FIDE has announced qualifiers for the World Cup 2011

7/15/2011 – "FIDE gave me a wildcard for the World Cup!" wrote GM Peter Heine Nielsen. "Thanks a lot for your help, Vladica, Jeff and Fred. Can't tell how much I appreciate that." It is, PH assumes, the result of a series of articles we published in April, and the support they generated. The World Cup will take place in Khanty-Mansiysk from August 26 to 21 September 2011. Here's a list of all participants.

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Qualifiers for the World Cup 2011

FIDE has announced the list of qualifiers for the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, 26 August (arrival) to 21 September 2011 (departure). All participants are asked to sign and send their player's contract to the FIDE Secretariat (fax no. +30 2109212859) no later than 20 June. Participants who need an entry visa to Russia should contact the local Organising Committee at the emails oc@ugrasport.com, visa@ugrasport.com and accommodation@ugrasport.com to receive the necessary travel information, hotel bookings and invitation letter.

Download: World Cup 2011 Player's Contract (PDF)

Qualifiers for the World Cup

a) From World Cup 2009:
  01. R. Ponomariov (UKR)
02. V. Malakhov (RUS)
03. S. Karjakin (RUS)
 

b) Women's World Champion 2010:

  04. Hou Yifan (CHN)  
c) Junior World Champions 2009 & 2010:
  05. M. Vachier-Lagrave (FRA)
06. D. Andreikin (RUS)
 

d) From FIDE Rating List, 20 players, average 7/2010 & 1/2011:

 

07. A. Grischuk (RUS) 2766,50
08. S. Mamedyarov (AZE) 2766,50
09. V. Ivanchuk (UKR) 2751,50
10. T. Radjabov (AZE) 2746,00
11. P. Eljanov (UKR) 2739,50
12. A. Shirov (ESP) 2735,50
13. P. Svidler (RUS) 2732,00
14. V. Gashimov (AZE) 2727,50
15. Wang Hao (CHN) 2727,50
16. P. Leko (HUN) 2725,50
17. Wang Yue (CHN) 2725,00

18. D. Jakovenko (RUS) 2722,00
19. G. Kamsky (USA) 2721,50
20. E. Bacrot (FRA) 2721,50
21. D. Navara (CZE) 2719,50
22. L. Dominguez (CUB) 2716,00
23. N. Vitiugov (RUS) 2715,00
24. M. Adams (ENG) 2714,50
25. F. Caruana (ITA) 2709,00
26. A. Morozevich (RUS) 2707,50
27. L. Fressinet (FRA) 2702,00
28. F. Vallejo Pons (ESP) 2697,50

