Carlsen Draws White For 1st Game World Cup
Magnus Carlsen will start with the white pieces in his first game on Sunday at the FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia. This was the result of the drawing of lots, performed today during the opening ceremony.
The technical meeting after the opening ceremony. | Photo Chess.com/Maria Emelianova.
Other players who will play with White tomorrow are Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Hikaru Nakamura, and Alexander Grischuk. Players such as Wesley So, Vladimir Kramnik, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Vishy Anand start with Black.
Below you can find the full pairings for game 1, round 1 on Sunday:
2017 World Cup | Round 1, Day 1 Pairings
|GM Carlsen, M (2827)||FM Balogun, O (2255)|
|GM Dreev, A (2648)||GM Bachmann, A (2634)|
|GM Fier, A (2569)||GM Bacrot, E (2728)|
|GM Bu Xiangzhi (2714)||GM Flores, Diego (2580)|
|GM Vakhidov, J (2518)||GM Svidler, P (2756)|
|GM Amin, Bassem (2699)||GM Erdos, Viktor (2619)|
|GM Wojtaszek, R (2739)||GM El Debs, F (2533)|
|GM Zherebukh, Y (2621)||GM Onischuk, A (2682)|
|IM Khusenkhojaev (2455)||GM Vachier-Lagr (2804)|
|GM Grachev, B (2654)||GM Melkumyan, H (2642)|
|GM Eljanov, P (2734)||GM Lenderman, A (2565)|
|GM Tari, Aryan (2588)||GM Howell, D (2701)|
|GM Grischuk, A (2788)||GM El Gindy, E (2455)|
|GM Cori, Jorge (2648)||GM Jones, G (2668)|
|GM Hjartarson (2539)||GM Navara, David (2720)|
|GM Cheparinov (2695)||GM Mastrovasilis (2573)|
|Dai, Changren (2422)||GM Kramnik, V (2803)|
|GM Areshchenko (2645)||GM Demchenko, A (2650)|
|GM Ivanchuk, V (2727)||GM Kazhgaleyev (2570)|
|GM Pantsulaia (2593)||GM Duda, J (2698)|
|GM Giri, Anish (2777)||GM Dzagnidze, N (2519)|
|GM Xiong, J (2633)||GM Motylev, A (2668)|
|GM Gonzalez Vidal (2547)||GM Harikrishna (2741)|
|GM Ponomariov (2694)||GM Sethuraman, SP (2617)|
|GM Aronian, L (2802)||IM Cawdery, D (2449)|
|GM Piorun, K (2644)||GM Hou Yifan (2670)|
|GM Sadorra, J (2574)||GM Matlakov, M (2728)|
|GM Andreikin, D (2708)||GM Goganov, A (2567)|
|IM Smirnov, A (2508)||GM Karjakin, S (2780)|
|GM Dubov, Daniil (2666)||GM Fridman, D (2625)|
|GM Radjabov, T (2742)||GM Ziska, H (2545)|
|GM Bok, Benjamin (2620)||GM Artemiev, V (2692)|
|IM Ruiz Castillo (2377)||GM So, Wesley (2792)|
|GM Mareco, S (2649)||GM Bluebaum, M (2633)|
|GM Vallejo Pons (2717)||GM Karthikeyan (2574)|
|GM Antipov, M (2578)||GM Tomashevsky (2710)|
|GM Nepomniachtc (2741)||GM Palac, Mladen (2535)|
|GM Nguyen, N (2629)||GM Adhiban, B (2670)|
|GM Pourramezana (2534)||GM Yu Yangyi (2750)|
|GM Jobava, B (2702)||GM Salgado Lopez (2627)|
|GM Nakamura, H (2781)||GM Mollah Abdul (2454)|
|GM Bruzon Batista, L (2651)||GM Anton Guijarro (2656)|
|GM Bacallao Alonso,Y (2573)||GM Fedoseev, V (2731)|
|GM Inarkiev, E (2694)||GM Mchedlishvili (2607)|
|IM Yeoh, Li Tian (2478)||GM Anand, V (2794)|
|GM Akobian, V (2662)||GM Kovalyov, A (2649)|
|GM Adams, M (2738)||GM Batchuluun (2566)|
|GM Hovhannisyan (2594)||GM Rodshtein, M (2695)|
|GM Caruana, F (2799)||GM Solomon, K (2398)|
|GM Lenic, Luka (2646)||GM Fressinet, L (2657)|
|GM Kulaots, K (2571)||GM Vitiugov, N (2728)|
|GM Najer, E (2694)||GM Aleksandrov (2580)|
|GM Sambuev, B (2529)||GM Wei Yi (2748)|
|GM Rapport, R (2675)||GM Cordova, E (2616)|
|GM Li Chao (2745)||GM Krysa, L (2540)|
|GM Sevian, S (2610)||GM Nisipeanu, L (2674)|
|IM Liu, Guanchu (2455)||GM Mamedyarov (2797)|
|GM Kuzubov, Y (2688)||GM Zhigalko, S (2642)|
|GM Gelfand, B (2737)||GM Stupak, K (2579)|
|GM Sengupta, D (2589)||GM Wang Hao (2701)|
|GM Ding Liren (2771)||GM Haddouche, M (2487)|
|GM Kovalenko, I (2634)||GM Kravtsiv, M (2670)|
|GM Kunin, Vitaly (2531)||GM Le, Quang Liem (2739)|
|GM Vidit, S (2702)||GM Delgado Ramirez, N (2614)|
The drawing of lots, conducted by Chief Arbiter Tomasz
The view from the funicular. | Photo Chess.com/Maria Emelianova.
At a tasty
Speeches were given by the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili, the President of the Georgian Chess Federation Giorgi Giorgadze, the President of the European Chess Union and Chairman of the World Cup's Appeals Committee Zurab Azmaiparashvili, and FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.
FIDE Deputy (but acting) President Georgios Makropoulos and American Continental President Jorge Vega. | Photo Chess.com/Maria Emelianova.
Organizers Geoffrey Borg (FIDE, left), Zurab Azmaiparashvili (on the phone) together with Magnus Carlsen and Peter Heine Nielsen watching the dancing which w
The colors for drawing of lots were prepared inside the traditional Georgian wine storage jars, called "
Borg here together with GM Nona Gaprindashvili and Carlsen, with his white-color-
The traditional dancing—also
From Sunday onwards the games will be played in the "Hotels & Preference Hualing," located 6km outside the city center. Each round will consist of two classical games, and possibly a rapid & blitz tiebreak on the third day. The final will consist of four classical games.
The total prize fund is $1.6 million with the first prize of $120,000. Besides, the top two finishers will qualify for the 2018 Candidates' Tournament. In case Magnus Carlsen or Sergey Karjakin qualify for the final, a match for 3rd and 4th place (and thus the other qualification spot) will be played.
Chess.com will relay the games at Chess.com/Live. Besides, you can watch live commentary on Chess.com/TV provided by the Chessbrahs, which includes some of the best commentators of the planet: GM Eric Hansen, GM Robin van Kampen, GM Yasser Seirawan and IM Aman Hambleton.