Possible final round scenarios

The final round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament starts two hours earlier, at 12.00 (CET).

Anish Giri still has fate in his own hands; if he wins his game, he wins the 83rd edition of the tournament. If Giri doesn’t win, there are all kind of scenarios where two or more players will finish in a tie for first place.

In case two players share first place (if more players share first place, the first two players will be selected, according to criteria listed below), they will play a tiebreak. This consists of two blitz games, possibly followed by an Armageddon game. The time control for two Blitz games is 5 min + 3 sec. An Armageddon game will consist of 5 minutes for white and 4 minutes for black, with a 3 second increment after the 60th move. 

Tiebreak criteria for a play-off in case more than two players share first place: 

  1. the mutual result;
  2. the Sonneborn-Berger score;
  3. the player with more number of games with black;
  4. drawing of lots.

Drawing of lots will be done by the Chief Arbiter.

  • A tiebreak will start at 18:00 hours sharp.
  • There will be 5-minute breaks between the two blitz games.
  • In case of an Armageddon game, there will first be a drawing of lots by the arbiter, after which there will be a five-minute break.
  • In case one of the tiebreak Grandmasters’ final games has not finished by 17:30 hours, there will be a half-hour break between the last move in the last of these games and the start of the tiebreak.

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