When people across the world are busy in arguing over which player is going to come in and go out before the upcoming transfer season, the real-time action is taking place in New York where the World Chess Championship 2016 is heading towards a nail-biting finish. Defending champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Sergey Karjakin is set for a final showdown with the biggest crown in the world of chess at stake.
The final of World Chess Championship began with a promise of some scintillating display of chess. While Magnus Carlsen has been the defending champion since 2013 and Sergey Karjakin has got a good history behind him. He has won the Candidates Tournament 2016 to set up a date with Carlsen in the World Chess Championship 2016. He also won the World Rapid Chess Championship in the year 2012 and the Chess World Cup in 2015. So his background quite clearly makes him a worthy opponent of Carlsen who has been absolutely flawless over the years.
World Chess Championship 2016: As of Now
The World Chess Championship began in a somewhat drab manner as all the first 7 games ending in draws. The points table read 3.5-3.5 as both players got .5 points for each draw. But since the seventh, the 12-legged encounter has gained real momentum with Karjakin drawing first blood. He seized one of the three opportunities to counter attack and finally dealt Carlsen with a major blow. Before that Karjakin survived a close call when he avoided a straight defeat by being timed out with just 10 seconds left to be ticking. But in the end his attacking display earned him a crucial lead as the score at that moment read 4.5-3.5 in favour of the Russian.
Pressure started mounting on the Norwegian Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen as he was somewhat forced to play an attacking game. And guess what, Carlsen is back on level terms with the youngster from Russia. The tenth game took 6 hours and 30 minutes to complete with the winning move from Carlsen coming on the 75th move. After the win, Carlsen was clearly found to be breathing a sigh of relief as it would have been even tougher had the encounter gone further ahead with Karjakin in the lead. The score now stands at 5 points each.
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As things stand now, it is getting really exciting in New York where the World Chess Championship 2016 is currently going on. Game 11 and Game 12 are scheduled to be held on Saturday and Monday respectively. The first to reach 6.5 points will be crowned as the winner of the World Chess Championship. And if the situation arises that the two contenders are tied, then there will be a rapid fire match between the two which will finally determine the winner. The winner will be awarded 600,000 Euros, which is equivalent to $636,000.
World Chess Championship 2016: Live Updates
The encounter is currently locked at 6 points each and the tie-breaker is scheduled to take place on November 30. The tie-breaker is going to be four rapid fire encounters where the players would be getting 25 minutes each and failing to complete the moves within the stipulated time will award the opponent the World Chess Championship 2016. And even if the deadlock is not broken the match will be decided by the “Armageddon Game”.
What will happen finally in the World Chess Championship 2016 is subject to all sorts of speculation. But one thing can be said that both Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin are set to give the world a new rivalry and that can be said irrespective of what happens in this particular encounter. And for the time being, we need to keep our patience on hold in order to know who is going to clinch the World Chess Championship 2016 title.