Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London

   

Rules & Regulations

 

Tour Regulations

 

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    Table 1

    Tour Points

    Place

    Points

    Place

    Points

    1st

    13/12*

    6th

    5

    2nd

    10

    7th

    4

    3rd

    8

    8th

    3

    4th

    7

    9th

    2

    5th

    6

    10th

    1

    * Any player who wins an event outright shall be awarded 13 Tour Points. If 1st place is determined by playoff, they earn 12 points.

    Table 2
     

    Grand Chess Tour Prize Fund

    Place

    Prize

    1st

    $75,000

    2nd

    $50,000

    3rd

    $25,000

    Table 3

    Event Prize Fund

    1st

    $75,000

    6th

    $20,000

    2nd

    $50,000

    7th

    $15,000

    3rd

    $40,000

    8th

    $15,000

    4th

    $30,000

    9th

    $15,000

    5th

    $25,000

    10th

    $15,000

    Invitations: The organizers of the Grand Chess Tour started with the January 2015 FIDE Rating List and sought players that demonstrate the highest levels of sportsmanship and professionalism. We invited the top-10 players in the world, eight of whom have confirmed their participation.

 

  • Player Event Commitment: The nine players have agreed to participate in all three 2015 Grand Chess Tour Events. A tenth player will be selected as a wildcard to each individual event by the organizing committee.

 

  • Tour Points: Players will earn Tour Points based on their final standing in each event. Players with the most Tour Points at the end of the Grand Chess Tour earn extra prize money for their overall performance across all three events (Table 1).

 

  • Prize Fund: At the conclusion of the Grand Chess Tour, the top-three players (by Tour Points) will take home an additional $150,000 (Table 2).

 

  • Drawing of Lots: Drawing of lots will be determined by a blitz tournament at Norway Chess 2015. Pairing numbers will be reversed at the Sinquefield Cup, and the London Chess Classic will draw lots randomly.

 

  • Arbitration: Should any GCT regulations require interpretation or clarification, arbitration shall be performed by the Arbitration Committee, comprised of one representative from each event.

 

  • 2016 Qualification: The top-three players from the 2015 Grand Chess Tour, as well as the reigning World Champion, qualify automatically for the 2016 Grand Chess Tour.

 

 

Event Regulations

 

Where not otherwise specified, each event shall follow the FIDE Laws of Chess.

 

  • Time Control: 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by the rest of the game in 1 hour with a 30-second increment from move 41.

 

  • Prize Fund: Players are competing for an overall prize fund of $300,000 in each event (Table 3).

 

 

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