August 28, 2011 1:47

2011 FIDE World Cup officially opened - all the info

Today the 2011 FIDE World Cup was officially opened by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Tomorrow the first round is scheduled at 15:00 local time (11:00 CET). 128 participants from all over the world will fight in a knock-out that will last more than three weeks and should deliver three participants for the next Candidates tournament/matches, as part of the new World Championship cycle.

The 2011 FIDE World Cup is a 128-player knockout that will take place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia from August 27th till September 20th. It's the fourth time that Russia's Ugra region hosts the World Cup.


Khanty-Mansiysk is an oil boom town in Russia, the administrative center of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. It is located on the Irtysh River, 15 km from its confluence with the Ob. Besides the three previous World Cups (won by Levon Aronian, Gata Kamsky and Boris Gelfand respectively), Khanty-Mansiysk was the venue of the 2010 Chess Olympiad. The 2003 Biathlon World Championships and the 2005 Mixed Biathlon Relay (4×6 km) took place there as well.


Venue is the brand new Ugorian Chess Academy, a unique three-level building without sharp corners styled as a chess piece. It was built in the capital of Ugra in 2008-2010 and designed by the famous Dutch architect Erick Van Egeraat. More info on this remarkable building can be found here.

The venue of the 2011 FIDE World Cup: the Ugorian Chess Academy

The venue of the 2011 FIDE World Cup: the Ugorian Chess Academy


There are 128 participants from 46 different countries. Below we give the list that can also be found on the official website. However, shortly before the event both Vladimir Akopian of Armenia and Wang Hao of China had to cancel the participation. The former broke a leg recently; the latter was diagnosed with heart problems. As we understand, their opponents (Parimarjan Negi and Alexander Ivanov respectively) will go through to the second round without playing.

