Regulations of the World Chess Championship Match 2003 Print
Monday, 24 February 2003 00:00
The World Chess Championship Match between World Champion GM, Ruslan Ponomariov and World highest rated player GM, Gary Kasparov shall be organized after 15 June 2003 at a venue and exact date to be approved by FIDE.

Annex A

Regulations of the World Chess Championship Match 2003

Approved by the 2003 Presidential Board in Bucharest
1. Organization
1.1. The World Chess Championship Match between World Champion GM, R. Ponomariov and World highest rated player GM, G. Kasparov shall be organized after 15 June 2003 at a venue and exact date to be approved by FIDE.
1.2. Governing Body: the World Chess Federation (FIDE).
1.3. FIDE shall be responsible for overseeing the preparations, giving directions for all technical aspects related to chess and the Championships, as well as announcement of the dates and venues for the event. FIDE or its appointed Agency shall be responsible specifically for the Internet and electronic display system and all commercial aspects of the World Championships. In any event all commercial aspects including internet and TV coverage of the WCC shall be subject to a separate contract between FIDE or its appointed Agency and the sponsoring entity.
1.4. Sponsors shall guarantee a preferred prize fund of USD 1 500 000 or minimum prize fund of USD 1 000 000.
2. Selection of the Organizers.
2.1. FIDE shall immediately open a bidding procedure for the World Chess Championship Match. By the 14th of February 2003, the bidding procedures shall be closed. By its next Presidential Board meeting of the same year, FIDE shall announce the Organizers and the selected venue(s) and any amendment or modification of regulations for the match.
2.2. Each applicant shall pay a non-refundable fee of USD 1, 000 to obtain the obligatory bidding form and the necessary information from the FIDE Secretariat. At any time, where the bidding procedure fails, the Presidential Board shall decide, where, when and how the Championship will be organized.
2.3. Each proposal shall contain the following particulars:
a. The proposed tournament venue;
b. The proposed prize fund in U.S. Dollars.
c. The proposed sum that will be due to FIDE being no less than 20% of the proposed prize fund.
d. Special rates for hotel rooms and meals for the participants, principals and journalists;
e. A statement that the applicant accepts all the demands made in these regulations;
f. The applicant&rsquos name, signatures and authentications;
g. Two bank guarantees shall be provided. One for the proposed prize fund comprising 20% of this sum and the other for the sum of USD 50,000 in respect of other obligations.
h. FIDE may exercise the right to reject any bid application if the conditions as stated in Article 2.8 below are not met or the financial offer is unsatisfactory;
2.4. Each proposal shall be accompanied by an invitation to at least one member of the World Chess Championship Committee (WCCC) to inspect the proposed venue and examine the other conditions, with all expenses paid by the bidder.
2.5. Each proposal shall be delivered sealed to the FIDE Secretariat within the framework announced by FIDE.
2.6. The FIDE President or his representative shall then open them at the appointed time and the details shall be published.
2.7. The FIDE Presidential Board shall decide which applicant shall be chosen. The decision reached shall be based on the following criteria, which are to be viewed as a whole:
a. Prize fund
b. Playing conditions
c. Providing visas to all players and officials.
d. Security assistance for all players and officials.
e. Chess activity both actual and potential in the country hosting the World Championship.
f. Media possibilities
g. Potential development of chess worldwide.
h. Climatic conditions during the period of the tournament
i. Taxation conditions in the hosting country in respect of the prize fund (if any), provided that the sum equivalent to 20% of the prize fund due to FIDE shall be net of tax.
2.8. After the Presidential Board has decided who shall be selected to organize the WCCM, the Organizers shall deposit, not later than one month before the start of the World Championship, in escrow, net and free of all taxes, with the FIDE bankers the full sums of money covering the prize fund, including 20% of the prize fund due to FIDE and all costs related to FIDE as stipends, travel, full board and lodge and other administrative costs related to the Championship in accordance with a budget agreed between FIDE and the organisers. This shall be deposited into the FIDE bank, failing which the previous bank guarantees issued to FIDE namely 20% of the proposed prize fund and USD 50,000 bank guarantees shall be forfeited to FIDE.
2.9. The Organizers shall invite two members of the World Chess Championship Committee (WCCC) to inspect and give consultation on the preparations. Travelling (business class if transcontinental) and accommodation costs are to be borne by the Organizers. The WCCC shall decide on the need for further inspections.
3. Playing Conditions:
3.1. Number of Games: 12 Game match.
3.2. Time control: 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in one hour, followed by 15 minutes plus 30 seconds for all moves (40/2h, 20/1h, 15m+30sec/all).
