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What will happen if all games are draws for a World Chess Championship?

What will happen if all the games in the World Chess Championship are draws? Who will be considered the world champion?
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Where can I watch World Chess Championship 2021?

What are the possible streams that I can watch World Chess Championship 2021 from 24th of November to 16th of December (any online platform and television broadcast)? If possible, please provide ...
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Why is it inappropriate to take a photo with the trophy according to Carlsen?

In the press conference (at about 44:20) of World Chess Championship, Maurice Ashley invites Nepo and Carlsen to take a photo with the trophy but Carlsen says that he finds it inappropriate. Why is ...
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What is meant by "Licensed" in FIDE website?

I was browsing the candidates' profiles of the FIDE World cup on the official website and noticed something interesting. On the profile page of GM Vladislav Kovalev, a Belarusian chess GM, has an ...
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What makes game 5 of the 2018 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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Can a chess engine play like a particular famous player?

Different players have different personalities and different playing styles. Mikhail Tal's style is different from Tigran Petrosian, just as Kasparov is different from Karpov. I am wondering if there ...
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What is the maximum Elo rating that Magnus Carlsen could have if he loses the 2014 WCC to Anand?

What is the maximum Elo rating that Magnus Carlsen could have if he loses the World Chess Championship 2014 to Anand? Would this result from a 6.5-5.5 result or would the relative rating change mean ...
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What are all the world chess championships (such that...)?

Wiki says: Magnus Carlsen is 'the current World Chess Champion, World Rapid Chess Champion, and World Blitz Chess Champion'. Wesley So is 'current World Fischer Random Chess Champion'. What world ...
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Why did Bobby Fischer resign his title?

I was wondering about this question for a while. Why did Bobby Fischer resign his title?
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Did Hans Berliner win the world ICCF championship using computer help?

Way back when, Hans Berliner worked for IBM. I met him at an IBM data center one time, but he worked in the Federal division and just used the center for a demo. I had known him from the Washington ...
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Historic time controls for World Championships

According to the answer to this question we know that currently it is 100 minutes for 40 moves followed by an additional 50 minutes for 20 moves then an extra 15 minutes to finish the game with a 30 ...
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How was the Candidate chosen for 1927, and why not sooner?

Wikipedia has a tiny article for the 1927 World Chess Championship. For the World Chess Championship article in general, it has very little to say about the 1927 one: Following the controversies ...
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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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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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Which chess player has the most openings named after him?

I always thought it was interesting that chess players had openings named after them. The game of chess has only been popular and organized for about 150 years, yet all the most popular openings and ...
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Chess movies in Hollywood & Bollywood with GMs in them

Are there any movies about chess in which World Champions or grandmasters have played actually any role? For example, have Kasparov, Karpov, Anand, Carlsen, Kramnik, Polgar, Fischer, Tal or etc acted ...
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World championship games where underpromotion was necessary

I have been frequenting tactics puzzles and a few books over the past year. I come across these underpromotion puzzles frequently, however, I never find them in real games. Has there ever been a world ...
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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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Did the 2018 World Chess Championship feature any theoretical novelties in the Sveshnikov Sicilian?

I am interested in how the Sveshnikov theory developed in the last decade, and one of the biggest events heavily featuring it was the WCC match in 2018. Very few books on the opening were published ...
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Is there a good book on the 1927 Capablanca-Alekhine world championship match?

To disambiguate what I mean by the shorthand "good" in the question's title: Is there an English-language book that tells the story of the 1927 world championship match between Capablanca and ...
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What was the role of the second in top level matches?

What was the role, the duties, etc. of the second (e.g. GM Ray Keene was Korchnoi’s second in the 1978 World Championship match vs. Karpov), and is this figure still present in contemporary top level ...
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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's the most prestigious chess competition broadcasted on TV?

I want to experience the best chess competition is where the most experienced players around the globe participate. Is there such a contest? Or is it too boring to watch chess tournament because it ...
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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 were Fischer's 179 demands for a World Championship rematch?

According to this video (at 4:25), Bobby Fischer made 179 demands for a rematch for a World Championship, after he won the title. What were those 179 demands?
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Which book should one read if they want to play like Tigran Petrosian?

According to Wikipedia, the former world champion Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian has "almost impenetrable defensive playing style, which emphasized safety above all else". Here defensive is by no ...
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A book on the Lasker - Capablanca World Championship Match (1921)

Recently I've been studying Lasker - Capablanca World Championship Match (1921). Is there a book that gives the story behind the match? Also, I would appreciate the game annotations. Best wishes and ...
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Is there any word on what will happen to the Candidates Tournament 2020 if one of the players tests positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

With FIDE moving forward with the Candidates Tournament 2020, in my opinion against better judgment, they have announced what medical screenings will be done, but have they announced what would happen ...
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Candidates tournament [closed]

Why not allow the winner of the Women's world championship and the winner of the Junior world championship to join the candidates tournament? Their rating is lower than the top 10 players but I mean ...
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Fischer vs Sherwin Game - 1957

In this game Move # 32 Sherwin play Rxh7 and this move makes him lose 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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Deep Blue vs Kasparov - Aftermath

Evaluating 200M positions per second and having a search tree of 20+ moves might not be enough to beat a World Champion if a computer searches in the wrong direction or if it's evaluating positions a ...
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What happened to the WCC?

Just found this rating list below while looking for other items. I vaguely remember hearing about WCC. What happened to them? All I find now for WCC is 'world chess championship'. Apparently they both ...
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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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Did Kasparov refute over the board Karpov's 1987 novelty?

In the second game of the 1987 World Championship, Kasparov played an English opening. In the ninth move Karpov played a novelty that he had prepared for his 1981 match with Korchnoi (the usual play ...
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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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Anand - Gelfand 12th game in World Chess championship 2012

I have been following 12th game in World Chess championship 2012, and I just could not understand why a draw was offered. Is it that they can see 10 or more moves ahead and think of the ending or is ...
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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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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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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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In game 1 of the 2012 WCC between Anand and Gelfand, black ignored his passed pawn advantage. Why?

In the first game of the WCC 2012 between Anand and Gelfand, which was drawn, Gelfand had a passed pawn on a6. Could he not have exchanged the major pieces and then tried to win with it? Why was the ...
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Cases of grandmasters renouncing titles, tournament victories, etc?

Apart from Bobby Fischer "renouncing", in a sense, the World Championship title in 1975, are there any other famous cases from chess history of strong players voluntarily renouncing titles, tournament ...
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What is it about Magnus Carlsen?

It seems every where I read, Magnus Carlsen is involved in a discussion on if he is or will be the greatest chess player of all time. It also seems as if some are crowning him world champion even ...
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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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Caruana vs Carlsen game 10 (WCC) why not 18...Nxb6?

In game 10 of the Caruana-Carlsen WCC, why did Carlsen (black) not take the terribly annoying and strong dark squared bishop on b6 on move 18 when given the chance? Instead, Carlsen moved the queen ...
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Why didn't Spassky play 26. g3 in game 5 of Fischer-Spassky (1972)?

Fischer's play was powerful in this Nimzo-Indian, achieving a strong knight against two bishops in a closed position. The knight became a monster on f4. But why did Spassky let the knight reach f4? ...
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Why bother with human chess when AI is superior? [closed]

Before I get to my question couple things to get out of the way: This question is a sensitive subject. But I assure you that I'm not a troll, I have deep respect for your community. It is my first ...
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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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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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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?