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    The Chess World Cup 2017

    July 10, 2017

    From the official FIDE site:

    FIDE is publishing the player's contract for the World Cup 2017 to be held in Tbilisi, Georgia from 2 September (player's technical meeting) to 27 September 2017 (tiebreaks/closing ceremony). The qualified players are expected to fax or email scanned the original document of their signed contract to the FIDE Secretariat's fax number +30 2109212859 or email office@fide.com no later than Monday 17 July 2017, 14:00 GMT.

    FIDE is also publishing an initial list of qualifiers, which is continuously updated as confirmations from continental events are still coming
    .
    http://www.fide.com/component/conten...ualifiers.html

    QUALIFIERS for the WORLD CUP 2017

    a) World Champion and World Cup 2015 semi-finalists

    01. M. Carlsen (NOR)
    02. S. Karjakin (RUS)
    03. P. Svidler (RUS)
    04. P. Eljanov (UKR)
    05. A. Giri (NED)

    b) Women's World Champion 2017:

    06. Tan Zhongyi (CHN)

    c) Junior World Champions 2015 & 2016:

    07. M. A. Antipov (RUS)
    08. J. Xiong (USA)

    d) From FIDE Rating List, 18 players, average 2/2016 up to 1/2017:

    09. F. Caruana (USA) 2807.91
    10. V. Kramnik (RUS) 2807.58
    11. M. Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) 2799.50
    12. L. Aronian (ARM) 2789.33
    13. H. Nakamura (USA) 2786.25
    14. Wesley So (USA) 2781.41
    15. V. Anand (IND) 2774.33
    16. Ding Liren (CHN) 2767.66
    17. V. Topalov (BUL) 2761.50
    18. P. Harikrishna (IND) 2760.50
    19. S. Mamedyarov (AZE) 2757.08
    20. A. Grischuk (RUS) 2749.33
    21. Li Chao (CHN) 2744.33
    22. M. Adams (ENG) 2736.08
    23. D. Andreikin (RUS) 2734.75
    24. B. Gelfand (ISR) 2734.41
    25. Yu Yangyi (CHN) 2732.50
    26. I. Nepomniachtchi (RUS) 2732.33

    e) 46 players from European Championships 2016 & 2017

    27. E. Inarkiev (RUS) 2016
    28. I. Kovalenko (LAT) 2016
    29. B. Jobava (GEO) 2016
    30. D. Navara (CZE) 2016
    31. F. Vallejo Pons (ESP) 2016
    32. R. Wojtaszek (POL) 2016
    33. K. Piorun (POL) 2016
    34. L. Fressinet (FRA) 2016
    35. A. Goganov (RUS) 2016
    36. D. Dubov (RUS) 2016
    37. N. Vitiugov (RUS) 2016
    38. I. Cheparinov (BUL) 2016
    39. E. Najer (RUS) 2016
    40. R. Hovhannisyan (ARM) 2016
    41. S. Zhigalko (BLR) 2016
    42. M. Palac (CRO) 2016
    43. I. Salgado Lopez (ESP) 2016
    44. A. Dreev (RUS) 2016
    45. D. Anton Guijarro (ESP) 2016
    46. K. Stupak (BLR) 2016
    47. L. D. Nisipeanu (GER) 2016 48. A. Tari (NOR) 2016
    49. A. Demchenko (RUS) 2016
    50. M. Matlakov (RUS) 2017
    51. V. Fedoseev (RUS) 2017
    52. D. Fridman (GER) 2017
    53. A. Motylev (RUS) 2017
    54. J. K. Duda (POL) 2017
    55. D. Howell (ENG) 2017
    56. M. Kravtsiv (UKR) 2017
    57. A. Areshchenko (UKR) 2017
    58. M. Bluebaum (GER) 2017
    59. B. Grachev (RUS) 2017
    60. V. Kunin (GER) 2017
    61. B. Bok (NED) 2017
    62. G. Jones (ENG) 2017
    63. E. Bacrot (FRA) 2017
    64. H. Melkumyan (ARM) 2017
    65. D. Mastrovasilis (GRE) 2017
    66. V. Artemiev (RUS) 2017
    67. M. Rodshtein (ISR) 2017
    68. A. Aleksandrov (BLR) 2017
    69. E. Tomashevsky (RUS) 2017
    70. V. Erdos (HUN) 2017
    71. Y. Kuzubov (UKR) 2017
    72. J. Hjartarson (ISL) Nordic Zonal

