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How are Russians able to use federation flag with the WADA ban?

As far as I know, WADA banned Russian players to play under Russian flag in the world championships (I don't really know much details). And in this chesscom article, it is stated that: This ban ...
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World championship 2021: Game 10: Why was it a draw?

Game: https://lichess.org/broadcast/world-chess-championship-2021/game-10/RwhGwnPX I assume that the players agreed for a draw because they are GMs and both are capable of playing perfect game. But I ...
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Why did Bobby Fischer make his demands in the 1975 World Chess Championship?

Many topics ask about Fischer's demands in the 1975 World Chess Championship between him and Karpov, but I've never found the reason Fischer made these demands. In particular: If the result is 9-9, ...
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My friend thinks the WCC has 14 games in a short amount of time with the purpose to induce player errors. Is that true at all?

For some reason, my friend believes that the format of the World Chess Championship is made in such a way with the purpose of increasing the amount of errors by the players. Is there any trutto this ...
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Rules regarding food and drink during a world championship game

Game 6 in the world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi ran for 7 hours and 45 minutes. Apparently the players did not eat during that time. Chessbase India reports: ...
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Andrea Botez (sibling of WFM Alex) asks Magnus Carlsen 'How does the knight move?' after a game in the 2021 World Chess Championship

Recently, Andrea Botez (younger sibling of WFM Alexandra) asks world chess champion Magnus Carlsen 'How does the knight move?' in a press conference after a game in the 2021 World Chess Championship. ...
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Is today's World Championship game the first with a symmetrical position and one file completely occupied?

After 8 moves in the 8th game between Carlsen and Nepomniatchi this position was reached. [FEN "r2qk2r/pppb1ppp/3b4/3p4/3P4/3B4/PPPB1PPP/R2QK2R w - - 0 1"] The position is perfectly ...
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What did FIDE do/say in response to Magnus Carlsen's non-participation in the candidates match for the 2011 world championship?

In Why did Magnus Carlsen drop out of World Championship in 2011? we see magnus said After careful consideration I’ve reached the conclusion that the ongoing 2008–2012 cycle does not represent a ...
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Before Qe6 in game 6 of the 2021 World Chess Championship, was it really a draw?

In game 6 of the World Championship 2021 between Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi, before Qe6 the engine says +0.9 at around depth 30/99, but I heard supposedly it's a (theoretical) draw. I know ...
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Wrong inaugural move in game 2 of Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi

In the game 2 of the current World Championship Series, the FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich made the inaugural move, which differed from what Carlsen wanted the move to be. How does this exactly ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 the 'current World Fischer Random Chess Champion'. What world ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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).