World Cup of Chess Openings


Happy First Day of Summer Everybody!!!


Since the whole planet is in a frenzy with World Cup Fever, I figured this was a good time to introduce the World Cup of Chess Openings!!

To register your group, please go to this thread:


World Cup of Chess Openings - Official Rules

(Taken from the FIFA World Cup format)

The current tournament features 32 teams, representing different openings, competing in Vote Chess games at 2-days per turn. There are two stages: the group stage followed by the knockout stage.

In the group stage, teams compete within eight groups of four teams each.   Each group plays a round-robin tournament, guaranteeing that every team will play at least three matches.  A match will consist of 2 games, one from each team's prefered starting position.  The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stage.  Points are used to rank the teams within a group.  Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw, and none for a loss.  If two or more teams end up with the same number of points, tiebreakers are used: first is goal difference, then total goals scored (this will be the in-game score found on the details tab), then head-to-head results, and finally drawing of lots (i.e., determining team positions at random). 

The knockout stage is a single-elimination tournament in which teams play each other in one-off matches, with extra games used to decide the winner if necessary.  It begins with the "round of 16" (or the second round) in which the winner of each group plays against the runner-up of another group. This is followed by the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, the third-place match (contested by the losing semi-finalists), and the final.


For some reason the "Everyone can join this group" was accidentally set to "no."  Sorry about that.  The problem has been corrected.  Everyone is welcome to join the League HQ:


Whichever opening you prefer, there's probably a group already dedicated to it, and I'm sure they would love for you to join them!!  Wink  Here are the one's I've found so far (membership #s as of 6/21):

Group - # of members

The Dark Knights 309
The Sicilian Superstars 277
The Scotch Fans Team 264
French Defense Fanatics 261
Gambit Gang 259
1.e4 Lovers 228
Caro-Kann Cutthroats 187
King's Gambit Players 187
Alexander Alekhine and his defense 163
Unorthodox Openings 155
Bird's Opening Lovers 150
Queen's Gambit Gurus 115
The Radical Ruy Lopez 113
Dragon Chaos 95
The English Opening Eagles 87
Dynamic Dutch Defense 79
1.d4 group 74
Gambit Defenders 64
1.b3 Nimzo-Larsen Attack 62
Grunfeld and The KID 57
Budapest Gambiteers 55
1.e4 d5 Scandinavian Defense 53
kings gambit players 53
Latvian Gambit Players 49
1…g6 Modern Defense 48
1.d4 Nf6 46
Hypermodern Hangout 45
Traxler Analysis 44
Trompovsky Attack Lovers 40
Nimzo Indian Ninjas! 39
KIA Inc. 36
The Hypermodern 1.Nf3 34
The Dragon's Cave 33
Vienna Gamers 33
Benko Gambit 32
Gambiteers and Gunslingers 27
Hippo 27
1.Nc3 1…Nc6 Fans! 26
1…b6 26
King's Gambiteers 26
Sicilian Grand Prix Attack 26
Alekhine Chess Group 24
Slav Opening 24
Alekhine Defense 23
Caro-Kann lovers 23
Queen's Indian Opening 23
Dragon Lords 20
Englund & Scandinavian Gambits 20
Get better @ openings 20
The Grunfeld Defence 20
1.g4 1…g5 GroB org 19
Blackmar-Diemer Gambit 19
I can C4 miles 17
Polish/Sokolsky Opening Stars 17
Random Opening Group 17
The Wandering King Appreciation Society 17
For the love of gambits 16
1.d4 Nf6: Indian Defenses 14
Danish Gambit 14
King's Own Gambit Appreciation Society 14
Latvian Gambiteers 13
Opening Repertoire 13
The Italian Game 13
The Sicilian Defence Fan Club 13
Weird Openings 13
1.Nf3 2.c4 Reti 12
Albin counter-gambit 12
English Defense (1.c4 b6 2.d4 e6) 12
The Fried Liver Attack 12
Bishops Gambiteers 11
English Openers 11
najdorf fans! 11
Reti Fans 11
Giuoco Piano 8
Ponziani Players 7
The King Indians Attack Fan Club 7
Dragon Slayers 6
Fred's Defense Group 6
Giuoco Piano lovers 6
Grand Prix Attack Lovers 6
Opening Virtuoso's 6
The Petroff group 6
Blackmar-Diemer & Omega Gambits 5
Danube Openings 5
French defense superstars 5
Scandinavian Defense 5
The Sokolsky (Polish 1.b4) Opening 5
Alekhine followers 4
d4 lovers 4
Halloween Gambiteers 4
King's Gambit learners 4
Specialize in the Evans Gambit 4
The Queen's Gambit 4
English opening power 3
King's Indian Defence Lovers 3
queen's gambit players 3
Smith-Morra Gambit 3
1. h4 !! 2
1.e4 e5 Gambiteers 2
Boungcloud Society, 2
English Opening Corps 2
Sicilian for Black 2
The Closed Sicilian 2
The Hallowe'en gambiteers 2
Dutch Stonewallers 1
French Defense 1

I think you can go through the last ones and delete inactive ones


Maybe this will be just what they need to become active again.  Wink


yes but 1-2 people groups?


Hopefully, they won't stay at 1-2 members if they want to compete.  Wink  There were a few groups I left off the list if they only had one admin, and he/she hadn't signed on in forever (I may have missed a couple too).  But these should all, at the very least, have an admin who is still active on the site.  There's over 100 groups on this list, and we can only fit 32 into the league, so 2/3 of these won't be making the cut anyway.  Only time will tell which ones they are.  Wink


I just joined the group bilium :)


Can other groups join aside from those mentioned above? thanks

opticnerve wrote:

Can other groups join aside from those mentioned above? thanks

Is the group devoted to a specific opening or group of openings?


ohhhh. ok I get it! many thanks!


We've still got room for 22 more teams!!!  There's over a hundered groups dedicated to openings!!  Pick your favorite opening, and encourage them to join!!


Here are the teams that have registered so far (10):


White Positions (6):

The Scotch Fans Team - Chessy4000
C44 (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. d4)

The Wandering King Appreciation Society - OpeningGambit
A00 (1.f3 e5 2.Kf2)

Trompovsky Attack Lovers - rich
A45 (1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5)

King's Gambit Players - Jaller435718
C30 (1.e4 e5 2.f4)

Sicilian Grand Prix Attack - polleke
B23 (1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4)

Latvian Gambit Players - Gambitking
C40 (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5)


Black Positions (4):

The Dark Knights - Billium248
(probably a variation of the Alekhine or possibly Indian defenses)

Sicilian Sveshnikov Group!! - Ivanenko_Tony
B33 (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5)

Budapest Gambiteers - kid_of_chess
A51 (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5)

Benko Gambit - SensFan33
A57 (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5)