e) 46 players from European Championships 2010 & 2011

  29. I. Nepomniachtchi (RUS) 2010
30. B. Jobava (GEO) 2010
31. A. Timofeev (RUS) 2010
32. Z. Efimenko (UKR) 2010
33. I. Lysyj (RUS) 2010
34. Z. Almasi (HUN) 2010
35. E. Tomashevsky (RUS) 2010
36. M. Rodshtein (ISR) 2010
37. I. Salgado Lopez (ESP) 2010
38. A. Pashikian (ARM) 2010
39. R. Mamedov (AZE) 2010
40. S. Movsesian (ARM) 2010
41. V. Akopian (ARM) 2010
42. E. Alekseev (RUS) 2010
43. S. Halkias (GRE) 2010
44. F. Berkes (HUN) 2010
45. V. Potkin (RUS) 2010
46. B. Grachev (RUS) 2010
47. B. Socko (POL) 2010
48. L. Nisipeanu (ROU) 2010
49. E. Vorobiov (RUS) 2010
50. Y. Drozdovskij (UKR) 2010
51. V. Babula (CZE) 2010
52. R. Wojtaszek (POL) 2011
53. J. Polgar (HUN) 2011
54. A. Moiseenko (UKR) 2011
55. M. Ragger (AUT) 2011
56. S. Feller (FRA) 2011
57. S. Zhigalko (BLR) 2011
58. A. Korobov (UKR) 2011
59. E. Inarkiev (RUS) 2011
60. E. Postny (ISR) 2011
61. S. Azarov (BLR) 2011
62. I. Khairullin (RUS) 2011
63. M. Kobalia (RUS) 2011
64. N. Guliyev (AZE) 2011
65. Y. Zherebukh (UKR) 2011
66. A. Riazantsev (RUS) 2011
67. V. Iordachescu (MDA) 2011
68. C. Lupulescu (ROU) 2011
69. D. Fridman (GER) 2011
70. A. Motylev (RUS) 2011
71. I. Ivanisevic (SRB) 2011
72. M. Parligras (ROU) 2011
73. E. Romanov (RUS) 2011
74. B. Esen (TUR) 2011
f) 19 players from Americas
  75. R. Felgaer (ARG) Zonal 2.5
76. S. Mareco (ARG) Zonal 2.5
77. Y. Shulman (USA) Zonal 2.1
78. S. Shankland (USA) Zonal 2.1
79. R. Robson (USA) Zonal 2.1
80. A. Onischuk (USA) Zonal 2.1
81. A. Ivanov (USA) Zonal 2.1
82. A. Fier (BRA) Zonal 2.4
83. D. R. Di Berardino (BRA) Zonal 2.4
84. L. Bruzon (CUB) Zonal 2.3
85. M. Leon Hoyos (MEX) Zonal 2.3
86. E. Hansen (CAN) Zonal 2.2
87. S. A. Sanabria Rangel (COL) Continental 2010
88. M. Bluvshtein (CAN) Continental 2011
89. Y. Quesada Perez (CUB) Continental 2011
90. J. Cori (PER) Continental 2011
91. F. Corrales Jimenez (CUB) Continental 2011
92. I. R. Ortiz Suarez (CUB) Continental 2011
93. F. De La Paz Perdomo (CUB) Continental 2011
g) 19 players from Asia/Oceania
  94. Ni Hua (CHN) Continental 2010
95. A. Gupta (IND) Continental 2010
96. Le Quang Liem (VIE) Continental 2010
97. Wesley So (PHI) Continental 2010
98. Zhou, Jianchao (CHN) Continental 2010
99. P. Harikrishna (IND) Continental 2011
100. Yu Yangyi (CHN) Continental 2011
101. Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (VIE)
       Continental 2011
102. R. Jumabayev (KAZ) Continental 2011
103. Li Chao B (CHN) Zonal 3.5
104. Bu Xiangzhi (CHN) Zonal 3.5
105. Zhao Zong-Yuan (AUS) Zonal 3.6
106. Ziaur Rahman (BAN) Zonal 3.2
107. S. Megaranto (INA) Zonal 3.3
108. M. Paragua (PHI) Zonal 3.3
109. P. Negi (IND) Zonal 3.7
110. A. Filippov (UZB) Zonal 3.4
111. M. Kazhgaleyev (KAZ) Zonal 3.4
112. (…to be announced…) Zonal 3.1
h) 6 players from Africa
  113. M. Kaabi (TUN) Zonal 4.1
114. H. Ibrahim (EGY) Zonal 4.2
115. R. Gwaze (ZIM) Zonal 4.3
116. A. Adly (EGY) Continental 2011
117. E. El Gindy (EGY) Continental 2011
118. H. R. Steel (RSA) Continental 2011
i) 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)
j) 4 nominees of the local Organising Committee
  125. N. Kabanov (RUS)
126. A. Pridorozhni (RUS)
127. A. Bezgodov (RUS)
128. V. Genba (RUS)

Total = 128 players. The pairings of the first round will be announced one month before the start of the event.

Schedule of the World Cup 2011

26 August: Arrivals 09 September: Round 5 - Game 1
27 August: Opening / Players Meeting 10 September: Round 5 - Game 2
28 August: Round 1 - Game 1 11 September: Tiebreaks
29 August: Round 1 - Game 2 12 September: Round 6 - Game 1
30 August: Tiebreaks 13 September: Round 6 - Game 2
31 August: Round 2 - Game 1 14 September Tiebreaks
01 September: Round 2 - Game 2 :15 September: Free Day
02 September: Tiebreaks 16 September: Round 7 - Game 1
03 September: Round 3 - Game 1 17 September: Round 7 - Game 2
04 September: Round 3 - Game 2 18 September: Round 7 - Game 3
05 September: Tiebreaks 19 September: Round 7 - Game 4
06 September: Round 4 - Game 1 20 September: Tiebreaks / Closing
07 September: Round 4 - Game 2 21 September: Departures
08 September: Tiebreaks    

All rounds and tiebreaks start at 15:00, except the last tiebreaks of 20.09.2011 which will start at 11:00.

Source: FIDE

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