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Thursday, November 19, 2009

2009 World Chess Cup Khanty Mansiysk

The FIDE World Chess Cup Chess tournament begins tommorrow (Friday, November 20.2009). This tournament is being held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, and will run from November 21st-December 14th. 


Who is playing in this event you ask?


The answer is 




 128 chess players from more than 40 countries who gained this right according to the results of continental and zone championships, also those who have high individual rating will participate in it. This number includes: World Champion and 4 semi-finalists of World Cup 2007, World Champion from Women's Championship, World Junior Champion, 20 rating players, 90 players from Continental Championships (46 – Europe, 19 – North and South America, 19 – Asia, 6 – Africa), 6 nominees from FIDE President and 4 nominees from the Organizing Committee.
      The World Cup will be held according to the Olympic System: 6 rounds with 2 games in each. In the case of tie the winner will be defined during tie break. The last 7 th round – final – consists of 4 games.
      128 players will take part in the first round.
      64 players will take part in the second round.
      32 players will take part in the third round.
      16 players will take part in the fourth round.
      8 players will take part in the fifth round.
      4 players will take part in the sixth round.
      2 players will take part in the seventh round.


Here is a partial list of the top-rated players in the event (to see the entire list click on the following link:http://www.ugra-chess.ru/eng/participant_e.htm)



World Cup 2009

Nr
ID
Title
Name
Rating
Fed
M/F
Birthday
NovRL
1
2805677
GM
Gelfand, Boris
2758
ISR
M
1968
11
by lot
2
13400630
GM
Gashimov, Vugar
2758
AZE
M
1986
11
by lot
3
4102142
GM
Svidler, Peter
2754
RUS
M
1976


4
4116992
GM
Morozevich, Alexander
2750
RUS
M
1977


5
13400924
GM
Radjabov, Teimour
2748
AZE
M
1987


6
14100010
GM
Ivanchuk, Vassily
2739
UKR
M
1969
13

7
14103320
GM
Ponomariov, Ruslan
2739
UKR
M
1983
5

8
4126025
GM
Grischuk, Alexander
2736
RUS
M
1983
13

9
4122356
GM
Jakovenko, Dmitry
2736
RUS
M
1983
10

10
8601429
GM
Wang, Yue
2734
CHN
M
1987


11
14102951
GM
Eljanov, Pavel
2729
UKR
M
1983


12
14109603
GM
Karjakin, Sergey
2723
UKR
M
1990


13
13401319
GM
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
2719
AZE
M
1985
25

14
2209390
GM
Shirov, Alexei
2719
ESP
M
1972
18

15
3503240
GM
Dominguez Perez, Leinier
2719
CUB
M
1983
0

16
310204
GM
Movsesian, Sergei
2718
SVK
M
1978
16

17
623539
GM
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
2718
FRA
M
1990
0

18
4138147
GM
Alekseev, Evgeny
2715
RUS
M
1985


19
4147235
GM
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
2708
RUS
M
1987
21

20
8602883
GM
Wang, Hao
2708
CHN
M
1989
13

21
309095
GM
Navara, David
2707
CZE
M
1985


22
4120787
GM
Malakhov, Vladimir
2706
RUS
M
1980


23
605506
GM
Bacrot, Etienne
2700
FRA
M
1983


24
4115309
GM
Rublevsky, Sergei
2697
RUS
M
1974


25
13601520
GM
Jobava, Baadur
2696
GEO
M
1983


26
4121830
GM
Motylev, Alexander
2695
RUS
M
1979
23

27
2000024
GM
Kamsky, Gata
2695
USA
M
1974
16

28
4152956
GM
Vitiugov, Nikita
2694
RUS
M
1987


29
13900048
GM
Bologan, Viktor
2692
MDA
M
1971


30
4650891
GM
Naiditsch, Arkadij
2689
GER
M
1985


31
8601445
GM
Bu, Xiangzhi
2682
CHN
M
1985


32
700070
GM
Polgar, Judit
2680
HUN
F
1976


33
1202758
GM
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter
2677
ROU
M
1976


34
13300881
GM
Sargissian, Gabriel
2676
ARM
M
1983


35
14101025
GM
Onischuk, Alexander
2672
USA
M
1975


36
2905540
GM
Cheparinov, Ivan
2671
BUL
M
1986


37
14107201
GM
Efimenko, Zahar
2668
UKR
M
1985


38
2802007
GM
Sutovsky, Emil
2666
ISR
M
1977
26

39
4118987
GM
Najer, Evgeniy
2666
RUS
M
1977
17

40
1008013
GM
Tiviakov, Sergei
2664
NED
M
1973
34







The tournament format  is a knock out event with 128 players. There will be six (6) rounds of matches comprising two (2) games per round, with the winners progressing to the next round, plus the final seventh (7th) round comprising of four (4) games. The time control shall be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move from move one.
If the scores are level after the regular games, after a new drawing of colours, two tie break games shall be played. The games shall be played using the electronic clock starting with 25 minutes on the clock for each player with an addition of 10 seconds after each move. If the scores are level after the games in paragraph 3. 8. 1, then, after a new drawing of colours, 2 five-minute games shall be played with the addition of 10 seconds after each move. If the score is still level, the players shall play one decisive sudden death game. The player, who wins the drawing of lots, may choose the colour. White shall receive 6 minutes, Black shall receive 5 minutes, without any addition. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared as winner.

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