Following the recommendation of GSC, the tie-break criteria for Swiss-system events of the World Championship Cycle were approved by FIDE Presidential Board in Astana:
° Average Rating of Opponents Cut 1 (AROC 1)*
° Buchholz Cut 1**;
° Direct encounter between the players in tie;
° Drawing of lots.
* Average Rating of Opponents, excluding the lowest-rated opponent.
** Buchholz score reduced by the lowest score of the opponents.