FIDE World Cup 2011

  • SonofPearl
  • on 8/27/11, 12:51 AM.

World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk.gifThe 2011 FIDE World Cup will take place from 28 August - 20 September in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

The tournament will follow the familiar KO format of previous World Cup events, with paired players meeting in two-game mini-matches, with rapid tie-breaks if needed (the final over 4 games).

The winner of the last World Cup in 2009 was Boris Gelfand, who went on to win the Candidates Matches in Kazan to earn the right to challenge Vishy Anand for the title of World Chess Champion in 2012.

For this world Cup, it's not just the winner who will advance to the "Candidates" stage, but the runner-up and third placed player as well.  Which might make the 3/4th place playoff more tense than the final!

Each round starts at 15:00 local time (09:00 UTC).  The schedule:

Round  Regular games  Tiebreaks Players
1 28–29 Aug 30-Aug 128
2 31 Aug–1 Sept  02-Sep 64
3 3–4 Sept 05-Sep 32
4 6-7 Sept 08-Sep 16
Q-Final 9–10 Sept 11-Sep 8
Semi-Final 12–13 Sept 14-Sep 4
Final 16–19 Sept 20-Sep 2


The time control for the regular games is 40 moves in 90 minutes followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30 second increment from the start.

Rapid games are at 25 minutes plus 10 second increment, and if scores are still level then 10 minutes plus 10 second increment, 5 minutes plus 3 second increment, and finally sudden-death 5 min v 4 min with a 3 second increment after move 60.

The official website for the event can be found here.

The full draw for the first round matches:

