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Saying the Lichess World Championship


It offers us nice pleasure to announce the Lichess World Championship, an occasion that might be contested completely on lichess.org. With the announcement that FIDE has determined to open up the World Champion title to any group that wish to run such a contest, it was solely a matter of time till Lichess threw its hat within the ring, and we really feel our World Championship can stand toe to toe with any of them! Excluding a short interval within the 90s and early 2000s, there has normally solely been one World Chess Championship contested at a time, an actual missed alternative for the game. In the previous few days the variety of Chess World Championships has shortly ballooned to three and should quickly exceed that, a certain signal of chess’ exploding recognition. 

The Lichess World Championship (Henceforth: “World Championship”) will supplant what was previously generally known as “Titled Arenas” and the title might be utilized to Saturday’s Titled Area winner IM Minh Le, who turns into the 18th Chess World Champion, and joins the lengthy proud custom stretching via Carlsen, Kasparov, Fischer, Steinitz, and all the way in which again to Morphy. Talking of which, we’ve additionally retroactively determined that Paul Morphy was World Champion too, as a result of c’mon, it is Morphy! Former World Champion Magnus Carlsen will certainly be kicking himself for deciding to skip the World Championship to play in a completely different occasion on Saturday. He seemingly solely made this resolution as a result of it had but to be introduced as a World Championship. Sorry about that Magnus, we’ve simply been busy and hadn’t gotten round to it.

So how does the Lichess World Championship evaluate to the others? Whereas the prize fund could also be barely much less, there are quite a few different benefits. Different World Championships are performed at glacial time controls like 10+0 whereas ours zooms alongside at 3+0 and 1+0. Talking of glaciality, different World Championships are solely contested each 2 years whereas gamers get a shot at ours each 2 weeks! 

WC Time Management Format Barrier to Entry Magnus participates Prize Fund
FIDE Hours and hours OTB Be REALLY good at chess He hasn’t determined €2 million
Chess Com 10+0 and 15+2 On-line + OTB pay to play In all probability not $1 million
Lichess 1+0 and three+0 On-line Have a FIDE title Typically! Sure

The principal benefit of our method of awarding the World Champion title is, as has been mentioned earlier than, the world format. Our youngsters will sooner or later scarcely imagine us once we inform them that World Championships was determined with matches and spherical robins as an alternative of the scientifically confirmed most enjoyable chess match format. With no breaks in play for commercials, arenas even have the benefit of being the format most immune to attracting company sponsorship. 

Some naysayers might level out that The World Championship match is at all times the high-water mark for curiosity in chess and watering it down with a collection of dueling World Championship titles might trigger harm to the game as a complete. What these individuals don’t notice is how a lot cash we’re going to make off of this! Maybe in the long run a World Championship schism will “kill the golden goose” because it had been, however within the quick time period? I desire a Jet Ski!

So inform us what you suppose! Which World Championship is your favourite, and why is it clearly ours? Maybe you’re enthusiastic about beginning your individual? The Subsequent World Championship might be contested on Might seventh with a 3+0 time management.

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