    f) 20 players from Americas

    73. A. Onischuk (USA) Zonal 2.1
    74. V. Akobian (USA) Zonal 2.1
    75. Y. Zherebukh (USA) Zonal 2.1
    76. B. Sambuev (CAN) Zonal 2.2
    77. J. Ruiz Castillo (COL) Zonal 2.3
    78. Y. Gonzales Vidal (CUB) Zonal 2.3
    79. J. Cori (PER) Zonal 2.4
    80. F. El Debs (BRA) Zonal 2.4
    81. S. Mareco (ARG) Zonal 2.5
    82. L. Krysa (ARG) Zonal 2.5
    83. E. Cordova (PER) Continental 2016
    84. A. Lenderman (USA) Continental 2016
    85. A. Kovalyov (CAN) Continental 2016
    86. D. Flores (ARG) Continental 2016
    87. S. Sevian (USA) Continental 2017
    88. N. Delgado Ramirez (PAR) Continental 2017
    89. A. Bachmann (PAR) Continental 2017
    90. L. Bruzon (CUB) Continental 2017
    91. Y. Bacallao Alonso (CUB) Continental 2017
    92. A. Fier (BRA) Continental 2017

    g) 20 players from Asia/Oceania

    93. Sethuraman S.P. (IND) Continental 2016
    94. Le Quang Lie (VIE) Continental 2016
    95. Wei Yi (CHN) Continental 2016
    96. Muras Kazhgalevev (KAZ) Continental 2016
    97. Deep Sengupta (IND) Continental 2016
    98. Pourramezanali Amirreza (IRI) Zonal 3.1
    99. Mollah Abdullah Al Rakib (BAN) Zonal 3.2
    100. Yeoh Li Tian (MAS) Zonal 3.3
    101. Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (VIE) Zonal 3.3
    102. J. Vakhidov (UZB) Zonal 3.4
    103. M. Khusenkhojaev (TJK) Zonal 3.4
    104. Liu Guanchu (CHN) Zonal 3.5
    105. Dai Changren (CHN) Zonal 3.5
    106. Angon Smirnov (AUS) Zonal 3.6
    107. Karthikeyan Murali (IND) Zonal 3.7
    108. Wang Hao (CHN) Continental 2017
    109. Bu Xiangzhi (CHN) Continental 2017
    110. Vidi Santosh Gujrathi (IND) Continental 2017 111. Batshuluun Tsegmed (MGL) Continental 2017
    112. Sadorra Julio Catalino (PHI) Continental 2017

    h) 6 players from Africa

    113. M. Haddouche (ALG) Zonal 4.1
    114. E. El Gindy (EGY) Zonal 4.2
    115. K. Solomon (RSA) Zonal 4.3
    116. O. Balogun (NGR) Zonal 4.4
    117. To be announced (TBA)
    118. To be announced (TBA)

    i) 5 nominees of the FIDE President

    119. To be announced (TBA)
    120. To be announced (TBA)
    121. To be announced (TBA)
    122. To be announced (TBA)
    123. To be announced (TBA)

    j) 4 nominees of the local Organising Committee

    124. To be announced (TBA)
    125. To be announced (TBA)
    126. To be announced (TBA)
    127. To be announced (TBA)

    k) 1 ACP Tour Qualifier

    128. V. Ivanchuk (UKR)

    Total = 128 players
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    Official Website

    http://tbilisi2017.fide.com

  • #2
    Re: The Chess World Cup 2017

    The Chess World Cup 2017

    July 24, 2017

    From Peter Doggers at chess.com

    https://www.chess.com/news/view/magn...world-cup-1400

    Magnus Carlsen To Play FIDE World Cup

    It's almost unprecedented that a reigning world champion is participating in a cycle for the next world championship, but this year it will happen. Magnus Carlsen will be playing the FIDE World Cup in September in Tbilisi, Georgia.

    It was FIDE itself that broke the news on Monday morning, by publishing the full list of participants of this year's FIDE World Cup. (See below). As it turns out, the top 15 of the July FIDE rating list is playing—which, in a broad sense, makes it the strongest chess tournament ever held.

    "FIDE is delighted to confirm that the top 15 players in the latest rating list are participating in the World Cup and particularly that the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, has agreed to participate," FIDE Executive Director Nigel Freeman told Chess.com.

    Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the Director of the Organising Committee, is equally thrilled: "To be honest I know about it more than ten days, but anyway I'm really surprised positively! I don't know if it happened for the first time or not that a world champion will play the World Cup, but for us Georgians, it's great! We will have Magnus here in Tbilisi and our chess lovers will see him live."

