FIDE World Chess Championship opens in London

FIDE World Chess Championship opens in London


FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018 was opened on Thursday 8th Novemeber with a press conference at historic London venue The College in Holborn.

The​ ​world’s​ ​most​ ​prestigious​ ​chess tournament​ Running 12 matches, organized by FIDE and World Chess, the Championship will see Norwegian World Champion Magnus Carlsen go head to head with US challenger Fabiano Caruana in London between 9 and 28 November 2018.

Chess followers can now observe the Grandmasters at The College, a breath-taking historic building with a number of authentic Victorian features including furnishing, marble reception areas and a show-stopping glass-dome roof in the heart of London.

The organisers, with the ambition of making the World Chess Championship Match one of the world’s most interesting events in chess history, offer unprecedented experience for fans coming to London to watch the games live: public program, chess entertainment, official souvenir shop, new limited edition merchandise, and much more. Spectators will also be able to view the after-game press conferences and listen live to commentary by the the world’s strongest chess players and experts — Judit Polgar and Anna Rudolf. The College will have comfortable viewing areas: depending on the type of ticket — General admission or VIP — guests can follow Grandmasters’ games on two floors. All games start at 3pm UK time.

Tickets for the World Chess Championship Match 2018 are selling quickly, but some rounds are still available at: .

Those following the games online will also be catered for; they will be able to watch the moves for free on, the official broadcasting platform. They can also sign up for a $20 premium account, giving fans access to multi-camera views, commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, the opportunity to ask questions during press conferences and more.

Opening to a 200 strong crowd of media from around the globe the conference included comments from reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen, US challenger Fabiano Caruana, newly elected FIDE President Arkadiy Dvorkovich, CEO of World Chess Ilya Merenzon and Vice President and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Chess Federation, CEO of PhosAgro Andrey Guryev.

FIDE President Arkadiy Dvorkovich comments: “London becomes the capital of chess world for the next 3 weeks. Both players are under the huge pressure, but I am sure they will show their best”.

Picture credit: Michael A. Kolarov

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