1)      The match will be played in Henie Onstad kunstsenter, at Høvikodden outside Oslo in Norway, from February 9 to February 13 2018.

The match will include a total of 16 games. The first eight games are played like slow rapid chess with 45 minutes for the first 40 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, no increment. The last eight games are played as fast rapid chess with 10 minutes and 5 seconds incremental for each move. All 16 games will be played even if the match is decided. Games will not be rated.

For each slow rapid chess game, the score will be two points for a win, one point for a draw and zero for a loss. For each fast rapid chess game, the score will be one point for a win, half a point for a draw and zero for a loss.

In case of an equal score after 16 games, one more decisive Armageddon blitz game will be played. For this Armageddon blitz game white will get six minutes and black five minutes, without any incremental time, and black will win the match in case of a draw.

2)      Drawing of lots for the colors will be made with both players present at 16.45 February 9. The winner of the drawing will then have the choice of white or black in the first round. White in the first round will mean white in game 1, 4, 5 and 8 of the slow rapid chess and in game 1, 4, 5 and 8 of the fast rapid chess, while black in the first round will mean white in game 2, 3, 6 and 7 of the slow rapid chess and game 2, 3, 6 and 7 of the fast rapid chess.

3)      Play will start exactly 17.00 each day. Playing schedule will be as follows:

–          February 9 slow rapid games 1-2.
–          February 10 slow rapid games 3-4.
–          February 11 slow rapid games 5-6.
–          February 12 slow rapid games 7-8.
–          February 13 fast rapid games 1-8 (plus Armageddon game if there is one).

For the slow rapid games, set up of the pieces will be decided by a drawing made by computer with both players present 15 minutes before the start of the game. This set up then will be used for both games of that evening. In between the slow rapid games on the same evening, players will have at least 60 minutes break. The exact start time for the second game will be 20.00 (except Sunday, Feb 11th).

For the fast rapid games, set up of the pieces for games 1-2 will be decided by a drawing made by computer with both players present 15 minutes before the start of game 1. Set up of the pieces for games 3-4 will be decided by a drawing made by computer with both players present two minutes before the start of game 3. Set up of the pieces for games 5-6 will be decided by a drawing made by computer with both players present two minutes before the start of game 5. Set up of the pieces for games 7-8 will be decided by a drawing made by computer with both players present two minutes before the start of game 7. In case of an Armageddon game, set up of the pieces will be decided by a drawing made by computer with both players present five minutes before the start of the Armageddon game.

Consequently there will be at least 5 minutes break in between game 2 and 3, in between game 4 and 5, and in between game 6 and 7. In case of an Armageddon game, there will also be a 5 minutes break before this game. The exact start time for game 3 will be announced by the arbiter immediately after the finish of game 2, the exact start time for game 5 will be announced by the arbiter immediately after the finish of game 4, and the exact start time for game 7 will be announced by the arbiter immediately after the finish of game 6. In case of an Armageddon game, the exact start time will be announced by the arbiter immediately after the finish of game 8.

4)      In case one or both players are not present at the announced start of the game, the arbiters will start the clock and the game. Default time will be ten minutes for a slow rapid chess game and five minutes for a fast rapid game.

5)      The prize fund will in total be 1 500 000 Norske kroner (NKR). The winner of the match will get 900 000 NKR and the loser of the match will get 600 000 NKR. In case one or both players deny to play one or more games without a reason accepted by the arbiter, then 40 000 NKR will be withdrawn from the prize for each game not played.

6)      Chief Arbiter will be IA Hans Olav Lahlum (NOR) and assistant arbiter is FA Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir (ISL). The Appeal Committee will have three members, out of whom one Norwegian and two from other federations. In case of disputes between the players during the slow rapid chess games, the game will be completed in accordance with the decision of the arbiters. Both players will have the possibility to send a written appeal until two hours after the end of the last game that evening. In case of a dispute between the players during the fast rapid chess games, the game will continue in accordance with the decision of the arbiters. If dissatisfied, both players can deliver a short written protest after the game is finished, and then the Appeal Committee will make their decision as soon as possible.

7)      The games will be played in accordance with the FIDE laws of chess, including the appendix for 960 chess. Ordinary Competition Rules are used, but in accordance with Appendix A for Rapid Chess, players will not have to record the moves. The moves will be registered electronically and written down by the arbiters during the games. Each player can, when at move and with his own clock running, request to see the scoresheet of the organizer up to five times during a game.

8)      No kind of mobile phone or computers will be allowed in the playing venue. Taking photos will be allowed only for the first three minutes (after both players have arrived) at the start of each game. Television cameras and web cameras controlled by the organizer will follow all games all of the time.