    Azmaiparashvili admitted that it's something special: "Of course other players are very important for us and we are very proud that many world champions (Anand, Kramnik, Ponomariov, Hou Yifan) will play here, but the current world champion and especially such a star like Magnus is giving a different value to the Tbilisi World Cup. We feel serious responsibility and I hope my team will do everything for a successful tournament."

    Held every two years, the World Cup is a 128-player knockout that consists of seven rounds, consisting of classical chess and rapid & blitz playoffs. The top two finishers qualify for the 2018 Candidates' Tournament, which will determine the challenger for Carlsen in the 2018 world championship match.

    FINAL LIST OF THE PARTICIPANTS of the WORLD CUP 2017

    a) World Champion and World Cup 2015 semi-finalists

    01. M. Carlsen (NOR)
    02. S. Karjakin (RUS)
    03. P. Svidler (RUS)
    04. P. Eljanov (UKR)
    05. A. Giri (NED)

    b) Junior World Champions 2015 & 2016:

    06. M. A. Antipov (RUS)
    07. J. Xiong (USA)

    c) From FIDE Rating List, 18 players, average 2/2016 up to 1/2017:

    08. F. Caruana (USA) 2807.91
    09. V. Kramnik (RUS) 2807.58
    10. M. Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) 2799.50
    11. L. Aronian (ARM) 2789.33
    12. H. Nakamura (USA) 2786.25
    13. Wesley So (USA) 2781.41
    14. V. Anand (IND) 2774.33
    15. Ding Liren (CHN) 2767.66
    16. P. Harikrishna (IND) 2760.50
    17. S. Mamedyarov (AZE) 2757.08
    18. A. Grischuk (RUS) 2749.33
    19. Li Chao (CHN) 2744.33
    20. M. Adams (ENG) 2736.08
    21. D. Andreikin (RUS) 2734.75
    22. B. Gelfand (ISR) 2734.41
    23. Yu Yangyi (CHN) 2732.50
    24. I. Nepomniachtchi (RUS) 2732.33
    25. R. Rapport (HUN) 2729.50
    26. E. Tomashevsky (RUS) 2724.25

    d) 46 players from European Championships 2016 & 2017

    27. E. Inarkiev (RUS) 2016
    28. I. Kovalenko (LAT) 2016
    29. B. Jobava (GEO) 2016
    30. D. Navara (CZE) 2016
    31. F. Vallejo Pons (ESP) 2016
    32. R. Wojtaszek (POL) 2016
    33. K. Piorun (POL) 2016
    34. L. Fressinet (FRA) 2016
    35. A. Goganov (RUS) 2016
    36. D. Dubov (RUS) 2016
    37. N. Vitiugov (RUS) 2016
    38. I. Cheparinov (BUL) 2016
    39. E. Najer (RUS) 2016
    40. R. Hovhannisyan (ARM) 2016
    41. S. Zhigalko (BLR) 2016
    42. M. Palac (CRO) 2016
    43. I. Salgado Lopez (ESP) 2016
    44. A. Dreev (RUS) 2016
    45. D. Anton Guijarro (ESP) 2016
    46. K. Stupak (BLR) 2016
    47. L. D. Nisipeanu (GER) 2016
    48. A. Tari (NOR) 2016
    49. A. Demchenko (RUS) 2016
    50. M. Matlakov (RUS) 2017
    51. V. Fedoseev (RUS) 2017
    52. D. Fridman (GER) 2017
    53. A. Motylev (RUS) 2017
    54. J. K. Duda (POL) 2017
    55. D. Howell (ENG) 2017
    56. M. Kravtsiv (UKR) 2017
    57. A. Areshchenko (UKR) 2017
    58. M. Bluebaum (GER) 2017
    59. B. Grachev (RUS) 2017
    60. V. Kunin (GER) 2017
    61. B. Bok (NED) 2017
    62. G. Jones (ENG) 2017
    63. E. Bacrot (FRA) 2017
    64. H. Melkumyan (ARM) 2017
    65. D. Mastrovasilis (GRE) 2017
    66. V. Artemiev (RUS) 2017
    67. M. Rodshtein (ISR) 2017
    68. A. Aleksandrov (BLR) 2017
    69. V. Erdos (HUN) 2017
    70. Y. Kuzubov (UKR) 2017
    71. L. Lenic (SLO) 2017
    72. J. Hjartarson (ISL) Nordic Zonal

