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Players Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin

The World Chess Championship Match 2016, held from 11 to 30 November, will be contested by 25 year old reigning champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and his challenger, 26 year old Sergey Karjakin of Russia — and this is the first time that two players who have come of age in the computer era are fighting for the title and represent a generational shift in chess.

The contest consists of 12 games, with every move avidly followed and analyzed by a global audience of hundreds of millions of chess fans. To win, a player must reach a score of 6.5 points. After 12 rounds, if the score is even, there will be tie-breaks.


FIDE and Agon Limited will provide an exclusive live broadcast of the Match through its worldchess.com website. This is going to be the first Championship Match for the smartphone generation — a battle of minds witnessed and enjoyed by countless chess fans who play the game online every day.

Schedule

November 2016

  • Friday
    11
    Game 1
    Veterans Day
  • Saturday
    12
    Game 2
  • Sunday
    13
    Rest Day
  • Monday
    14
    Game 3
  • Tuesday
    15
    Game 4
  • Wednesday
    16
    Rest Day
  • Thursday
    17
    Game 5
  • Friday
    18
    Game 6
  • Saturday
    19
    Rest Day
  • Sunday
    20
    Game 7
  • Monday
    21
    Game 8
  • Tuesday
    22
    Rest Day
  • Wednesday
    23
    Game 9
  • Thursday
    24
    Game 10
    Thanksgiving
  • Friday
    25
    Rest Day
    Thanksgiving Weekend
  • Saturday
    26
    Game 11
    Thanksgiving Weekend
  • Sunday
    27
    Rest Day
    Thanksgiving Weekend
  • Monday
    28
    Game 12
  • Tuesday
    29
    Rest Day
  • Wednesday
    30
    Tie Breaks

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FIDE WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH 2016

The 2016 World Chess Championship match will be held at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan. The match runs from November 11th to 30th and will be contested by Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the 25-year-old reigning champion, and Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the 26-year-old challenger.


We need some friendly, self-motivated and responsible volunteers, ages 18 to 40, to welcome delegates, provide navigation, customer service, chess activation, cloakroom services and storage staff, etc.


Dates of the event: November 11 to 30, 2016
Time each day: 13.00 (1 PM) – 21.00 (9 PM)
There are no games on Nov. 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 27, and 29, and we will not need volunteers on those days. Please note, however, that there is a game on Thanksgiving (Thursday, Nov. 24) and the consequent weekend (Saturday, Nov.26 and Sunday, Nov. 27). We are flexible and you can pick the dates on which you want to work.


Food will be provided as well as a uniform that you will be able to keep after the event. You will also receive an official letter of thanks for your volunteer work, which you can use as reference for future employers.


If you're interested in participating in volunteer program please download this form, fill it out and send to volunteer@worldchess.com

Visit

The Seaport District, New York City’s popular neighborhood, is located on the East River in Lower Manhattan with unparalleled views of the Brooklyn Bridge. 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. Adjacent to the Financial District, the Seaport is only minutes-walk from Wall Street.

The Match arena is being built within the historic Fulton Market building, and will feature a dedicated Spectator and VIP Lounges with panoramic view of the Brooklyn Bridge, retail space, café, TV studios and much more.

Buy Tickets

Tickets to the Match will go on sale through Ticketmaster soon. Single day, family and season passes will be available. Sign up for more information and updates.

The World Chess Championship Match 2016 is one of the most expected and prestigious events on the sporting and social calendar. Enjoy unprecedented networking opportunities in a luxurious setting. With a range of stunning hospitality packages available, this is the one event where you can treat your guests to an unforgettable experience. What better way to reward staff or impress clients than by hosting a meeting or event in a truly unique place.

The partner of Agon Limited is CAA Premium Experience, which exclusively present hospitality packages specially elaborated for the Championship VIP and corporate guests.

Being the most intellectual and elegant sport games, chess definitely deserves an appropriate ambiance. Elegantly decorated comfortable VIP lounge with the separate entrance, individual service and the finely selected society promised and unforgettable social and intelligent experience – the one that only chess can give.

For more information please contact CAA Premium Experience: worldchesschamp@caa.com
+1-646-690-5500

World Chess Championship Match 2016 Visitor Rules

1. For the purposes of these Rules the term “visitor” shall mean a person who is present within the venue of FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2016 ("Event"), held from 11 to 30 November 2016 at the address South Street Seaport, 19 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038 and shall include, but is not limited to players, their team members, media representatives, spectators, volunteers, contractors, personnel and guests of the Event. The Event is organized by World Chess Events Limited (British Virgin Islands) in cooperation with World Chess US, Inc. (Delaware), hereinafter jointly referred to as "Organizer".

