2019 FIDE World Cup
The FIDE World Cup 2019 takes place in Khanty-Mansiysk from 9th September to 4th October 2019. The competition is a part of the World Championship cycle. One hundred twenty-eight players from 47 countries participate in the 7-round elimination tournament. Both the finalists of World Cup will qualify for the 2020 FIDE Candidates Tournament.
The prize fund is a staggering USD 1,600,000 with the winner going home with USD 110,000.
The opening ceremony of the World Cup will be held in the Arts Center for Gifted Children of the North on September 9, at 7 pm local time. The draw of colours for Round 1 will take place during the ceremony.
Players from Africa
Africa will have six players taking part. These include;
GM Amin Bassem (Egypt) – 2nd in African Championship.
GM Adly Ahmed (Egypt) – winner of Zone 4.2.
IM Daniel Anwuli (Nigeria) – winner of Zone 4.1.
GM Essam El-Gindy (Egypt) – 3rd in African Championship.
GM Bilel Bellahcene (Algeria) – winner of Zone 4.4.
IM Fy Rakotomaharo (Madagascar) winner Zone 4.2.
Other key players
Russia has 28 players, followed by India – 10, China – 7, and USA – 6.
GM Ding Liren (2811, China) is the highest-rated participant of the World Cup in the absence of GM Magnus Carlsen and GM Fabiano Caruana.
Other famous players participating in the event include Anish Giri (2780, Netherlands), Ian Nepomniachtchi (2776, Russia), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2774, France). We also have Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2767, Azerbaijan), Wesley So (2767, USA), Yu Yangyi (2763, China), Lenier Dominguez Perez (2763, USA), Sergey Karjakin (2760, Russia), and other chess stars.
Nodirbek Abdusattorov (Uzbekistan) who is 14 years, is the youngest player in the field. Nihal Sarin the Indian prodigy is only a couple of months older. The most experienced player, Essam El-Gindy (Egypt) is 53.
The list of former winners of the World Cup includes Vishwanathan Anand (India), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Gata Kamsky (USA), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Peter Svidler, Vladimir Kramnik, and Sergey Karjakin (all – Russia).
It is the fifth time Khanty-Mansiysk is hosting the World Cup.
The Ugra Chess Academy (Loparev street, 6) will be a playing venue for the FIDE 2019 World Cup.
Rounds 1-3 – September 10-18
Rounds 4-6 – September 20-28
Final and Match for 3rd place – September 30 – October 4
Rest days: September 19 and 29.
All rounds start at 3 pm local time.
All matches except for the final and the match for 3rd place consist of two games with FIDE time control: 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 1. The final and the match for 3rd place consist of four games.
If the score is level after the two regular games, tie-breaks games are played with the control of 25 minutes for each player + 10 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1. Should the score remains tied, then there will be two blitz games with 10 minutes + 10 seconds per move ensue. If the score remains tied, the next two games will be played with the control of 5 minutes + 3 seconds per move. Finally, if the score remains level, then one sudden-death game is played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. The player with the white pieces receives 5 minutes, the player with the black pieces receives 4 minutes; after move 60, both players receive an increment of 2 seconds per move, starting from move 61. In case of a draw, the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.
Chief Arbiter – IA Ashot Vardapetian (Armenia).
Sponsors & Organisers
Government of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra.
International Chess Federation (FIDE),
Ugra Chess Federation, and
Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation
General partner – Gazpromneft-Khantos LCC.
Official airline – Utair
Official partners of the competition: OJSC Rostelecom, Ugra Chess Academy, Russian Chess Federation, AB InBev Efes and PJSC Rosneft.
FIDE official partner – JSCo “RZD”.
General media partner – News Agency TASS.
Media partners – Match TV, World of Chess social network, OTRC “Ugra”, Ugra-news.ru, “News of Ugra” regional newspaper, “AIF-Ugra” newspaper.