Widget for World Championship broadcast

11/11/2016 – As we reported previously, the World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin, which starts on Friday, will include a novel 360° Virtual Reality broadcast. The moves will be broadcast live, free of charge, with a widget on our news page, where readers can get full VR access for $15 – $99 for the entire event and 2017 events. The organisers have also created an interesting Chess Map of New York.

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The World Chess Championship Match 2016 in 360° Virtual Reality

The World Chess Championship Match is to be broadcast live in 360° Virtual Reality, a global first for any sport. The VR broadcast of the Match, which will take place between Magnus Carlsen of Norway and his challenger Sergey Karjakin of Russia, will be exclusively available through Worldchess.com.


The widget on the left half of the page above will turn into a free live broadcast board once the match starts. At the moment it can be used to upgrade to Virtual Reality packages ($15 – $99 for the entire event).

Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin during the Thursday press conference in New York

Wow! That's what you say when you see the Virtual Reality broadcast in action...

... as Magnus could also confirm [press conference images by Albert Silver]

Chess Map of New York

World Chess and FIDE have unveiled a chess map of New York to mark the start of the World Chess Championship Match in the city. The map is part of a merchandising programme surrounding the event, which will take place from November 11 to 30.

"From World Championships to street hustlers, New York City has it all when it comes to chess," write the organisers. "We’ve produced a map that shows some of the highlights. The location of the first games ever played in a World Championship match; the spots where people can get a street game; and places where people can buy equipment. Best of all, the map is free. It can be downloaded here."

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genem genem 11/11/2016 09:56
Oops, I eventually DID see the cameras on my PC laptop screen. Good.
genem genem 11/11/2016 09:40
Thanks @rooster85, because Google Play store search is low quality, weak filtering.
I paid the $15. The three cameras we can choose from are good, but frustrating that none of the three shows the chess board well enough that we can reconstruct the current position at home. They should raise the centered Cam much higher and have it look down.
Another disappointment is that I am forced to watch the cams on my tiny phone screen, when I would much rather watch on my big PC laptop screen.
Interesting that WorldChess.com website displays computer analysis moves in the same Colorized Figurine Standard Algebraic Notation (CFSAN) that was pioneered in the "book" titled My 61 Memorable Games by not you know who.
rooster85 rooster85 11/11/2016 02:35
talll13: Asim Pereira found it: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.astroshock.worldchess
talll13 talll13 11/11/2016 12:48
Still don't get it how this thing works. I 've purchased the starter ticket and i did't get any app or something. Neither any instructions how to watch the broadcast or something. Can anyone help?!