4. Conditions of Victory:
4.1. The winner of the match shall be the first player to score 6.5 or more points from a maximum of 12 games. In case of equal score (6-6) then tiebreaks as described in 5. (Tie breaks for the World Chess Championship Match) shall be decisive.
4.2. Schedule.
1st day: Opening Ceremony
2nd day: 1st game
3rd day: 2nd game
4th day: Day off
5th day: 3rd game
6th day: 4th game
7th day: Day off
8th day: 5th game
9th day: 6th game
10th day: Day off
11th day: 7th game
12th day 8th game
13th day: Day off
14th day: 9th game
15th day: 10th game
16th day: Day off
17th day: 11th game
18th day: 12th game
19th day: Closing Ceremony or free day in the event of 6-6 tie
20th day: Tiebreak/Closing Ceremony
4.3. Drawing of colours shall be done during the Opening Ceremony.
4.3.1. The Organizers, in consultation with the FIDE President, may vary the schedule.
5. Tie breaks for the World Chess Championship Match:
5.1. If the scores are level after the regular games, after a new drawing of colours, four (4) tie break games shall be played with 25 minutes on the clock and additional 10 seconds per move from move one for each player.
5.2. If the scores are level after the games in paragraph 5.1. then, after a new drawing of colours, 2 blitz games in which each player receives 5 minutes on his clock, shall be played.
5.3. In case of tie in 5.2. the players shall play sudden death blitz games until a game is won.
5.4. If after 6 blitz games have been played without any sudden death win the Chief Arbiter may decide that the players shall play one decisive game. The player, who wins the drawing of lots, may choose the colour. White shall receive 5 minutes on the clock and Black shall receive 4 minutes, without any addition. The winner shall be declared World Chess Champion. In the event of a draw, the player with the black pieces shall be declared World Chess Champion.
6. Prizes.
6.1. The World Champion shall receive 55% of the prize fund. The runner up 45%. In the event of the 6-6 draw before the tiebreak, prize money shall be split 50-50 between the players irrespective of the outcome of the tiebreak.
6.2. 20% of the prize fund shall be allocated to FIDE.
7. Finance.
7.1. Before the end of the tournament, FIDE shall be reimbursed for its direct expenses incurred in the World Championship Organization. This shall be a fixed sum agreed between the Organizer and FIDE President before the start of the tournament. This sum shall include stipends, Championship pre-expenses (inspections) and tournament expenses (travelling and boarding) for the members of the World Chess Championship Committee (WCCC). The WCCC shall advise and help the Organizers on protocol, budget, infrastructure, media, commentary, bulletin and other technical problems.
7.1.1 Minimum budget for WCCC expenses have to be USD 15 000.
7.2. The FIDE or its appointed commercial agency has exclusive financial rights to the event and is free to exploit them commercially, including entering into advertisement agreements either with the Organizers or Sponsors of the Championship requiring players to wear clothes, aprons or caps with the branding of sponsors on the express approval of the FIDE President.
7.3. The income provided by the World Championship through admission charges, concessions, photography, radio, shall go to the Organizers. The television and Internet Web transmission rights, including video and film rights, shall belong to FIDE or its appointed commercial agency and the income divided on the basis of an agreement between FIDE or its appointed Commercial Agency and the Organizers.
7.4. FIDE or its appointed commercial agency shall have the exclusive rights for live games on Internet and shall provide the necessary equipment such as electronic boards and clocks to cover the event. FIDE or its appointed commercial agency shall provide to the Organizers the signal for online game display in the different function rooms as designated by FIDE.
7.5. The Organizers shall draw up as detailed a budget as possible, including provision for contingencies. This shall be subject to the approval of the World Championship Committee and thereafter the FIDE President.
8. Stipends:
8.1. The following stipends are to be paid to the Principals of the World Championship:
a) President or the Deputy President who shallbe Chairman of the Appeals Committee USD 10,000
b) Three members of the Appeals Committee USD 9,000
c) Chief Arbiter USD 6,000
d) Deputy Chief Arbiter USD 4,000
e) Press Officer USD 3,000
f) Chairman of FIDE medical commission or his nominee USD 4,000
9. Arrangements for the Playing Hall.
9.1. The WCCC shall ensure the playing hall and its environs at least to meet the requirements of the FIDE Regulations for the Organization of Top Level Tournaments (FIDE Handbook C.01).
