RULES & REGULATIONS FOR THE FIDE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
1.1 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 a committee,
hereby called the FIDE Commission for World Championships and Olympiads (hereinafter
referred to as WCO).
1.2 The FIDE World Chess Championship Match (hereinafter referred to as FWCM)
Anand - Topalov (FWCM) is the final event of the World Championship cycle. The winner
will be declared World Champion for the period 2010-2011.
2.1 Match System: The World Chess Championship Match Anand - Topalov will consist
of 12 games and if necessary, tie-break games.
2.2 The FWCM will be played according to the following schedule:
April 21 – 18.00 EEST (15.00 UTC) - Official opening
April 24 – 17.00 EEST (14.00 UTC) - Game 1
April 25 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 2
April 26 – Rest Day
April 27 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 3
April 28 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 4
April 29 – Rest Day
April 30 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 5
May 1 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 6
May 2 – Rest Day
May 3 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 7
May 4 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 8
May 5 – Rest Day
May 6 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 9
May 7 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 10
May 8 – Rest Day
May 9 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 11
May 10 – Rest Day
May 11 – 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) - Game 12
May 12 – Rest Day
May 13 – Tie breaks
(The closing ceremony shall take place on the day after
the FWCM has been decided or one day thereafter.)
2.3 No postponement of any game shall be allowed.
3. Playing Hall & Match System
3.1 The Players shall be entitled to inspect the accommodation arranged for them at the
Venue three (3) days before the first game of the FWCM match and shall be entitled to make
reasonable requests regarding such accommodation which the organizer shall use all
reasonable endeavors to accommodate.
3.2 The Players – shall inspect the playing hall in the presence of the Chief Arbiter and
representatives of FIDE and the organizer, two (2) days before the first game of the FWCM
at 3.00 p.m. The Organizer shall use all reasonable endeavors to satisfy the reasonable
requests of the players in relation to the playing hall.
3.3 In the event of a dispute between the Players as to the condition and suitability of the
playing hall, the FIDE Supervisor, if any, otherwise Chairman of Appeals Committee, shall
decide about such dispute. His decision shall be final and binding.
3.4 Drawing of colors
3.4.1 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).
3.4.2 For tie-break games, there shall be a separate drawing of lots conducted by the Chief
Arbiter of the match.
3.5 Time control.
3.5.1 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.
3.5.2 The games shall be played using the electronic clocks and boards approved by FIDE.
3.6 Conditions of victory / Replacements
3.6.1 The WCM 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
Article 3.7 below. 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.
3.6.2 If a player refuses to participate in the World Championship Match, he will be replaced
as follows: GM Vladimir Kramnik replaces the World champion Vishy Anand and GM Gata
Kamsky replaces challenger GM Veselin Topalov. In case any or both players refuse to
participate when invited, the rating list of January 2010 will be used to determine their
3. 7 Tie-breaks
3.7.1.a 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
3.7.1.b All tie-break games shall be played according to the following:
1. Play is governed by the World Championship Technical Regulations (annex 1), 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 (according to Article 9.2a of
the Technical Regulations), or the 50 moves rule (according to Article 9.3a of the Technical
Regulations), he himself must write the intended move on the score sheet and claim the draw
if he wants. A player can also claim a draw according to Articles 9.2b and 9.3b of the
Technical Regulations. If the 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 (3) minutes to the
opponent’s remaining time and the game continues with the intended move in accordance
with Article 4 of the Technical Regulations. A maximum of two (2) incorrect claims for a
draw can be made by each player. If a player makes a third (3rd ) 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 Article 5 of the Technical Regulations, no claim for
irregularities shall be accepted (irregularities include clock settings and all other described in
Article 7 of the Technical Regulations).
3.7.2 If the scores are level after the games in Article 3.7.1a, 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 in Article 3.7.3.
3.7.3 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.
3.7.4 There shall be a pause of 10 minutes between all tie-break game , unless the Chief
Arbiter decides otherwise.
3.8 Playing Conditions.
3.8.1 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.
3.8.2 Before the start of play, the players shall arrive at least ten (10) minutes for security
3.8.3 During the playing session the following additional regulations shall be in force:
a) The players are not permitted to bring into the playing area telephone, technical and other
equipment extraneous to play, which may in any way disturb or upset the opponent. The
Chief Arbiter shall decide what constitutes extraneous equipment liable to offend the
b) 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 World
Championship Technical Regulations (annex 1).
c) During the playing session, a player may leave the playing area only with the permission
of the Chief Arbiter and only if he is accompanied by one of the arbiters.
