World Championship 2018 - Closing Ceremony LIVE

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11/28/2018 – The moment we've all been waiting for! Live games (for Premium members) from the 2018 World Championship match in London. Every two games will be followed by a rest day until Game 12 (if necessary) on November 26th which will be preceded by an additional rest day. All rounds start at 15:00 UT (London time) / 16:00 CEST / 10:00 EST. If needed there would be a rapid tiebreak match on Wednesday, November 28th. | Photos: Patricia Claros

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Closing ceremony

Magnus Carlsen won the tiebreak match 3-0 to reclaim the World Championship title. Here the players receive their awards:

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Friday 09.11.2018 Game 1 Yannick Pelletier / Jan-Krzysztof Duda
Saturday 10.11.2018 Game 2 Yannick Pelletier / Jan-Krzysztof Duda
Sunday 11.11.2018 Rest day  
Monday 12.11.2018 Game 3 Yannick Pelletier / Jan-Krzysztof Duda
Tuesday 13.11.2018 Game 4 Yannick Pelletier / Michael Adams
Wednesday 14.11.2018 Rest day  
Thursday 15.11.2018 Game 5 Yannick Pelletier / Aryan Tari
Friday 16.11.2018 Game 6 Lawrence Trent / Efstratios Grivas
Saturday 17.11.2018 Rest day  
Sunday 18.11.2018 Game 7 Yannick Pelletier / Daniel Fernandez
Monday 19.11.2018 Game 8 Yannick Pelletier / Wesley So
Tuesday 20.11.2018 Rest day  
Wednesday 21.11.2018 Game 9 Erwin l'Ami / David Navara
Thursday 22.11.2018 Game 10 Erwin l'Ami / Sam Shankland
Friday 23.11.2018 Rest day  
Saturday 24.11.2018 Game 11 Lawrence Trent / Boris Gelfand
Sunday 25.11.2018 Rest day  
Monday 26.11.2018 Game 12 Erwin l'Ami / Wesley So
Tuesday 27.11.2018 Rest day  
Wednesday 28.11.2018 Tiebreak Yannick Pelletier / Daniel Fernandez


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jsaldea12 jsaldea12 11/20/2018 08:52
This added format,( in case of draw after classical 12 rounds,) of playoff of specifically, two rapid chess, in case of draws, two blitz games, and if draw, two bullets games and if draw, Carlsen remains the champ. The present format in case of draws after 12 classical rounds, Carlsen claims outright the crown without winning a game?? So let there be playoff . This added format of rapid, blitz, bullet chess is becoming fashionable, the high water trend of this fast time that tests the quickness, the alertness of the mind of the players. Nakamura is smiling in this added format but there was a time that he lost to Caruanas!! In this game. Carlsen has advantage in this added format? but that remains to be seen. This added format is just in case the match is classically drawn. ..just a forsight.
Wallac Wallac 11/20/2018 06:06
For the record as i didn't mention in my previous post. I favor Carlsen.
Wallac Wallac 11/20/2018 03:57
I believe also that if all twelve games end in a tie, then the title stays with the current champion. Blitz, rapid, etc, is no way to determine a chess battle in its true form.
I do agree to some point with "romualdo" in that it seems the players are not playing "death chess"
however chess in its pure form is a draw, with no mistakes,no blunders, etc. The players may be playing a little safe, but under the current rules it seems to guide them that way. Carlsen and Caruana are so closely matched that both know that one mistake could be fatal. (they are not computers) and that in itself leads to drawish play. If anything Caruana should be taking the biggest risk, he loses nothing really and is defending nothing. Just my thoughts
Raymond Labelle Raymond Labelle 11/20/2018 02:13
Many draws (the majority of them) of this match were hard-fought draws and interesting games. The higher and the more equal the players, the higher the probability of a draw. Is that worst than a decisive game by stupid blunder? Does the fact that a player did not see the trap of his opponent makes that game a better game than if he would have seen it and drew?