    e) 20 players from Americas

    73. A. Onischuk (USA) Zonal 2.1
    74. V. Akobian (USA) Zonal 2.1
    75. Y. Zherebukh (USA) Zonal 2.1
    76. B. Sambuev (CAN) Zonal 2.2
    77. J. Ruiz Castillo (COL) Zonal 2.3
    78. Y. Gonzalez Vidal (CUB) Zonal 2.3
    79. J. Cori (PER) Zonal 2.4
    80. F. El Debs (BRA) Zonal 2.4
    81. S. Mareco (ARG) Zonal 2.5
    82. L. Krysa (ARG) Zonal 2.5
    83. E. Cordova (PER) Continental 2016
    84. A. Lenderman (USA) Continental 2016
    85. A. Kovalyov (CAN) Continental 2016
    86. D. Flores (ARG) Continental 2016
    87. S. Sevian (USA) Continental 2017
    88. N. Delgado Ramirez (PAR) Continental 2017
    89. A. Bachmann (PAR) Continental 2017
    90. L. Bruzon (CUB) Continental 2017
    91. Y. Bacallao Alonso (CUB) Continental 2017
    92. A. Fier (BRA) Continental 2017

    f) 20 players from Asia/Oceania

    93. Sethuraman S.P. (IND) Continental 2016
    94. Le Quang Lie (VIE) Continental 2016
    95. Wei Yi (CHN) Continental 2016
    96. Murtas Kazhgaleyev (KAZ) Continental 2016
    97. Deep Sengupta (IND) Continental 2016
    98. Pourramezanali Amirreza (IRI) Zonal 3.1
    99. Mollah Abdullah Al Rakib (BAN) Zonal 3.2
    100. Yeoh Li Tian (MAS) Zonal 3.3
    101. Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (VIE) Zonal 3.3
    102. J. Vakhidov (UZB) Zonal 3.4
    103. Muhammad Khusenkhojaev (TJK) Zonal 3.4
    104. Liu Guanchu (CHN) Zonal 3.5
    105. Dai Changren (CHN) Zonal 3.5
    106. Anton Smirnov (AUS) Zonal 3.6
    107. Karthikeyan Murali (IND) Zonal 3.7
    108. Wang Hao (CHN) Continental 2017
    109. Bu Xiangzhi (CHN) Continental 2017
    110. Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND) Continental 2017
    111. Batchuluun Tsegmed (MGL) Continental 2017
    112. Sadorra Julio Catalino (PHI) Continental 2017

    g) 6 players from Africa

    113. M. Haddouche (ALG) Zonal 4.1
    114. E. El Gindy (EGY) Zonal 4.2
    115. K. Solomon (RSA) Zonal 4.3
    116. O. Balogun (NGR) Zonal 4.4
    117. Amin Bassem (EGY) Continental 2017
    118. D. Cawdery (RSA) Continental 2017

    h) 1 ACP Tour Qualifier

    119. V. Ivanchuk (UKR)

    i) 5 nominees of FIDE

    120. R. Ponomariov (UKR)
    121. Hou Yifan (CHN)
    122. B. Adhiban (IND)
    123. K. Kulaots (EST)
    124. H. D. Ziska (FAI)

    j) 4 nominees of the local Organising Committee

    125. L. Pantsulaia (GEO)
    126. T. Radjabov (AZE)
    127. M. Mchedlishvili (GEO)
    128. N. Dzagnidze (GEO)

    Total = 128 players

    http://www.fide.com/images/stories/N...rticipants.pdf

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    • #3
      Re: The Chess World Cup 2017

      Originally posted by Wayne Komer View Post
      The Chess World Cup 2017

      July 24, 2017

      From Peter Doggers at chess.com

      https://www.chess.com/news/view/magn...world-cup-1400

      Magnus Carlsen To Play FIDE World Cup

      It's almost unprecedented that a reigning world champion is participating in a cycle for the next world championship, but this year it will happen. Magnus Carlsen will be playing the FIDE World Cup in September in Tbilisi, Georgia.


      http://www.fide.com/images/stories/N...rticipants.pdf
      If he wins does that mean there is no world championship?

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      • #4
        Re: The Chess World Cup 2017

        I would be most interested to know if any CFC funding is going to Sambuev or Kovalyov for this expedition
        Paul Leblanc
        CFC Rating Auditor
        Treasurer Chess Foundation of Canada

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        • #5
          Re: The Chess World Cup 2017

          Originally posted by Paul Leblanc View Post
          I would be most interested to know if any CFC funding is going to Sambuev or Kovalyov for this expedition
          The CFC pays for the transportation cost of the Canadian Champion, this time around, GM Bator Sambuev.

