The Candidates Tournament, which determines the challenger for the World Chess Championship Match with Magnus Carlsen (Norway), will take place in Berlin, Germany, on March 10 — 28, 2018. The tournament is an eight-player double round-robin competition. 

Participants: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Wesley So (USA), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Fabiano Caruana (USA), Ding Liren (China), Alexander Grischuk (Russia), and Sergey Karjakin (Russia).

The prize fund will be 420,000 euros and will also include 10% of the pay-per-view revenues from the event.

If the top two or more players score the same points, the tie will be decided by the following criteria, in order of priority: 

a) The results of the games between the players involved in the tie.
b) The total number of wins in the tournament of every player involved in the tie.
c) Sonneborn - Berger System.

If there is no clear winner with the above 3 criteria, there will be a special competition between the players who still remain tied after using the 3rd criteria (Sonneborn - Berger) on March 28. 

Time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

Schedule: March 10-12, 14-16, 18-20, 22-24, 26, and 27. Free days: March 13, 17, 21, and 25.


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