2. Entrance to the venue of the Event constitutes acceptance by visitor of these Rules.

3. Visitors who do not comply with these Rules will not be permitted to the venue of the Event or will be expelled from the venue without reimbursement of the cost of the entrance ticket, and if they commit a wrongdoing can be liable in accordance with law. If the behavior of a visitor, which is contrary to the Rules, results in direct or indirect damage to the Organizer, the Organizer shall have the right to hold the visitor liable for such actions.

4. The visitors shall:

4.1. Observe and maintain public order and generally accepted norms of behavior when within the venue and/or the surrounding areas.

4.2. Behave respectfully towards other visitors and participants of the Event, personnel, the persons responsible for compliance with the order, avoid actions that create danger to others.

4.3. THE VISITORS MUST NOT:

4.3.1. PERFORM PHOTO-SHOOTING OR VIDEO-RECORDING WITHIN THE PLAYING AREA WITHOUT AN AUTHORIZATION OF THE FIDE PRESS OFFICER;

4.3.2. IN ANY WAY COPY OR COMMUNICATE TO PARTIES WHO ARE NOT AT THE VENUE OF THE EVENT THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MOVES OF ANY EVENT’S CHESS GAME DURING SUCH GAME WITHOUT A WRITTEN PERMISSION OF THE ORGANIZER.

4.3.3. CONSUME ALCOHOL UNLESS PROVIDED BY THE ORGANIZER. NO TOBACCO PRODUCTS MAY BE CONSUMED AT THE VENUE, EXCEPT FOR SPECIALLY DESIGNATED AREAS.

5. Visitor will not be allowed to enter the venue if his or her body odor or physical hygiene might disturb the reasonable comfort of other visitors or personnel. Odors may include but are not limited to scents related to unlaundered clothing, lack of bathing, animal related odors, and excessive perfumes.

6. Organizer is not responsible for any personal belongings of the visitors (including clothes left at the wardrobe).

7. These rules may be amended from time to time at Organizer’s sole discretion.

8. You agree for yourself and for any other person you are representing or working for that all the disputes arising out of or in connection with these Rules shall be finally settled at, and you and they hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal Courts located in the County of New York, State of New York (USA), under the laws of the United States and the State of New York.

9. By buying the ticket and/or entering the venue of the Match you expressly agree that information about chess moves of the Match is expensive to produce and gather and time-sensitive and that uncontrolled copying of this information during the respective chess game may reduce the incentive of the organizer to stage similar events in the Future. You further agree not to communicate any information concerning the chess moves of the Match during such games by any means to any party outside of the Match venue. You agree that your retransmission of information about chess moves of the games in violation of this paragraph is likely to cause immediate irreparable harm to organizer that will not be fully compensable by money damages, and therefore you agree that organizer shall be entitled to immediate injunctive relief to restrain any such violation.

10. Minors under 16 years shall be accompanied by adults.

For all matters relating to the Rules, please contact us by e-mail: legal@agonlimited.com.

Public Program

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.

World Chess Championship also includes the widescale Public Program with plenty of chess competitions, events in the parks for all New York chess fans, master classes and entertaining program at the main venue for kids and adults.

Schedule

Saturday1

CIS Brooklyn Chess Day at PS 503K by Chess in the Schools

330 59th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220

PS 503K tournaments draw between 500 and 600 students at each event in 7 sections (rated and unrated). The winner of the top section will receive a special pass to visit the World Chess Championship match.

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Sunday9

Columbus Day Chess Tournament (CIS)

PS 11 Manhattan at 320 West 20th Street, New York, NY

This is one of Chess in the Schools’ largest tournaments of the year. We expect over 800 students to compete in this event. The event will have rated and unrated sections. The winner of the top section will receive a special pass to visit the World Chess Championship match.

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Monday10

2016 CIS Columbus Day Tournament at PS 11M by Chess in the Schools

PS 11 Manhattan at 320 West 20th Street, New York, NY

This is one of Chess in the Schools’ largest tournaments of the year. We expect over 800 students to compete in this event. The event will have rated and unrated sections. The winner of the top section will receive a special pass to visit the World Chess Championship match.