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          • #6
            Re: The Chess World Cup 2017

            Originally posted by Wayne Komer View Post
            ..... As it turns out, the top 15 of the July FIDE rating list is playing—which, in a broad sense, makes it the strongest chess tournament ever held.
            Ahem..... plenty of computer engine tournaments with average rating that make even these top 15 HUMANS look pathetic.
            Only the rushing is heard...
            Onward flies the bird.

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            • #7
              Re: The Chess World Cup 2017

              Originally posted by Paul Bonham View Post
              Ahem..... plenty of computer engine tournaments with average rating that make even these top 15 HUMANS look pathetic.
              Not for much longer:

              https://www.theguardian.com/science/...ng-film-on-dna

              ...a whole new set of rules will soon be needed :D

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              • #8
                Re: The Chess World Cup 2017

                I consider that fair - paying for travel costs for the Canadian champion
                Paul Leblanc
                CFC Rating Auditor
                Treasurer Chess Foundation of Canada

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                • #9
                  Re: The Chess World Cup 2017

                  The Chess World Cup 2017

                  July 25, 2017

                  FIDE may have to tweak chess World Cup rules

                  Archiman Bhaduri Jul 25, 2017

                  KOLKATA: The world's top 15 chess players, going by the July rating list, have all signed up for the World Cup, making it the strongest tournament this year.

                  Interestingly, both World championship winner Magnus Carlsen and runner-up Sergey Karjakin will feature in the 128-player knockout tournament, which will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia, from September 2-28.

                  But their participation has landed world chess body Fide in a unique situation.

                  The World Cup, held every two years, consists of seven rounds, with the contestants first playing a mini-match of two games with classical time-control. If these two games fail to produce a decisive result, a tie-breaker with rapid and, if necessary, blitz games, is played to decide the winner.

                  The top two finishers in the World Cup will qualify for the 2018 Candidates tournament, which will identify Carlsen's challenger for the 2018 World championship match.

                  With both Carlsen and Karjakin already eligible for the Candidates, Fide may need a relook into the World Cup rules to decide on the qualifiers from this tournament.

                  If either Karjakin or Carlsen reaches the final in Tbilisi, the third-placed finisher - to be decided by an extra match - will earn a spot in the Candidates. But the rules are not clear in case of both Karjakin and Carlsen advancing to the final, which is always a possibility.

                  The reigning World champion earns the right to defend his title in the next title match, but there is no rule barring him from playing in the Candidates. Carlsen has still not expressed his desire to play the Candidates, but there are instances of a reigning World champion joining the new cycle to determine the next champion.

                  "Alexander Khalifman, Viswanathan Anand, Ruslan Ponomariov and Rustam Kasimdzhanov took part in such events, as did Vladimir Kramnik in 2007," Fide executive director Nigel Freeman told a chess website.

                  But in those cases, non-participation would result in losing the World title. The rule changed once the knockout format was introduced in World Cups in 2005.

                  The Norwegian world No. 1 is a big fan of the knockout format and is keen to play the World Cup.

                  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/spo

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                  • #10
                    Re: The Chess World Cup 2017

                    The Chess World Cup 2017

                    August 7, 2017

                    The first round pairings for the World Cup are out at:

                    http://www.fide.com/images/stories/N..._2017_tree.pdf



                    and it appears that our players have these opponents:

                    14 Wei Yi-115 Sambuev, Bator

                    55 Akobian, Varuzhan-74 Kovalyov, Anton

                    Does anyone know how to make the bracket image larger?
                    Last edited by Wayne Komer; Monday, 11th September, 2017, 03:21 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Re: The Chess World Cup 2017

                      The Chess World Cup 2017

                      August 22, 2017

                      From Peter Doggers at chess.com:

                      https://www.chess.com/news/view/carl...-loophole-6023

                      Carlsen will be participating in the World Cup and has been criticized because it is now part of the world championship cycle, and therefore directly influences the road to the Candidates' tournament and the next match against himself. (You could also argue that by playing top tournaments Carlsen influences the ratings of the two players who qualify by rating, but that's another story.)

                      "I think the reason people [world champions - PD] haven't been playing before is that you don't actually have to play. For me, I just want to play. It's an interesting tournament. I think the format is great, mixing different skill sets of classical and faster chess. Besides, you've got all the best players in the world playing, and those are the ones I want to compete with, be it a world championship event or not."

                      Carlsen agreed that it's a slightly remarkable decision to play a tournament where he will be part of the selection process of his opponent in his next match.

