The technical meeting of the 3rd stage of Grand Prix took place in the future playing venue of the event. The Chief Arbiter Panagiotis Nikolopoulos, the CEO of FIDE Geoffrey Borg and the players discussed the regulations and the tournament conditions.
The Chief Arbiter Panagiotis Nikolopoulos drew the attention of the participants to time control, the “no-draw offer” rule and "zero tolerance" rule which require chess players to be seated at their boards when the games are scheduled to start.
Regulations for the 2012 - 2013 FIDE World Chess Grand-Prix Series
Time control: 120 minutes for the first forty moves, 60 minutes for the next twenty moves and then
each player will be allotted 15 minutes after the second time control and an increment of 30 seconds per
move will be allowed from move 61 onwards
Players will not be allowed to offer draws directly to their opponents. Players will continue to play if
the Chief Arbiter does not authorize the draw. Any draw claim will be permitted only through the Chief
Arbiter in the following cases:
a triple-repetition of the position as per FIDE laws of chess,
in theoretically drawn position and
applying the rule of 50 moves as per FIDE laws of chess