Magnus Carlsen Proposes Different World Championship Format

Magnus Carlsen Proposes Different World Championship Format

Magnus Carlsen has suggested significant changes to the system to determine the world championship title in chess. The reigning champion prefers “moving to an annual knock-out event,” as he wrote on Facebook today.

Carlsen is about to travel to the U.S. where he is planning a training camp in advance of the third Sinquefield Cup. His opponents there will be Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov, Alexander Grischuk, Viswanathan Anand, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian and Wesley So.

The world champion dropped a small “conversation bomb” today on his official Facebook page: He reopened the old debate about what is the best format to decide on the world champion of chess.

“I have, for a long time believed – and voiced publicly – that there should be a new World Championship cycle system, which is both balanced and fair,” writes Carlsen. “In short, I strongly believe the chess world should evolve to a more just system.”

The reigning world champion proposes a system thats involves a new champion on an annual basis:

“I have long thought that moving to an annual knock-out event, similar to the World Cup, would be more equitable. This change would in effect improve the odds of becoming World Champion for nearly every chess player, with the exception of the reigning World Champion, and potentially a few other top players who would no longer be favoured by the current format. Creating regional qualifying events combined with rating spots, the participation of all the top players in the world and the undisputed World Championship title at stake, I truly believe this would make the World Championship cycle more accessible to everyone.”




Magnus Carlsen Athlete · 384,004 Likes · August 11 at 4:02am


In advance of travelling to the US to prepare for the Sinquefield Cup, I felt it important to share with you something I have been thinking about a great deal: the World Championship cycle format.

I want to preface what I’m about to say with the notion that I have great respect and reverence for all the World Champions that have come before me, and for those that have contributed to the professionalization of chess. The Chennai match against V. Anand and our subsequent match