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Thursday, February 14, 2013

World Chess Blitz & Rapid Championships 2013 - Fide Announces Regulations

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Hi Everyone,

Fide has announced the regulations for the FIDE World Blitz Championship 2013 & FIDE World Rapid Championship 2013. Here is a summary. The full pdf file is available at this link.

The FIDE World Blitz & Rapid Championships shall be organized annually under the aegis of FIDE by a federation entrusted with the task by the General Assembly or the Presidential Board at least one
year in advance. All rights for the organization of the World Blitz & Rapid Championships and the title of the World Blitz Champion or World Rapid Champion belong to FIDE.

The events will be Swiss pairings tournaments and will be held over two days for Blitz and three days for Rapid. The Blitz will have fifteen rounds with each player playing with white and black
against his paired opponent. The Rapid will be fifteen rounds, Swiss event.

3.1 All players rated at least 2500 in any of the three FIDE rating lists (Standard, Blitz or Rapid) as on the 1st of March 2013 are eligible to participate in the World Blitz Championship.
3.2 The Blitz & Rapid Championships are open to all the National Champions representing their National Chess Federation regardless of their title or rating.
3.3. Applications have to be sent by the national federations only.

At least two months before the tournament, the organising federation will send an invitation to all affiliated federations. The invitations shall be approved by the FIDE President. Copies of the
invitation shall also be sent to the FIDE President, to the Continental Presidents and to the Zone Presidents.

Time Control
5.1 In the Blitz Championship, each player will have 3 minutes + 2 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1.
5.2 In the Rapid Championship, each player will have 15 minutes + 10 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1.

Tournament Conditions
6.1 The players are not permitted to speak to their opponents during the games. Appropriate sporting behaviour is expected from all participants and FIDE rules of conduct are to be strictly followed at all times.
6.2 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.
6.3 Players are required to attend the Players' Meeting on the day of the Opening Ceremony at a time to be decided by the Chief Arbiter and the Organisers. If necessary, the Chief Arbiter may call
other Players' Meetings.
6.4 The draw for Colours and Pairings will be made in the first Players’ Meeting for all three events.
6.5 Players are requested to note the requirements of FIDE Regulations C.01 (Article 8.1) in respect of their dignified appearance at all times during the matches. FIDE may provide a dress code for the event and players and officials will comply with the dress code.
6.6 Players will not be allowed to offer draws directly to their opponents. Any draw claim will be permitted only through the Chief Arbiter in the following cases:
 a triple‐repetition of the position as per article 9.2 of the FIDE laws of chess,
 in dead drawn positions as per article 9.6 of the FIDE laws of chess,
 and applying the rule of 50 moves as per article 9.3 of the FIDE laws of chess
6.7 If any player withdraws after completing 50% or more of the games, the rest of his games are lost by default. In case a player completes less than 50%, all his results are annulled. If such a withdrawal is not justified, he will forfeit his right to the prize for the tournament as well as incur further sanctions by FIDE
6.8 The zero tolerance rule will be in operation. A large digital countdown clock will be installed in the playing hall. An announcement will be made 5 minutes before the game is due to start and again one minute before the start of the game.
6.9 A protest against any decision must be submitted in writing to the Chairman of the Appeals Committee, immediately after the game. The decision of the Appeals Committee is final.
6.10 Apart from the players and principals, no other person shall be allowed in the actual playing
area during the games, except with the express permission of the Chief Arbiter.
6.11. The players are not permitted to bring into the playing venue any electronic or technical or other equipment extraneous to play, which may in any way disturb or upset the opponent or may be in breach of the Rules of Chess. The Chief Arbiter shall decide what constitutes extraneous
equipment liable to offend the opponent or may be in breach of the Rules of Chess.
6.12 The players shall shake hands (or shall greet each other in a normal social manner in accordance with the conventional rules of their society) before the start and after the end of each game. If a player fails to meet these requirements and after being asked to do so by the Chief Arbiter, then the player will lose the game immediately.
6.13 During the game, a player may talk only to an arbiter or communicate with a steward.
6.14 Organizers shall provide in sufficiency, free of charge, coffee, tea and soft drinks for the
players and principals. It is advisable that the same offer shall apply for the press members.Page | 3
6.15 During play either the Chief Arbiter or the Deputy Chief Arbiter must be present in the playing area.
6.16 Tournaments will be played according to the rules of the inadequate supervision of the Rapid
play Laws of Chess ( FIDE Handbook, E.I.01B Appendices, art. 1 to 4 ).
6.17 The Chief Arbiter may, in consultation with the Chairman of Appeals Committee, the players
and after the approval of the FIDE President, issue additional written regulations to lay down the
exact playing hours and take care of other details not covered by these regulations.
6.18 Immediately after the end of the event, the Chief Arbiter shall draw up a report in the
English language and send it without delay to the FIDE Secretariat. The report shall be supplemented
by adding two copies of the bulletins of the event. The report shall contain the result of each
individual game as well as the final standings of the event. In addition, the report shall contain a
general description of the course of the event.
6.19 Immediately after the end of the event, the Chairman of Appeals Committee shall draw up a
report in the English language and send it without delay to the FIDE Secretariat. The report shall
contain an overview of the organisation, the conditions and any other matter that may be deemed
relevant by the Chairman of Appeals Committee.

7. Tournament Schedule

05.06.2013 Arrival
05.06.2013 Opening Ceremony
19:30 May be subject to change
depending on Organisers
06.06.2013 – day 1 Rapid 1‐5 15:00
07.06.2013 – day 2 Rapid 6‐10 15:00
08.06.2013 – day 3 Rapid 11‐15 15:00
09.06.2013 – day 1 Blitz 1‐16 15:00
10.06.2013 – day 2 Blitz 17‐30 15:00
10.06.2013 Closing
19:30 May be subject to change
depending on Organisers
11.06.2013 Departure

The full announcement covers technical aspects, payments for officials, travelling expenses etc.

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