2015 World Cup pairings posted and updated

by Albert Silver
8/22/2015 – FIDE had published the pairings for the forthcoming mega-event that runs from September 10 through October 5. The massive competition for which players have been qualifying since last year, brings no fewer than 128 players, with some fascinating pairings. Speaking of which, you should know that since they were first published a few days ago, the pairings have already been changed.

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Calling the roster of players a who’s who of chess is almost a disservice, since it is more than just a list of the top-rated players, it is also a chance for lesser known players, or young talents, to take a spin on the massive roulette and see how they fare.

The tournament is a knockout format with mini-matches of two games played at 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move from move one.  If no winner emerges, then a third day will decide via tiebreaks, starting with two rapid games of 25 minutes plus ten seconds, and if no winner yet then two games at ten minutes plus ten seconds, then two games of five minutes plus three seconds, and finally, if still neither player was able to claim victory, a sudden death game.

Complete 2015 World Cup regulations

The seventh and final match will be of four games  that otherwise follow the same structure as the previous rounds with the same tiebreak system. At the end of this event that can take as many as 16 standard games, not only will the winner take home the trophy and check for $96 thousand, but the two finalists will be seeded into the World Championship Candidates tournament, in which the winner will earn the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen for the world title.

The 2013 edition was won by Vladimir Kramnik over Dmitry Andreikin

Pairings for 2015 FIDE World Cup

Note: the colors of game one will be determined in the opening ceremony

The official website has already been launched, with a countdown until the start



Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.
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