FIDE World Cup in Tromsø begins today

8/11/2013 – The players have arrived in the Arctic Circle, all of them, as far as we can tell. On Saturday there were chess public activities in Tromsø, and in the evening the opening ceremony. The games of round one begin at 15:00h CEST (17:00h Moscow, 9 a.m. NY) on Sunday. We start our coverage with some lovely pictures from Norway and the pairing of all 64 boards of the first round.

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The FIDE World Cup is a knockout, starting with 128 players. You can view the pairings in PDF here, or go to the score tables of round one here. Two games are played between each pair of players. The rate of play is 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 one. If the score is equal there are two rapid chess tiebreak games (25 min + 10 sec), then, if the score is still tied, two accelerated games (10 min + 10 sec). If the score is still tied two blitz games will be played at 5 min + 3 sec, and if there is still no decision a final Armageddon game with 5 minutes for White and 4 minutes for Black, with a 3 sec increment after move 60, will be played. In this game Black has draw odds (i.e. he wins if the game is drawn). The winner and the runner-up of the World Cup 2013 will qualify for the Candidates Tournament of the next World Championship cycle.

The venue of the 2013 FIDE World Cup is the city of Tromsø, which lies in the northern-most region of Norway, almost 400 km inside the Arctic Circle. You can find all details and links to many ChessBase articles on Tromsø here. The World Cup starts on Sunday, August 11th and lasts until September 3rd (tiebreaks, closing ceremony). Each round lasts three days, while the final will consist of four classical games. Thursday August 29 is a free day. A detailed schedule can be found here.

Arrival and opening

Tromsø is in the Arctic Circle, where the sun barely sets in late Summer

The harbour and bridge, close to the center of the town

A very special guest: Anatoly Karpov give an open-air simul

US American prodigy Ray Robson plays blindfold chess (with press chief Susan Polgar commenting)

A chat between Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Lawrence Trent, with Hou Yifan in the background

The opening ceremony took place in Unversity of Tromso on Saturday, August 10th

In the front row: organisers Børge Robertsen, Morten Sand, Norwegian IA Karl Johan Rist, FIDE Vice President Israel Gelfer, Press Chief Susan Polgar, Berik Balgabaev, advisor to FIDE President, Danara Shovunova from the FIDE office in Moscow, FIDE Executive Director Nigel Freeman. Eagle eyes will also spot Fabiano Caruana, Hou Yifan, Jan Smeets, Ian Rogers, Alexander Grischuk, and a few other familiar faces.

Chief Arbiter Ignatius Leong (above right with Levon Aronian) at the drawing of colours

A musical interlude is obligatory at the opening of all big chess tournaments

The sun in the late evening, trying not to set (but doing so, barely, for five hours)

All set for the start of the FIDE World Cup in Tromsø

Pictures provided by Paul Truong in Tromsø

Pairings of the first round (which starts at 15:00h CEST on Sunday)