FIDE World Cup 2011 | Participants
# Name Ti Fed Rtg   # Name Ti Fed Rtg
1 Karjakin, Sergey GM RUS 2788   65 Ding, Liren GM CHN 2654
2 Ivanchuk, Vassily GM UKR 2768   66 Ragger, Markus GM AUT 2651
3 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar GM AZE 2765   67 Lupulescu, Constantin GM ROU 2650
4 Ponomariov, Ruslan GM UKR 2764   68 Khairullin, Ildar GM RUS 2649
5 Gashimov, Vugar GM AZE 2760   69 Azarov, Sergei GM BLR 2648
6 Grischuk, Alexander GM RUS 2746   70 Iordachescu, Viorel GM MDA 2646
7 Radjabov, Teimour GM AZE 2744   71 Negi, Parimarjan GM IND 2642
8 Kamsky, Gata GM USA 2741   72 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter GM ROU 2641
9 Svidler, Peter GM RUS 2739   73 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son GM VIE 2637
10 Jakovenko, Dmitry GM RUS 2736   74 Rodshtein, Maxim GM ISR 2637
11 Vitiugov, Nikita GM RUS 2733   75 Zhou, Jianchao GM CHN 2636
12 Almasi, Zoltan GM HUN 2726   76 Parligras, Mircea-Emilian GM ROU 2636
13 Vallejo Pons, Francisco GM ESP 2724   77 Quesada Perez, Yuniesky GM CUB 2635
14 Navara, David GM CZE 2722   78 Ivanisevic, Ivan GM SRB 2633
15 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime GM FRA 2722   79 Adly, Ahmed GM EGY 2631
16 Dominguez Perez, Leinier GM CUB 2719   80 Socko, Bartosz GM POL 2631
17 Wang, Hao GM CHN 2718   81 Lysyj, Igor GM RUS 2629
18 Leko, Peter GM HUN 2717   82 Gupta, Abhijeet GM IND 2627
19 Moiseenko, Alexander GM UKR 2715   83 Salgado Lopez, Ivan GM ESP 2626
20 Le, Quang Liem GM VIE 2715   84 Romanov, Evgeny GM RUS 2624
21 Adams, Michael GM ENG 2715   85 Postny, Evgeny GM ISR 2618
22 Shirov, Alexei GM ESP 2714   86 Shulman, Yuri GM USA 2617
23 Jobava, Baadur GM GEO 2713   87 Pashikian, Arman GM ARM 2616
24 Caruana, Fabiano GM ITA 2711   88 Drozdovskij, Yuri GM UKR 2614
25 Nepomniachtchi, Ian GM RUS 2711   89 Bluvshtein, Mark GM CAN 2611
26 Bacrot, Etienne GM FRA 2710   90 Filippov, Anton GM UZB 2606
27 Wang, Yue GM CHN 2709   91 Halkias, Stelios GM GRE 2600
28 Tomashevsky, Evgeny GM RUS 2707   92 Kazhgaleyev, Murtas GM KAZ 2597
29 Efimenko, Zahar GM UKR 2706   93 Mareco, Sandro GM ARG 2597
30 Malakhov, Vladimir GM RUS 2706   94 Zherebukh, Yaroslav GM UKR 2590
31 Sutovsky, Emil GM ISR 2700   95 Jumabayev, Rinat GM KAZ 2589
32 Movsesian, Sergei GM ARM 2700   96 Corrales Jimenez, Fidel GM CUB 2585
33 Polgar, Judit GM HUN 2699   97 Hou, Yifan GM CHN 2575
34 Fressinet, Laurent GM FRA 2698   98 Vorobiov, Evgeny E. GM RUS 2574
35 Eljanov, Pavel GM UKR 2697   99 Felgaer, Ruben GM ARG 2573
36 Berkes, Ferenc GM HUN 2696   100 Babula, Vlastimil GM CZE 2572
37 Andreikin, Dmitry GM RUS 2696   101 Zhao, Zong-Yuan GM AUS 2570
38 Morozevich, Alexander GM RUS 2694   102 Fier, Alexandr GM BRA 2566
39 Zhigalko, Sergei GM BLR 2689   103 Robson, Ray GM USA 2560
40 Riazantsev, Alexander GM RUS 2688   104 Ortiz Suarez, Isan Reynal IM CUB 2556
41 Motylev, Alexander GM RUS 2685   105 Pridorozhni, Aleksei GM RUS 2550
42 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw GM POL 2683   106 Guliyev, Namig GM AZE 2549
43 Potkin, Vladimir GM RUS 2682   107 Leon Hoyos, Manuel GM MEX 2548
44 Nielsen, Peter Heine GM DEN 2681   108 Paragua, Mark GM PHI 2545
45 Grachev, Boris GM RUS 2680   109 Megaranto, Susanto GM INA 2544
46 Inarkiev, Ernesto GM RUS 2679   110 Esen, Baris GM TUR 2543
47 Mamedov, Rauf GM AZE 2679   111 Shankland, Samuel L GM USA 2539
48 Kobalia, Mikhail GM RUS 2679   112 Ivanov, Alexander GM USA 2538
49 Bologan, Viktor GM MDA 2678   113 Moradiabadi, Elshan GM IRI 2532
50 Bu, Xiangzhi GM CHN 2675   114 Rahman, Ziaur GM BAN 2528
51 Onischuk, Alexander GM USA 2675   115 Kabanov, Nikolai GM RUS 2520
52 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro GM CUB 2673   116 Cori, Jorge GM PER 2514
53 Yu, Yangyi GM CHN 2672   117 El Gindy, Essam GM EGY 2510
54 Korobov, Anton GM UKR 2671   118 Bezgodov, Alexei GM RUS 2503
55 Harikrishna, P. GM IND 2669   119 Salem, A.R. Saleh GM UAE 2493
56 Li, Chao b GM CHN 2669   120 Lima, Darcy GM BRA 2493
57 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam GM UZB 2669   121 Di Berardino, Diego Rafae IM BRA 2480
58 Akopian, Vladimir GM ARM 2667   122 De La Paz Perdomo, Frank GM CUB 2477
59 Feller, Sebastien GM FRA 2666   123 Genba, Vladimir IM RUS 2452
60 Timofeev, Artyom GM RUS 2665   124 Hansen, Eric IM CAN 2449
61 Ni, Hua GM CHN 2662   125 Gwaze, Robert IM ZIM 2434
62 Fridman, Daniel GM GER 2659   126 Ibrahim, Hatim   EGY 2402
63 Alekseev, Evgeny GM RUS 2659   127 Steel, Henry Robert FM RSA 2362
64 So, Wesley GM PHI 2658   128 Kaabi, Mejdi IM TUN 2344

We created a big JPEG of the pairings tree which you can check in your browser here.

