Regulations for the tournaments and matches in the cycle for the Men's and
Women's Individual World Championships
Approved by the 1983 General Assembly. Amended by the 1984,
1986, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1998 General Assemblies, 1999 Presidential
Board and 1999 Executive Board.
These regulations cover the tournaments and matches in the
cycle for the Men's and the Women's Individual World Championships.
Annex A (D.I.02) covers the specific regulations for the Men's
and the Women's Zonal tournaments.
Annex B (D.I.03) covers the specific regulations for the World
The words "player", "participant", etc. mean both male and
The number of players entitled to participate in the zonal
tournament, as well as the prize funds for all the tournaments and matches in
the cycle are to be reconsidered before the beginning of a new cycle.
The number of players mentioned in 1.3 will in principle be
determined on the basis of the formulas mentioned in 1.3.2 and 1.3.4.
Each federation automatically receives one place in a zonal
tournament. Additional places are dependent on (a) the number of players with
ratings over 2450 (Men) or 2250 (Women), and (b) the number of active
grandmasters. Except for any federation, which comprises a Zone in itself, no
federation has more than five places in the zonal tournaments.
- For each player with a rating of over 2450 (Men) or 2250 (Women) on the most
recent International Rating List of the year before that in which the Zonal
tournaments are due to be held, the federation receives 1/4 point.
- For each active grandmaster in a federation, the federation receives 1/8
- No player will be counted twice. This means that the federation receives its
points for a player according to (a) or (b) or (c) or (d) in this order, and
never twice for the same player.
- The total number of points for each federation will be rounded to the
nearest integer if the result contains a fraction (the fraction 1/2 is rounded
up). This number of whole points is the number of additional places in the zonal
- GA '93) Each Zone automatically has one place in the World Championship.
||System of the Competitions
The tournaments shall be conducted in the manner approved by
the General Assembly as set forth in these regulations and in the Annexes
mentioned under 1.1 (1.11 - 1.17).
||Playing Conditions and Other Requirements
As a minimum, the following playing conditions shall be adhered to.
The games shall be open to spectators.
The actual playing area must be spacious enough to avoid
constricting either players or arbiters. It should have excellent conditions of
lighting, temperature, ventilation and quiet, in accordance with the judgment of
the chief arbiter.
The chess equipment for play (the table, chairs, chessboard,
chess pieces and clock) should comply with FIDE standard specifications. In
cases where no standards exist, the equipment must have the approval of the
The spectators must be seated at a suitable distance from the
actual playing area. The spectators must be quiet. The area for spectators will
be cleared if the spectators are not quiet enough in the judgment of the chief
The organizers shall insure the participants against accidents
and the need for medical services including cost of medicines in case of acute
illnesses, surgical operations, etc.
The organizers shall not be responsible for medical services
needed for treatment of chronic or other illnesses, which already existed before
the start of the competition.
The organizers shall provide the participants with single rooms
with bath or shower.
A twin-bedded room can be given to two participants only with
both players' consent.
The organizers must arrange for maximum publicity through the
media, and must make telephone, fax and e-mail facilities available. To
journalists and players' companions who have to meet their own costs, they shall
offer suitable and favorably priced accommodation.
The organizers shall specify to FIDE all conditions they offer
to the participants, accompanying persons and other officials.
||Entry Fees |
For each player enrolled for participation in any of the
competitions in the cycle, his federation must pay the entry fee stipulated in
the Financial Regulations. This entry fee must be received by FIDE not later
than 14 days before the beginning of the competition in question failing which
FIDE may collect this fee from the player at the tournament venue. (PB '99).
If a player withdraws his entry less than 14 days before the
commencement of the competition or does not appear at all, the entry fee is
forfeited unless the player concerned can furnish acceptable reasons for his
||General Rules |
The FIDE Laws of Chess shall be applied to the competitions.
The time limit in all FIDE events is 40 moves in 100 minutes,
then 20 moves in 50 minutes and finally 10 minutes for the remaining moves. From
the first move 30 seconds will be added after each move. The games shall be
played using the DGT clocks.
Before the start of the last round, all games from the previous
rounds must be completed.
The chief arbiter only in exceptional cases can permit
postponement of a game, and only when it does not involve altering the day
already fixed for the end of the tournament.
Three rounds before the end of the zonal tournaments at the
latest, players of the same federation should already have played each other, in
so far as this is technically feasible.
(GA '95) If a Zonal qualifying tournament produces a tie
between two players, and the right to participate in the next stage of the cycle
depends on the finishing order of these players, a play-off shall be held in the
same place immediately afterwards, according to the regulations for Zonal
Tournaments (Annex A, D.I.02).
(GA '95) If a Zonal qualifying tournament produces a tie among
more than two players and the right to participate in the next stage of the
cycle depends on the finishing order of these players, the tie shall be broken
according to the standard tie-break regulations, as follows:
For Swiss tournaments where the players involved have all
played only against rated opponents, after eliminating the lowest rated
opponent, find the sum of opponents' ratings. The highest total wins. If still
tied, eliminate the rating of the next lowest rated opponent(s) until a decision
- For other Swiss tournaments, the sum of progressive scores. The highest
total wins. If still tied, deduct the first round score, and if necessary the
second round and so on.
- For other tournaments, including Round Robins, elimination of scores against
opponents in the lowest final score-group. The highest total wins. If still
tied, eliminate scores from the next lowest final score-group, and so on. If the
tie remains unbroken, decide by lot.
|Note: In 5.15, a - c, the word "tournament" does not
apply to a play-off between more than two participants, but to the qualifying
competition which originally produced the tie. |
Only the systems of evaluation listed under 5.15 are
In accordance with the highest principles of sportsmanship and
gentlemanly conduct, each player must observe the Laws of Chess and do his
utmost not to distract or annoy his opponent.
The players shall endeavor to settle all controversial issues
by agreement and in the spirit of the high principles of FIDE.
During playing sessions the participants are not allowed to
accept any kind of chess assistance.
The television rights, including video and film rights, belong
to FIDE. Agreements shall be concluded between FIDE and the organizers before
the events, to safeguard the interests of the players.
(GA '93) Players in the cycle shall give to FIDE an undertaking
to complete, save in the case of illness evidenced by a medical certificate.
In difficult or conflicting situations, the President of FIDE
has the right to take such measures or decisions as he considers to be in the
interest of FIDE and of the worldwide development of chess.
Prizes and fees for participants in the World Championship
cycle are to be paid either in the currency recognized by FIDE (Swiss Francs),
or else in a convertible currency acceptable to the participants, according to
the current rates of exchange of the Schweizerische Kreditanstalt (Credit
Suisse), Lucerne (bankers to FIDE).