In December of 2020 the World Chess Champion announced its postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic. It has been rescheduled to take place as part of Expo 2020 Dubai between November 16 and December 16.
"Just as chess unites people of all ages and backgrounds from across the world, and encourages strategic thinking and problem solving, Expo 2020 will also bring the world together to build bridges and inspire solutions to some of the most pressing shared challenges of our time. The FIDE World Chess Championship will be an exciting highlight of Expo’s events calendar, enjoyed by millions of physical and virtual visitors worldwide." says Mohamed Al Ansaari, vice-president of Communications at Expo 2020 Dubai.
The contest will be decided over the best of 14 games, with the scores of all the matches added together to determine the winner, who will receive a prize fund of 2 million Euro. Reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen will be defending his place. His opponent has yet to be decided. Carlsen is known as one of the biggest chess talents that ever lived. He became a grandmaster at the age of 13 years and has been the world number one player continuously since 2011.
Take a look at last year's finale.