Tiebreak Rules - Tata Steel Masters


In case there are more winners in the Tata Steel Masters, a tiebreak will decide about the player who will win the Trophy. Money prizes will be shared. 

If two players tie for first place, they will play a Tie-break Match immediately after the last round of both sections finishes. The Match will consist of 2 Blitz games with a time-control of 5 minutes per player + 3 seconds for every move played. Colours for the first game shall be decided by a draw. In case of tied result after two games– there will be played a „suddendeath“, decisive game with a time control 6 minutes for the whole game for White player and 5 minutes for the whole game for Black player. Also here, the game´s colour shall be decided by a draw. The White player will need a victory in this game to win the Trophy , while the Black player wins the Trophy by just not losing that final decisive game (so a draw or a win). 

If more than two players tie for first,  only the two first classified players according to the Criteria listed below, shall play the Blitz Match.

There are Criteria, as follows: a) Mutual result (s), b)  SB, c) More number of games with Black, d) Drawing of lots.

There shall be a pause of 3-5 minutes between tie-break games, unless the Chief Arbiter decides otherwise.