Small reminder on the format of this world championship match. It will consist of 14 classic matches, with each player being awarded one point for a win and half a point for a draw. Whoever reaches seven and a half points first will be declared champion. (Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi are both half a point after Friday’s draw.)
The time control for each game is 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remainder of the game plus an additional 30 seconds per move from move 61.
If the match is tied after 14 matches, tie-breaks will be played on the last day (December 16) in the following order:
• Best of four quick games with 25 minutes for each player with a 10 second increment after each stroke.
• If they are still tied, they will play up to five mini-matches of two blitz games (five minutes for each player with a three-second increment).
• If all five mini-matches are drawn, a Sudden Death Armageddon match will be played where White receives five minutes and Black receives four minutes. Both players will receive a three second increment after the 60th move. In the event of a tie, Black will be declared the winner.
Notably, Carlsen’s second and third title defenses both ended in tiebreakers. But many believe that the increased duration of this year’s match (from 12 to 14 matches) and the stylistic match at hand promises a decisive result in the settlement.