                      "It is strange, for sure. For me it's not a factor in deciding whether to play or not but it is a bit odd that the rules allow me to play when it's a world championship qualifier; you cannot say it in any other way. But as long as the rules are there then I want to sort of exploit this loophole to get an interesting experience.

                      "To participate in one of the greatest events there are in the chess calendar... I've been following the events the last few times when I haven't been playing with awe. It's one of my favorite events to watch from early on. You've got all these tiebreaks twists and turns. The 2015 final was amazing. I just want to be part of it."

                      This year is going to be the strongest World Cup in history, with the world's top 15 playing. Carlsen's first opponent will be FM Oluwafemi Balogun (2255) of Nigeria.

                      The top GMs who are in "Carlsen's half" are e.g. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Alexander Grischuk, Peter Svidler, Anish Giri, Levon Aronian and Sergey Karjakin. Big names in the other half, who can only meet Carlsen in the final, are Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, and Vishy Anand.

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                      • #12
                        Re: The Chess World Cup 2017

                        Its nice to know Magnus is such a chess fan.

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                        • #13
                          Re: The Chess World Cup 2017

                          The Chess World Cup 2017

                          August 24, 2017

                          From the FIDE website:

                          FIDE World Cup starts soon in Tbilisi

                          The FIDE World Cup will be held from 2nd to 27th of September in Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia. The final will take place in the Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi from 23rd till 27th of September.

                          128 player Knock Out tournament brings together the strongest players in the world, as well as qualifiers from every region of the globe and has an impressive prize fund of 1.6 million US dollars.

                          Participants include the World Champion and number one in rating list Magnus Carlsen, three former World Champions Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik and Ruslan Ponomariov, the winner of the previous World Cup in Baku, Sergey Karjakin. The participation of the 15 top players makes this event the strongest World Cup in history.

                          There will be also top two women players – the world number one and former Women`s World Champion Hou Yifan and also the number one Georgian woman player and current European woman champion Nana Dzagnidze.

                          The top two players will qualify for the next FIDE Candidates Tournament, which will take place in March 2018 and determine the challenger for the FIDE World Championship match in 2018.

                          The opening ceremony will take place at 4 pm and the technical meeting at 6 pm at the Funicular restaurant. The organizers are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

                          The time control for each two-game match is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. If the score is equal there are two rapid chess tiebreak games, played at a rate of 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds per move. If the score is still equal then two accelerated games will be played, with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still equal two more games will be played at 5 min + 3 sec. If the winner is still not determined then a final Armageddon game with 5 minutes for White and 4 minutes for Black, with a 3 sec increment after move 60, will be played. In this game Black has draw odds (i. e. he wins if the game is drawn). The games start at 3 pm local time on 3rd of September.

                          The official world cup website is:

                          http://tbilisi2017.fide.com

                          (3 pm Tbilisi time is 7 am Toronto/Montreal time)

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                          • #14
                            Re: The Chess World Cup 2017

                            The Chess World Cup 2017

                            August 29, 2017

                            An excellent history of the World Cup by Colin McGourty in chess24.com:

                            https://chess24.com/en/read/news/the...ek-predictions

                            A very brief history of the World Cup

                            These huge knockouts (100 players until 2000, with top players seeded into Round 2, then 128 afterwards) began their life, controversially, as official World Championships introduced by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in 1998. There was much criticism of the potential randomness of such short knockout matches, but the experiment continued until 2004, with the 1st and 2nd placed players as follows:

                            1998: 1. Anand, 2.Adams (but Karpov was seeded into a final match where he defeated Anand 5:3)
                            1999: 1. Khalifman, 2. Akopian
                            2000: 1. Anand, 2. Shirov
                            2002: 1. Ponomariov, 2. Ivanchuk
                            2004: 1. Kasimdzhanov, 2. Adams

                            In 2005, though, the same 128-player knockouts became biennial World Cups, only qualifying 2 or 3 players for the Candidates stage of the World Championship. Almost all the objections to the event had gone and we could simply enjoy the show. Since then we’ve seen the following finalists:

                            2005: 1. Aronian, 2. Ponomariov
                            2007: 1. Kamsky, 2. Shirov
                            2009: 1. Gelfand, 2. Ponomariov
                            2011: 1. Svidler, 2. Grischuk
                            2013. 1. Kramnik, 2. Andreikin
                            2015. 1. Karjakin, 2. Svidler

                            Some facts about the 128-player field

                            The 128 players in 2017 were picked by a complicated system of ratings, qualification events, nominees and more, but ensured that we ended up with almost all the top players and a lot of variety. For instance:

                            Missing 2700+ players: No. 17 Veselin Topalov, no. 24 Leinier Dominguez, no. 36 Dmitry Jakovenko, no. 35 Arkadij Naiditsch and no. 40 Zoltan Almasi. Everyone else plays!

