FIDE World Blitz Championship

Carlsen, Magnus vs. Giri, Anish

The 2018 King Salman FIDE World Blitz Championship is a 21-round Swiss open taking place in St. Petersburg, Russia from 29-30 December 2018. The prize fund is $350,000, with $60,000 for 1st place. The time control is 3 minutes per player for all moves, with a 2-second increment per move from move 1. Monetary prizes are shared equally among tied players. If there is a tie for 1st place, the top two players will compete in a play-off consisting of two 3+2 games. If the score is still level, the players will play a sudden death or Armageddon game. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces gets 5 minutes to Black's 4 (with a 2-second increment only after move 60), but a draw counts as a win for Black. Official website: wrbc2018.com/en