#. Rnk Player Ti. Fed Rtng Res Rnk Player Ti. Fed Rtng
1 1 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2813   128 Markov, Mikhail   KGZ 2304
2 127 G., Akash m IND 2340   2 Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2796
3 3 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2784   126 Bwalya, Gillan f ZAM 2341
4 125 Bjelobrk, Igor m AUS 2341   4 Grischuk, Alex. g RUS 2785
5 5 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2772   124 Ali, Sebbar m MAR 2371
6 123 Cori T., Deysi wg PER 2434   6 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2772
7 7 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2764   122 Rahman, Ziaur g BAN 2470
8 121 Lou, Yiping m CHN 2484   8 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2741
9 9 Mamedyarov, S. g AZE 2775   120 Shoker, Samy m EGY 2489
10 119 El Gindy, Essam g EGY 2487   10 Dominguez, Leinier g CUB 2757
11 11 Ponomariov, R. g UKR 2756   118 Hansen, Torbjorn m NOR 2492
12 117 Liu, Qingnan m CHN 2500   12 Wang, Hao g CHN 2747
13 13 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2746   116 Ushenina, Anna g UKR 2500
14 115 Wan, Yunguo m CHN 2512   14 Adams, Michael g ENG 2740
15 15 Leko, Peter g HUN 2744   114 Johannessen, Leif g NOR 2519
16 113 Sambuev, Bator g CAN 2524   16 Morozevich, Alex. g RUS 2739
17 17 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2719   112 Holt, Conrad g USA 2539
18 111 Salem, Saleh g UAE 2556   18 Giri, Anish g NED 2737
19 19 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2731   110 Duda, Jan m POL 2534
20 109 Cori, Jorge g PER 2569   20 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2733
21 21 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2716   108 Darini, Pouria g IRI 2535
22 107 Durarbayli, Vasif g AZE 2567   22 Korobov, Anton g UKR 2720
23 23 Vachier-L., M. g FRA 2719   106 Shabalov, Alex. g USA 2546
24 105 Wei, Yi g CHN 2551   24 Nepomniachtchi, I. g RUS 2723
25 25 Navara, David g CZE 2715   104 Mareco, Sandro g ARG 2561
26 103 Agdestein, Simen g NOR 2567   26 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2714
27 27 Alekseev, Evgeny g RUS 2710   102 Adhiban, B. g IND 2567
28 101 Paragua, Mark g PHI 2565   28 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2724
29 29 Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2702   100 Barbosa, Oliver g PHI 2571
30 99 Kaidanov, Gregory g USA 2574   30 Areshchenko, Alex. g UKR 2709
31 31 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2707   98 Hansen, Eric g CAN 2584
32 97 Ramirez, Alejandro g USA 2588   32 Tomashevsky, E. g RUS 2706
33 33 So, Wesley g PHI 2710   96 Ipatov, Alexander g TUR 2584
34 95 Christiansen, Larry g USA 2584   34 Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2708
35 35 Riazantsev, Alex. g RUS 2700   94 Felgaer, Ruben g ARG 2586
36 93 Flores, Diego g ARG 2578   36 Vallejo, Francisco g ESP 2706
37 37 Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2702   92 Brunello, Sabino g ITA 2607
38 91 Fier, Alexandr g BRA 2595   38 Wojtaszek, Rad. g POL 2701
39 39 Moiseenko, Alex. g UKR 2699   90 Adly, Ahmed g EGY 2594
40 89 Hammer, Jon L. g NOR 2605   40 Movsesian, Sergei g ARM 2699
41 41 Shirov, Alexei g LAT 2696   88 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2609
42 87 Ortiz, Isan g CUB 2609   42 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2696
43 43 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2696   86 Kravtsiv, Martyn g UKR 2607
44 85 Nguyen, Ngoc g VIE 2625   44 Akopian, Vladimir g ARM 2691
45 45 Bruzon, Lazaro g CUB 2698   84 Najer, Evgeniy g RUS 2626
46 83 Robson, Ray g USA 2623   46 Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2688
47 47 Li, Chao b g CHN 2693   82 Postny, Evgeny g ISR 2628
48 81 Popov, Ivan g RUS 2644   48 Ragger, Markus g AUT 2680
49 49 Inarkiev, Ernesto g RUS 2693   80 Leitao, Rafael g BRA 2632
50 79 Melkumyan, Hrant g ARM 2632   50 Granda, Julio g PER 2664
51 51 Kryvoruchko, Y. g UKR 2678   78 Negi, Parimarjan g IND 2643
52 77 Hracek, Zbynek g CZE 2635   52 Bologan, Viktor g MDA 2672
53 53 Dreev, Aleksey g RUS 2668   76 Azarov, Sergei g BLR 2636
54 75 Dubov, Daniil g RUS 2624   54 Fedorchuk, Sergey g UKR 2669
55 55 Onischuk, Alex. g USA 2667   74 Iturrizaga, Eduardo g VEN 2660
56 73 Smeets, Jan g NED 2643   56 Matlakov, Maxim g RUS 2676
57 57 Shimanov, Alek. g RUS 2623   72 Jones, Gawain C B g ENG 2645
58 71 Filippov, Anton g UZB 2630   58 Romanov, Evgeny g RUS 2651
59 59 Safarli, Eltaj g AZE 2660   70 Amin, Bassem g EGY 2652
60 69 Lupulescu, Const. g ROU 2634   60 Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2660
61 61 Zvjaginsev, Vadim g RUS 2659   68 Swiercz, Dariusz g POL 2654
62 67 Kobalia, Mikhail g RUS 2651   62 Khismatullin, Denis g RUS 2653
63 63 Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2662   66 Beliavsky, Alex. g SLO 2651
64 65 Istratescu, A. g FRA 2646   64 Lysyj, Igor g RUS 2648

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