3.8.4 For any infringement of Article 3.8, the Chief Arbiter shall have the right to impose a
fine of not more than 5,000 (five thousand) euro. The player may protest to the Appeals
Committee in accordance to the proceedings laid out in Article 7.3.1.
4. Score sheets.
The Organizer shall provide score sheets according to the FIDE specifications.
a) At the end of each game the players' original score sheets shall be given to the Arbiter,
who shall hand them to FIDE. Score sheets and the games will remain the property of FIDE.
b) Unless a player is making an appeal, any player who refuses to sign the score sheets shall
be penalized with a fine of 1,000 (one thousand) euro. After the players have signed the
score sheets, the Arbiter shall countersign to confirm the results.
c) In tie-break games, the players and the Arbiter shall sign a result sheet.
5 Players' Meeting.
5.1 The players must personally attend the first Players' Meeting on the day of the venue
inspection at a time to be decided by the Chief Arbiter and the Organizer. If necessary, the
Chief Arbiter may request more additional Players' Meetings in which case the players shall
have the right to be represented t by their managers.
5.2 If a player fails to appear at the first Players' Meeting, the Opening or Closing Ceremony
or any approved function of the Championship such as official receptions and press
conferences, or conducts himself in a manner contrary to the spirit of sportsmanship or the
FIDE Code of Ethics, then he shall suffer the following penalty: 5% of his prize money shall
be forfeited to the Organizer and a further 5% to FIDE for each breach. In cases of serious
misconduct the player may be disqualified from the match and the World Chess
6. Interviews, functions and mode of dressing
6.1 The players are expected to co-operate reasonably with the media. General interviews
with them can be arranged through the Press Officer and the team managers but it is
understood that exclusive interviews shall be arranged only after the FWCM has been
6.2 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,
6.3 The players must be present at all official functions during the match including official
receptions, the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony.
6.4 Players are requested to note the requirements of FIDE Regulations C.01 (Article 8.1) in
respect of their appearance at all times during the matches.
6.5 Players are allowed to wear clothes and branding of their personal sponsors only if these
are not in conflict with the sponsors of the WCM.
7. FIDE Principals
7.1 The FIDE Principals are:
a) President and Deputy President,
b) General Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President (Presidential Ticket)
c) FIDE Supervisor
d) Members of the Appeals Committee including the Chairman;
e) 2 Arbiters;
f) Press Officer;
g) Chairman or Representative of FIDE Medical Commission;
h) Members of the FIDE Commission for World Championships and Olympiads.
7.2.1 Two (2) arbiters of the WCM will be appointed by FIDE after consulting both players
by providing them a list of five (5) nominees. No arbiter may belong to the same Federation
as either of the players. Exception: if both players are members of the same Federation, an
arbiter may also belong to this Federation.
7.2.2 During play either the Chief Arbiter or his Deputy shall be present in the playing area.
7.2.3 Immediately after the end of the match, the Chief Arbiter shall write a report and send
it without delay to FIDE and to the FIDE Secretariat.
7.2.4 The report shall be written in the English language and contain the result of each
individual game as well as the final result of the match. In addition, the report shall contain a
general description of the course of the event. If there were any difficulties, conflicts or
incidents, they shall be described together with the measures taken to deal with them.
7.2.5 The report shall be supplemented by adding two copies of the bulletins and the original
score sheets of the games shall be sent to FIDE.
7.2.6 The Chief Arbiter may, in consultation with the WCO, and with the approval of the
FIDE President, issue additional written regulations to inform the exact playing hours and
take care of other details not covered by these regulations.
7.3 Appeals Committee & FIDE Supervisor.
7.3.1 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.
7.4 FIDE Supervisor
7.4.1 Where necessary, the FIDE President will appoint a FIDE Presidential Board member
as FIDE Supervisor who will be above the Organising Committee in all issues involving:
a) fairness concerning treatment of both players in respect of organisational issues,
b) equal playing conditions
c) anti-cheating measures
d) fair publicity of both players through the event's Press Office
7.4.2 The FIDE Supervisor can request from the organizer and at their expense, any
additional security arrangement he finds necessary, in logical terms, in order to secure a fair
match and equal match conditions for the players.
7.4.3 The Organizer has to implement the decisions of the FIDE Supervisor in all issues
involving the above aspects before and during the match. Any decision of the FIDE
Supervisor can be appealed by the players only to the Appeals Committee.
7.4.4 If the match is organised in a "neutral" country, the FIDE President will appoint the
Supervisor unless both parties agree to a certain member of the FIDE Presidential Board. If
the match is organised in the country of one of the players, the opponent may suggest which
member of the FIDE Presidential Board he prefers as FIDE Supervisor.
