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Thursday, October 12, 2006

World Chess Championship Tiebreak

Match is tied 6-6. Playoff on Friday the 13th!

The playoff will take place tomorrow, Friday the 13th! Who will face the curse of the 13th?

Which one will be the favorite going into the rapid, blitz and sudden-death playoff tomorrow?

They are both efficient in rapid but not considered as strong as someone like Anand. Some think that Topalov is a better rapid player. However, Kramnik did beat Topalov 2-0 in a rapid playoff during a world championship knockout event before.

So will it be Topalov?

Or will it be Kramnik?

If Kramnik wins the playoff, we will have a unified World Champion. However, if Kramnik loses the playoff, will he have a case in court about game 5?

Karpov and Korchnoi stated that they think Kramnik should have walked out after game 5. Garry Kasparov criticized Kramnik for not playing game 5. He also said in one of his lectures in NY that "Out of the first five games, the fifth was the most exciting." None of them talked about continuing the match and sue in court in case if he lost.

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The playoff format is 4 rapid chess games (25 minutes per player + 10 seconds increment per move).

If the score is still tied after the 4 rapid games then the players will play 2 blitz games (5 minutes per player + 10 seconds increment per move).

Official Rules:

3.7 Tie-breaks

3.7.1 If the scores are level after the regular twelve (12) games, after a new drawing of colours, four (4) tie-break games shall be played. The games shall be played using the electronic clock starting with 25 minutes on the clock for each player with an addition of 10 seconds after each move.

3.7.2 If the scores are level after the games in paragraph 3. 7.1, then, after a new drawing of colours, two (2) five-minute games shall be played with the addition of 10 seconds after each move.

3.7.3 If the score is still level, the players shall play a single decisive sudden death game. The player, who wins the drawing of lots, may choose the colour. White shall receive 6 minutes, black shall receive 5 minutes, without any addition. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared as winner.

So this means that if the "armageddon" game ends in a draw, Black would win the World Championship.

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