Whether a game ends in a draw or in a decisive result is an irrelevant criterion for determining the quality of a game.
Raymond Labelle Raymond Labelle 11/20/2018 02:13
To jsaldea12. Playoff almost as you described, except that the final tiebreak is a single game of Armageddon and not bullet chess (the rapids and blitz, if necessary, are mini-matches). Armageddon necessarily has a winner. Black has less time than White, but if the game ends in a draw, Black wins. I forget the exact times, but it is shorter than blitz, but longer than bullet. Something like 4 minutes for White and three minutes for Black. Not sure for the incrementation, if any.
jsaldea12 jsaldea12 11/20/2018 01:33
Clarification: If after the 12 rounds ended in draw, playoff: rapid , if rapid chess ends in draw, then blitz, if blitz ends in draw, then bullet chess, if it ends in draw, then legand Carlsen retains the crown.,
jsaldea12 jsaldea12 11/20/2018 12:38
Is it not the format after the 12 rounds ends in draw, Carlsen retains its crown? How about adding to the format, rapid, blitz, bullet games, and after this format, if it is still a draw, Carlsen will retain its crown.
romualdo romualdo 11/19/2018 11:06
It is sad. We expect a great match with both players with blood in their eyes and what we see are to chickens afraid to fight running the match to a bar blitz tye break. Hope Fide change the rules for next match for the world title an imposes that in case a match gets draw in the end the current champions keeps his crown. Be in a final match should be a honor, but playing it like this to get it decided in rapid games or worst in blitz games is a shame and bad service to become chess a popular game. It is like both players repeating the moves from a book over the board to get a safe position up to the draw. I am not wasting my time any more with this match. If there are people paying to see the live games is a waste of money too.
canorodo canorodo 11/19/2018 12:47
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jsaldea12 jsaldea12 11/19/2018 12:55
This is surprising. Caruana has been taking the initiative to rumble, instead of Carlsen. Just make sure, it is calculated risk. What will happened if the match after 12 rounds ended in draw.? Will there be rapid, blitz, bullet games?
qiqiangzhu qiqiangzhu 11/18/2018 07:56
I expect the tie will go on until 12th match.
roberthv12 roberthv12 11/16/2018 08:03
where can i watch yasser seirawan and maurice ashley?
Mr TambourineMan Mr TambourineMan 11/14/2018 01:31
A true gentleman would say it was a mistake but I will not look at your opening analyzes, it's not the way I want to win or look at myself.
jsaldea12 jsaldea12 11/14/2018 12:26
The fomat would have been, instead of draws 4 now), playoff every round of draw, re rapid, blitz, bullets...would very substantially eliminate draws.
DiegoMastrangelo DiegoMastrangelo 11/13/2018 10:23
Hello, I only created an account to be able to tell you that I loved the explanation of game three. I was wondering why they had stopped there, since the remaining pawn of Caruana could be won, and then the explanation was so easy!! So thank you very much for that!
macauley macauley 11/12/2018 04:35
@Alexandru27 @MicroTone - I honestly didn't think it was unclear: is the only place to watch the live English video online and it would make no sense to offer for 5 euro what they charge for 20, especially since we are also offering a 25% discount. But as soon as we realised the confusion of both having "premium" in the name, we clarified it. And of course you will receive a reply from our Support staff. FWIW there are a lot of things you can do with your ChessBase Premium account which you can read about here: Thanks.
Daniel Miller Daniel Miller 11/11/2018 12:34
The fact is that Fabiano will not press in better endgame positions he feels should be drawn with best play, but Magnus will. This says a lot about their character. I believe Magnus will and should win the match. Fabiano had nearly a full point advantage in the rook endgame today, played second best moves quickly, then offered a draw. Not a single one of the 16 classical world champions would have done that. That is why Fabiano doesn't deserve to be number 17. Magnus, if the roles were reversed, would have taken his time and tortured Fabiano for 50 more moves . After Kg2? e5! the position was -/+
Alexandru27 Alexandru27 11/10/2018 09:30
Well that was my case too, yesterday morning I bought a premium only to be able to watch live video of players and Polgar commentary. That didn't happen on Chessbase and today when I read again the article I thought that I must have been in error yesterday, but, as MicroTone points it, it turns out not?
Such is life...5 euros is no big deal, but I hope Chessbase will be more attentive in the future and not advertise something which is not real.
amosburn amosburn 11/10/2018 08:23
Extremely misleading!! One should not need to "read the small print"
MicroTone MicroTone 11/10/2018 05:46
Originally, this webpage stated

