Carlsen and Karjakin Head to Tiebreak on Wednesday


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.

The chess community reacted strongly to both the surprisingly quick draw, and in anticipation of Wednesday’s showdown.



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 


  1. 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.

  2. 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 ).

  3. 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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