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World Chess Championship
Tbilisi (Georgia), IX, 2017.
1.1. The FIDE World Chess Cup (World Cup) is an integral part of the World Championship Cycle 2016-2018.
1.2 Governing Body: the World Chess Federation (FIDE). For the purpose of creating the regulations, communicating with the players and negotiating with the organisers, the FIDE President has nominated a committee, hereby called the FIDE Commission for World Championships and Olympiads (hereinafter referred to as WCOC)
1.3 FIDE, or its appointed commercial agency, retains all commercial and media rights of the World Chess Cup 2017, including internet rights.
1.4 Upon recommendation by the WCOC, the body responsible for any changes to these Regulations is the FIDE Presidential Board.
4. World Championship Cycle 2016-2018
4.1. The winner and the runner up of the World Cup 2017 will qualify to the Candidates stage of the World Championship cycle 2016-2018. If there is a 3rd place qualification, a match will be organized together, and with the same terms, with the final match of the World Cup to decide the 3rd place.
The rules of the competition were largely the same as for the previous knockout, the 2015 World Cup, but are repeated below for ease of reference. The codes used above on this page for 2015 correspond to the following from the 'Regulations' document.
- SG: 'Standard game'; see 3.7
- RP: 'Rapidplay game'; see 3.8.1.a
- BL: 'Blitz game'; see 3.8.2.a
- 5/4: 'Sudden death game'; see 3.8.3.a
3.6. Time control
3.6.1. The time control shall be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move from move one.
3.6.2. The games shall be played using the electronic clocks and boards approved by FIDE.
3.7. Conditions of victory
3.7.1. For the first 6 rounds, each match shall be played over two (2) games and the winner of a match shall be the first player to score 1.5 or more points. A tie shall be broken according to article 3.8.
3.7.2. The final 7th round will be a match played over four (4) games and the winner of the World Cup will be the first player to score 2.5 or more points. A tie shall be broken according to article 3.8.
3.8.1.a. If the scores are level after the regular games, after a new drawing of colors, two (2) tie-break games shall be played. The games shall be played using the electronic clock starting with 25 minutes for each player with an addition of 10 seconds after each move.
3.8.1.b. All tie-break games shall be played according to the Annex 2 of the World Championship Technical Regulations.
3.8.2.a. If the scores are level after the games in paragraph 3.8.1a, then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of 2 games shall be played to determine the winner with a time control of 10 minutes plus 10 seconds increment after each move. In case of a level score, another match of 2 games shall be played with a time control of 5 minutes plus 3 seconds increment after each move. If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played as described below in 3.8.3a.
3.8.2.b. The games shall be played according to the Rules mentioned in 3.8.1.b.
3.8.3.a. If the score is still level after the matches as described in 3.8.2a, the players shall play a single decisive 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 opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.
3.8.3.b. The games shall be played according to the Rules mentioned in 3.8.1.b.
3.8.4. Between the tie-break games as well as before the start of the sudden death game there shall be a pause of at least 10 minutes, unless the Chief Arbiter decides otherwise.
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