FIDE World Chess Cup starts in Khanty-Mansiysk

8/27/2011 – For the fourth time Russia’s Ugra region in Siberia is hosting this event, which is a 128-player knockout with 128 participants from all over the world, playing two-game matches from August 27th until September 20th. The opening ceremony was spectacular, and all captured on HT video, which you can watch and enjoy before the games begin on Sunday at 11:00h CEST.

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The tournament will take place in the Ugorian Chess Academy, a modern citadel of intellectual sports in the very heart of Khanty-Mansiysk. This complex has already been involved in organization of international meetings – the 81th Congress and General Assembly of FIDE were held there in 2010, during the 39th World Chess Olympiad.


The new Ugorian Chess Academy is the venue of the 2011 FIDE World Cup

The Opening Ceremony

Don't miss watching this spectacular 20-minute video in HD and full-screen if you can!

The opening ceremony was held in the Concert and Theater complex Ugra-Classic on August, 27. At the beginning there is a lot in Russian with a professional translator repeating everything in English.


FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov with the Mayor of Khanty-Mansiysk Vassily Filipenko. Ilyumzhinov said that in just a few year Khanty Mansiysk had become one of the chess centres of the world, "a chess Mecca”.


After the anthems of Russia and FIDE there is the drawing of colours


Starting from 18:40 minutes there is the musical presentation, which is a joy to watch –
the section (18:41 min) with Gounod's Ave Maria set to Bach's First Prelude is inspirational


At around 18:44 we have a vocal group called "Quatro" doing popular Italina songs. At around 18:47 there is a lovely Russian rendering of "Sorrento", modelled after the immortal "Four Tenors". Watch them both and compare!


At 18:58 min we have a nicely done section with Bach, Baroque figures and chess ballet


At 19:04:30 another treat – a charming interpretation of Johann Strauss' Pizzicato Polka


After a second performance by the "Quatros", at 19:18 into the video, we have a lively
section performed to the music of (correct us if we are wrong) Aram Khachaturian


Certainly the second part, starting at 19:20:50, is Khachaturian's Masquerade Waltz


It was a thoroughly enjoyable opening celebration, and we can only hope that the chess
that follows will be as full of spirit and as elegant as the musical presentation on the stage.

Participants

128 players meet in a seven-round tournament, with everyone starting from round one (i.e. no seedings). All matches except the final consist of two games, with FIDE time control (90 minutes for 40 moves and 30 minutes plus 30 seconds per move for the rest of the game). The tie-break is played on the third day and consists of two rapid games (25 minutes plus 10 seconds per move), two semi-rapid (10 minutes plus 10 seconds per move), and two blitz games (5 minutes plus 3 seconds per move). If the tie remains unbroken, an Armageddon game is played: White has five minutes against Black's four. with both sides getting a three second increment per move after move 60. White must win – a draw means Black proceeds to the next stage.

The rules of the final match are basically the same except for starting with four long games. Also those who lose in the semi-finals will stay in Khanty-Mansiysk to play for the third place, which is very valuable as the third place finisher advances to the Candidates tournament.

