The classical world chess championship, the greatest prize in the game, will be held in London next year with Norwegian pin-up Magnus Carlsen aiming to defend his crown.
The reigning world champion, 26, will face the winner of a final play-off tournament in a grueling 12-game one-on-one match over three weeks in November, it was announced today.
Two American stars, Fabiano Caruana and the in-form Wesley So, are the favourites to face Carlsen, along with his 2016 challenger Sergey Karjakin.
They are among eight of the world's top grandmasters who will duke it out in a 14-round double round robin at the Berlin Candidates tournament in March for the right to play the champion.
Carlsen is a former child prodigy who has been dubbed everything from the "Mozart of chess" for his symphonic style to the "Justin Bieber of chess", for his good looks and trendy quiff.
In 2004 he became a grandmaster aged just 13 years and 148 days, making him the second youngest ever at the time after Karjakin.