FIDE Championship
& Regulations

The FIDE World Championship Match consists of fourteen (14) games. The player who scores 7.5 points or more wins the FIDE World Championship Match. No further games are played. If the score after fourteen games is equal, the tie-break is played as described next.

A match of four (4) games is played with a time control of 25 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1. There is a drawing of lots to decide which player starts with white. If the score is still level after that match, another one of two (2) games is played with a time control of 5 minutes + 3 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1. If the score is still level, another 2-game match is played with the same time control; this procedure may be repeated up to a total of five (5) 2-game matches.

There is a drawing of lots to decide which player starts with white for each of the 2-game matches. If the score is still level after five (5) matches (ten games) described before., one (1) sudden death game is played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. The player with the white pieces receives five (5) minutes; the player with the black pieces receives four (4) minutes whereupon; after the 60th move, both players receive an increment of 2 seconds per move starting from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

The time control for each game is 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 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 from move 61.

*The regulations for 2020 apply to the 2021 World Chess Championship