 1   Karjakin, Sergey   RUS   2788 
 2   Ivanchuk, Vassily   UKR   2768 
 3   Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar   AZE   2765 
 4   Ponomariov, Ruslan   UKR   2764 
 5   Gashimov, Vugar   AZE   2760 
 6   Grischuk, Alexander   RUS   2746 
 7   Radjabov, Teimour   AZE   2744 
 8   Kamsky, Gata   USA   2741 
 9   Svidler, Peter   RUS   2739 
 10   Jakovenko, Dmitry   RUS   2736 
 11   Vitiugov, Nikita   RUS   2733 
 12   Almasi, Zoltan   HUN   2726 
 13   Vallejo Pons, Francisco   ESP   2724 
 14   Navara, David   CZE   2722 
 15   Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime   FRA   2722 
 16   Dominguez Perez, Leinier   CUB   2719 
 17   Wang, Hao   CHN   2718 
 18   Leko, Peter   HUN   2717 
 19   Moiseenko, Alexander   UKR   2715 
 20   Le, Quang Liem   VIE   2715 
 21   Adams, Michael   ENG   2715 
 22   Shirov, Alexei   ESP   2714 
 23   Jobava, Baadur   GEO   2713 
 24   Caruana, Fabiano   ITA   2711 
 25   Nepomniachtchi, Ian   RUS   2711 
 26   Bacrot, Etienne   FRA   2710 
 27   Wang, Yue   CHN   2709 
 28   Tomashevsky, Evgeny   RUS   2707 
 29   Efimenko, Zahar   UKR   2706 
 30   Malakhov, Vladimir   RUS   2706 
 31   Sutovsky, Emil   ISR   2700 
 32   Movsesian, Sergei   ARM   2700 
 33   Polgar, Judit   HUN   2699 
 34   Fressinet, Laurent   FRA   2698 
 35   Eljanov, Pavel   UKR   2697 
 36   Berkes, Ferenc   HUN   2696 
 37   Andreikin, Dmitry   RUS   2696 
 38   Morozevich, Alexander   RUS   2694 
 39   Zhigalko, Sergei   BLR   2689 
 40   Riazantsev, Alexander   RUS   2688 
 41   Motylev, Alexander   RUS   2685 
 42   Wojtaszek, Radoslaw   POL   2683 
 43   Potkin, Vladimir   RUS   2682 
 44   Nielsen, Peter Heine   DEN   2681 
 45   Grachev, Boris   RUS   2680 
 46   Inarkiev, Ernesto   RUS   2679 
 47   Mamedov, Rauf   AZE   2679 
 48   Kobalia, Mikhail   RUS   2679 
 49   Bologan, Viktor   MDA   2678 
 50   Bu, Xiangzhi   CHN   2675 
 51   Onischuk, Alexander   USA   2675 
 52   Bruzon Batista, Lazaro   CUB   2673 
 53   Yu, Yangyi   CHN   2672 
 54   Korobov, Anton   UKR   2671 
 55   Harikrishna, P.   IND   2669 
 56   Li, Chao b   CHN   2669 
 57   Kasimdzhanov, Rustam   UZB   2669 
 58   Akopian, Vladimir   ARM   2667 
 59   Feller, Sebastien   FRA   2666 
 60   Timofeev, Artyom   RUS   2665 
 61   Ni, Hua   CHN   2662 
 62   Fridman, Daniel   GER   2659 
 63   Alekseev, Evgeny   RUS   2659 
 64   So, Wesley   PHI   2658 
 
