New Delhi: After two draws in the Classical format, R Praggnanandhaa and Magnus Carlsen will settle the Chess World Cup final on Thursday with rapid-play games. The outcome will now be determined by tie-breakers.
The final of the Chess World Cup 2023 between Indian teen talent Praggnanandhaa and World no. 1 Carlsen has reached a tie-breaker after the two games, the first of which ended in a draw after 35 moves on Tuesday and the second of which ended after 30 moves on Wednesday, both ended in draws.
In the first game, Praggnanandhaa used white pieces, but in the second, he and his opponent switched roles. After 30 moves, both players chose to shake hands, thus it didn’t matter if the pieces had switched colours.
Magnus Carlsen takes a quiet draw with white against Praggnanandhaa and sends the final to tiebreaks. The winner of the #FIDEWorldCup will be decided tomorrow!
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The two sides cancelled each other out in the Baku summit but will need to adjust their strategies for the tiebreakers if they are to advance.
Chess World Cup Final Tie-Breaker Games Format
Rapid and blitz play will be used for the tiebreakers. Two games in a fast style will get things off. The time limit for this game is 25 minutes, with each player receiving an additional 10 seconds every move beginning with move 1.
If they are unable to break apart, then two further quick games will be played with a time control of 10+10, which consists of 10 minutes allotted to each player and an increment of 10 seconds for each move.
Two further fast games will be played with a time restriction of 5 minutes and a 3-second increment for each move if a winner has not been determined after the tie-breakers.
If they still can’t determine a victor, the championship will be settled with a single blitz game played in a ‘3+2’ sudden-death scenario.
This will go on until a winner is determined.