The contest consists of 12 games, with every move avidly followed and analyzed by a global audience of hundreds of millions of chess fans. To win, a player must reach a score of 6.5 points. After 12 rounds, if the score is even, there will be tie-breaks.
FIDE and Agon Limited will provide an exclusive live broadcast of the Match through its worldchess.com website. This is going to be the first Championship Match for the smartphone generation — a battle of minds witnessed and enjoyed by countless chess fans who play the game online every day.
Travel+Leisure recently named the Seaport the 22nd most visited tourist attraction in the world. Adjacent to the Financial District, the Seaport is only minutes-walk from Wall Street.
The Match arena is being built within the historic Fulton Market building, and will feature a dedicated Spectator and VIP Lounges with panoramic view of the Brooklyn Bridge, retail space, café, TV studios and much more.Buy Tickets
The World Chess Championship Match (hereinafter referred to as FWCM) is the final event of the World Championship cycle. The two participants are world champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and his challenger Sergey Karjakin (Russia). The winner of the FWCM 2016 will be declared World Champion for the period 2016-2018.
Match System: The World Chess Championship Match 2016 will consist of 12 games and if necessary, tie-break games.
The FWCM 2016 shall be played over a maximum of twelve (12) games and the winner of the match shall be the first player to score 6.5 points or more. A tie shall be broken according to Rules and Regulations below. If the winner scores 6.5 points in less than 12 games then the organizer can re-schedule the Closing Ceremony for an earlier date.
Read the full Rules and Regulations here.
The partner of Agon Limited is CAA Premium Experience, which exclusively present hospitality packages specially elaborated for the Championship VIP and corporate guests.
Being the most intellectual and elegant sport games, chess definitely deserves an appropriate ambiance. Elegantly decorated comfortable VIP lounge with the separate entrance, individual service and the finely selected society promised and unforgettable social and intelligent experience – the one that only chess can give.
The 2016 World Chess Championship match will be held at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan. The match runs from November 11th to 30th and will be contested by Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the 25-year-old reigning champion, and Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the 26-year-old challenger.
We need some friendly, self-motivated and responsible volunteers, ages 18 to 40, to welcome delegates, provide navigation, customer service, chess activation, cloakroom services and storage staff, etc.
Dates of the event: November 11 to 30, 2016
Time each day: 13.00 (1 PM) – 21.00 (9 PM)
There are no games on Nov. 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 27, and 29, and we will not need volunteers on those days. Please note, however, that there is a game on Thanksgiving (Thursday, Nov. 24) and the consequent weekend (Saturday, Nov.26 and Sunday, Nov. 27). We are flexible and you can pick the dates on which you want to work.
Food will be provided as well as a uniform that you will be able to keep after the event. You will also receive an official letter of thanks for your volunteer work, which you can use as reference for future employers.
Fill out the form to get more information and materials about the Championship and request accreditation.
Please be informed that all the visitors of the 2016 FIDE World Chess Championship including accredited members of the press shall comply with 2016 FIDE World Chess Championship Visitor Rules.
Please note that in accordance with the Rules it is forbidden to communicate to third parties outside of the event’s venue information about the moves of any event’s chess game during such game without a written permission of the event’s Organizer.
This publication shall serve in lieu of the written permission of the Organizer to perform photo-shooting and video-recording of the event for accredited members of the press. World Chess Events Limited reserves the right to revoke such permission in case you lose accreditation for any reason and/or breach any provision of Visitor Rules.
Only photographers and camera crew expressly authorized by the Press Officer may work in the playing venue.
In the 1990s, a fight between Garry Kasparov, the World Champion, and the World Chess Federation led to a split in the chess world and, ultimately, competing claims for the title.
Over six years and five matches, Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov waged the greatest struggle ever for the World Championship.
In the 1970s and early 1980s, a series of matches between Anatoly Karpov and Viktor Korchnoi for the World Championship was stoked by their intense dislike for each other.
With the end of the reign of Mikhail Botvinnik, a new generation took over. For a while, the Soviets continued to dominate, but the rise of an American threatened their hegemony.
In the period immediately following World War II, the title was controlled by Mikhail Botvinnik — a reflection of both his ability and a re-match clause that favored the defending champion.
The death of Alexander Alekhine, the reigning titleholder, created a vacuum filled by the World Chess Federation. But it is was not without fighting and controversy.
The inter-war period was dominated by two champions: José Raúl Capablanca and Alexander Alekhine
The first World Champion controlled the terms and conditions under which other players could challenge for the title. The second World Champion used this prerogative to evade his most dangerous rivals and control the title for 27 years.
For most of the history of chess, there was no official world champion. Wilhelm Steinitz changed that, but it was not easy.
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