 65   Ding, Liren   CHN   2654 
 66   Ragger, Markus   AUT   2651 
 67   Lupulescu, Constantin   ROU   2650 
 68   Khairullin, Ildar   RUS   2649 
 69   Azarov, Sergei   BLR   2648 
 70   Iordachescu, Viorel   MDA   2646 
 71   Negi, Parimarjan   IND   2642 
 72   Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter   ROU   2641 
 73   Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son   VIE   2637 
 74   Rodshtein, Maxim   ISR   2637 
 75   Zhou, Jianchao   CHN   2636 
 76   Parligras, Mircea-Emilian   ROU   2636 
 77   Quesada Perez, Yuniesky   CUB   2635 
 78   Ivanisevic, Ivan   SRB   2633 
 79   Adly, Ahmed   EGY   2631 
 80   Socko, Bartosz   POL   2631 
 81   Lysyj, Igor   RUS   2629 
 82   Gupta, Abhijeet   IND   2627 
 83   Salgado Lopez, Ivan   ESP   2626 
 84   Romanov, Evgeny   RUS   2624 
 85   Postny, Evgeny   ISR   2618 
 86   Shulman, Yuri   USA   2617 
 87   Pashikian, Arman   ARM   2616 
 88   Drozdovskij, Yuri   UKR   2614 
 89   Bluvshtein, Mark   CAN   2611 
 90   Filippov, Anton   UZB   2606 
 91   Halkias, Stelios   GRE   2600 
 92   Kazhgaleyev, Murtas   KAZ   2597 
 93   Mareco, Sandro   ARG   2597 
 94   Zherebukh, Yaroslav   UKR   2590 
 95   Jumabayev, Rinat   KAZ   2589 
 96   Corrales Jimenez, Fidel   CUB   2585 
 97   Hou, Yifan   CHN   2575 
 98   Vorobiov, Evgeny E.   RUS   2574 
 99   Felgaer, Ruben   ARG   2573 
 100   Babula, Vlastimil   CZE   2572 
 101   Zhao, Zong-Yuan   AUS   2570 
 102   Fier, Alexandr   BRA   2566 
 103   Robson, Ray   USA   2560 
 104   Ortiz Suarez, Isan Reynal   CUB   2556 
 105   Pridorozhni, Aleksei   RUS   2550 
 106   Guliyev, Namig   AZE   2549 
 107   Leon Hoyos, Manuel   MEX   2548 
 108   Paragua, Mark   PHI   2545 
 109   Megaranto, Susanto   INA   2544 
 110   Esen, Baris   TUR   2543 
 111   Shankland, Samuel L   USA   2539 
 112   Ivanov, Alexander   USA   2538 
 113   Moradiabadi, Elshan   IRI   2532 
 114   Rahman, Ziaur   BAN   2528 
 115   Kabanov, Nikolai   RUS   2520 
 116   Cori, Jorge   PER   2514 
 117   El Gindy, Essam   EGY   2510 
 118   Bezgodov, Alexei   RUS   2503 
 119   Salem, A.R. Saleh   UAE   2493 
 120   Lima, Darcy   BRA   2493 
 121   Di Berardino, Diego Rafae   BRA   2480 
 122   De La Paz Perdomo, Frank   CUB   2477 
 123   Genba, Vladimir   RUS   2452 
 124   Hansen, Eric   CAN   2449 
 125   Gwaze, Robert   ZIM   2434 
 126   Ibrahim, Hatim   EGY   2402 
 127   Steel, Henry Robert   RSA   2362 
 128   Kaabi, Mejdi   TUN   2344 

Schedule of the World Chess Cup 2011

Date Day Time   Events
Players
26.08.2011   Friday Arrival
27.08.2011 Saturday 21:00 Opening Ceremony
28.08.2011 Sunday 15:00 Round 1, game 1
128
29.08.2011 Monday 15:00 Round 1, game 2
30.08.2011 Tuesday 15:00 Tiebreak
31.08.2011 Weednesday   15:00 Round 2, game 1
64
01.09.2011 Thursday 15:00 Round 2, game 2
02.09.2011 Friday 15:00 Tiebreak
03.09.2011 Saturday 15:00 Round 3, game 1
32
04.09.2011 Sunday 15:00 Round 3, game 2
05.09.2011 Monday 15:00 Tiebreak
06.09.2011 Tuesday 15:00 Round 4, game 1
16
07.09.2011 Wednesday 15:00 Round 4, game 2
08.09.2011 Thursday 15:00 Tiebreak
09.09.2011 Friday 15:00 Round 5, game 1
8
10.09.2011 Saturday 15:00 Round 5, game 2
11.09.2011 Sunday 15:00 Tiebreak
12.09.2011 Monday 15:00 Round 6, game 1
4
13.09.2011 Tuesday 15:00 Round 6, game 2
14.09.2011 Wednesday 15:00 Tiebreak
15.09.2011 Thursday   Free Day
16.09.2011 Friday 15:00 Round 7, game 1
2
17.09.2011 Saturday 15:00 Round 7, game 2
18.09.2011 Sunday 15:00 Round 7, game 3
19.09.2011 Monday 15:00 Round 7, game 4
20.09.2011 Tuesday 11:00 Tiebreaks, Closing
21.09.2011 Wednesday   Departure

The live commentary on Playchess will begin on Sunday at 13:00h CEST (= 15:00h Moscow, 7 a.m. New York), with GM Jan Gustafsson analysing with the spectators in English, and GM Klaus Bischoff in German. At around 19:00h there will be a wrap-up of the day's events.


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