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Everything you need to know about Carlsen vs Karjakin

  • Grand Master Igor Smirnov, Chess Coach, Author and Publisher.
  • We’re exactly one week away from the biggest chess event of the year – the World Chess Championship Match between the champion Magnus Carlsen, and the challenger Sergey Karjakin. Could we miss this great thing? Absolutely, no! :)

     

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    In case you’re unaware of this event, let me provide you with some basic details.

     

    World Championship

     

    The World Chess Championship Match 2016, will be 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 Championship consists of 12 games. 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.

     

    Karjakin’s reaction after winning the Candidates

     

    In the Candidates Tournament (to earn the right to challenge Carlsen), Karjakin lost only one game, to Vishy Anand in the eleventh round. He then went on to score two wins in the last three rounds, with a final score of 8.5/14 points!
    Sergey Karjakin tweet

    Nail-biting finish

     

    It was definitely a nail-biting finish as the result was decided in the final round when Karjakin defeated runner-up Fabiano Caruana. Fabi showed great sportsmanship as you can see in the below tweet:
    Fabiano Caruana Sergey Karjakin

    A long journey

     

    It was on 18th January 2005, in Group-B of the Corus Tournament in Wijk aan Zee, that Carlsen and Karjakin played their first game with classical time-control. After interesting and wild play, particularly from Carlsen who had White, the game was drawn after 40 moves.
    Magnus Carlsen Sergey Karjakin

    Sergey Karjakin (left) and Magnus Carlsen (right) in 2006

     

    The result was draw for their next four games, too, but five years after their first encounter, Carlsen scored a win.

     

    But two years later, in 2012, Karjakin managed to get revenge – again in Wijk aan Zee, but this time in the Tata Steel Tournament.
    Magnus Carlsen Sergey Karjakin Bilbao

    Karjakin and Carlsen in 2007

     

    I can’t wait to see the quality of the chess games these two young masters are going to bring in the World Championship Match! How about you? :)

     

    Who is your favourite to win?

     

    Who is your favourite to win the Championship? Do you think Carlsen can retain his Championship or will Karjakin be the first player to defeat Carlsen for the World Championship to become the new and the 17th World Champion?

    Magnus Carlsen Sergey Karjakin Vote

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    When Carlsen crushed Karjakin..

     

    Finally, I’d like to show you a very instructive chess game – the game between these two in the third round of the Bilbao Masters 2016 (about four months ago) where Carlsen won, what can rather be called a one-sided game, a very smooth and crushing kingside attack.

     

    You can watch this interesting game here.

     

    Let’s discuss

     

    What are your thoughts about the World Championship Match 2016, or this very interesting duel between Carlsen and Karjakin? Feel free to comment below and discuss. :)

     

    Quick Succes in chess

    • Chloé

      Go Karjakin!

      • http://chess-teacher.com Igor Smirnov

        Nice to see someone supporting Karjakin, while most favors Carlsen. One thing for sure – this will be an interesting match!

        • http://www.chessimprovementroadmap.com Chloé

          I love his style and I’d like to see him win! I can’t wait to see the games.

    • Jakov Glavina

      Hey Igor, do you play on lichess.org at all?

      • http://chess-teacher.com Igor Smirnov

        Nope. I play occasionally on ICC and some Russian game zones, but in general now I focus on coaching more than playing myself.

    • Lovro Glavina

      “Top three amazing chess sacrifices” blog doesn’t work and I asked there Igor an important question :/

      • RCA_moderator

        Thanks for letting us know. Our technical team will look into the problem and fix it.

        Prasaadh | Support Officer

    • http://chess-teacher.com Igor Smirnov

      Does Karjakin have more chances to win against Carlsen, than Trump against Clinton? :)
      What is your prediction?

      • Lovro Glavina

        I, as a European, don’t know much about Trump vs Clinton election so I cannot say much about it, but as for the Carlsen-Karjakin match, I think Carlsen will definetely win. He is the special one. I am not saying Karjakin is weak, but he’s still just not strong enough for the Mozart of Chess-Magnus ;) However, you never know! So I do think this will be an interesting match. And by the way, what is your opinion, Igor?
        Best regards

        • http://chess-teacher.com Igor Smirnov

          I’ve just recorded a new video lesson in reply to your question :) It will be published soon.

          • Lovro Glavina

            What question do you refer to? Your opinion on Carlsen-Karjakin match or my game I asked you about in the blog “Top three amazing chess sacrifices”?
            And whatever it is, thank you so much! I am very honored by the fact that you are going to publish a video lesson in reply to my question! Thank you so much :D

      • ayush

        dear igor karjkain had the more chances i thought i admire him .do you please make a course on these two player matches why don’t you commentate on theri games live??this a very good idea

      • Jakov Glavina

        Carlsen will win.

        By the way, the following page lists quite a lot of vacancies: http://chess-teacher.com/career/

        Do you really have all these positions open, or is this a bug or what? I’m very curious to know. If there are indeed vacancies, I might look to apply. Hope you answer me.

        • http://chess-teacher.com Igor Smirnov

          Right now there are no open vacancies, but the company is growing all the time, and new positions become vacant. If you apply, you’ll be contacted once there’s an opportunity.

          • Jakov Glavina

            Am I allowed to apply for multiple positions at once?

            • RCA_moderator

              Hi Jakov,
              Yes, you can apply for multiple positions depending on your qualification for that position.

              Prasaadh | Support Officer

            • Jakov Glavina

              Thank you. Also, please fix the career page because it doesn’t work.

    • Lovro Glavina

      Hi Igor! Could you explain how exactly do Tie breaks work?
      Thanks :)

      • RCA_moderator

        This below information from FIDE handbook for 2016 World Championship match

        “If the scores are level after the regular twelve (12) games, after a new drawing of
        colors, four (4) tie-break games shall be played. The games shall be played using the
        electronic clock starting with 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds
        after each move”

        You can find the full rules and regulations here.
        https://www.fide.com/FIDE/handbook/regulations_match_2016.pdf

        Prasaadh | Support Officer

    • bibleexpert

      I had no idea there is a career page. How does one find it?

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