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By Max Jacobson

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World Chess Championship 2023

April 7, 2023

The World Chess Championship, a head-to-head battle between Ding Liren and Ian Nepomniachtchi, starts this Sunday.

This event happens every two years, and decides who will be the new world chess champion. In the off year, there’s another event called the Candidates Tournament, which decides who will challenge the world champ next time.

Here’s a great preview of the two players by Ben Tippett in Defector: https://defector.com/the-world-chess-championship-begins-on-the-edge-of-the-unknown

If you’re the kind of person who likes being in control, the good news is that you’re responsible for exactly half of what happens on a chess board, but the bad news is that your opponent (who is trying to beat you) is responsible for the other half. You have some control over where you want to steer a game, but ultimately you’re in the boat with your opponent, and you both get the opportunity to row.

I’ll probably catch some of the games live, but I know I’ll be watching the GothamChess recaps after.

I’ve gotten into playing chess and watching chess content in the ~1.5 years since the last world chess championship. In fact it was Tippett’s piece on Defector that caught my attention. That led to watching the GothamChess recaps, including this wildly entertaining summary of this notable game in the match:

As with any niche, there’s a whole ecosystem of personalities, not just this one guy. Here are a few of the popular chess content creators I enjoy following:

If you want to play some chess with me, get in touch :)

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