9.2. The playing venue shall be decorated with the FIDE flag, IOC flag, the flags of the host nation and the participating Federations and the sponsors&rsquo brandings.
9.3. For the World Chess Championship Match, each player shall have a private room to which he may retire. The rooms shall be similar in nature and equipped with a live monitor of the chessboard. The rooms shall be comfortable including coffee and tea, light refreshments according to the list provided by the players.
9.4. After the World Chess Championship Committee agrees with the Organizers on the World Chess Championship Match arrangements in respect of the tournament hall, facilities, accommodation and meals, transportation, telecommunication, ceremonies, no objections from the participants shall be acceptable.
10. Interviews, functions and mode of dressing.
10.1. Interviews with people other than players can be arranged directly.
10.2. The players are expected to cooperate reasonably with the media. General interviews with them can be arranged through the Press Officer.
10.3. The players are required to make themselves available for short interviews, of not more than 10 minutes duration, immediately after the game. In general, the winner, or in the event of a draw both players shall be available for the daily press conference.
10.4. Players are required to be present at all official functions approved by FIDE President or his Deputy during the Championship including official receptions and the opening and closing ceremonies.
10.5. Players are specifically requested to note the requirements of FIDE Regulations C.01 (Article 8.1) in respect of their dignified appearance at all times during the World Chess Championship.
11. Photography and Television.
11.1. Only photographers and camera crew expressly authorized by the Press Officer may work in the playing venue.
12. Advance Preparations of World Chess Championship Match.
12.1. Players and their Amenities.
12.1.1. The organizers shall provide personal stewards, security and one chauffeur-driven car for each player’s delegation. Each player shall be entitled to a suite and two double rooms in a first class hotel.
12.2. Principals and their Amenities.
12.2.1 Principals are:
a. FIDE President
b. FIDE Deputy President
c. Chief Arbiter and his Deputy
d. Members of Appeals Committee
e. WCCC members
f. Chairman of the FIDE Medical Commission or his representative.
g. Press Officer.
12.2.2. The Organizers shall provide personal stewards as necessary for FIDE President, his Deputy, and the Chief Arbiter and WCCC representatives.
12.2.3. The Organizers are hosting the Principals and the designated number of the FIDE officials up to a maximum of five throughout the World Championship.
a. Travel FIDE President has the right to first class travel by air, sea or rail, at the Organizers&rsquo expense. FIDE Deputy President has the right to business class travel by air, sea or rail, at the Organizers&rsquo expense. All other Principals shall be provided with transport by air, sea or rail or, if they prefer, any other mode of transport that is not more costly to the Organizers than air travel. Any Principal making his own travel arrangements without the agreement of the Organizers does so entirely at his own risk.
b. Accommodation Accommodation should be reserved for the Principals and other designated FIDE officials in a 5 star hotel.For the FIDE President – A suite of appropriate protocol status.For FIDE Deputy President – a suite. For other Principals/ FIDE officials - a double room.
c. Food and Drinks Provision for food and drinks shall be made for all the Principals on a wholly equal basis. This shall be provided by a specified allowance in local currency per day and/or by set meals. The nature and amount shall be agreed between the Organizers and WCCC. The President and his Deputy shall be provided with full complimentary service for extras at the hotel, at the expense of the organizers.
d. Local Transportation For FIDE President, a chauffeur-driven car. For the other Principals, a number of cars shall be made available; their use will depend on the position of the hotels, playing hall and media center, and on the leisure activities of the Principals. Alternatively, a daily allowance in local currency may be provided, the amount to be agreed between the Organizers and WCCC.
12.3. Playing Conditions.
12.3.1. Apart from the players and arbiters, no other person shall be allowed in the actual playing area during the games, except with the express permission of the Chief Arbiter.
12.3.2. During the playing session (lasting from 10 minutes before the start of the game until the departure of players), the following additional regulations shall be in force:
a. The players are not permitted to bring into the playing venue technical and other equipment extraneous to play, which may in any way disturb or upset the opponent. The Chief Arbiter shall decide what constitutes extraneous equipment liable to offend the opponent.
b. A player may talk only to an arbiter or communicate with a steward, or with his opponent as permitted by the Laws of Chess.
12.3.3. 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.
12.4. Score sheets.
The Organizers shall provide score sheets according to the specifications provided by the WCCC.
a. At the end of each game the players&rsquo original score sheets shall be given to the Arbiter, who shall hand them over to FIDE in due course.
b. Refusal of either player to sign the score sheets shall be penalized according to Article 13.4 of the Laws of Chess. After the players have signed the score sheets, the Arbiter shall countersign to confirm the results.
c. In tiebreak games, the players and the Arbiter shall sign a protocol.
