World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk: Players in the background

by ChessBase
9/21/2011 – The organisers of the FIDE World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk did an extraordinary job, providing the world with live video feed in HD quality, running commentary in Russian and English, live broadcast of the games on the official site and on Playchess, professional pictures in the highest quality we have received from any chess event. Here are some of the people who made it possible.

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World Cup coverage – Players in the Background

Our news page produced 25 big illustrated reports on the FIDE World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, generating millions (literally) of page views and links in Google news and other portals. "I want to express my admiration for the professional and creative work of ChessBase," wrote the Press Officer of the event. "Your brilliant reports helped the entire chess world enjoy the events in Khanty-Mansiysk during this tournament." Not at all, Nick. The organisers of the World Cup went to extraordinary lengths to provide us with any assistance we needed. For this we thank you and look forward to a similar cooperation in future events.

Press officer in Khanty-Mansiysk: Nikita Kim

"Every time when I come to Khanty-Mansiysk I feel amazement and admiration," said Nikita. "From a simple provincial town the capital of Ugra has been transformed into a wonderful metropolitan city and thanks to its comfort and beauty it can even be compared to the biggest European cities."

Journalist WIM Mariya Fominykh wrote illustrated reports

World Cup commentator WGM Anna Sharevich, who together with...

GM Konstantin Landa, did most of the English language commentary

Sports Director of the Ugra Chess Federation Valery Ioshan

GM Sergey Shipov runs Crestbook and is one of the best respected commentators on the Internet

Translator Kerma Goryaeva

Translator Bambusha Nominkhanova

Bambusha translating for David Navara

Kerma Goryaeva doing her thing during a press conference

Kalmyk trio: FIDE Treasurer’s Assistant Danara, translators Bambusha and Kema

Members of the TV crew that provided the live video coverage of the World Cup

Operator Andrey and the system administrator Ilya

The Governor of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug Ugra Natalia Komarova

Journalist Tamila Musaeva interviews GM David Navara

Tamila, one of the favourites in the press room


The games are being broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 11 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.

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