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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Anand vs Carlsen World Chess Championship 2013 Schedule, Tiebreak, Time Control Regulations

Posted by World Chess Championship 2013 News Blog Thursday, September 12, 2013
The forthcoming World Chess Championship 2013 in Chennai between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen will be played according to the following schedule, time controls and tiebreak regulations.

Schedule: Match System: The World Chess Championship Match 2013 will consist of 12 games and if necessary, tie-break games. The World Chess Championship 2013 will be played according to the following schedule:

OPENING CEREMONY 07 November 2013 
GAME 1 - 08 November 2013
GAME 2 - 09 November 2013
GAME 3 - 11 November 2013
GAME 4 - 12 November 2013
GAME 5 - 14 November 2013
GAME 6 - 15 November 2013
GAME 7 - 17 November 2013
GAME 8 - 18 November 2013

GAME 9 - 20 November 2013
GAME 10- 21 November 2013
GAME 11 - 23 November 2013
GAME 12 - 24 November 2013
TIEBREAKS - 26 November 2013

The closing ceremony shall take place on the day after the World Chess Champion has been decided or one day thereafter. 

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.

Until this World Chess Championship, no postponement of any game was allowed. However, an "illness clause" has been added to the contract this time around. 

FIDE vice-president Israel Gelfer had told journalists in Chennai after conducting a final inspection of the venue that the illness clause – which allows two days off if either of the players falls ill – was added to the contract after Anand “graciously accepted“ 

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).

For tie-break games, there shall be a separate drawing of lots conducted by the Chief Arbiter of the match.

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.

The games shall be played using the electronic clocks and boards approved by FIDE.

The World Chess Cha
mpionship 2013 shall be played over a maximum of twelve (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 according to regulations stated below. 

If a player refuses to participate in the World Championship Match, he will be replaced as follows: The runner up finalist of FWCM 2012 GM Boris Gelfand replaces the World champion Vishy Anand and the runner up of the Candidates Tournament 2013 Vladimir Kramnik replaces the challenger Magnus Carlsen. In case any or both players refuse to participate when invited, or for any further replacements needed, the rating list of January 2013 will be used to determine their replacements.


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

All tie-break games shall be played according to the following:
1. Play is governed by the World Championship Technical Regulations which apply with the exceptions mentioned below in (2), (3) and (4).
2. The players do not need to record the moves. An arbiter shall record the moves.
3. The player who has the move may stop the clocks and consult the Arbiter’s score sheet and if his next move will produce a threefold repetition of position, or the 50 moves rule, he himself must write the intended move on the score sheet and claim the draw if he wants. If the draw claim is found to be correct, the game is immediately ended as a draw. If the claim is found to be incorrect, the Arbiter shall add three minutes to the opponent’s remaining time and the game continues with the intended move. A maximum of two incorrect claims for a draw can be made by each player. If a player makes a third incorrect claim, the arbiter shall declare the game lost for this player.

4. If a game has ended by resignation, checkmate, time loss, stalemate, triple repetition or any other of the ways described in the Technical Regulations, no claim for irregularities shall be accepted (irregularities include clock settings etc as described in the Technical Regulations).

If the scores are level after the 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 as described below.

If the score is still level after five matches as described, 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 starting 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 games, unless the Chief Arbiter decides otherwise. - B&W Team