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WCC 2016: Press conference and Opening ceremony

by Sagar Shah - 11/11/2016

The World Championship 2016 is here and game one will begin on the 12th of November 2016 in New York at 00.30 a.m. IST. Magnus Carlsen, the reigning World Champion, will have the white pieces in game one. We bring you exclusive images from the press conference and opening ceremony and give you all the information that you need to know about this battle between two 1990 born Champions!

Pictures by Albert Silver


The World Championship Match 2016 is here! On 11th of November Magnus Carlsen will take on Sergey Karjakin in the city of New York in a 12-game Match. The game will begin at 00.30 a.m. Indian Standard Time (IST) on 12th of November. You can follow the game live in the World Championship Widget given below.

The World Championship Match is taking place in the Seaport District, New York City’s popular neighborhood, located on the East River in Lower Manhattan with unparalleled views of the...
...Brooklyn Bridge 
Fulton Market Building is the place where the World Championship would be held 

Magnus Carlsen takes his seat as the press conference is about to begin

You can use Google cardboard or any other Virtual reality device to watch the match
Karjakin is surely impressed with this new technology!
Magnus reacts to the question on who according to him is the best player in the world!
Karjakin's wife Galia Kamalova with the official commentator for the event Judit Polgar

The favourite of the match is definitely Magnus Carlsen. When he was asked about his opponent's best quality, he said, "Sergey is very well-prepared. He has studied the game very well and is very knowledgeable and, most of all, he’s extremely resilient in defence. He’s very good in finding resources even in difficult positions, finding positions he can defend. For me, it’s a matter of when I get the chance I’ll try to punch him until he finally knocks over! 

 This is the third World Championship Match for Magnus. His experience will surely count as Sergey would feel the jitters at the beginning

Elmira Mirzoeva speaks to Henrik Carlsen

The entire 45 minute press conference courtesy VG TV.

In the evening there was a gala dinner and the opening ceremony
Magnus Carlsen will have the white pieces in game one. His' choice will be one of these four moves? If you disagree, please write down your prediction in the comments section below!
"From World Championships to street hustlers, New York City has it all when it comes to chess," write the organizers. "We’ve produced a map that shows some of the highlights. The location of the first games ever played in a World Championship match; the spots where people can get a street game; and places where people can buy equipment. Best of all, the map is free. It can be downloaded here."


"It is going to be a great match, World Champion Magnus Carlsen is one of the greatest players of the modern era and I feel Karjakin will be a great challenger since he has great nerves and fantastic defensive skills which helped him give a consistent performance in the last two candidates, all these characteristics ensure a strong fight for the crown!"
D. Harika
"Magnus Carlsen is the favourite, but it will be an interesting match between two fighters of the new generation. Looking forward to it!"

ChessBase editor Albert Silver is at the Match in New York and these exclusive images were captured by him. He will ensure that the readers of ChessBase India will be treated to some highly interesting material in the fortnight to come.

Niklesh Jain's article on opening ceremony in Hindi
Watch live game at 00.30 a.m. IST

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