Zhukov estimated the chances of the players Karjakin and Carlsen for the win

Жуков оценил шансы шахматистов Карякина и Карлсена на победу

First Vice-speaker of the state Duma and the head of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov believes that the chances of Russian Sergey Karjakin and Magnus Carlsen to win the match for the world chess crown equal.

Carlsen and Karjakin played a draw in the 12th game of the match for the world title on Monday in new York. On the basis of all parties with classical time control in the match tie — 6-6, so the championship will be decided on a tie-break on November 30.

“I think the chances are absolutely equal, and Karjakin proved that he is indeed a real contender, in no way inferior to the world champion. The result can be any” — said Zhukov told reporters.

He added that if before the match the majority of experts in the chess world have evaluated the chances of the reigning world champion and leader of the world ranking Carlsen is much higher than the chances of Karjakin, the game showed that” it is a match of equal opponents”.

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