FIDE Announcements: New time control

Mark Crowther reports:

There will be a new time control coming into effect from 1 January 2001. Instead of the existing control of (40 moves in 100 minutes, 20 moves in 50 minutes, 10 minutes for the remainder of the game with an increment of 30 seconds), the new time control to be used in all FIDE events and international title tournaments will be 40 moves in 75 minutes, 15 minutes for the remainder of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 1. They will be used in FIDE events such as Olympiads, zonal tournaments, World Championships, World Team Championships, Continental Championships and Grand Prix Tournaments. 

The new time control will be effectively 40 moves in 1hr 35 and then a rapidplay finish. Games will last at maximum around four hours, just ten years ago players had two and a half hours to play just 40 moves. The belief from FIDE is that these new limits will make the tournaments commercially more interesting.

FIDE also announced plans for their World Championships. After talk of major changes they instead decided just to tinker with the format. 128 players will start in the new championships all from the first round, including the champion. The Championships are to start on November 25th each year and there is to be a three week break before the 8 game finals take place.

Each year a list of the 32 best players in the World will be published on January 1st based on their performances in the previous world championship and with the champion as world number one. This will form the basis for invitations to a Grand Prix series. FIDE envisage established tournaments signing up for this Grand Prix. 

Finally we're told "As the sole authority recognised by the International Olympic Committee responsible for the game of Chess and its Championships, and buttressed with historical facts, FIDE hereby announces its clearly
established role as the only custodian of the World Chess Championship titles."