Champions Chess Tour 2021

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    Champions Chess Tour 2021

    November 18, 2020

    The Champions Chess Tour is the successor to the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour and aims to be bigger and better, but also more compact. Instead of 5 events over 4 months there will be 10 over 10 months, with the prize fund rising from $1 million to $1.5 million. Six Regular tournaments, three Majors and the Finals will take place from November 2020 until September 2021.

    Next Sunday, November 22, the first Regular tournament — the Skilling Open — will kick off with sixteen players and a new format, as the first 9 tournaments will have the same structure:

    A 3-day round-robin (16 players for each Regular event and 12 for each Major).

    The Top 8 players advance to a 6-day knockout, with two days each for the quarterfinals, semi-finals and final.

    Time control

    The time controls used in the Champions Chess Tour will be the same as for the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour:

    Rapid: 15'+10" (each player has 15 minutes for all moves, with a 10-second increment after each move)

    Blitz: 5'+3"

    Armageddon: White has 5 minutes to Black’s 4, with no increments. If the game is drawn Black wins the match
    The difference comes in the knockout stage, where instead of having best-of-3 (5 or 7) matches, each encounter will be decided over two days. On day 1 there will be four rapid games, and if the match ends 2:2 it will simply be a draw (there doesn’t have to be a winner).

    On day 2 another 4-game match will be held. If both matches are drawn, or the players have traded wins, then shortly after the second match there will be a playoff: two blitz games followed, if needed, by Armageddon.

    Refined Anti-Cheating and Disconnect policies

    Anti-Cheating measures will build on those used for the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour. As well as the player stream viewers can watch there will be cameras filming the players from other angles, available only to the arbiters. The players’ screens will be shared with arbiters as they play.

    One change, however, is that this time round, to avoid any appearance of impropriety, bathroom breaks or otherwise leaving the playing area will not be permitted during games (except with the Chief Arbiter’s approval).

    Disconnects are always a tricky area for online chess, and the new policy is to give a player 30 seconds to reconnect, while their clock still runs. If they lose on time during those 30 seconds they lose the game. After 30 seconds, the clocks will be paused and then resumed as soon as possible after the player reconnects.