Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What you need to know about the World Chess Championship

Official website and LIVE commentary:
Official commentators: GM Susan Polgar and IM Lawrence Trent

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Challenger: GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR 2870)
World Champion: GM Viswanathan Anand (IND 2775)

Best if 12 classical games

Time Control: 120 minutes for the first 40 moves
Add 60 minutes after move 40
Add 15 minutes +30 seconds inc. after move 60

Tie-break System: 4 games at 25 minutes and 10 seconds increment
If 2nd tiebreak is needed: 2 games at 5/3 (Max of 10 games)
If 3rd tiebreak is needed: 1 game at 5 mins (w) and 4 mins (b)

The winner will be declared World Champion of 2013 and 2014

Rules & Regulations for the FIDE World Championship Match (FWCM) 2013

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) is the governing body of the World Chess Championship. For the purpose of creating the rules and regulations, communicating with the players and negotiating with the organizer, the FIDE President has nominated the FIDE Commission for World Championships and Olympiads (hereinafter referred to as WCOC).

Upon recommendation by the WCOC, the body responsible for any changes to the regulations of the World Championship Cycle events is the FIDE Presidential Board. 

The FIDE World Chess Championship Match (hereinafter referred to as FWCM) is the final event of the World Championship cycle. The two participants are World Champion V. Anand (India) and his challenger GM Magnus Carlsen who qualified from the Candidates Tournament 2013. The winner of the FWCM 2013 will be declared World Champion for the period 2013-2014. 

-susan polgar

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