                            Oldest player: 6-time Icelandic Champion Johann Hjartarson at 54. Other veterans include Egypt’s Essam El-Gindy (51), Alexey Dreev and Vassily Ivanchuk (48) and Vishy Anand (47)

                            Youngest player: Australia’s Anton Smirnov (16) is slightly younger than fellow 16-year-olds Sam Sevian and Jeffery Xiong

                            Most represented nation: Russia has 20 players, over 15% of the field, while the USA and China have 9 each

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                              Re: The Chess World Cup 2017

                              The Chess World Cup 2017

                              September 2, 2017

                              The games begin tomorrow, September 3, at 7:00 a.m. The official broadcast has Ivan Sokolov and Evgeny Miroshnichenko as the commentators.

                              https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-to...cup-2017/1/1/1

                              The playing schedule is as follows:

                              1/64 final - Game 1 Sep 03, 2017 - 15:00
                              1/64 final - Game 2 Sep 04, 2017 - 15:00
                              1/64 final - Play-Offs Sep 05, 2017 - 15:00
                              1/32 final - Game 1 Sep 06, 2017 - 15:00
                              1/32 final - Game 2 Sep 07, 2017 - 15:00
                              1/32 final - Play-Offs Sep 08, 2017 - 15:00
                              1/16 final - Game 1 Sep 09, 2017 - 15:00
                              1/16 final - Game 2 Sep 10, 2017 - 15:00
                              1/16 final - Play-Offs Sep 11, 2017 - 15:00
                              1/8 final - Game 1 Sep 12, 2017 - 15:00
                              1/8 final - Game 2 Sep 13, 2017 - 15:00
                              1/8 final - Play-Offs Sep 14, 2017 - 15:00
                              1/4 final - Game 1 Sep 15, 2017 - 15:00
                              1/4 final - Game 2 Sep 16, 2017 - 15:00
                              1/4 final - Play-Offs Sep 17, 2017 - 15:00
                              REST DAY
                              1/2 final - Game 1 Sep 19, 2017 - 15:00
                              1/2 final - Game 2 Sep 20, 2017 - 15:00
                              1/2 final - Play-Offs Sep 21, 2017 - 15:00
                              REST DAY
                              Final - Game 1 Sep 23, 2017 - 15:00
                              Final - Game 2 Sep 24, 2017 - 15:00
                              Final - Game 3 Sep 25, 2017 - 15:00
                              Final - Game 4 Sep 26, 2017 - 15:00
                              Final - Play-Off Sep 27, 2017 - 15:00
                              _________
                              Today, Magnus Carlsen at the Opening Ceremony drew a piece of paper which said that Carlsen and everyone with an odd number, will start tomorrow with the white pieces. Players will switch colours in Round 1 Game 2.

