Preliminaries – Day 1
The Meltwater Champions Chess Tour is the successor to the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour. It consists of 10 events taking place over 10 months, with the prize fund rising from $1 million to $1.5 million. Six Regular tournaments, three Majors and the Finals are taking place from November 2020 until September 2021.
The preliminary stage is a 16-player all-play-all tournament, with five rounds played per day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
In the knockout stage, each encounter will be decided over two days. On day 1, there will be four rapid games, and if the match ends 2-2 it will simply be a draw (there doesn’t have to be a winner). On day 2, another 4-game match will be held. If both matches are drawn, or the players have traded wins, then shortly after the second match there will be a playoff: two blitz games followed, if needed, by Armageddon.
The time control is 15 minutes for all moves, with a 10-second increment from move 1. No draw offers are allowed before move 40.
Live games and commentary
Commentary by Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal