About the Match

The World Championship Match 2023 will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan, from April 7 to May 1, at the elegant St. Regis Astana hotel.

All the games start at 15:00 local time (GMT+6), and there is a rest day every two rounds. The first game is set to start on April 9. You can check the full schedule here.

The title match in Astana will once again be played as the best of 14 games, with a time control of 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 60 minutes for the next 20 moves, and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 61. In case of a tie, the Champion would be determined in a rapid chess playoff.
The prize fund is two million (2,000,000) euros
60% goes to the winner
Photo by Stev Bonhage

On October 31, 2022, the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen officially confirmed that he would not defend his title as Classical World Champion against his challenger, current world’s #2 Ian Nepomniachtchi. The Chinese Grandmaster Ding Liren, the runner-up in the Candidates Tournament and #3 in the world ranking, received the unexpected opportunity to play for the highest recognition in the chess world.

A player who arrives in the playing area after the actual start time of the game shall lose this game by default.

The players cannot draw a game by agreement before black’s 40th move. A claim for a draw before black’s 40th move is permitted only in cases of a draw by threefold repetition or a stalemate.

The player who scores 7.5 points or more wins the World Championship Match. No further games shall be played.

The draw for colours shall be conducted during the Opening Ceremony. The player who gets white in the first game shall have white in all odd standard games.