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The World Chess Championship will return to New York this fall for the first time in two decades

Will Gleason

It’s the pawn of a new age.

After more than two decades, the World Chess Championship is finally coming back to New York. The World Chess Federation announced back in February that the world’s most important chess match would be held in NYC this year. However, as months went by with no additional details many became skeptical that it would actually happen. Those doubts can now be laid to rest. 

It was announced this week that the 2016 World Championship will be held at South Street Seaport between November 11 and November 30. The competitors will compete in a soundproof glass room on the second floor of Fulton Market in front of 300 spectators with regular tickets costing $50.

Defending champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway) will take on challenger Sergey Karjakin (Russia) playing a best-of-12 series. The two will be competing for a prize of at least $1 million. For more information, you can subscribe to the event's mailing list.


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