World Championship 2016 in New York confirmed

8/9/2016 – For a couple of months now the meme has been that the 2016 World Championship is not, as originally stated, going to be staged in New York, but moved to Moscow. Not true. AGON, is the official partner of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and owner the World Chess brand as well as commercial rights holder to the FIDE World Chess Championship cycle, has now definitely announced that it will take place from November 11th to 30th in the Fulton Market Building, a five minute walk from Wall Street. Press release.

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FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2016
to be held at the iconic Seaport District

Press release [Click on all images to enlarge!]

NEW YORK, 9 August 2016: The FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2016 is to take place at the Seaport District in Manhattan, New York.

The three week long Championship Match, to be held from November 11th to 30th, will be contested by 25-year-old reigning champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and his challenger, 26-year-old Sergey Karjakin of Russia.

The Match arena will be built within the Fulton Market Building, a five minute walk from Wall Street, and will also feature dedicated spectator and VIP lounges with panoramic views of the Brooklyn Bridge as well as retail space, a restaurant, TV studios and much more.

Ilya Merenzon, Chief Executive of Agon Limited, owner of World Chess and the commercial rights holder to the FIDE Chess Championship cycle, said: “We are thrilled to hold the Championship in such a fantastic venue – a location that befits the status of chess as one of the world’s fastest growing sports both in terms of participation and commercial appeal.

“This is going to be the first Championship Match contested by two Grandmasters of the smartphone generation – a battle of two of the finest minds on the planet – and witnessed and enjoyed by countless chess fans who play the game online everyday.”

Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York, said: “I and all New Yorkers welcome the World Chess Championship back to New York City. What better place to be than the city where parks are often populated by chess enthusiasts.”

Agon Limited today also announced a partnership with CAA Premium Experience, which will exclusively present and promote a range of stunning hospitality packages during the Championship.

The partnership of CAA Premium Experience will ensure the Match offers an unprecedented experience for VIPs and corporate brand partners. The Championship program will include VIP opening and closing galas as well as a number of other supporting events throughout New York.

Alan Baum of CAA Premium Experience said: "We are very much looking forward to being an integral part of bringing the World Chess Championship Match to New York City. The World Chess Championship provides us with a unique and exclusive platform through which we will be able to deliver our customers and fans of chess from all over the globe an unparalleled VIP hospitality experience.”

Celebrity fans of the sport include Jay Z, Kevin Spacey, Jude Law, Arnold Schwarzenegger and President Obama. Tobey Maguire recently produced and starred in a Hollywood film “Pawn Sacrifice” about the legendary 1972 Fischer-Spassky Championship match.

“They are all invited to attend”, added Merenzon.

Tickets to the Championship Match go on sale on August 17. Details of ticket pricing and booking will be made available soon. Anyone interested in attending the Championship match can register their interest at

The contest consists of 12 games, with every move avidly followed and analyzed by a global audience of hundreds of millions of chess fans.

The last World Championship match, held in Sochi in Russia in 2014, enjoyed record-breaking coverage with the total audience for the whole event topping 1.2 billion people.

FIDE and Agon Limited will provide a live broadcast of the Match through it’s website.

Chess is enjoying increased popularity around the world and is the only game that is pre-downloaded on nearly every new smartphone. Hundreds of millions of games are played over the internet every week and in the US more people play chess regularly than golf, according to YouGov, the respected polling organization.

The Championship Match will have a prize fund of over one million euros.
Profiles of the players are available at

About the Seaport District NYC

The Seaport District, New York City’s oldest new neighborhood, is located on the East River in Lower Manhattan with unparalleled views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and the city’s iconic skyline. The rich history as New York’s original commercial hub and its storied waterfront location make the Seaport District one of New York City’s most unique settings.

Travel+Leisure recently named the Seaport the 22nd most visited tourist attraction in the world. The Seaport District is being revitalized by The Howard Hughes Corporation into a top destination in New York City for unique culinary, fashion, entertainment and cultural experiences. An essential part of New York for over 300 years, the re-envisioned Seaport District will continue to function as a much-needed community anchor for the rapidly growing population of Lower Manhattan.

About CAA Premium Experience

Formed in 2015, CAA Premium Experience is a best-in-class, full-service hospitality, event management, and marketing practice with more than 50 employees working with Fortune 500 companies across hundreds of global sports and entertainment events annually. The company combines the creativity, innovation, and state-of-the-art client service of the world’s most accomplished corporate hospitality executives and organizations with CAA’s unmatched resources and relationships within entertainment, sports, and pop culture to deliver full-service hospitality, event management, and world-class VIP experiences for customers globally.