READ FULL PROGRAM PDF

Saturday22

CIS Bronx Chess Day at MS 390X by Chess in the Schools

1930 Andrews Avenue South, Bronx, NY 10453

MS 390X tournaments are the largest tournaments in the Bronx each year with 400-600 students at each event. The winner of the top section will receive a special pass to visit the World Chess Championship match.

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Saturday29

CIS Queens Chess Day at PS 150Q by Chess in the Schools

40-01 43rd Avenue, Queens, NY 11104

PS 150Q tournaments are our only tournaments in Queens each year and draw between 400-600 students. The winner of the top section will receive a special pass to visit the World Chess Championship match.

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Friday11

FIDE Blitz – World Championship Kick-Off (Marshall Chess Club)

This 9 round blitz tournament is open to all chess players and has $1,000 in guaranteed prizes! Two tickets to attend a WCC game will be raffled off!

READ FULL PROGRAM PDF

Sunday13

Open Master Class by Success Academy

Come learn what it takes to be a chess coach while bringing your game to the next level. On Sunday, Success Academy invites attendees of the FIDE and Agon Limited World Chess Championship Match to learn the basic concepts of chess in this free, hands-on class taught by USCF Expert and Success Academy Chess teacher, Fritz Gaspard. Having coached five national championship middle school teams and one individual national champion, Gaspard is ready to help players of all levels improve and encourage the next generation of chess coaches — all you need is a love of the game. The event will also include a welcome and overview of SA’s chess program with Sean O’Hanlon, Senior Manager of Chess, and a networking reception with opportunities to speak with current SA chess teachers and recruiters.

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Monday14

Marshall WCC Morning Quick Chess (Marshall Chess Club)

Want to play some chess before heading over to the World Chess Championship? Join us for one (or all) of seven mornings of action chess starting at 10am!

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World Chess Championship Lectures at the Marshall Chess Club

Join us for Grandmaster analysis of the World Chess Championship games throughout the match!

READ FULL PROGRAM PDF

Tuesday15

2016 CIS World Chess NYC Junior Championship, PS 11M by Chess in the Schools

320 West 20th Street, New York, NY

This special event is a partnership between Chess in the Schools and World Chess. This event is not only one of the largest NYC chess tournaments each year with over 600-800 students. It is also one of the strongest tournaments (all players are USCF rated). The top two participants will each win the prize of playing at the World Championship Venue and other top players will win a pass to visit the World Chess Championship match. This special event also is being held on the opening day of the World Chess Championship!

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Marshall WCC Morning Quick Chess (Marshall Chess Club)

Want to play some chess before heading over to the World Chess Championship? Join us for one (or all) of seven mornings of action chess starting at 10am!

READ FULL PROGRAM PDF

Marshall Masters – World Championship Addition

Join us for a special addition of our “Marshall Masters,” featuring $1,500 in guaranteed prizes! Open to all players rated 2000+ (USCF or FIDE). Two tickets to attend a WCC game will be raffled off!

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Wednesday16

Marshall WCC Morning Quick Chess (Marshall Chess Club)

Want to play some chess before heading over to the World Chess Championship? Join us for one (or all) of seven mornings of action chess starting at 10am!

READ FULL PROGRAM PDF

World Chess Championship Lectures at the Marshall Chess Club

Join us for Grandmaster analysis of the World Chess Championship games throughout the match!

READ FULL PROGRAM PDF

Thursday17

Marshall WCC Morning Quick Chess (Marshall Chess Club)

Want to play some chess before heading over to the World Chess Championship? Join us for one (or all) of seven mornings of action chess starting at 10am!

READ FULL PROGRAM PDF

Friday18

Marshall WCC Morning Quick Chess (Marshall Chess Club)

Want to play some chess before heading over to the World Chess Championship? Join us for one (or all) of seven mornings of action chess starting at 10am!

READ FULL PROGRAM PDF

Tuesday22

World Chess Championship Lectures at the Marshall Chess Club

Join us for Grandmaster analysis of the World Chess Championship games throughout the match!

READ FULL PROGRAM PDF

Tuesday29

World Chess Championship Lectures at the Marshall Chess Club

Join us for Grandmaster analysis of the World Chess Championship games throughout the match!

READ FULL PROGRAM PDF

Partners

US CHESS TRUST The US Chess Trust is a 501(c)3 organization that brings the benefits of chess to USA youngsters and permits donations to these causes to be tax-deductible. Children who are taught chess do better in school and better in life. Chess helps develop valuable reading, decision-making and social skills, and improves students’ ability to concentrate. Other Trust activities, like our Sets for Vets program, support a widely diverse group of all ages. Our Trustees act without compensation, and our charitable activities support a widely diverse group.

