The stages take place over three days. The first two days for normal
time-rate games, the third day for rapidplay tie-breaks.
Standard time rate games:
The standard time rate for the games will be 40 moves in 100 minutes, then 20 moves in 50 minutes followed by the rest of the moves in 10 minutes. In addition to this allotment of time the players will receive an additional 30 seconds per move played.
Initial rapidplay time limit:
If the match of standard time rate games is drawn then the players will play two rapidplay games at a time rate of 25 minutes for all the moves with the addition of 10 seconds a move.
Secondary rapidplay time limit:
If the first series of rapidplay time rate games is drawn then the players will play two further rapidplay games at a time rate of 15 minutes for all the moves with the addition of 10 seconds a move. [This second series of games will not apply to the first round where the players will move straight to the sudden death games.]
Sudden death time limits:
The tight scheduling necessitates provision for sudden death games to
bring a definite end to matches. The players will draw lots before each
game for colour and white will receive four minutes and black five minutes.
There will be an additional 10 seconds per move played. These games will
be played until there is a decisive result. If due to a number of draws
the arbiter decides these sudden death games are going on too long they
will move to a single game where white receives 6 minutes with no additions
and black 5 minutes. In this case the winner of the game goes through to
the next round or in the case of a draw the player with the black pieces.