World Chess Championship 2023

The World Chess Championship 2023 is an upcoming chess match, taking place from 7 April to 30 April 2023[1] to determine the new world chess champion. The incumbent champion Magnus Carlsen decided not to defend his title against Ian Nepomniachtchi, the winner of the Candidates Tournament 2022.[2][3] Therefore, Nepomniachtchi will play the second-place finisher in the Candidates, Ding Liren, in the World Chess Championship match. This would be the first world chess championship since 1948 in which the incumbent champion would not participate (not including the 1993–2005 FIDE championships).

World Chess Championship 2023
7 April – 30 April 2023
 
Candidates Tournament winner
Candidates Tournament runner-up
 
Ian Nepomniachtchi
Ding Liren
  FIDE Ian Nepomniachtchi China Ding Liren
 
Scores
  Born 14 July 1990
32 years old
Born 24 October 1992
30 years old
  Winner of the Candidates Tournament 2022 Runner-up of the Candidates Tournament 2022
  Rating: 2793 (November 2022)
(World No. 3)
Rating: 2811 (November 2022)
(World No. 2)
← 2021

Carlsen's relinquishment of titleEdit

To keep his title, Magnus Carlsen would be required to defend it against a pre-determined challenger. In December 2021, soon after his 2021 championship win against Ian Nepomniachtchi, Carlsen stated that he was lacking motivation and might not defend his title unless the challenger were Alireza Firouzja, who had risen to number two in the world rankings in 2021 at the age of 18.[4] In April 2022, Carlsen added that he was unlikely to play, with no mention of any potential opponent.[5]

As the Candidates tournament concluded in early July 2022, FIDE and Carlsen were in talks regarding the championship and its format, with FIDE hoping Carlsen could give an answer by July 20.[6] On July 20, Carlsen announced that he would not defend his title.[7]

This means Carlsen will lose the title of world champion. Hence, the 2023 world championship match will be between Ian Nepomniachtchi (winner of the 2022 Candidates Tournament) and Ding Liren (runner-up in the 2022 Candidates Tournament).[7][8][9]

On October 31, 2022, FIDE announced that Ding Liren had received the official invitation to participate in the 2023 world chess championship, as Carlsen had formally confirmed his decision not to defend his title in writing.[10]

Candidates Tournament 2022Edit

The challengers are Ian Nepomniachtchi and Ding Liren, who qualified as the winner and runner-up, respectively, in the Candidates Tournament 2022, which began on June 16 and ended on July 5, 2022.[11] Nepomniachtchi had previously challenged world champion Carlsen in the previous World Chess Championship 2021.

The participants were:

Qualification method Player Age Rating World

ranking

(June 2022)[12]
2021 World Championship runner-up   Ian Nepomniachtchi[a] 31 2766 7
Candidate nominated by FIDE   Teimour Radjabov 35 2753 13
The top two finishers in the Chess World Cup 2021   Jan-Krzysztof Duda (winner) 24 2750 16
  Sergey Karjakin[a] (runner-up) (Disqualified) 32 2747 17
The top two finishers in the FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2021   Alireza Firouzja (winner) 19 2793 3
  Fabiano Caruana (runner-up) 29 2783 4
The top two finishers in the FIDE Grand Prix 2022   Hikaru Nakamura (winner) 34 2760 11
  Richárd Rapport (runner-up) 26 2764 8
Highest rating for May 2022   Ding Liren (replacement for Karjakin) 29 2806 2

ResultsEdit

As world champion Carlsen announced after the tournament that he would not defend the world title, both first and second place advanced to the 2023 title match.

Standings of the 2022 Candidates Tournament
Rank Player Score SB Wins Qualification IN DL TR HN FC AF JKD RR
1   Ian Nepomniachtchi (FIDE) 9.5 / 14 62 5 Advances to title match ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1
2   Ding Liren (CHN) 8 / 14 52 4 Advances to title match 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1
3   Teimour Radjabov (AZE) 7.5 / 14 52 3 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1
4   Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 7.5 / 14 50.25 4 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 1 0 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½
5   Fabiano Caruana (USA) 6.5 / 14 46.5 3 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 0 0 1 ½ 0 ½ ½
6   Alireza Firouzja (FRA) 6 / 14 39.5 2 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ 1 ½
7   Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL) 5.5 / 14 38.5 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0
8   Richárd Rapport (HUN) 5.5 / 14 37.75 1 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½

Tie-breakers for first place: (1) results in tie-break games for first place;

Tie breakers for non-first place: (1) results in tie-break games for first place, if any; (2) Sonneborn–Berger score (SB); (3) total number of wins; (4) head-to-head score among tied players; (5) drawing of lots.[14]

Note: Numbers in the crosstable in a white background indicate the result playing the respective opponent with the white pieces (black pieces if on a black background).

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Russian players' flags were displayed as the FIDE flag, as Russian and Belarusian flags are banned from FIDE-rated events in response to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.fide.com/calendar/53285
  2. ^ FIDE announces qualification paths for Candidates Tournament 2022, FIDE, 25 May 2021
  3. ^ Doggers, Peter (2022-07-20). "BREAKING: Carlsen Not To Defend World Title". Chess.com. Retrieved 2022-07-20.
  4. ^ BREAKING: Carlsen Might Only Defend Title Vs. Firouzja, Peter Doggers, chess.com, December 21, 2021
  5. ^ Chess: Magnus Carlsen ‘unlikely’ to defend crown, but questions remain, Leonard Barden, The Guardian, 22 April, 2022
  6. ^ Ding beats Nakamura in the final round of the Candidates to finish in second place, The Week in Chess, 6 July 2022
  7. ^ a b Magnus Carlsen will not defend his title, Chess24, 20 July 2022
  8. ^ Regulations for the FIDE World Championship Match 2020, FIDE, 2020, archived from https://handbook.fide.com/files/handbook/FWCM2020.pdf
  9. ^ FIDE World Championship Match 2023 Qualification Rules, 25 May 2022
  10. ^ FIDE (31 October 2022). "Ding Liren gets official invitation to take part in FIDE World Championship match 2023". FIDE. FIDE. Retrieved 3 November 2022.
  11. ^ "Candidates Tournament To Take Place June 2022 In Madrid Sponsored By Chess.com". chess.com. December 28, 2021. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  12. ^ Top 100 Players June 2022, FIDE
  13. ^ FIDE Condemns Military Action; Takes Measures Against Russia, Belarus, chess.com, 28 February 2022
  14. ^ Regulations for the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2022, (PDF) FIDE