Seed  Name Nat -  Name Nat Seed
1  Karjakin,Sergey RUS -  Kaabi,Mejdi TUN 128
2  Ivanchuk,Vassily UKR -  Steel,Henry Robert RSA 127
3  Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar AZE -  Ibrahim,Hatim EGY 126
4  Ponomariov,Ruslan UKR -  Gwaze,Robert ZIM 125
5  Gashimov,Vugar AZE -  Hansen,Eric CAN 124
6  Grischuk,Alexander RUS -  Genba,Vladimir RUS 123
7  Radjabov,Teimour AZE -  De La Paz Perdomo,Frank CUB 122
8  Kamsky,Gata USA -  Di Berardino,Diego Rafael BRA 121
9  Svidler,Peter RUS -  Lima,Darcy BRA 120
10  Jakovenko,Dmitry RUS -  Salem,A.R. Saleh UAE 119
11  Vitiugov,Nikita RUS -  Bezgodov,Alexei RUS 118
12  Almasi,Zoltan HUN -  El Gindy,Essam EGY 117
13  Vallejo Pons,Francisco ESP -  Cori,Jorge PER 116
14  Navara,David CZE -  Kabanov,Nikolai RUS 115
15  Vachier-Lagrave,Maxime FRA -  Rahman,Ziaur BAN 114
16  Dominguez Perez,Leinier CUB -  Moradiabadi,Elshan IRI 113
17  Wang,Hao CHN -  Ivanov,Alexander USA 112
 Leko,Peter HUN -  Shankland,Samuel L USA 111
19  Moiseenko,Alexander UKR -  Esen,Baris TUR 110
20  Le,Quang Liem VIE -  Megaranto,Susanto INA 109
 Adams,Michael ENG -  Paragua,Mark PHI 108
22  Shirov,Alexei ESP -  Leon Hoyos,Manuel MEX 107
23  Jobava,Baadur GEO -  Guliyev,Namig AZE 106
24  Caruana,Fabiano ITA -  Pridorozhni,Aleksei RUS 105
25  Nepomniachtchi,Ian RUS -  Ortiz Suarez,Isan Reynald CUB 104
26  Bacrot,Etienne FRA -  Robson,Ray USA 103
27  Wang,Yue CHN -  Fier,Alexandr BRA 102
28  Tomashevsky,Evgeny RUS -  Zhao,Zong-Yuan AUS 101
29  Efimenko,Zahar UKR -  Babula,Vlastimil CZE 100
30  Malakhov,Vladimir RUS -  Felgaer,Ruben ARG 99
31  Sutovsky,Emil ISR -  Vorobiov,Evgeny E. RUS 98
32  Movsesian,Sergei ARM -  Hou,Yifan CHN 97
33  Polgar,Judit HUN -  Corrales Jimenez,Fidel CUB 96
34  Fressinet,Laurent FRA -  Jumabayev,Rinat KAZ 95
35  Eljanov,Pavel UKR -  Zherebukh,Yaroslav UKR 94
36  Berkes,Ferenc HUN -  Mareco,Sandro ARG 93
37  Andreikin,Dmitry RUS -  Kazhgaleyev,Murtas KAZ 92
38  Morozevich,Alexander RUS -  Halkias,Stelios GRE 91
39  Zhigalko,Sergei BLR -  Filippov,Anton UZB 90
40  Riazantsev,Alexander RUS -  Bluvshtein,Mark CAN 89
41  Motylev,Alexander RUS -  Drozdovskij,Yuri UKR 88
42  Wojtaszek,Radoslaw POL -  Pashikian,Arman ARM 87
43  Potkin,Vladimir RUS -  Shulman,Yuri USA 86
 Nielsen,Peter Heine DEN -  Postny,Evgeny ISR 85
45  Grachev,Boris RUS -  Romanov,Evgeny RUS 84
46  Inarkiev,Ernesto RUS -  Salgado Lopez,Ivan ESP 83
47  Mamedov,Rauf AZE -  Gupta,Abhijeet IND 82
48  Kobalia,Mikhail RUS -  Lysyj,Igor RUS 81
49  Bologan,Viktor MDA -  Socko,Bartosz POL 80
50  Bu,Xiangzhi CHN -  Adly,Ahmed EGY 79
51  Onischuk,Alexander USA -  Ivanisevic,Ivan SRB 78
52  Bruzon Batista,Lazaro CUB -  Quesada Perez,Yuniesky CUB 77
53  Yu,Yangyi CHN -  Parligras,Mircea-Emilian ROU 76
54  Korobov,Anton UKR -  Zhou,Jianchao CHN 75
55  Harikrishna,P. IND -  Rodshtein,Maxim ISR 74
56  Li,Chao b CHN -  Nguyen,Ngoc Truong Son VIE 73
57  Kasimdzhanov,Rustam UZB -  Nisipeanu,Liviu-Dieter ROU 72
58  Akopian,Vladimir ARM -  Negi,Parimarjan IND 71
59  Feller,Sebastien FRA -  Iordachescu,Viorel MDA 70
60  Timofeev,Artyom RUS -  Azarov,Sergei BLR 69
61  Ni,Hua CHN -  Khairullin,Ildar RUS 68
62  Fridman,Daniel GER -  Lupulescu,Constantin ROU 67
63  Alekseev,Evgeny RUS -  Ragger,Markus AUT 66
64  So,Wesley PHI -  Ding,Liren CHN 65


The 8 participants in the next Candidates cycle (now due to be a tournament) will be:

  • The loser of the Vishy Anand v Boris Gelfand world title match in 2012
  • The top three finishers in the 2011 World Cup
  • The next three highest rated players (average from July 2011 and January 2012 rating lists)
  • A wildcard selection from the organisers (min Elo 2700)


Look out for news reports right here at!

9757 reads 29 comments
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  • 5 years ago


    Thanks for the schedule and the time control.

  • 5 years ago


    Leko-Shankland 0-1 must be an even bigger sensation, I wonder how Leko lost that one, when I last followed the game he was clearly better. Bad start for the old draw kings Wang Yue and Leko.

  • 5 years ago


    Biggest upset in the first round was maybe that Fier won against Wang Yue.

  • 5 years ago


  • 5 years ago


    @ TadDude - just speculating, but Kasimdhanov was probably invited because he's a former FIDE world champion, and Nielsen was very unluckly not to qualify through the European Championships where the organisers messed up the tie-break system.

    Giri didn't play at the European Championships because he received an invite to Amber, and since it was the last Amber ever to be held I can understand why he would accept!

