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

From the Wikipedia page of WCC 2021: The match consists of 14 games, and a score of 7½ wins the world championship. If the score is equal after 14 games, tie-break games with faster time controls ...
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Why is Carlsen criticized for poor preparation at World Chess Championship 2018?

Carlsen is being criticized for his preparation with white, particularly e4. He knows that Caruana is going to play the Petrof yet nevertheless Caruana equalizes effortlessly. Carlsen appears to have ...
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Why is Carlsen being praised for his tie-break play, when Caruana made several game-losing moves?

Carlsen crushed it, made almost no mistakes whatsoever in rapid. It is as if he was playing at classical time controls. Chess is about not making mistakes. If your opponent doesn't make mistakes then ...
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Why did Bobby Fischer resign his title?

Bobby Fischer did not resign the title, although it may have looked that way. As the New York Times reported at the time: The International Chess Federation stripped Mr. Fischer of his title and gave ...
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Carlsen-Caruana Game 12

Is the tournament leading to some consensus on how good/bad Carlsen's decision was? Not quite. As others have pointed out, Carlsen's decision was based on factors outside that one game. With a ...
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Why are such complicated time controls popular?

Why are such complicated time controls popular? ... For instance, in the 2021 WCC First point, such time controls are neither popular nor unpopular with the vast majority of chess players for the ...
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When will the 2018 FIDE Candidates tournament be held, and who will qualify for it?

The Candidates will be held in Berlin, Germany, on 10-28 March 2018 (source). According to FIDE's Rules & Regulations for the Candidates Tournament of the FIDE World Championship cycle 2016-2018, ...
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Where can I watch World Chess Championship 2021?

Chess24 Global is providing commentary with David Howell, Jovanka Houska and Kaja Snare. Chess24 Deep Dive is providing commentary with Anish Giri and Judit Polgar. Chess.com is providing commentary ...
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Carlsen-Caruana Game 12

Is the tournament leading to some consensus on how good/bad Carlsen's decision was? No. Consensus on Carlsen's play and decision has already been reached, I would suggest. Psychologically Carlsen ...
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Based on their separate and mutual records, what chance does Karjakin have against Carlsen?

One of the Russians (Filatov?, maybe even Karjakin himself?) brown-nosed to the media that every match is 50-50 odds on the face of it... But more seriously, Carlsen's rating has consistently been ...
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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) What it most definitely was NOT was writing a book of the ...
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Youngest Player to beat a reigning World Champion?

I have not identified the record with certainty, but here are some young winners of World Champions in classical chess: N.Abdusattorov, 18y 4m 1d, vs Carlsen in Wijk aan Zee 2023 V.Kramnik, 18y 8m ...
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Why is Carlsen being praised for his tie-break play, when Caruana made several game-losing moves?

my feeling is that Caruana lost the game, more than Carlsen won it. Whenever two players play a game without making any errors the result is a draw. Most games have lots of errors and it is usually ...
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Did Hans Berliner win the world ICCF championship using computer help?

Short of asking a deceased man, I would say that the answer is "no way". He won the 5th World Correspondence Chess Championship in 1965. Computer chess, if it existed at all, was not strong at all. ...
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Wrong inaugural move in game 2 of Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi

This is purely ceremonial. Some famous person is invited to make the first move, and they usually do it without consulting the player. Why doesn't the player tell the famous person what move to make? ...
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What happened to the WCC?

The WCC was the "World Chess Council". It was formed in 1998 by Kasparov after the collapse of the PCA (Professional Chess Association) in 1995. It was Kasparov's fourth attempt at an organization ...
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What was the longest World Championship game?

The longest World Chess Championship game is now Carlsen-Nepomniachtchi (Dubai, 2021), held on 3 December 2021. In their 6th game, Magnus Carlsen continued to press in a theoretically drawn endgame ...
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Why did Bobby Fischer quit chess after the match with Spassky?

There is no real definite answer for this question. Many people have floated different theories, most of which borrow bits and pieces from each other. It is quite possible that his mental struggles ...
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Why is Carlsen criticized for poor preparation at World Chess Championship 2018?

Carlsen is criticized because he's in a defense position (he's defending his title, and doesn't need to win all games), and people want to see crazy games with new things, as simple as that. While I ...
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Caruana vs Carlsen game 10 (WCC) why not 18...Nxb6?

From a purely positional point of view, 18...Nxb6 would have been a terrible mistake, as it would have allowed white to then forcefully trade the light squared bishops with the immediate Bg4 move, ...
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What if threefold repetition occurs in WCC 2018?

Draw by mutual agreement is not allowed before move 30. But a draw by threefold repetition can be claimed at any point if it occurs.
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Why is Carlsen being praised for his tie-break play, when Caruana made several game-losing moves?

Game 1 of the tiebreak: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1937923 37 Rc7 is a brilliant endgame move under time control, that induces the opponent to make the mistake 37...Kxe4. There were ...
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Why did Bobby Fischer resign his title?

Fischer wanted to play under a first-to-ten-wins format. This was the format of the first world championship match between Steinitz and Zukertort. The argument for this format is that it forces ...
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Wrong inaugural move in game 2 of Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi

How does this exactly work, are there any rulings on this? This is not a part of normal chess. I played white in a league game last night for my club and there was no famous person to make the first ...
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What are the worst blunders ever committed in a world championship match (final)?

By far, the biggest blunder in all world championship is absolutely 32.Bb4?? played by Chigorin in the 1892 match. He threw away the win and the match, landed himself to mate in 2. https://en....
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What were Fischer's 179 demands for a World Championship rematch?

If it was only about the 1975 match, It could have been a mistake by the video editor. As far as many sources from the web, there were only 3. Not counting the draws, first to win 10 games wins the ...
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Is today's World Championship game the first with a symmetrical position and one file completely occupied?

Using this CQL query: cql(input all_wcc.pgn) [Aa][a1-8] == 8 or [Aa][b1-8] == 8 or [Aa][c1-8] == 8 or [Aa][d1-8] == 8 or [Aa][e1-8] == 8 or [Aa][f1-8] == 8 or [Aa][g1-8] == 8 or [Aa][h1-8] == 8 ...
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Rules regarding food and drink during a world championship game

I assume they were not allowed to eat. You assume wrong. The regulations for the match were published by FIDE here. There is no mention of food not being allowed. Article 4.10.5 defines what they may ...
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History of physical fitness in the world championships

Alekhine is the first, which is not surprising because he's in many regards the prototypical grandmaster. Capablanca entered the match with no technical or physical preparation, while Alekhine got ...
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Are there any chances that the Fischer who reappeared in 1992 was not the real one?

At the very least we know that in 1992 a man that looked and sounded like an aged version of Bobby Fischer played Boris Spassky in a match, and won it. Assuming that this old man was actually not ...
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