2011 FIDE World Cup officially opened - all the info

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Today the 2011 FIDE World Cup was officially opened by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Tomorrow the first round is scheduled at 15:00 local time (11:00 CET). 128 participants from all over the world will fight in a knock-out that will last more than three weeks and should deliver three participants for the next Candidates tournament/matches, as part of the new World Championship cycle.The 2011 FIDE World Cup is a 128-player knockout that will take place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia from August 27th till September 20th. It's the fourth time that Russia's Ugra region hosts the World Cup.


Khanty-Mansiysk is an oil boom town in Russia, the administrative center of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. It is located on the Irtysh River, 15 km from its confluence with the Ob. Besides the three previous World Cups (won by Levon Aronian, Gata Kamsky and Boris Gelfand respectively), Khanty-Mansiysk was the venue of the 2010 Chess Olympiad. The 2003 Biathlon World Championships and the 2005 Mixed Biathlon Relay (4×6 km) took place there as well.


Venue is the brand new Ugorian Chess Academy, a unique three-level building without sharp corners styled as a chess piece. It was built in the capital of Ugra in 2008-2010 and designed by the famous Dutch architect Erick Van Egeraat. More info on this remarkable building can be found here.

The venue of the 2011 FIDE World Cup: the Ugorian Chess Academy

The venue of the 2011 FIDE World Cup: the Ugorian Chess Academy


There are 128 participants from 46 different countries. Below we give the list that can also be found on the official website. However, shortly before the event both Vladimir Akopian of Armenia and Wang Hao of China had to cancel the participation. The former broke a leg recently; the latter was diagnosed with heart problems. As we understand, their opponents (Parimarjan Negi and Alexander Ivanov respectively) will go through to the second round without playing.

FIDE World Cup 2011 | Participants
#NameTiFedRtg #NameTiFedRtg
1Karjakin, SergeyGMRUS2788 65Ding, LirenGMCHN2654
2Ivanchuk, VassilyGMUKR2768 66Ragger, MarkusGMAUT2651
3Mamedyarov, ShakhriyarGMAZE2765 67Lupulescu, ConstantinGMROU2650
4Ponomariov, RuslanGMUKR2764 68Khairullin, IldarGMRUS2649
5Gashimov, VugarGMAZE2760 69Azarov, SergeiGMBLR2648
6Grischuk, AlexanderGMRUS2746 70Iordachescu, ViorelGMMDA2646
7Radjabov, TeimourGMAZE2744 71Negi, ParimarjanGMIND2642
8Kamsky, GataGMUSA2741 72Nisipeanu, Liviu-DieterGMROU2641
9Svidler, PeterGMRUS2739 73Nguyen, Ngoc Truong SonGMVIE2637
10Jakovenko, DmitryGMRUS2736 74Rodshtein, MaximGMISR2637
11Vitiugov, NikitaGMRUS2733 75Zhou, JianchaoGMCHN2636
12Almasi, ZoltanGMHUN2726 76Parligras, Mircea-EmilianGMROU2636
13Vallejo Pons, FranciscoGMESP2724 77Quesada Perez, YunieskyGMCUB2635
14Navara, DavidGMCZE2722 78Ivanisevic, IvanGMSRB2633
15Vachier-Lagrave, MaximeGMFRA2722 79Adly, AhmedGMEGY2631
16Dominguez Perez, LeinierGMCUB2719 80Socko, BartoszGMPOL2631
17Wang, HaoGMCHN2718 81Lysyj, IgorGMRUS2629
18Leko, PeterGMHUN2717 82Gupta, AbhijeetGMIND2627
19Moiseenko, AlexanderGMUKR2715 83Salgado Lopez, IvanGMESP2626
20Le, Quang LiemGMVIE2715 84Romanov, EvgenyGMRUS2624
21Adams, MichaelGMENG2715 85Postny, EvgenyGMISR2618
22Shirov, AlexeiGMESP2714 86Shulman, YuriGMUSA2617
23Jobava, BaadurGMGEO2713 87Pashikian, ArmanGMARM2616
24Caruana, FabianoGMITA2711 88Drozdovskij, YuriGMUKR2614
25Nepomniachtchi, IanGMRUS2711 89Bluvshtein, MarkGMCAN2611
26Bacrot, EtienneGMFRA2710 90Filippov, AntonGMUZB2606
27Wang, YueGMCHN2709 91Halkias, SteliosGMGRE2600
28Tomashevsky, EvgenyGMRUS2707 92Kazhgaleyev, MurtasGMKAZ2597
29Efimenko, ZaharGMUKR2706 93Mareco, SandroGMARG2597
30Malakhov, VladimirGMRUS2706 94Zherebukh, YaroslavGMUKR2590
31Sutovsky, EmilGMISR2700 95Jumabayev, RinatGMKAZ2589
32Movsesian, SergeiGMARM2700 96Corrales Jimenez, FidelGMCUB2585
33Polgar, JuditGMHUN2699 97Hou, YifanGMCHN2575
34Fressinet, LaurentGMFRA2698 98Vorobiov, Evgeny E.GMRUS2574
35Eljanov, PavelGMUKR2697 99Felgaer, RubenGMARG2573
36Berkes, FerencGMHUN2696 100Babula, VlastimilGMCZE2572
37Andreikin, DmitryGMRUS2696 101Zhao, Zong-YuanGMAUS2570
38Morozevich, AlexanderGMRUS2694 102Fier, AlexandrGMBRA2566
39Zhigalko, SergeiGMBLR2689 103Robson, RayGMUSA2560
40Riazantsev, AlexanderGMRUS2688 104Ortiz Suarez, Isan ReynalIMCUB2556
41Motylev, AlexanderGMRUS2685 105Pridorozhni, AlekseiGMRUS2550
42Wojtaszek, RadoslawGMPOL2683 106Guliyev, NamigGMAZE2549
43Potkin, VladimirGMRUS2682 107Leon Hoyos, ManuelGMMEX2548
44Nielsen, Peter HeineGMDEN2681 108Paragua, MarkGMPHI2545
45Grachev, BorisGMRUS2680 109Megaranto, SusantoGMINA2544
46Inarkiev, ErnestoGMRUS2679 110Esen, BarisGMTUR2543
47Mamedov, RaufGMAZE2679 111Shankland, Samuel LGMUSA2539
48Kobalia, MikhailGMRUS2679 112Ivanov, AlexanderGMUSA2538
49Bologan, ViktorGMMDA2678 113Moradiabadi, ElshanGMIRI2532
50Bu, XiangzhiGMCHN2675 114Rahman, ZiaurGMBAN2528
51Onischuk, AlexanderGMUSA2675 115Kabanov, NikolaiGMRUS2520
52Bruzon Batista, LazaroGMCUB2673 116Cori, JorgeGMPER2514
53Yu, YangyiGMCHN2672 117El Gindy, EssamGMEGY2510
54Korobov, AntonGMUKR2671 118Bezgodov, AlexeiGMRUS2503
55Harikrishna, P.GMIND2669 119Salem, A.R. SalehGMUAE2493
56Li, Chao bGMCHN2669 120Lima, DarcyGMBRA2493
57Kasimdzhanov, RustamGMUZB2669 121Di Berardino, Diego RafaeIMBRA2480
58Akopian, VladimirGMARM2667 122De La Paz Perdomo, FrankGMCUB2477
59Feller, SebastienGMFRA2666 123Genba, VladimirIMRUS2452
60Timofeev, ArtyomGMRUS2665 124Hansen, EricIMCAN2449
61Ni, HuaGMCHN2662 125Gwaze, RobertIMZIM2434
62Fridman, DanielGMGER2659 126Ibrahim, Hatim EGY2402
63Alekseev, EvgenyGMRUS2659 127Steel, Henry RobertFMRSA2362
64So, WesleyGMPHI2658 128Kaabi, MejdiIMTUN2344

