed to be (and previously was) located at (please do not visit the page until you read the whole post): http://www.anand-topalov.com/. Now, unless I am ...
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Which was the first televised/video-recorded WCC match?

I was thinking about the way that chess has taken to being streamed recently and it got me wondering how far back one could go if they were to watch WCC matches instead of playing through them. So ...
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Inconsistent timings of world championships

According to Wikipedia recent world championship tournaments have been played in these years: 2006 2007 2008 2010 2012 2013 2014 2016 What is logic behind this, sometimes they are played every ...
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What was the longest World Championship game?

The recently concluded Game 7 of the 2014 Carlsen-Anand match went to move 122 before a draw was reached due to insufficient material. Is this the longest game played in a World Chess Championship ...
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Is Anand possibly cheating (the metal detector)?

While I write this question, I am certain I completely miss the spirit of the world championship. But however, I got curious about how well the cheating-countermeasures at the championship actually ...
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What is the maximum elo rating that Magnus Carlsen could have if he loses the 2014 chess wcc to Anand?

What is the maximum elo rating that Magnus Carlsen could have if he loses the 2014 chess wcc to Anand? Would this result from a 6.5-5.5 result or would the relative rating change mean that if he lost ...
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Anand - Carlsen Game 1 WCh 2014, why not 12.Qc3+?

In game 1 of the World Championship 2014 between Carlsen and Anand, Anand chose 12.gxf3. Why not play 12.Qc3+ instead? It takes control over the a1-h8 diagonal and prevents the black Nc6 to jump to d4 ...
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What does the chief arbiter do?

The rules of chess are straightforward so I must ask what does the chief arbiter do? what is the difference between him and a regular arbiter? For example Anand and Carlsen had to meet him behind ...
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Why has the number of games decreased over time in WCC?

The World Chess Championship between Lasker and Capablanca in 1921 was organised as the winner would be the first to 8 points, draws not counting, and if this goal was not reached, the player with ...
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Why Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is so popular in the chess world? [closed]

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has just been re-elected as the next FIDE president again. He's so far beaten two World Chess Champions in the elections - Karpov and Kasparov, both by some absolutely big margins. ...
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How to interpret lifetime score

I can not understand what the following numbers mean: Gligorić had the following record against the world champions he played against: Max Euwe +2 -0 =5, Mikhail Botvinnik +2 −2 =6, Vasily ...
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1. e4, 1. d4, 1. c4, or 1. Nf3? Which opening move has given the greatest scoring percentage for White in World Championship Matches?

Which opening move out of 1. e4, 1. d4, 1. c4 and 1.Nf3 has given the best scoring percentage for White in World Championship matches? What are the percentages?