    As for the others, I recall reading this reply that FIDE gave to journalist Stefan Löffler:

    "The nominations of the FIDE President are awarded upon his decision, mostly as an incentive to national federations which actively support FIDE events and FIDE activities such as "Chess in Schools", as well as to former World or Continental champions.

    This year, high-rated players from Europe were also nominated who played in their continental championship but did not qualify because of applicable tie-breaks which are very often disputed or in doubt of their effectiveness.

    We are sure that GM Anish Giri will participate in next year's qualifying European Championship and he will indeed have a bright future as a top world-class player."
  • 5 years ago



  • 5 years ago


    On the assumption Giri did not refuse, can anyone speculate how the presidential wildcards were chosen?

    6 nominees of the FIDE President

    119. R. Kasimdzhanov (UZB)

    120. E. Sutovsky (ISR)

    121. P. H. Nielsen (DEN)

    122. Ding Liren (CHN)

    123. V. Bologan (MDA)

    124. E. Moradiabadi (IRI)

  • 5 years ago


    We can see here Peter Leko start from beginning again, thats too bad to him he played very bad in Chorus tournament 2010 in Netherlands. Peter Leko out of Chess Elite right now. He was FRC96 champhion before and many of novelties game from him and runner up for world champhion against Kramnik in Switzerland and also a friend of Bobby Fischer, Bobby Fischer used to play with him in Hongarie if i am not mistaken. Furthermore, my choice is for Peter Leko, he is still beloved chess player for this tournament.

  • 5 years ago


    Hanty-Mansiysk (69 degrees E) is closer to London than say Washington DC (77 W)

  • 5 years ago


    Anyone want to buy me a plane ticket?.....hahaha

  • 5 years ago


    To anyone who doesn't realise - neither Anand or Gelfand need to take part because whichever one of them loses their WC match will auotmatically qualify for the next candidates event anyway.

    Other notable absentees here are Carlsen, Aronian, Kramnik, Nakamura, and Topalov.  They will be hoping to qualify by having one of the three highest ratings slots - but there's not enough places for all of them!

    And we don't know who the hosts are yet (for the next candidates event), but whichever country holds it will probably nominate one of their own players.

  • 5 years ago


    WhyChess reports that there will be commentary in Russian and English at the official site.

    Also, Vladimir Akopian and Wang Hao are non-starters due to a broken leg and heart problems respectively. Their opponents will advance to the second round.

  • 5 years ago


    @ Shazomei "Is this the actual draw though for the first round? It seems a bit unsporting to be placing the number 1 seed against the number 128. It doesn't propose to make an exciting first round."

    The 1 vs 128 system is a well established system to remove the cannon fodder, with little danger to the stars. While 1 vs 65 may seem more sporting it has its drawbacks. For instance with just a little shift in ratings there could have been a horror pairing of Invanchuk versus "Bane of Chucky" So.

  • 5 years ago


    I do like this idea. It must go some way to appeasing those who object to the unilateral World Championship layout that there are candidate places available for the top 3 finalists.

    Is this the actual draw though for the first round? It seems a bit unsporting to be placing the number 1 seed against the number 128. It doesn't propose to make an exciting first round.

  • 5 years ago


    Go Susanto Megaranto, do the best & good luck!

  • 5 years ago


       I might just Live-Blog the Semi-finals and onwards if I have the time, which I definitely will. Cool  It should be interesting to see who makes it through the labyrinth of players and match-ups. I'm looking forward to this big time.  Cool

       Another awesome report Ryan!  Cool


  • 5 years ago


    Go Wesley!!

  • 5 years ago


    @ hemmee "why doesnot anand and carlsen  take part in this tournment ?" and 

    @ hataliysamara "cant see magnus and anand"

    Nor do you see last year's winner nor Aronian... . These players have already won the big prize which is, not going to the Word Cup.

    Part of the reason could be the way you have to dress if you want to win.

  • 5 years ago


    My guess is Judit Polgar or Morozevich will win this World Cup Cool

  • 5 years ago


    Carlsen doen't need to play.  He will be invited to candidates due to rating.  Nakamura chose not to play in US championships and here also. 

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