Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi: Nepomniachtchi starts with White

by ChessBase
11/25/2021 – Wednesday afternoon the World Chess Championship between Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi in Dubai began with a press conference. In the evening, the opening ceremony followed and the colours were drawn. In the first game, that starts Friday, 26 November, 16:30 local time (13:30 CET, 7:30 ET, 12:30 UTC) challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi has White. | Photos: FIDE

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After the press conference with players and officials in the afternoon followed the ceremonial opening banquet in the evening at the venue of the World Chess Championship in Dubai. The ceremony, which was attended by many celebrities who are part of the chess family, also included the drawing of the colours.

World Champion Magnus Carlsen greets the hosts... does challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi

Vishy Anand and Judit Polgar with friends

Sergey Karjakin and Teimour Radjabov with accompaniment

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich with the winner's cup




Date Event
Wednesday 24 November Opening ceremony
Thursday 25 November Media day
Friday 26 November Game 1
Saturday 27 November Game 2
Sunday 28 November Game 3
Monday 29 November Rest day
Tuesday 30 November Game 4
Wednesday 1 December Game 5
Thursday 2 December Rest day
Friday 3 December Game 6
Saturday 4 December Game 7
Sunday 5 December Game 8
Monday 6 December Rest day
Tuesday 7 December Game 9
Wednesday 8 December Game 10
Thursday 9 December Rest day
Friday 10 December Game 11
Saturday 11 December Game 12
Sunday 12 December Game 13
Monday 13 December Rest day
Tuesday 14 December Game 14
Wednesday 15 December Tiebreak or closing ceremony
Thursday 16 December Closing ceremony in case of a tiebreak

All games start at 16:30 local time (12:30 UTC, 7:30 ET).


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