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Information Regarding other World Championship Cycle Events
For the coming cycle (2005-2007) the other World Championship events will be organised according to the decisions that were approved by the Bled 2002 General Assembly, the Bucharest 2003 Presidential Board, the 2003 Halkidiki Executive Board, the Dresden 2005 Executive Board and the San-Luis 2005 Presidential Board meetings.
We give a general description of the system of these events as approved by the FIDE Presidential Board in San Luis, October 2005. Further detailed regulations for every event shall be published after the approval of the FIDE President.
Qualification for the Candidates Matches
16 players qualify, according to the following procedure:
A WORLD CUP
From the World Cup the first ten (10) placed players will qualify for the Candidates Matches.
B FIDE Rating List
Five (5) players will qualify for the Candidates Matches by rating (as described in 3.1.2 in the regulations above)
C Previous World Champion
One (1) player, that is GM Rustam Kasimjanov for this cycle, will qualify as the previous World Champion.
A First Round of Matches (16 players)
a1 Any qualified player for the first round of the Candidates Matches is replaced, in case of withdrawal, according to the following order: a) from the San Luis World Championship Tournament 2005, b) from the average rating list for the 5 players qualifying by rating (as described in 3.1.2), c) from the 2005 World Cup for the previous World Champion R. Kasimjanov and the World Cup qualifiers.
a2 Matches System: The World Cup winner is ranked No.1, the rest are ranked in rating order using the last FIDE Rating list available. The players are paired the following way: 1 vs 16 (match 1), 2 vs 15 (match 2), 3 vs 14 (match 3), etc. Each match will consist of 6 games.
a3 The eight (8) winners will qualify for the second round of the Candidate Matches.
B Second Round of Matches (8 players)
b1 Any qualified player for the second round of the Candidates Matches can only be replaced by the player he defeated in the first round of the Candidate Matches.
b2 Matches System: The players are ranked according to the results of the first round of the Candidate Matches: winner of match 1 is No.1, winner of match 2 is No.2, winner of match 3 is No.3, etc. The players are paired the following way: 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, 4 vs 5. Each match will consist of 6 games.
b3 The four (4) winners will qualify for the World Championship Tournament 2007.
World Chess Championship Tournament 2007 (8 players)
A The World Championship Tournament 2007 will include the reigning World Champion, the three (3) players who were placed 2-4 in the San Luis World Championship Tournament 2005 and the four (4) winners of the second round Candidate Matches.
B The regulations of the World Championship Tournament 2007 will be similar with those of 2005 in San Luis.
C The winner of the World Championship Tournament will be declared World Champion.
With the exception of Zonal Tournaments, Continental Championships and World Cup, all other events will be played with the following time control: 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15minutes for the rest of the game plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move 61.
Projected calendar of the 2005-2007 World Chess Championship cycle
World Cup 2005: 26 Nov - 17 Dec 2005 / confirmed for Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
Candidate Matches: Sept - Oct 2006 / open for bids
World Championship Tournament: Sept - Oct 2007 / open for bids
World Cup 2007: to begin last week of Nov 2007 / open for bids (cycle 2007-2009)
Match for the World Chess Championship
FIDE is examining the possibility of interim World Championship matches according to the following basic frameset:
A Any player with a published FIDE rating of 2700 and over can issue a challenge to the reigning World Champion for a World Championship match. The challenge can be accepted by the World Champion only after the approval of FIDE.
B The organizing cost of the match, the prize fund and the contribution payment to FIDE shall be guaranteed by sponsor/sponsors.
C Even if the above conditions are met, the World Champion is not obliged to accept the challenge unless a minimum prize, set by FIDE, is offered as compensation to the World Champion.
D The time control of a World Championship match will 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 plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move 61. If both players agree, then the time control used in the World Cup (90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move from move 1) can be applied.