The venue of the 2018 World Chess Championship has been announced

by Antonio Pereira
8/1/2018 – Shortly after the last round of the Biel Tournament was over, World Chess announced the venue for this year's most important chess event. The Carlsen-Caruana match will take place at The College in Holborn, Central London. The organizers also provided some information regarding the live broadcast of the games and the Premium packages that will be available. | Photos: Location House

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London it is

Some speculation was raised about the venue of this year's World Championship match when Fabiano Caruana won the Candidates. Some rumours started spreading regarding the possibility of the event taking place in Saint Louis. Now, a little over three months prior to the start of the match, World Chess has given a definitive answer: the match will take place in London.

The venue is The College, which according to its official website is "a spectacular building that measures 35,000 sq. ft over three floors, comprised of different sized and styled spaces. It has retained a great number of original features including authentic Victorian furnishings, marble reception areas, and a breath-taking glass-dome roof. It can be found on Southampton Row, a short distance from Holborn Station."

We added some of the pictures provided at the Location House website to our photo gallery.

The much-awaited match will be highly publicized especially in Norway and the United States, so it is good to see that the organization is taking matters seriously in terms of infrastructure. The online broadcast is the other key factor, and World Chess has already mentioned that there will be a Premium Subscription price for online followers, but it is not clear how the event will be broadcasted to the non-subscribers.

The press release  

Render of the playing hall at The College, Holborn | Photo: World Chess

We are very happy to announce The College, a breath-taking historic building in the heart of London as the venue for the FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018!

The 10,000-square foot space in Holborn will host 400 people each day to see Magnus Carlsen defend his world title against US challenger Fabiano Caruana. The much-anticipated match will be held in London from 9th to 28th November.

Ticket prices range from £45 to £100, with over 4,500 fans already registering for pre-order on TicketMaster and worldchess.com. All ticket holders will automatically receive premium digital access to the whole tournament and will be able to follow the games live as if they were in the room with the Grandmasters. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, August 3. 

We can't wait to see you in London! Also, you can follow the games live via worldchess.com and premium subscribers will have the best seats in the house with the opportunity to ask GMs questions during the press conferences, multi-camera view and more. 

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Antonio is a freelance writer and a philologist. He is mainly interested in the links between chess and culture, primarily literature. In chess games, he skews towards endgames and positional play.
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Offramp Offramp 8/5/2018 06:00
calvinamari, I think the façade needs a clean. The building is on a very busy road. The area is excellent. It is only a minute from the Metro, and is right in the centre of London, near Covent Garden.
Offramp Offramp 8/3/2018 10:29
The venue is directly over the road from Sicilian Avenue.
kyi kyi 8/2/2018 06:07
Most chess fans will watch it on internet for free.
calvinamari calvinamari 8/2/2018 08:00
Looks second rate, third rate for spectators.
Brian Smith Brian Smith 8/2/2018 02:48
Neutral sites are always desirable.
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