Carlsen-Nepomniachtchi World Chess Championship

The 2021 FIDE World Chess Championship is a 14-game match taking place in the Dubai Exhibition Centre in the United Arab Emirates from November 26 to December 15 between reigning Norwegian World Champion Magnus Carlsen and his Russian Challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi.


Live chess rating.        21 October 2021

Name Classic Rapid Blitz Age
Magnus Carlsen 2855.0 2842.0 2892.0 30
 Ian  Nepomniachtchi 2782.0 2798.0 2792.0 31


The first player to reach 7.5 points wins, while a 7:7 tie will be decided by a playoff. The prize fund is €2 million, split 60:40, or 55:45 if it goes to a playoff. No draw offers are allowed until after move 40.

Each player has 120 minutes for 40 moves, then 60 minutes for the next 20, then 15 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment starting only from move 61. A playoff will consist of four 25-minute games, with a 10-second increment from move 1. If still tied two 5+3 games are played, then up to four more such pairs of games. If still tied we get an Armageddon game, where White has 5 minutes to Black’s 4, but a draw counts as a win for Black. A 2-second increment is added only from move 61.


World Chess Championship 2021