We created a big JPEG of the pairings tree which you can check in your browser here.

System and rate of play

Except for the final, all rounds will have 2-game matches at the FIDE time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with a 30-second increment from the first move. In case of a 1-1 tie, on the third day of the round a tie-break is played. A tie-break consists of 2 games (25 minutes + 10 seconds increment). In case of a 2-2 score, 2 more games will be played at 10 minutes + 10 seconds increment and then, if needed, 2 games of 5 minutes + 3 increment. If necessary, the tie-break will end with an Armageddon game with White getting 5 minutes and Black 4 and 3 seconds increment starting from move 61. In this game, a draw means the player behind the black pieces goes through. The final will played over 4 games at the FIDE time control and if necessary a tie-break on the day of the closing ceremony.

Opening ceremony

Karjakin performs the drawing of coloursThe opening ceremony was held on Saturday. FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov officially declared the 2011 FIDE World Cup as opened. For the drawing of colours, top seed Sergey Karjakin of Russia was asked to come on stage. The result was that he, and all other odd numbers, will play black in the first game of the first round.


DateTimeEvent# Players
August 26-Arrival 
August 2720:00Opening ceremony 
August 2815:00Round 1.1128
August 2915:00Round 1.2 
August 3015:00Tie-break R1 
August 3115:00Round 2.164
September 115:00Round 2.2 
September 215:00Tie-break R2 
September 315:00Round 3.132
September 415:00Round 3.2 
September 515:00Tie-break R3 
September 615:00Round 4.116
September 715:00Round 4.2 
September 815:00Tie-break R4 
September 915:00Round 5.18
September 1015:00Round 5.2 
September 1115:00Tie-break R5 
September 1215:00Round 6.14
September 1315:00Round 6.2 
September 1415:00Tie-break R6 
September 15Free day  
September 1615:00Round 7.12
September 1715:00Round 7.2 
September 1815:00Round 7.3 
September 1915:00Round 7.4 
September 2011:00Tie-break R7 
September 2020:00Closing ceremony 


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