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2021 RKWC recap

Hey everyone!
Here's a short recap of the 2021 world championship cycle.

The 2021 Racing Kings WC was played between June 27 and October 23, with a grand total of 56 players battling it out in double elimination format. It marked a sharp increase compared to the 34 participants that played in both previous editions - a trend we are hoping to continue in the years to come.

The 2021 Final between the top seed, @CyberShredder, and two-time world champion @RoyalManiac was played on October 23, 16:00 UTC. It was a much-anticipated rematch, after a tense upper bracket final saw @RoyalManiac winning by the narrowest possible margin. After playing for over 2,5 hours, @CyberShredder came out on top in the RKWC Final with a score of 10.5 - 9.5. Congratulations to our new world champion!
All games from the Final can be viewed in this study: lichess.org/study/OQqXs4VN
Rewatch the commentary stream by @mmo_mikhail here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwh9aMrTP0Y

The bracket of the RKWC can be found here: challonge.com/rkwc2021/
Check out this link for the final standings according to Challonge: challonge.com/rkwc2021/standings

The 2021 rules were posted on the RKWC website: sites.google.com/view/racingkingswc/2021-rkwc/2021-rules
Read the announcement of the 2020 RKWC here: lichess.org/forum/team-racing-kings-wc/2021-racing-kings-wc-announcement--registrations
The first-round pairings were announced here: lichess.org/forum/team-racing-kings-wc/2021-racing-kings-wc-pairings-and-match-time-announcements
And finally, all match results are posted on this topic: lichess.org/forum/team-racing-kings-wc/2021-racing-kings-wc-match-results

In accordance with tradition, the registrations for the 2022 RKWC would take place between May 30 and June 26. Details however remain to be seen, as changes in both the ruleset as well as the tournament format itself are a possibility for the upcoming year. We hope you'll be there with us in 2022!

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