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NEW YORK (AP) — The World Chess Championship has come down to a series of lightning-fast games that will determine whether the title goes to reigning champ Magnus Carlsen of Norway or challenger Sergey Karjakin (SEHR’-gay kar-YAH’-keen) of Russia.

The two are facing off Wednesday in New York.

After 12 games played in the past three weeks, it’s still a tie between the world’s two top grandmasters.

Organizers expect about 6 million people around the world plan to follow a series of quick tie-breaking games — sort of like sudden death play in football.

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The championship prize is $1.1 million divided between the two players. The winner gets 60 percent.