CHESS IN THE SCHOOLS Celebrating its 30th Anniversary during 2016-2017, Chess in the Schools has taught, inspired, and empowered more than a half-million students in the most underserved communities throughout New York City. Through the work of Chess in the Schools, students learn to use chess as an educational tool to promote learning and critical thinking.

The School Program, comprised of classroom instruction and after-school clubs, reaches more than 10,000 students each year in New York City public schools. For those schools unable to participate in the School Program, Chess in the Schools offers the Project Chess Teacher Training Institute, where thousands of school teachers have gained the skills they need to implement their own chess programs, resulting in an exponential reach. The Scholastic Tournament Program is the largest and most sought–after of its kind in the nation and the College Bound program continues advanced chess instruction, while also incorporating college and work force readiness, social justice and cultural opportunities. The largest chess education organization in the United States, Chess in the Schools is thrilled to partner with the 2016 World Chess Championship.

US CHESS SCHOOL The United States Chess School is devoted to providing high level chess training to all of the most talented kids in the United States. We hold anywhere from 3-6 camps every year and invite some of the best young players in the county. Our alumni include: GM Jeffery Xiong, GM Samuel Sevian, GM Sam Shankland and GM Ray Robson, among many other top ranked players.

NSCF The National Scholastic Chess Foundation operates a both in-the-curriculum and after-school chess programs in over 70 schools in 30 different communities in New York and Connecticut and implements teacher training programs in communities across the USA. The NSCF’s founder and executive director is FIDE Master Sunil Weeramantry, a nationally acclaimed instructor who has over 40 years’ experience teaching and developing award-winning programs.

CHESS EDUCATORS Chess Educators, LLC is dedicated to the promotion of chess and education. We organize international and national championships, charity events and chess programs in the schools. This all encompassing reach allows us to promote the game of chess and its educational and social value to international communities.

MARSHALL CHESS CLUB The Marshall Chess Club is the second oldest chess club in the United States. This is where José Raúl Capablanca gave his last exhibition, where Alexander Alekhine visited and played speed chess, and where thirteen-year-old Bobby Fischer defeated Donald Byrne in "The Game of the Century." Whether you're just starting out or a Grandmaster, the Marshall Chess Club is a warm place to play and learn more about chess.

SUCCESS ACADEMY In 2006, Eva Moskowitz opened her first school in Harlem, setting out to tackle the monumental crisis in public education in the largest, most prominent city in the United States. What began as a single elementary school has grown to include 41 schools serving more than 14,000 students. Success Academy schools rank among the top 1% of New York State public schools in math and the top 1.5% in English; 100% of the scholars pass the science test with 99% scoring at the top level.

The school design is centered around a rigorous, engaging curriculum, where non-academic subjects like art, music, sports, dance, and debate aren’t “extra” but a pillar of our educational model. Schools should be magical places where children from all backgrounds discover their talents and passions. Where they can gain confidence and independence through subjects like chess.

Success Academy fosters a strong chess culture throughout all schools. The game represents a common language — rich with ideas and beauty. When they play chess, children benefit by learning critical thinking and sharpening their focus.

With 30 dedicated chess teachers, 28 of whom coach scholars for tournament competition, Success Academy employs more full-time chess coaches than any other school entity in New York City.

Photos

Live online broadcasting

Multicamera and virtual reality streaming, game analytics and more

Press

The accreditation is now closed. If you feel like you should cover the Match, please contact World Chess Media Team at media@agonlimited.com.

 

Dear Colleagues,

Please be informed that all the visitors of the 2016 FIDE World Chess Championship including accredited members of the press shall comply with 2016 FIDE World Chess Championship Visitor Rules.

Please note that in accordance with the Rules it is forbidden to communicate to third parties outside of the event’s venue information about the moves of any event’s chess game during such game without a written permission of the event’s Organizer.

This publication shall serve in lieu of the written permission of the Organizer to perform photo-shooting and video-recording of the event for accredited members of the press. World Chess Events Limited reserves the right to revoke such permission in case you lose accreditation for any reason and/or breach any provision of Visitor Rules. 

Only photographers and camera crew expressly authorized by the Press Officer may work in the playing venue.