"Premium Subscription Includes: ... Exclusive Live Video from the World Chess Championship, Commentary by GM Judit Polgar, IM Anna Rudolf as well as other guests, Multi-camera view",

as I quoted in my first post, below.

The text was not "World Chess Premium Subscription Includes: ...", as it is now. It was, at least, misleading since, some lines above, it is stated that "ChessBase Premium Membership gives you access to watch the live games".

It's good that this webpage was edited to reflect that official commentary is not included. However, I only got a Chessbase premium membership because, originally, it was advertised that it would include the Championship coverage I wanted.

Can you please tell me how to request a refund? (I wrote the support team and they are not replying.)

Without the live video coverage, Chessbase does not offer me anything I'm not already getting in, so, right now, I don't need one. Furthermore, if I decide to support World Chess, I'll do it directly, because of the way this news item was originally designed.

macauley macauley 11/10/2018 04:01
@Miguel Ararat @MicroTone - The World Chess commentary subscription is independent of your ChessBase Account. ChessBase is only showing the live moves for ChessBase Premium accounts by agreement with World Chess. You can review the World Chess policy here: All questions regarding promo codes and the payment process for the World Chess subscription must be directed to World Chess. Thanks.
Alexandru27 Alexandru27 11/10/2018 07:56
@MicroTone: there is no Polgar commentary and live video of the playing hall that we can get only with a Premium Chessbase subscription. World Chess premium subscription include these.
It is stated on this article.
stumpy stumpy 11/10/2018 03:46
Tried to purchase on the world chess site several times today with the above promo code and the site is pure rubbish - not only do errors occur when inputting my card details the promo code fails to register.

I shall be checking my cards over the next few days for suspicious activity!
sokaspkarpov sokaspkarpov 11/10/2018 01:19

Very sad the match is not on Chessbase without prime! And a little bit stupid because you can look on other sites!
genem genem 11/10/2018 12:58
If you hover your mouse over the little camera view, the option to choose another "channel" appears.

The J.Polgar commentary is on one of the channels (maybe ch. 21?). But if you switch away from 21 to another camera angle, you loose the commentary.

Darn weird that I paied $25 at, but then come Nov/09 there is no link at I can click to see the live game. (Or if there was a link buried somewhere, I could not find it.) Instead, I had to access my email to dig out the link - which in my case is a pain on my little phone.
MicroTone MicroTone 11/10/2018 12:34
Hi Macauley,

Can you please tell me how to watch the multi-camera view and Polgar commentary from my Chessbase Premium Membership?

Thanks! :)
Miguel Ararat Miguel Ararat 11/9/2018 11:28
I have a premium account can you please post a link to access the videos and commentary from the London W Championship? Thanks
macauley macauley 11/9/2018 08:49
@ MicroTone - The World Chess Premium subscription does include video and commentary. @derekmccormack - Because of the World Chess commentary - however, we'll have daily video round-ups.
I see Oliver Reeh speaking in German.
Why no live English commentary?
MicroTone MicroTone 11/9/2018 07:51
Hi! How do I see the video and check the multi-camera view? This webpage says:

"Premium Subscription Includes: ... Exclusive Live Video from the World Chess Championship, Commentary by GM Judit Polgar, IM Anna Rudolf as well as other guests, Multi-camera view"