Carlsen and Karjakin Head to Tiebreak on Wednesday

avd54813 Carlsen and Karjakin, Photo Max Avdeev
After a short round on Monday, World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Sergei Karjakin head to a dramatic rapid tiebreak final for the World Championship on Wednesday. At 2 PM EST, they will begin the contest with 4 rapid games at G/25+ 10 second increment. If the match is still split 2-2, the title will be determined by a set of 5+3 second blitz games, a second set if needed, and finally, Armageddon if the blitz fails to produce a Champion.

[Event "Carlsen-Karjakin World Chess Championshi"]
[Date "2016.11.28"]
[White "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Black "Karjakin, Sergey"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2853"]
[BlackElo "2772"]
[PlyCount "60"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "Norway"]
[BlackTeam "Russia"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "NOR"]
[BlackTeamCountry "RUS"]
[WhiteClock "1:44:03"]
[BlackClock "1:30:50"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1 Nxe5
8. Rxe5 O-O 9. d4 Bf6 10. Re1 Re8 11. Bf4 Rxe1 12. Qxe1 Ne8 13. c3 d5 14. Bd3
g6 15. Na3 c6 16. Nc2 Ng7 17. Qd2 Bf5 18. Bxf5 Nxf5 19. Ne3 Nxe3 20. Qxe3 Qe7
21. Qxe7 Bxe7 22. Re1 Bf8 23. Kf1 f6 24. g4 Kf7 25. h3 Re8 26. Rxe8 Kxe8 27.
Ke2 Kd7 28. Kd3 Ke6 29. a4 a6 30. f3 Be7 1/2-1/2[/pgn]
The chess community reacted strongly to both the surprisingly quick draw, and in anticipation of Wednesday's showdown.  
avd54996 Magnus and Henrik Carlsen, Photo Max Avdeev
Our reporter on site GM Cristian Chirila will be covering the tiebreak final both for this site and will also be updating for our social media accounts. Follow along at and 


In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

I read the tiebreak after the 4-game rapid match will be up to five blitz 2-game matches, and then an armageddon game. Possibly 15 games tomorrow.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

They have championships for quick chess and blitz chess to prove who is the best . I thought this championship was about who the classic or real chess champion is supposed to be . This should have been a 24 game classic chess championship . Like they used to play ( tougher people ).

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

In my opinion the World Championship match ended in a draw. All we learned from it's conclusion was who the better quick chess player was, and even that very inconclusively due to a very limited number of quick chess games played. In my humble opinion ending a world championship match in this way was a disgrace. Lets be honest, we never got a winner. At the very least additional games should have been played under normal conditions until the tie was broken. Only then would we have a champion. Now we will never know. Very sad.

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