Source: FIDE/World Chess

An Historic Site for the World Championship Match

The last time a World Championship was held in New York City was in 1995, when Garry Kasparov played Viswanathan Anand on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center. Though the venue has been announced, the sponsors have not. They are expected to roll out their announcements in the coming weeks.

A rendering of the VIP lounge, next to the water

In addition to announcing the venue, Agon also unveiled its plans for how it will use the site. It will occupy 3,000 square feet on the second floor of the market and build an enclosed, sound-proof area for the players. There will be ample room for spectators and also a VIP lounge with a view of the playing area. There will be an area for commentators and a coffee shop.

A rendering of the playing area for the players. They will be in a sound-proof glass enclosure

A rendering of the VIP lounge with a view of the playing area

The South Street Seaport is one of the oldest parts of New York City. Parts of its streets are still lined with cobblestones — ballast that was used in merchant ships crossing the ocean between Europe and the New World.

A view of the seaport, possibly from the late 19th century

The Fulton Market was for nearly 200 years the site of the city’s fish market. At its peak, the market was the second-largest in the world (after Tokyo), supplying 400,000 pounds of fish a day to restaurants and fish markets up-and-down the East Coast. In 2005, the market moved to Hunt’s Point in the Bronx and renovations began on changing the market into an upscale dining and entertainment complex.

More information about the match, including how to buy tickets, is on the official Web site.

World Championship 2016 Schedule

Date Day Event
Nov. 10 Thursday Opening Ceremony
Nov. 11 Friday Game 1
Nov. 12 Saturday Game 2
Nov. 13 Sunday Rest Day
Nov.r 14 Monday Game 3
Nov.r 15 Tuesday Game 4
Nov. 16 Wednesday Rest Day
Nov. 17 Thursday Game 5
Nov. 18 Friday Game 6
Nov. 19 Saturday Rest Day
Nov. 20 Sunday Game 7
Nov. 21 Monday Game 8
Nov. 22 Tuesday Rest Day
Nov. 23 Wednesday Game 9
Nov. 24 Thursday Game 10
Nov. 25 Friday Rest Day
Nov. 26 Saturday Game 11
Nov. 27 Sunday Rest Day
Nov. 28 Monday Game 12
Nov. 29 Tuesday Rest Day
Nov. 30 Wednesday Tiebreaks/closing

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Chessspawnvt Chessspawnvt 8/11/2016 03:46
There are some potential flies in the ointment. The building is apparently not yet open. It reportedly has two tenants at the moment, iPic and The Tuck Tavern. iPic has just announced that it will open on 10/6 or 10/7 depending on the source one goes to. The Tuck Tavern has no announced opening date at present on its web site. It's not clear from the computer generated renderings provided by AGON, Ltd. whether the match is to be held in the iPic area of the building or in the tavern area. Attempts to obtain current real photos of the building site have proved unsuccessful, but continue. I'm not making travel plans to NYC just yet. If the venue isn't ready in time, my suggestion is to move the match to The White Horse Tavern using the table at which Dylan Thomas drank himself to death. It will be just like the days of my youth at Café de la Régence.
Aighearach Aighearach 8/10/2016 03:06
March in the park you could get snowed on, or an inch of freezing rain. It's New York, not San Diego. "In the park" would mean, "inside a tent." Or, inside a small venue surrounded by crime-infested semi-wilderness.

This is a great choice of location. This is a good location for the players, because every day is a big VIP day for the venue and they can handle it smoothly. It is good for tourists, there is lots of stuff near there. And it is good for chess fans in New York, it is easy to get to and has safe transit stops.
Truffaut Truffaut 8/10/2016 03:02
Thank God they aren't playing in Trump Tower. Hopefully he will just be a bad memory in November.
Nltmsc Nltmsc 8/9/2016 07:06
It reads in the article itself:

The Championship Match will have a prize fund of over one million euros.
mcplayerus mcplayerus 8/9/2016 04:16
Why don't they play in the park ? It's better than a market anyway!
fightingchess fightingchess 8/9/2016 12:36
what is the prize money by the way?
fightingchess fightingchess 8/9/2016 12:34
seems nice. lets wait for players reaction.