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verticalchess 195 ( +1 | -1 )
2003 World Chess Championship I was reading through the FIDE website and found the rules and regulations for this match. I posted the info below and I would like to open the discussion to address the last paragraph referring to the single decisive tie-breaking blitz game. What is the logic behind Black having only 4 minutes in the Blitz game versus White's 5 minute time limit. Doesn't Black already have a natural disadvantage?


3.1. Number of Games: 12 Game match.

3.2. Time control: 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in one hour, followed by 15 minutes plus 30 seconds for all moves (40/2h, 20/1h, 15m+30sec/all).

4.1. The winner of the match shall be the first player to score 6.5 or more points from a maximum of 12 games. In case of equal score (6-6) then tiebreaks as described in 5. (Tie breaks for the World Chess Championship Match) shall be decisive.

5. Tie breaks for the World Chess Championship Match:


5.1. If the scores are level after the regular games, after a new drawing of colours, four (4) tie break games shall be played with 25 minutes on the clock and additional 10 seconds per move from move one for each player.


5.2. If the scores are level after the games in paragraph 5.1. then, after a new drawing of colours, 2 blitz games in which each player receives 5 minutes on his clock, shall be played.


5.3. In case of tie in 5.2. the players shall play sudden death blitz games until a game is won.


5.4. If after 6 blitz games have been played without any sudden death win the Chief Arbiter may decide that the players shall play one decisive game. The player, who wins the drawing of lots, may choose the colour. White shall receive 5 minutes on the clock and Black shall receive 4 minutes, without any addition. The winner shall be declared World Chess Champion. In the event of a draw, the player with the black pieces shall be declared World Chess Champion.




nestornotabilis 18 ( +1 | -1 )
I don't think you read closely enough "In the event of a draw, the player with the black pieces shall be declared World Chess Champion."

Black has less time, but if the game is a draw, black wins.
verticalchess 24 ( +1 | -1 )
I did read that but... I find it strange that white gets a one minute handicap and that black has win outright or force a draw to win the game. In my opinion White should probably win a majority of these decisive games based on time alone.