International 2016


FIDE World Championship Match, New York City, 11th - 30th November 2016












Photo from http://nyc2016.fide.com/

6th November 2016 - The World Chess Championship Match 2016, held from 11 to 30 November, will be contested by 25 year old reigning champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and his challenger, 26 year old Sergey Karjakin of Russia.

The contest consists of 12 games. To win, a player must reach a score of 6.5 points. If the scores are tied after 12 games, rapid chess (4 games), then blitz chess (five 2-game matches), and possibly an Armageddon game will be used until the tie is broken (Regulation 3.7).

FIDE and Agon Limited will provide an exclusive live broadcast of the Match through its worldchess.com website.

This will be the third time that Magnus Carlsen is playing for the title, but the first time against an opponent other than Viswanathan Anand.

Carlsen beat Viswanathan Anand to become the World Champion in 2013.

In the 2014 Candidates tournament Sergey Karjakin could not overtake Viswanathan Anand to earn the right to play Carlsen for the World Championship. Carlsen successfully defended his World title against Anand later in 2014.

In October 2015, Karjakin won the World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, by defeating Peter Svidler, also of Russia. After the match Karjakin commented "First of all I can say about todayís match that completely anything could happen. He could win, I could win. It was just an almost random match. Still, of course Iím very happy to win this event. This is probably my best result in my life, so Iím just very happy and Iím looking forward to the Candidates Tournament." The final was over four standard time control games (Karjakin 0, 0, 1, 1), two 25 minutes rapid (Karjakin 1, 0), two 10 minutes rapid (Karjakin 0, 1), and two blitz (Karjakin 1, 1).

In March 2016, Karjakin won the 2016 Candidates Tournament in Moscow and qualified to contend for the title of World Chess Champion against Magnus Carlsen. He defeated American GM Fabiano Caruana in the last round of the tournament to finish with 8.5 out of 14, one point ahead of Caruana and Anand.

Head to head:
Magnus Carlsen born 30/11/1990, IM January 2003, GM April 2004, standard rating 2853, rapid 2894, blitz 2873, rank 1.
Sergey Karjakin born 12/01/1990, IM December 2001, GM August 2002, standard rating 2772, rapid 2818, blitz 2800, rank 11.

The first tiebreaker will be a series of four rapid chess games in which each player will have 25 minutes to start and have 10 seconds added to their time after each more. If, after the four games, the score is still tied, then the players will proceed to the second tiebreaker.

The second tiebreaker will be two blitz games, in which each player starts with five minutes and has three seconds added to his time after each move.

If the score is still tied after the two blitz games, they will then play another set of two blitz games. If the score continues to be tied, they will play blitz games up until they have played a total of five sets of two.

If the score is still tied, they will play an Armageddon game for the title. The players will draw lots to see who has the choice of color. In the Armageddon game, one player will have White and start with five minutes, the player with Black will have only four. Neither player will receive more time unless the game goes 60 moves, at which point each will begin to receive three seconds after each move. The player with White will have to win in order to win the title; the player with Black only needs to draw in order to be declared the winner.

Games normally start 2 p.m. New York time, which is 8 a.m. NZ time.
Schedule:

Game 1 Friday 11/11/2016 M Carlsen vs S Karjakin 1/2-1/2 Score Carlsen 0.5 Karjakin 0.5
A45 Trompovsky Attack

Game 2 Saturday 12/11/2016 S Karjakin vs M Carlsen 1/2-1/2 Score Carlsen 1.0 Karjakin 1.0
C78 Ruy Lopez, Closed Defence, Martinez Variation

Sunday 13th
Rest Day

Game 3 Monday 14/11/2016 M Carlsen vs S Karjakin 1/2-1/2 Score Carlsen 1.5 Karjakin 1.5
C67 Ruy Lopez, Open Berlin Defence

Game 4 Tuesday 15/11/2016 S Karjakin vs M Carlsen 1/2-1/2 Score Carlsen 2.0 Karjakin 2.0
C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed Defence

Wednesday 16th
Rest Day

Game 5 Thursday 17/11/2016 M Carlsen vs S Karjakin 1/2-1/2 Score Carlsen 2.5 Karjakin 2.5
C50 Giuoco Piano

Game 6 Friday 18/11/2016 S Karjakin vs M Carlsen 1/2-1/2 Score Carlsen 3.0 Karjakin 3.0
C88 Ruy Lopez, Anti-Marshall

Saturday 19th
Rest Day

Game 7 Sunday 20/11/2016 S Karjakin vs M Carlsen 1/2-1/2 Score Carlsen 3.5 Karjakin 3.5
D15 Slav Defence, Chameleon Variation

Game 8 Monday 21/11/2016 M Carlsen vs S Karjakin 0-1 Score Carlsen 3.5 Karjakin 4.5
D05 Queen's Pawn Game, Rubinstein Variation

Tuesday 22nd
Rest Day

Game 9 Wednesday 23/11/2016 S Karjakin vs M Carlsen 1/2-1/2 Score Carlsen 4.0 Karjakin 5.0
C78 Ruy Lopez, Modern Archangel Defence

Game 10 Thursday 24/11/2016 M Carlsen vs S Karjakin 1-0 Score Carlsen 5.0 Karjakin 5.0
C65 Ruy Lopez, Closed Berlin Defence

Friday 25th
Rest Day

Game 11 Saturday 26/11/2016 S Karjakin vs M Carlsen 1/2-1/2 Score Carlsen 5.5 Karjakin 5.5
C78 Ruy Lopez, Closed Defence, Martinez Variation

Sunday 27th
Rest Day

Game 12 Monday 28/11/2016 M Carlsen vs S Karjakin 1/2-1/2 Score Carlsen 6.0 Karjakin 6.0
C67 Ruy Lopez, Open Berlin Defence

Tuesday 29th
Rest Day

Wednesday 30th
Tie Breaks

Game 13 Wednesday 30/11/2016 S Karjakin vs M Carlsen 1/2-1/2 Score Carlsen 6.5 Karjakin 6.5
C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed Defence

Game 14 Wednesday 30/11/2016 M Carlsen vs S Karjakin 1/2-1/2 Score Carlsen 7.0 Karjakin 7.0
C50 Giuoco Piano

Game 15 Wednesday 30/11/2016 S Karjakin vs M Carlsen 0-1 Score Carlsen 8.0 Karjakin 7.0
C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed Defence

Game 16 Wednesday 30/11/2016 M Carlsen vs S Karjakin 1-0 Score Carlsen 9.0 Karjakin 7.0
B54 Sicilian Defence, Prins Variation





French Team Championships 28th May - 7 June 2016

5th June 2016 - An unbelievable game from the French Team Championship on 28/05/16 between GM Alexandr Fier 2624 and GM David Navara 2735. Alexandr is from Brazil, and was in the last NZ Open so will be known to a lot of you. David Navara is a super GM from the Czech Republic. Also in the tournament were other strong overseas players who were at our NZ Open: GM Matthieu Cornette 2583 and Alexandr's wife WGM Nino Maisuradze 2263, both representing France. Photo of Alexandr from http://drancy2016.ffechecs.org/










Bullet proof pieces
28/05/2016 A Fier vs D Navara 1/2-1/2

You can follow them at French Team Championship Drancy, France 2016.





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