The schedule says the opening ceremony will take place 7 April, the 1st game 9 April, with a rhythm of two days play and one day off through the 7th game on Tuesday, 18 April, which will be followed by a free day. Then the two days/one day schedule continues until the 14th game on Saturday, 29 April. If necessary, tiebreak will be played the following day. Games will start at 15:00 Astana time. [NB: Current Local Time in Astana (timeanddate.com).]
From the FIDE Handbook
'07. Regulations for the FIDE World Championship Match'
Also from the Handbook:-
4.2.2. The time control for each game is 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 61.
As for tiebreak:-
126.96.36.199. A four-game playoff shall be played with a time control of 25 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1. There shall be a drawing of lots to decide which player starts with white.
188.8.131.52. If the score is still a tie after the four-game playoff described in Article 184.108.40.206, another two-game playoff shall be played with a time control of 5 minutes + 3 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1. If the score is still level, another 2-game playoff shall be played with the same time control. There shall be a drawing of lots to decide which player starts with white before each of the 2-game matches.
220.127.116.11. If the score is still level after the playoffs described in Article 18.104.22.168, after a new drawing of lots, a single game shall be played with a time control of 3 minutes for each player + 2 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1.
22.214.171.124. If the game in Article 126.96.36.199 is drawn, another game shall be played with a time control of 3 minutes for each player + 2 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1 with the colors reversed.
188.8.131.52. If the game in Article 184.108.40.206 is drawn, the procedure described in Article 220.127.116.11 shall be applied until a game is played with a decisive result.
To see the previous results between the two players, follow the crosstable I created for last year's post Madrid Candidates - Kickoff (June 2022). According to Chessgames.com, the current standing is:-
- Classical games: Ian Nepomniachtchi beat Ding Liren 3 to 2, with 8 draws.
- Only rapid/exhibition games: Ian Nepomniachtchi beat Ding Liren 10 to 7, with 9 draws.
In the Madrid Candidates, Nepo as Black beat Ding and as White drew. Nepo would appear to be the favorite in the forthcoming match.
Sizing Up the Opponent; Photo from 'Before the Match'
Courtesy of FIDE / Stev Bonhage