The World Chess Championship between Magnus Carlsen (right) and Sergey Karjakin remains level with one game to play ©FIDE

The 2016 World Chess Championship remains level with one game to play after the penultimate contest in the 12-game series ended in a ninth draw in New York City.

Norwegian champion Magnus Carlsen and Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin are now tied at 5½-5½ with the final game taking place at the Fulton Market Building on Monday (November 28).

With both players not wanting to risk a defeat so close to the end of the series, a draw was perhaps a predictable outcome.

Carlsen, playing with black, attempted to mix things up but the Russian was able to ensure stalemate by perpetual check after 34 moves and three-and-a-half hours of play.

"The match is trending in a positive direction for me and today, I have to say, I was a lot calmer than I was in the last few days," said Carlsen, who won game 10 to bring himself back into contention.

Challenger Sergey Karjakin was not happy with his performance ©FIDE
Challenger Sergey Karjakin was not happy with his performance ©FIDE

Karjakin, whose sole victory came in game eight, said: "I am not impressed with how I played today.

"At least I held."

If Monday's game produces a winner, that player will be crowned as the World Chess Championship victor.

In case of another draw, a four-game rapid chess match will be played in which the tournament time controls will be reduced to 25 minutes per player per game.

If a winner is not decided after this, up to five two-game matches of blitz chess will be contested with players facing even less time to make their moves.

The final tiebreaker would be an "armageddon" game where the two players will face different rules.

White has more time on the clock, but a draw for black would be the same as a victory.

As such a winner under armageddon rules is guaranteed.