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WR Chess Masters starts in Dusseldorf

The WR Chess Masters super-tournament will take place from 16-25 February in Dusseldorf, Germany. The event is played as a 10-player round-robin with Ian Nepomniachtchi, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Levon Aronian, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Gukesh D, Vincent Keymer, Praggnanandhaa and Andrey Esipenko in the field.

The time control will be 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 60 minutes for the next 20 moves, and 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment per move starting from move 61.

The total prize fund of the event is 130,000 EUR. In case of shared first place between two players, the playoff match will determine the Winner of the event. In case of a tie for first place a playoff of 2 games with 10 min + 2 sec will be held, and if still tied another 2 games with 5 min + 2 sec, and if still tied an Armageddon game with 5 min for White and 4 min for Black with an increment of 2 second per move, starting from move 61 (in case of a draw Black wins).

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