Magnus Carlsen in World Cup 2021

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    Magnus Carlsen in World Cup 2021

    June 10, 2021

    From FIDE:

    The reigning World Chess Champion will be one of the participants in the upcoming FIDE World Cup, to be played in Sochi from July 10 to August 6, 2021.

    For many players, the World Cup is the first and only opportunity to enter the race for the World Championship crown, since the two top finishers in the event will advance to the next stage: the super exclusive Candidates Tournament. This is even more true in the revamped 2021 edition, which will feature 206 participants (compared to 128 in previous editions), giving players from all over the globe an opportunity to prove their value.

    However, for the World Champion, the motivations are probably slightly different. Even if he loses his title in the FIDE World Championship match later this year in Dubai, Magnus would have a spot secured in the next edition of the Candidates Tournament, so he doesn't need to take part in the qualifiers. But Magnus has never won a FIDE World Cup, despite being a firm supporter of knock-out tournaments. The champion probably wants to prove to the world, and to himself, that he can also excel in this format. His last participation, in Tbilisi 2017, was a bit disappointing: he was knocked out in round 3 by the Chinese Grandmaster Bu Xiangzhi.

    Besides, a record prize fund of $1,890,000 is incentive enough for the World Champion to be tempted and pick up the gauntlet to fight 206 grandmasters in this tough and highly-contested event. The World Cup is one of FIDE's flagship competitions, and in recent editions, it has clearly become one of the most followed events in the chess calendar.

    The reigning World Champion, Women’s World Champion, and Junior World Champion are directly invited to the World Cup, as well as the four semi-finalists from the 2019 edition. They are joined by 80 players qualified through Continental Championships, with every continent being guaranteed a minimum quota, and 100 players nominated by the top hundred federations by average rating. The field is completed with the 12 highest-rated players who did not qualify by any of the previous criteria, as well as the highest-placed player of the ACP Tour 2021 as of June 2021.

    Magnus Carlsen will not cross paths in this event with his challenger for the 2021 FIDE World Chess Championship match, Ian Nepomniachtchi. The Russian star has declined to participate, in order to focus on his preparation for the match.

    World Cup 2021

    Place: Sochi, Russia
    Start: 10 July, 2021
    End: 6 August, 2021

    Participants: See

    1. 206 players take part in the World Cup

    Participants in the top slots so far:

    1. Magnus Carlsen
    2. Teimour Radjabov
    3. Ding Liren
    4. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
    5. Yu Yangyi
    6. Zoltan Almasi
    7. Dmitry Jakovenko
    8. Fabiano Caruana
    9. Pentala Harikrishna
    10. Levon Aronian
    11. Alexander Grischuk
    12. Santosh Vidit
    13. Anish Giri
    14. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
    15. Alexander Areschenko
    16. Bu Xiangzhi
    17. Leinier Dominguez
    18. Sergey Karjakin
    19. Wei YI
    20. Alireza Firouzja

    For Canada: Evgeny Bareev and Razvan Preotu

    These players have withdrawn and been replaced:

    Evgeny Shtembuliak, Ju Wenjun Ian Nepo, Wesley So, Richard Rapport, Wang Hao and Viswanathan Anand.

  • #2
    It also means Magnus still has the urge to play competitive chess which we the chess fans are grateful for. At age 30 he has played huge numbers of tournament games since he was a kid (about 20 years!) and after 10 years of competing for the world title is still not burned out! I wonder if some of the top competing players at the world cup are not happy to see him there?