Magnus Carlsen to seek his Fifth World Chess Title in Dubai

Magnus Carlsen to seek his Fifth World Chess Title in Dubai

The Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, world champion, will expose his World Chess Title for the fourth time, against the winner of the Candidates Tournament, next November in the framework of Expo 2020 in Dubai, confirmed this Thursday the International Chess Federation.

The championship, endowed with two million euros in prizes, It will be played between November 24 and December 16.

Carlsen’s challenger will leave the Candidates Tournament that was suspended by the pandemic – midway through the program – in Yekaterinburg (Russia) and that will resume next April. For the moment, French Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi share the lead, although American Fabiano Caruana, the Norwegian’s last challenger, also competes.

The world title will be decided in a best-of-14 match.

Carlsen was proclaimed, at 22, world champion in 2013 (the second youngest in history, after Garry Kasparov), dethroning the Indian Viswanathan Anand and then he has retained it three times, against Anand himself, Russian Sergey Karjakin and Fabiano Caruana.

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