Breaking: Singapore to host the World Championship 2024!

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7/1/2024 – The Singapore Chess Federation, supported by the Government of Singapore, has won the bid to host the FIDE World Championship Match 2024. The Match will feature the defending Champion Ding Liren from China and the Challenger Gukesh D from India, and will take place between November 20 and December 15, 2024. Press release.

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FIDE received three competitive applications for hosting the World Championship Match - from New Delhi (India), Chennai (India), and Singapore. After reviewing the bids and inspecting all potential host cities for their venues, amenities, event programs, and opportunities, the International Chess Federation has selected Singapore as the host of the World Championship Match.

“We are delighted that for the first time in the history of FIDE, a match for the World Championship will take place in Singapore. Not only is Singapore one of the most iconic global tourist and business hubs, but it is also a thriving chess center with great ambitions and talent,” FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich said.

“I would also like to thank the other bidders – New Delhi and Chennai. Both cities are renowned chess hubs with a rich history of hosting chess events, and we are confident we will see major chess events there in the future,” Dvorkovich continued.

“FIDE is genuinely happy to bring the FIDE World Championship Match to Singapore. Chess is not just a popular game and sport; it is often seen as the epitome of the human mind's ability to think strategically, to plan, and to foresee. Singapore embodies these same qualities. It's a great match for the great Match!” FIDE CEO Emil Sutovsky said. 

“We also expect multinational companies to seize an opportunity and join forces with FIDE and Singapore to make this event truly exceptional,” Sutovsky added.

Singapore’s bid was submitted on May 31, 2024, and the inspection of the venues took place on June 11 and 12. Four possible venues are being considered for the Match, and the final decision on the exact location will be announced in due course.

The Match, which boasts a sensational prize fund of 2.5 million USD, is set to take place between November 20 and December 15, 2024.

About the FIDE World Championship Match

The FIDE World Championship Match is one of the most important and widely watched chess events globally. Held every two years, it features the defending World Champion and the Challenger, chosen through a qualification process culminating in the Candidates Tournament, which includes eight of the world's top players.

The defending Champion is Ding Liren, who won the title after defeating Ian Nepomniachtchi in Astana, Kazakhstan, in April 2023 on tiebreaks. The Challenger is the 18-year-old Gukesh D from India, who won the Candidates Tournament in April 2024 in Toronto.

The World Championship Match will consist of 14 games. The player who scores 7.5 points or more wins the Match, and no further games are played. If the score is equal after 14 games, the winner is decided by a tiebreak.

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arzi arzi 7/4/2024 06:31
Yes lajosarpad, the future may be Gukesh but he needs to win at least this match first. A win, even if it was narrow, would boost Gukes' self-belief immensely. Because of that, he might try to prove his level in different other tournaments as well ... like Karpov back in the day, when he got his title without playing. At least I hope Gukesh wins. A young tiger from the lands of Anand.
lajosarpad lajosarpad 7/3/2024 10:06
arzi you are correct in what the situation is. I expressed my hope for what the future will be.
arzi arzi 7/2/2024 12:33
Unfortunately, lajosarpad, the latter is not going to happen. While I'm not Carlsen's number one fan, the future reigning World Champion should be just as convincing in multiple different chess formats as Carlsen. Ding is not so convincing and Gukesh is not enough strong even though he won the candidate tournament. Maybe Gukesh get stronger if he wins or lose all his confidence if lose the match. Who knows, we`ll see.
lajosarpad lajosarpad 7/2/2024 10:42
I hope that either of the two wins, he will do so by a large margin in a very convincing fashion and then will proceed to rule the chess events via merit and performance.
GR2 GR2 7/2/2024 06:55
At last a major chess event close to my timezone. No more sleepless nights.
karavamudan karavamudan 7/1/2024 05:43
Gukesh actually speaks Telugu while Ding speaks chess
Frederic Frederic 7/1/2024 05:19
The four languages of Singapore are English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. Guess who speaks Chinese, and who speaks Tamil.
BonaFides BonaFides 7/1/2024 03:46
Congratulations to Kevin and the team for bringing the world championship to Singapore!