System and rate of play

Except for the final, all rounds will have 2-game matches at the FIDE time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with a 30-second increment from the first move. In case of a 1-1 tie, on the third day of the round a tie-break is played. A tie-break consists of 2 games (25 minutes + 10 seconds increment). In case of a 2-2 score, 2 more games will be played at 10 minutes + 10 seconds increment and then, if needed, 2 games of 5 minutes + 3 increment. If necessary, the tie-break will end with an Armageddon game with White getting 5 minutes and Black 4 and 3 seconds increment starting from move 61. In this game, a draw means the player behind the black pieces goes through. The final will played over 4 games at the FIDE time control and if necessary a tie-break on the day of the closing ceremony.

Opening ceremony

Karjakin performs the drawing of coloursThe opening ceremony was held on Saturday. FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov officially declared the 2011 FIDE World Cup as opened. For the drawing of colours, top seed Sergey Karjakin of Russia was asked to come on stage. The result was that he, and all other odd numbers, will play black in the first game of the first round.


Date Time Event # Players
August 26 - Arrival  
August 27 20:00 Opening ceremony  
August 28 15:00 Round 1.1 128
August 29 15:00 Round 1.2  
August 30 15:00 Tie-break R1  
August 31 15:00 Round 2.1 64
September 1 15:00 Round 2.2  
September 2 15:00 Tie-break R2  
September 3 15:00 Round 3.1 32
September 4 15:00 Round 3.2  
September 5 15:00 Tie-break R3  
September 6 15:00 Round 4.1 16
September 7 15:00 Round 4.2  
September 8 15:00 Tie-break R4  
September 9 15:00 Round 5.1 8
September 10 15:00 Round 5.2  
September 11 15:00 Tie-break R5  
September 12 15:00 Round 6.1 4
September 13 15:00 Round 6.2  
September 14 15:00 Tie-break R6  
September 15 Free day    
September 16 15:00 Round 7.1 2
September 17 15:00 Round 7.2  
September 18 15:00 Round 7.3  
September 19 15:00 Round 7.4  
September 20 11:00 Tie-break R7  
September 20 20:00 Closing ceremony  


Peter Doggers's picture
Author: Peter Doggers


Burnett's picture

So you dont know who is the innocent second of the innocent?

Janis Nisii's picture

I know his trainer is Iossif Dorfman, but I doubt he has a second there. Also, I don't care very much, why you do? :)

Janis Nisii's picture

Hauchard was never the second of Feller. Arnaud Hauchard was the second of innocent Vachier-Lagrave for some 7 years. Now mend it. :)

Sligunner's picture

And they didn't want to play because . . . it's in the middle of nowhere. And, of course, tournaments have been held here before. What about sharing chess AROUND THE WORLD, eh?

S3's picture

That's nonsense.
You never heard a player complain about the cup or it's location. As for the spectators, admittedly it may be not ok for some short sighted people who believe that everything should be convenient and familiar to them, and not for people who don't look beyond their own borders.
And while most people get to see an incredible amount of high quality games others choose to complain about non-existent problems.

But try to understand, this is an international event.
People qualified in tournaments in Asia, America, Europe and even Africa. And now they all need to play together somewhere and Russia is willing to pay and organize this event. The rest of the world can follow the games thanks to the excellent website.
Ain't that great!?

Septimus's picture

Those players have oped out for medical reasons (broken leg, heart troubles).

Remco G's picture

It's not a matter of being able to afford it -- this is a tournament where even the players who lose in the 1st round get expenses paid and a fee. Other players just didn't qualify or didn't want to play.

asd's picture

as I understand it, noone gets any expenses covered.

Septimus's picture

The building looks pretty cool! Peter, will you be at the venue?

Peter Doggers's picture


S3's picture

Thanks to Kirsan and Fide for offering us this great event!

Zeblakob's picture

Dear S3,
We usually follow the game live at, please join us, Septimus and many others are there.

Zeblakob's picture

BTW, LOL for teasing.

Andres's picture

*deleted* Kirsan he is an embarrasment to chess

Sligunner's picture

... in the middle of nowhere. Why can't these events ever be played in London, or Paris, or Berlin, or Barcelona, where more (non-Eastern European) players could afford to play. I'm pretty sure Gaddafi will be hiding in KI's suitcase, by the way.

jmd85146's picture

The report says that the building is shaped as a chesspiece. Which one?
I hope for a great tournament and put my money on Svidler, he seems to be the man in good form

christos (greece)'s picture

Well, Svidler blundered a whole Rook today...
And after that, the position was just equal, he could not make anything useful out of it :)

ed's picture

Your table showing the pairings has some of the names crossed (Wang Hao and Akopian for example). Why is that so? Have these players not shown up for the tournament? Or is it just a formatting issue?

