Ding Liren and Teimour Radjabov will play tiebreaks on Friday for the FIDE World Cup title and $110,000 top prize after their final classical game ended in a cagey draw. Magnus Carlsen and Peter Svidler are set to join Jan Gustafsson to commentate on that battle here on chess24, and they’ll also be able to kibitz MVL-Yu Yangyi, after a 4th draw in the 3rd place match. “I don’t really care anymore!” was Maxime’s half-joke when asked for a prediction of how it would go, with all the players ready to end their month in Siberia.
Thoughts, of course, turned immediately to tiebreaks, with $30,000 at stake – the difference between $110,000 and $80,000 – and of course a piece of chess history in winning one of the toughest events in chess. How are they feeling in advance? Well, Radjabov felt that by this stage you can’t expect too much of the players:
Already I don’t know which kind of games are suitable for us, but maybe bullet – we would play like 100 games to decide. Or Fischer Random or something – 10 games maybe would be fine and fun as well! It’s a normal thing, especially here, so just generally also we’ll try to rest and play the match tomorrow.
For chess fans it should be great fun, and to help ensure that we have Jan Gustafsson commentating with some high-powered help! At the moment the plan is to have 8-time Russian Champion Peter Svidler commentating on the first rapid game and then a certain World Champion Magnus Carlsen commentating on the second. After that we’ll see what happens… Tune into all the World Cup action for one last time live here on chess24 from 12:00 CEST!
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