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World Chess Championship 2010 (Regulations)

World Championship facts and regulations

The stage arrangement for the Match. Photo © Europe-Echecs.

The stage arrangement for the Match. Photo © Europe-Echecs. | http://www.europe-echecs.com

A summary of the schedule, prize fund and regulations governing the World Chess Championship Match between Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov.

The World Chess Championship takes place in Sofia, Bulgaria 24th April (1st round) to 13th May 2010 (possible tiebreaks). The match is between World Champion Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov. An agreement was signed by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation Stefan Sergiev on the 16th December 2009. T his was in the presence of the Prime Minister of Bulgaria Mr Boiko Borisov who is guaranteeing the match.

Prize Fund

Prize Fund 2.000.000. EUR: Winner 1.200.000. EUR; Loser : 800.000.EUR

Schedule

WCh Anand - Topalov Sofia (BUL), 24 iv - 13 v 2010
All games start at 15:00 local time (1pm UK time) except game 1 which starts at 3pm.
DayRoundDate
1Opening Ceremony21.04.2010
2Gm 124.04.2010
3Gm 225.04.2010
4Rest Day26.04.2010
5Gm 327.04.2010
6Gm 428.04.2010
7Rest Day29.04.2010
8Gm530.04.2010
9Gm601.05.2010
10Rest Day02.05.2010
11Gm703.05.2010
12Gm804.05.2010
13Rest Day05.05.2010
14Gm906.05.2010
15Gm1007.05.2010
16Rest Day08.05.2010
17Gm1109.05.2010
18Rest Day10.05.2010
19Gm1211.05.2010
20Rest Day12.05.2010
21Tie-Break13.05.2010
22Closing Ceremony *14.05.2010

* The Closing Ceremony takes place the day after the final game. 13th May (maybe now 14th) is the latest it can take place. ie if Tie-Breaks are required.

Some useful regulations

The full match regulations are here: http://www.anand-topalov.com/en/regulations.html

Below are some extracts of the more likely situations to come up.

Drawing of colors

The draw for colors will be conducted during the opening ceremony. The colors shall be reversed after game 6. (The player getting the white color in game 1 shall play game 7 with the black color).

Time control

The time control for each game shall be: 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting after move 61 has been made.

Match Regulations

The match is played over 12 games and the winner of the match shall be the first player to score 6.5 points or more. A tie shall be broken with tie-breaks. If the winner scores 6.5 points in less than 12 games then the organizer can re-schedule the Closing Ceremony for an earlier date.

Tie-breaks

If the scores are level after the regular twelve (12) games, after a new drawing of colors, four (4) tie-break games shall be played. The games shall be played using the electronic clock starting with 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds after each move.

If the scores are level after the 4 rapid games then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of 2 games shall be played with a time control of 5 minutes plus 3 seconds increment after each move. In case of a level score, another 2-game match will be played to determine a winner. If still there is no winner after 5 such matches (total 10 games), one sudden-death game will be played.

If the score is still level after five matches as described in Article 3.7.2, the players shall play a one sudden death game. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the player with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

There shall be a pause of 10 minutes between all tie-break game , unless the Chief Arbiter decides otherwise.

During and Surrounding Play

Only the players and stewards shall be allowed in the actual playing area except with the permission of the Chief Arbiter or his Deputy. Both players will have access to the same toilet facilities during the games. There will be no separate rest rooms for the players during the games. Both players shall use the same rest lounge area which shall be on/at the stage and visible by the Arbiter and the spectators.

Before the start of play, the players shall arrive at least ten (10) minutes for security check.

A player may communicate with an arbiter or a steward. In the case of a draw offer, he may also communicate with his opponent as permitted by article 9.1.b of the regulations.

Immediately after the completion of a game both players have to take part in post game press conferences, of not more than 20 minutes duration,

The players must be present at all official functions during the match including official receptions, the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony.

Appeals Committee & FIDE Supervisor

The FIDE President shall nominate, from within the Presidential Board, three members of the Appeals Committee one of whom shall be Chairman. All protests must be submitted in writing to the Appeals Committee not more than two (2) hours after the finish of the relevant playing session, or the particular infringement complained against.

The Appeals Committee may decide on the following matters:

a) an appeal against a decision by an arbiter,

b) a protest against a player's behavior,

c) a complaint alleging false interpretation of the regulations,

d) a request for the interpretation of specific regulations,

e) a protest or complaint against any participant, or

f) all other matters which the Appeals Committee considers important.

If possible, the Appeals Committee shall reach a decision not more than two (2) hours after the submission of a protest. The appeals process shall include written representations and a written decision. The Appeals Committee shall endeavor to find binding solutions that are within the spirit of the FIDE motto, Gens Una Sumus. Each protest must be accompanied by a deposit fee of €3000 (three thousand Euros) or the equivalent in local currency. This can also be done if the player makes a written request that FIDE withholds the fee from his prize money. If the protest is accepted, the fee shall be returned. If the protest is rejected, the fee may be forfeited to FIDE. The written decision of the Appeals Committee arising from any dispute in respect of these regulations shall be final.

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