Baku Final Tiebreaks: Watch it live on Playchess!

by Frederic Friedel
10/5/2015 – He won the first two games (of four) in the World Cup final. Then Peter Svidler blundered in game three and was outplayed by Sergey Karjakin in game four. Today, with the scores even, are the tiebreaks rapid and blitz games. You can watch the action live on Playchess – or right here in your browser (or on your tablet or smart phone). You can even start an engine and chat.

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World Cup

10th September – 5th October

Baku, Azerbaijan


Watch it live on Playchess!

Clicking on the above link will take you to our live broadcast of the World Cup in Baku. If the game has not yet started you will see the previous two games:

Note that the broadcast page is "responsive", which means it adjusts itself to the device you are using. This is what it may look like on your smart phone:

On top of the window there are a number of buttons:

For instance you can start a chess engine to analyse the moves that are played ("Receiving Moves" tells you that you are in a live broadcast). If there is a long thinking pause you can click "Kibitz Blitz" which will add a board to the window and display the strongest blitz game that is currently being played on the Playchess server. "Listen to radio" will, at some stage soon, broadcast the live audio from our full Playchess video coverage. And "Boards" allows you to configure the screen to your liking. Here's an example:

This is "Cristals" style, with a Kibitz Blitz board (top right) added

You will probably have noticed that the little red tab at the bottom right of the board shows you which side is on the move, and that the bar to the right of the board indicates the evaluation of the strongest computers around the world who are analysing the moves as they are played (the "Let's Check" function in Playchess). Clicking (or tapping) a board will switch the focus (notation and engines) to it.

Here's a really neat function: you can switch languages and select one of the 25 that are currently available (any wagers when that will increase to 100?).

This is game four ready to start – in Arabic!

"Statistics" gives you an idea of the current activity on Playchess:

Note that you can also generally access the Playchess browser app by clicking on on our main news page. This takes you to the start screen where you can watch live games, or actually play against other visitors.

Final results

Player Rtg
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 G10 G11
Peter Svidler (RUS) 2727
Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 2762

Photos and information from the official website and their Facebook page


The games are being broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 13 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.

Editor-in-Chief emeritus of the ChessBase News page. Studied Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Hamburg and Oxford, graduating with a thesis on speech act theory and moral language. He started a university career but switched to science journalism, producing documentaries for German TV. In 1986 he co-founded ChessBase.


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