12.5. Players&rsquo Meeting.
Players are required to attend the Players&rsquo Meeting on the day of the Opening Ceremony at a time to be decided by the Chief Arbiter and the Organizers. If he deems it necessary, the Chief Arbiter may call other Players&rsquo Meetings.
12.6. Selection of Arbiters.
12.6.1. The FIDE President, after consultation with the players, shall appoint the arbiters who must have the title of International Arbiter. In any event, the decision of the FIDE President shall be final.
12.6.2. In each match, no arbiter may belong to the same federation as either of the players. Exception: if both players are members of the same federation, an arbiter may also belong to this federation.
12.6.3. During play either the Chief Arbiter or the Deputy Chief Arbiter must be present in the playing area.
12.6.4. Immediately after the end of the World Chess Championship Match, the Chief Arbiter shall draw up a report and send it without delay to the FIDE Secretariat.
12.6.5. The report shall be written in one of the official FIDE languages.
12.6.6. The report shall contain the result of each individual game as well as the final result of the match. In addition, the report shall contain a general description of the course of the World Championship. If there were difficulties, conflicts or incidents during the World Championship, they shall be described together with the measures taken to deal with them.
12.6.7. The report shall be supplemented by adding two copies of the bulletins of the World Championship Match.
12.6.8. The Chief Arbiter may, in consultation with the WCCC, and with 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.
12.7. Appeals Committee.
The President or his Deputy shall be Chairman of the Appeals Committee. There shall be three other members all from different Federations appointed by the FIDE President. No member of the Appeals Committee shall sit in judgment in a dispute involving a player or party from his Federation except where the dispute is between two players or two parties from his Federation. All protests must be submitted in writing to the Appeals Committee not more than two hours after the relevant playing session, or the particular infringement complained against. The Committee may decide on the following matters:
a. an appeal against a decision by an arbiter,
b. a protest against a player&rsquos behaviour,
c. a complaint alleging false interpretation of the regulations,
d. a request for the interpretation of specific regulations,
e. a protest or complaint against any participant, or
f. all other matters which the Committee considers important.
If possible, the Committee shall reach a decision not more than two hours after the submission of a protest. The appeals process shall include written representations and a written decision. The Committee shall endeavour to find binding solutions that are within the true spirit of the FIDE motto, Gens Una Sumus. Every protest must be accompanied by a deposit fee of USD 5000 (five thousand US Dollars) or the equivalent in local currency. If the protest is accepted, the fee shall be returned. If the protest is rejected, the fee may be forfeited to FIDE. The decision of the Appeals Committee arising from any dispute in respect of these regulations shall be final.
13. Opening Ceremony for the World Chess Championship Match.
13.1. The Opening Ceremony shall take place the day prior to the first round and both participants are required to take part.
13.2. The program of the Opening Ceremony shall be supervised by FIDE. Cultural program and speeches totalling up to 60 minutes is recommended. FIDE Anthem and the anthem of the hosting country shall be played at the beginning.
13.3. The drawing of colours for round 1 shall be carried out as part of the opening ceremony.
14. Closing Ceremony of the World Chess Championship Final Match.
The Closing Ceremony shall take place not later than one day after the end of the 12th game according to the schedule per Article 4.2. Organizer of the final shall provide two medals: in gold and silver, as well as a Cup to the World Champion. The FIDE Anthem, the anthem of the World Champion and the anthem of the hosting country shall be played.
15. Commitment of the World Champion
The winner of the Match of the World Championship shall be designated as World Champion and shall retain this title until a new Champion is crowned at the next official match for the title organized by FIDE. He is precluded alongside with the Vice-Champion from playing in a World Championship Match that is not officially recognized by FIDE.
16. Payment of Prize Money and Stipends
16.1. The prize fund and stipends shall be paid by bank cheque or direct banker&rsquos order drawn in United States Dollars on UBS, Lausanne.
16.2. Upon completion of the World Championship, FIDE shall pay these sums collectible in the payee&rsquos home country where requested by him. Where a player, with the agreement of the Organizers, leaves prior to the conclusion of the Championship, he shall receive his prize on departure.
16.3. FIDE shall not be responsible for any national or local tax to be deducted from the prize money.
16.4. At any time in the course of the application of these regulations, any grounds that are not covered or any unforeseen event shall be referred to the Presidential Board or to the President of FIDE, for final decision.
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