The World Chess Championship Match


The World Chess Championship Match between World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Challenger Vishy Anand took place in Sochi, Russia on November 7–25, 2014. 


Incumbent World Chess Champion (Since 2013) is one of the youngest ever to become a Grandmaster. Dubbed 'The Mozart of Chess' by the fans and media alike, he is known for his amazing chess skills in the endgame. It's the first time he is defending his title. 


5-time World Chess Champion, Vishy Anand is considered one of the most versatile chess players in the world. He is the only world champion who won titles playing in all different formats (match, tournament and knockout). He is the first Indian grandmaster. 

Sochi 2014 Archives

All information on the games, including the reports, commentaries, video and photography is now available in the Match Archives.


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The Championship Match


The Match is a culmination of the two-year FIDE cycle and is played every two years between the incumbent Champion and the winner of the Candidates tournament. The Match is played over a maximum of twelve games and the winner of the match shall be the first player to score 6.5 points or more. If the scores are level after 12 games, 4 tie-break are played. 


Awards and Medals

FIDE/Agon and Adamas, Russia's premier jewelry company, join forces to mark great sporting achievements with great awards. The medals that have been awarded by President Putin to Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand, were made from silver and represent remarkable craftsmanship and design. 


The World Chess Set


Will be used in the Sochi Championship Match

The World Chess Set is the official chess set for the 2014 World Championship Match. The set was designed by internationally renowned Pentagram designer and architect Daniel Weil.

The pieces are based on the proportions of classical Greek architecture and the classic Staunton design to make a set that is both distinctive and traditional. The chessmen had become the standard for tournament pieces.

A limited edition of the sets has been produced for the 2014 World Chess Championship. It's the only FIDE-approved set for use in the tournament.


Sochi. Russia


A Black sea-resort town and the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics will host the World Chess Championship Match

Sochi is unique among larger Russian cities as having some aspects of a subtropical resort. Apart from the scenic Caucasus Mountains, pebble and sand beaches, the city attracts vacation-goers with its subtropical vegetation, numerous parks, monuments, and extravagant Stalinist architecture. It was one of the most popular vacation destinations for Soviet families. About two million people visit Greater Sochi each summer. Weather in the fall and winter is mild, average temperature in November is 12°C. 


The Match in the Media


The Match, watched by over 3 million people from all over the world, is also part of the global media coverage and digital chatter. Read what others say and join the discussion on Twitter and Instagram. 

Recent Media Coverage of the Match

Official Twitter 


Partners of the Match

Summa Group is a diversified holding with significant investments in the port logistics, engineering, construction, telecommunications, and in the oil and gas sectors. 

Togliattiazot is the world's largest producer of ammonia. It's a global company that supports chess and other educational efforts in Russia and around the world.

Gazprom is a global energy company. Its major business lines are geological exploration, production, transportation, storage, processing and sales of gas, gas condensate and oil.

Local Partners and Suppliers

Omega is the Krasnodar region-owned operator of the Olympics buildings and infrastructure. 


Blackthorne International Transport specialises in delivering all types of cargo to Russia - by air, by sea and by road. Blackthorne is an official supplier of the Match.