7.4.5 Where the appointment of a FIDE Supervisor is not necessary, his functions and
responsibilities shall be assumed by the Appeals Chairman.
8. Other arrangements
8.1 FIDE shall ensure the playing hall and its environs meet at least the requirements of the
FIDE Regulations for the Organization of Top Level Tournaments (FIDE Handbook C.01).
8.2 The playing venue shall be decorated with the FIDE flag, IOC flag, the flags of the host
nation and the participating countries.
8.3 For security and administrative reasons, all participants with their teams, FIDE officials
and accompanying persons are expected to stay in the official hotel.
8.4 After FIDE agrees with the Organizer on the arrangements in respect of the tournament
hall, facilities, accommodation and meals, transportation, telecommunication, ceremonies,
etc., no objections from the participants shall be accepted.
8.5 During play, the Organizer shall provide, free of charge, snacks, coffee, tea and soft
drinks for the players and the FIDE Principals. It is advisable that the same offer shall apply
for press members.
9. Photography and Television
9.1 Only photographers and camera crew expressly authorized by the Press Officer may
work in the playing venue.
a) Flash may be used only during the first five (5) minutes.
b) In tie-break games, flash may only be used in the first three (3) minutes. In case of 5
minutes and sudden death games, flash is not permitted; the use of cameras without flash may
be permitted if the Arbiter in charge deems their use to be unobtrusive.
c) Television cameras must be unobtrusive and may only be used if the Chief Arbiter in
charge deems their use to be unobtrusive.
d) An official photographer, designated by the Organizer with the approval of the Chief
Arbiter shall be allowed to take photos at any time during the round without flash. FIDE
reserves the right to use these photos on its website or printed material.
10.1 The Opening Ceremony shall take place one day prior to the first round and the
participants are required to take part.
10.2 The program of the Opening Ceremony shall be supervised by FIDE. Cultural program
and speeches totaling up to 60 minutes are usually welcome. FIDE Anthem, the Anthem of
the hosting country and the anthems of the two players’ countries shall be played.
10.3 The Closing Ceremony shall take place not later than one day after the end of the event
and the participants are required to take part. The Organizer shall provide a victory garland, a
trophy and a gold medal for the winner and a silver medal for the loser. Anthem of the
winner’s country, FIDE Anthem and Anthem of the hosting country shall be played.
11. Travel and Accommodation
11.1.1 The FIDE President has the right to first class travel by air, sea or rail, at the
Organizer’s ` expense. The FIDE Deputy President has the right to business class travel by
air, sea or rail, at the Organizer’s expense. All other Principals shall be provided with
transport by air, sea or rail or, if they prefer, any other mode of transport that is not more
costly to the Organizer than air travel. Any Principal making his own travel arrangements
without the agreement of the Organizer does so entirely at his own risk.
11.1.2 The Organizer shall contribute an amount of 4,000 (four thousand) euros towards the
travel costs of each player’s team.
11.2 Board and Lodging.
11.2.1 For the FIDE President a suite in a first class hotel should be provided. Extra expenses
of the FIDE President will be covered by the Organizer.
11.2.2 For the Deputy President a junior suite and for each FIDE Principal a double room (for
2 persons) should be provided in the official hotel of at least 4-stars.
11.2.3 The organizer shall provide the players with free full board and lodging in a two-room
junior suite in the official hotel of at least 4-stars. The organizer shall also provide free full
board and lodging in a junior suite for the team manager and single rooms to four members of
each player’s team.
For the FIDE Principals, they shall be given a specified allowance in local currency per day
or by the provision of all meals in the restaurant of the hotel. The nature and amount shall be
agreed between the Organizer and WCO.
11.4 Local transportation.
11.4.1 If necessary, transfer from and to the airport will be provided by the Organizing
Committee. For the FIDE President, a chauffeur-driven car shall be at his disposal during his
stay. For the other Principals, a number of cars shall be made available; their use will depend
on the location of the hotels, playing hall and Press Centre, and on the leisure activities of the
Principals. Alternatively, a daily allowance in local currency may be provided, the amount to
be agreed between the Organizer and WCO.
11.4.2 For each player, a chauffeur-driven car shall be at their disposal.
11.5 Personnel – The Organizer should provide sufficient personnel to assist in the playing
hall, press room, VIP room, and at ceremonies according to the agreement made with the
12. Prize Fund
12.1 Price fund 2.000.000. EUR: Winner 1.200.000. EUR; Loser : 800.000.EUR
12.2 The organizer shall pay to FIDE an amount of 20% over and above the total prize fund,
net of any applicable taxes.
13. Other: At any time in the course of the application of these regulations, any grounds that
are not covered or any unforeseen event shall be referred to the FIDE President, for final