                              WHITE TITLE RATING vs BLACK TITLE RATING

                              Carlsen, Magnus GM 2827 "- Balogun, Oluwafemi FM 2255
                              Ruiz Castillo, Joshua Daniel IM 2377 "- So, Wesley GM 2792
                              Caruana, Fabiano GM 2799 "- Solomon, Kenny GM 2398
                              Dai, Changren 2422 "- Kramnik, Vladimir GM 2803
                              Aronian, Levon GM 2802 "- Cawdery, Daniel IM 2449
                              Liu, Guanchu IM 2455 "- Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar GM 2797
                              Nakamura, Hikaru GM 2781 "- Mollah Abdullah, Al Rakib GM 2454
                              Khusenkhojaev, Muhammad IM 2455 "- Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime GM 2804
                              Grischuk, Alexander GM 2788 "- El Gindy, Essam GM 2455
                              Yeoh, Li Tian IM 2478 "- Anand, Viswanathan GM 2794
                              Ding, Liren GM 2771 "- Haddouche, Mohamed GM 2487
                              Smirnov, Anton IM 2508 "- Karjakin, Sergey GM 2780
                              Giri, Anish GM 2777 "- Dzagnidze, Nana GM 2519
                              Sambuev, Bator GM 2529 "- Wei, Yi GM 2748
                              Nepomniachtchi, Ian GM 2741 "- Palac, Mladen GM 2535
                              Vakhidov, Jakhongir GM 2518 "- Svidler, Peter GM 2756
                              Wojtaszek, Radoslaw GM 2739 "- El Debs, Felipe de Cresce GM 2533
                              Pourramezanali, Amirreza GM 2534 "- Yu, Yangyi GM 2750
                              Li, Chao b GM 2745 "- Krysa, Leandro GM 2540
                              Gonzalez Vidal, Yuri GM 2547 "- Harikrishna, P. GM 2741
                              Radjabov, Teimour GM 2742 "- Ziska, Helgi Dam GM 2545
                              Kunin, Vitaly GM 2531 "- Le, Quang Liem GM 2739
                              Adams, Michael GM 2738 "- Batchuluun, Tsegmed GM 2566
                              Hjartarson, Johann GM 2539 "- Navara, David GM 2720
                              Eljanov, Pavel GM 2734 "- Lenderman, Aleksandr GM 2565
                              Bacallao Alonso, Yusnel GM 2573 "- Fedoseev, Vladimir GM 2731
                              Gelfand, Boris GM 2737 "- Stupak, Kirill GM 2579
                              Sadorra, Julio Catalino GM 2574 "- Matlakov, Maxim GM 2728
                              Ivanchuk, Vassily GM 2727 "- Kazhgaleyev, Murtas GM 2570
                              Kulaots, Kaido GM 2571 "- Vitiugov, Nikita GM 2728
                              Vallejo Pons, Francisco GM 2717 "- Karthikeyan, Murali GM 2574
                              Fier, Alexandr GM 2569 "- Bacrot, Etienne GM 2728
                              Bu, Xiangzhi GM 2714 "- Flores, Diego GM 2580
                              Antipov, Mikhail Al. GM 2578 "- Tomashevsky, Evgeny GM 2710
                              Najer, Evgeniy GM 2694 "- Aleksandrov, Aleksej GM 2580
                              Pantsulaia, Levan GM 2593 "- Duda, Jan-Krzysztof GM 2698
                              Andreikin, Dmitry GM 2708 "- Goganov, Aleksey GM 2567
                              Sengupta, Deep GM 2589 "- Wang, Hao GM 2701
                              Inarkiev, Ernesto GM 2694 "- Mchedlishvili, Mikheil GM 2607
                              Tari, Aryan GM 2588 "- Howell, David W L GM 2701
                              Cheparinov, Ivan GM 2695 "- Mastrovasilis, Dimitrios GM 2573
                              Hovhannisyan, Robert GM 2594 "- Rodshtein, Maxim GM 2695
                              Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi GM 2702 "- Delgado Ramirez, Neuris GM 2614
                              Bok, Benjamin GM 2620 "- Artemiev, Vladislav GM 2692
                              Ponomariov, Ruslan GM 2694 "- Sethuraman, S.P. GM 2617
                              Sevian, Samuel GM 2610 "- Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter GM 2674
                              Jobava, Baadur GM 2702 "- Salgado Lopez, Ivan GM 2627
                              Zherebukh, Yaroslav GM 2621 "- Onischuk, Alexander GM 2682
                              Amin, Bassem GM 2699 "- Erdos, Viktor GM 2619
                              Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son GM 2629 "- Adhiban, B. GM 2670
                              Rapport, Richard GM 2675 "- Cordova, Emilio GM 2616
                              Xiong, Jeffery GM 2633 "- Motylev, Alexander GM 2668
                              Dubov, Daniil GM 2666 "- Fridman, Daniel GM 2625
                              Kovalenko, Igor GM 2634 "- Kravtsiv, Martyn GM 2670
                              Akobian, Varuzhan GM 2662 "- Kovalyov, Anton GM 2649
                              Cori, Jorge GM 2648 "- Jones, Gawain C B GM 2668
                              Grachev, Boris GM 2654 "- Melkumyan, Hrant GM 2642
                              Bruzon Batista, Lazaro GM 2651 "- Anton Guijarro, David GM 2656
                              Kuzubov, Yuriy GM 2688 "- Zhigalko, Sergei GM 2642
                              Piorun, Kacper GM 2644 "- Hou, Yifan GM 2670
                              Areshchenko, Alexander GM 2645 "- Demchenko, Anton GM 2650
                              Lenic, Luka GM 2646 "- Fressinet, Laurent GM 2657
                              Mareco, Sandro GM 2649 "- Bluebaum, Matthias GM 2633
                              Bachmann, Axel GM 2634 "- Dreev, Aleksey GM 2648

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