  1. Flash may be used only during the first five (5) minutes.
  2. In tie-break games, flash may only be used in the first three (3) minutes. In case of 5 minutes and sudden death games, flash is not permitted; the use of cameras without flash may be permitted if the Arbiter in charge deems their use to be unobtrusive.
  3. Television cameras must be unobtrusive and may only be used if the Chief Arbiter in charge deems their use to be unobtrusive.
  4. An official photographer, designated by the Organizer with the approval of the Chief Arbiter shall be allowed to take photos at any time during the round without flash. FIDE reserves the right to use these photos on its website or printed material.

Partners

The official sponsors of the World Chess Championship 2016:

EG Capital Advisors is an international holding providing retail and institutional clients with investment capabilities that span multiple assets classes including publicly listed equity securities, private equity, fixed income and real estate. With assets under management of over USD 3 bn, EG Capital Advisors offers fixed and customized investment solutions worldwide and deep expertise in emerging markets.

The company also has a thriving private equity business, specialising in pre-IPO finance, small and mid-cap acquisitions and with a particular focus on the fin tech, technology and biotech sectors.

“EG Capital is a very young and fast growing company and the World Chess Championship is the perfect vehicle for us to increase our brand awareness in key markets around the world. Chess is played and followed avidly by over 600 million people worldwide and I look forward to being able to introduce our business to this incredible audience. World Chess and EG Capital Advisors share the same values: we also try to be smart, adopt sophisticated and strategic thinking, create powerful decisions and act globally. That is why we were happy to take an offer to support the Championship.” (Michael Stanton, EG Capital Advisors Member of the Supervisory Board and founding partner)

www.egcapitaladvisors.com

PhosAgro is one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, supplying high-quality crop nutrients for customers in 100 countries spanning all of the world’s inhabited continents. The Company’s main products include phosphate rock, 33 grades of fertilizers, feed phosphates, ammonia, and sodium tripolyphosphate. Outside of Russia and the CIS, PhosAgro’s priority markets are Latin America, Europe and Asia.

PhosAgro is the largest phosphate-based fertilizer producer in Europe, the largest producer of high-grade phosphate rock worldwide and the third largest MAP/DAP producer in the world (excluding China), according to Fertecon. The Company is also one of the leading producers of feed phosphates (MCP) in Europe, and the only producer in Russia. It is Russia’s only producer of nepheline concentrate.

“PhosAgro has a long history of supporting chess in Russia, including as the sponsor of the 2014 World Championship Match in Sochi. This is part of our comprehensive corporate responsibility programme, which seeks to create value for our stakeholders by supporting education, science, medicine, sports and healthy lifestyles. It is a great honour to be able to lead a company that supports World Championship Matches, and I hope that such high-profile events will help to popularise the sport worldwide.” (Andrey Guryev, PhosAgro CEO and Russian Chess Federation Board of Trustees Member)

www.phosagro.com

Isklar™ is native to the Hardanger region of Norway, a breathtaking place where massive mountains plunge into deep mysterious fjords. The artesian sources are located a few hundred meters under the glacier, close to the Folgefonna national park. The water is naturally filtered through the layers of ice and mountain mass.

Isklar is the exclusive supplier of mineral water for the World Chess Championship Match 2016.

www.isklar.no

For nearly 145 years, S.T.Dupont master goldsmiths and silversmiths, lacquerers and trunk-makers have created unique and durable objects that are entirely crafted by hand and made in France for exceptional individuals.

This legendary and unique know-how, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit true to founder Simon Tissot Dupont, contribute to perpetuating the international aura and recognition of a House that embodies Fine French Craftsmanship.

It is with great pride that S.T.Dupont preserves the know-how of its master craftsmen, who are heirs to skills passed down from generation to generation.

The choice of connoisseurs from visionaries and artists to world leaders and royalty: Exceptional products for exceptional people since 1872.

In the 21st century, the legend lives on, in perfect harmony with its roots and a future of promise.

www.st-dupont.com

The official media partners of the World Chess Championship 2016:

Contacts

The World Chess Championship Match is organized by Agon Limited, the official partner of FIDE. Contact the organizers using the information or the form below:
General inquiries:
nyc@agonlimited.com
Media inquiries:
media@agonlimited.com

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Standings

Magnus Carlsen Magnus Carlsen NOR Norway 63
½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½
RAPID 25+10 BLITZ 5+3 ARMA-
GEDDON
½ ½ 1 1
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
½ ½ 0 0
Sergey Karjakin Sergey Karjakin RUS Russia 61