Aingle Pack's picture

Pairings are incorrect. Karjakin is playing IM Mejdi Kaabi from Tunisia and not Ding Liren.

TMM's picture

Your list of participants is confusing. You show two columns of 64 players, but it's not the pairings for the first round. Which also explains Aingle Pack's comment.

Arjo's picture

I also wanted to comment on the great 'pairing' Polgar - Hou, but made the same mistake

Macauley's picture

It's a typical elimination tournament bracket -- like in tennis. Each connected line shows a pairing for each round. Print it out and fill in the blanks!

Add some color shading to make the pairings a bit clearer, perhaps.

TMM's picture

Please read what I wrote. I was not talking about the knock-out schedule in jpg-format, I was talking about the list of participants given in the article above. The two columns may be convenient to reduce the length of the list on the page, but if you just browse through the article quickly you could easily misunderstand those two columns as the pairings for the first round.

Macauley's picture

That building reminds me of a Romulan Warbird from Star Trek for some reason. :)

Thomas's picture

I couldn't find it anywhere, but I guess the prize money (even the "appearance fee" for first-round losers) is sufficient that anyone can afford to participate. As to "more ... players": Given that it's a knockout event with seven rounds, it has room for 128 players, no more and no less.

jhoravi's picture

Haha! Me too thought it is the Pairing. On a second thought, pairing is done that way right?

Zacalov's picture

Surprised to see Karjakin and Ivanchuk playing, should be interesting.

Daaim Shabazz's picture

I got a big shock when I saw these pairings. I think they copied the old chart. Chessvibes had the correct pairing in an earlier post. Anyway...

Daaim Shabazz's picture

OK... I was mistaken. I thought he posted the pairings in a much earlier post when pairings were changing. I thought they had changed again!!

I thought Giri would have replaced Akopian, but I suppose the FIDE rationale is that the two players would not have had enough time to prepare adequately. Not sure what the rules are for this.

Pomonado's picture

Very strong field. I hope Chucky is in good shape.

Burnett's picture

Who is Feller´s second, the innocent Houchard?

Fireblade's picture

On a side note i thought you mentioned a Kramnik interview in the it in the pipeline ?

Daaim Shabazz's picture

Yes... these are seedings, not pairings.

Marcel's picture

Good luck Mejdi Kaabi, and all the other 23/2400 elo players! Hope you'll be the next champion! I will learn a lot from you! Hope that I will compete with you in the next turn, if i will be good enough by then.

Anish Giri

ed's picture

We have to give credit to organizers and Fide for putting together a very nice web site for this tournament. The video coverage is great and we had lots of exciting games today. Take a look at the game between Brazilian GM Darcy Lima and Peter Svidler, just amazing!

I like the format of the World Cup. I don't think it is the right format to determine the world champion (because matches of only 2 games are just too short) but as a way of determining one of the candidates of the world championship I think it is fantastic. Khanty-Mansiysk is doing an excellent job of organizing and promoting our Royal game. I am well impressed by their efforts and hope they continue to organize tournaments like this one for years to come. My most sincere congratulations to Fide, Russia and Khanty-Mansiysk for putting this event together once more. I am not involved in chess politics but think the detractors of Fide should put their hate aside and recognize that Khanty-Mansiysk already has an honorable place in the rich history of our game.

Janis Nisii's picture

Without having to give it a specific political value, I'm as well impressed by the live coverage, with different streaming webcams, commentary, all the gamea with houdini analysis and other resources (photos, information, live interviews), a truly excellent website!
The interface with houdini, the same I've seen on the Bundesliga site and on WhyChess is simply fantastic, especially when there are many games and one wants to quickly know what's going on.
Congrats to the organization!

Septimus's picture

I must say, from the pictures of the event and descriptions on chessbase, it looks like the RCF has done a fantastic job organizing this event. Definitely a win for FIDE (and us spectators).

Sumit Balan's picture

My ex-Pupil Gopal is playing, wish him luck.. Rekthna will be happy !

hansie's picture

Ha ha! Gopal did not qualify! Rekthana would be unhappy!!! :-(((

stevefraser's picture

"Each game will be played until sixty moves are completed, unless a decisive result is reached. The player who on the move brings about a repetition of the position immediately loses the game." No wonder chess has trouble finding corporate sponsorship.

Anon's picture

There is no mention anywhere of the prizes.

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