FIDE Chess World Championship 2021: Carlsen Vs. Nepomniachtchi

The 2020 FIDE World Championship of Chess match was postponed until 2021. It has now been announced for November 24-December 16, 2021, and will be held alongside the World Expo in Dubai, UAE.

The championship will be played between reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen and GM Ian Nepomniachtchi, who won the 2020 Candidates Tournament.

In this article, you will find all of the information that is known so far.


How To Watch On Chess.com

Chess.com acquired the rights and is an official broadcast partner. On our LIVE page, you’ll be able to follow the live moves with computer analysis, live chat, and video commentary by grandmasters and special guests. GM Fabiano Caruana is just one of the world-class commentators who will be joining the team for this event. Other experts joining the team include GM Robert Hess, IM Danny Rensch, and four-time world champion GM Hou Yifan.

2021 FIDE World Chess Championship Caruana Host

Daily news recaps will be posted on the Chess.com news pages with an in-depth grandmaster analysis of the games. Further recap videos will be published on YouTube with more GM analysis.

On Facebook and Twitter, we will provide the latest news, photos, rumors, and more from the world championship.

Players

Magnus Carlsen (Norway) is the reigning world champion, who will be defending his title. He is 30 years old and has held the title since 2013 when he defeated then world champion GM Viswanathan Anand of India.

Carlsen is known as one of the biggest chess talents that ever lived. He became a grandmaster at the age of 13 years, 4 months, and 27 days. He has won numerous tournaments and has been the world’s number one player continuously since 2011.

2021 FIDE World Chess Championship Carlsen

Carlsen’s challenger is Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia), the winner of the 2020/21 Candidates Tournament. The two-time Russian champion finished second in the 2019 FIDE Grand Prix, which qualified him for the Candidates Tournament that began in March of 2020 and concluded in April 2021. Nepomniachtchi won the tournament with a round to spare, finishing at 8.5/14. 

Final Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts
1   Ian Nepomniachtchi 2774 2849   ½½ 10 ½½ ½1 11 8.5/14
2   Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2767 2824   ½½ ½0 ½0 ½1 ½1 8.0/14
3   Anish Giri 2763 2799 ½½   ½1 ½1 ½0 10 ½1 7.5/14
4   Fabiano Caruana 2842 2789 ½½ ½1 ½0   ½½ ½1 7.5/14
5   Ding Liren 2805 2769 01 ½0   ½1 ½1 7.0/14
6   Alexander Grischuk 2777 2773 ½½ ½1 ½1 ½½ ½0   ½0 ½½ 7.0/14
7   Kirill Alekseenko 2698 2708 ½0 ½0 01 ½0 ½1   ½½ 5.5/14
8   Wang Hao 2762 2674 00 ½0 ½0 ½0 ½½ ½½   5.0/14

(Tiebreaks: 1. Mutual score, 2. Number of wins, 3. Sonneborn-Berger.)

Nepomniachtchi has had more success than most against Carlsen. Both were born in 1990 and they played three times in youth events from 2002-03, with Nepomniachtchi winning twice. He also defeated Carlsen at the 2011 Tata Steel tournament and the 2017 London Chess Classic. Nepomniachtchi’s overall score against Carlsen in classical time controls is +4 -1 =6.

2021 FIDE World Chess Championship Nepomniachtchi

Dates And Location

The match will be held November 24-December 16, 2021 alongside the Dubai World Expo. It was supposed to start on December 20, 2020, in Dubai, UAE but got postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The match was originally planned to be held alongside the Dubai Expo, which was postponed.

Schedule

Date Event Los Angeles New York London Paris Moscow Dubai New Delhi Beijing
Nov 24 Opening ceremony/technical meeting 8:00 11:00 16:00 17:00 19:00 20:00 21:30 00:00
Nov 25 Media day                
Nov 26 Game 1 4:30 7:30 12:30 13:30 15:30 16:30 18:00 20:30
Nov 27 Game 2 4:30 7:30 12:30 13:30 15:30 16:30 18:00 20:30
Nov 28 Game 3 4:30 7:30 12:30 13:30 15:30 16:30 18:00 20:30
Nov 29 Free day                
Nov 30 Game 4 4:30 7:30 12:30 13:30 15:30 16:30 18:00 20:30
Dec 1 Game 5 4:30 7:30 12:30 13:30 15:30 16:30 18:00 20:30
Dec 2 Free day                
Dec 3 Game 6 4:30 7:30 12:30 13:30 15:30 16:30 18:00 20:30
Dec 4 Game 7 4:30 7:30 12:30 13:30 15:30 16:30 18:00 20:30
Dec 5 Game 8 4:30 7:30 12:30 13:30 15:30 16:30 18:00 20:30
Dec 6 Free day                
Dec 7 Game 9 4:30 7:30 12:30 13:30 15:30 16:30 18:00 20:30
Dec 8 Game 10 4:30 7:30 12:30 13:30 15:30 16:30 18:00 20:30
Dec 9 Free day                
Dec 10 Game 11 4:30 7:30 12:30 13:30 15:30 16:30 18:00 20:30
Dec 11 Game 12 4:30 7:30 12:30 13:30 15:30 16:30 18:00 20:30
Dec 12 Game 13 4:30 7:30 12:30 13:30 15:30 16:30 18:00 20:30
Dec 13 Free day                
Dec 14 Game 14 4:30 7:30 12:30 13:30 15:30 16:30 18:00 20:30
Dec 15 Tiebreak or closing ceremony 4:30 7:30 12:30 13:30 15:30 16:30 18:00 20:30
Dec 16 Closing ceremony in case of a tiebreak 8:00 11:00 16:00 17:00 19:00 20:00 21:30 00:00

Prize Fund

The prize fund will be $2 million euros. The winner will earn 60 percent of the prize fund, and 40 percent will go to the runner-up. If the match ends in a tie after 14 games and a tiebreak will decide matters, the winner receives 55 percent and the runner-up 45 percent.

Before the start of the match, each player receives two hundred thousand euros as an upfront payment of his eventual prize money. If the match is played in the country of one of the players, then the foreign player receives one hundred thousand euros of the prize fund and the remaining prize money is shared as stated above.

Live Games

Chess.com will relay the games live on a special landing (to be announced) and provide a live video broadcast at Chess.com/TVTwitch.tv/chess, and Youtube.com/Chess where a team of grandmasters will bring you the latest insights, instructive explanation of the moves, interviews, behind the scenes and more.

After each game, you will find detailed news reports by our authors @MikeKlein@PeterDoggers, and our photographer Maria Emelianova (@PhotoChess, also known as MissLovaLova).