With the Candidates Tournament, the ultimate qualifier for the World Championship Match, just around the corner, FIDE approved rules of replacements for the FIDE World Championship Match 2023.
1. According to article 4.4.1 of the Regulations for the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2022 the winner shall become the Challenger and play a match versus the current Champion for the World Championship title.
2. If one of the participants of the World Championship Match 2023 refuses to play, he shall be replaced by the player who finished second in the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2022.
3. If the further replacement is required, the player who finished third in the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2022 shall be invited.
4. If any further replacement is required, the player who has the best rating in the FIDE January 2023 Standard rating list shall be invited. This player shall have at least 50 games counted in twelve FRL from February 2022 to January 2023. 40 out of these 50 games shall be played in international tournaments with participation of players from at least 4 different federations in each tournament.
In case of equal ratings, the following criteria, in order of priority, shall decide: