The FIDE World Cup takes place between July 12 and August 6, 2021 in Sochi, Russia. The prize fund is $1,892,500. It’s a part of the world championship cycle: the highest two gamers qualify for the 2022 FIDE Candidates Event.
GM Viswanathan Anand might be a every day particular visitor commentator throughout Chess.com’s broadcast of the FIDE World Cup. You’ll be able to sustain with all of the World Cup motion by going to our Events web page. You can even watch the occasion’s dwell broadcast on Chess.com/TV or on our Twitch and YouTube channels.
Magnus Carlsen Performs
The match has GM Magnus Carlsen as the highest seed, who begins taking part in within the second spherical. Nice for the chess followers, not so nice for a number of the members maybe: Carlsen has introduced that he will be playing! Identical to in 2017, the world champion—a giant fan of the knockout system himself—determined to take part and attempt to win one of many few occasions he hasn’t gained but.
As one of many top-50 seeds, Carlsen joins the sector within the second spherical, beginning on July 15. This second spherical has 128 gamers, which was the unique format of the World Cup. For this version, the match has been prolonged with an additional spherical during which 156 gamers will play. The 78 winners will then be joined by 50 seeded gamers, which implies the match has a complete of 206 members.
Carlsen will face the winner of the match between GM Kaido Kulaots of Estonia and GM Sasa Martinovic of Croatia. In addition to the world champion, we’ll be seeing GMs Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri, Alexander Grischuk, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, and Alireza Firouzja but in addition former World Cup winners GMs Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler, and Boris Gelfand.
Prodigies Get Wildcards
In addition to the entire large names above, it is going to be good to observe the younger rising stars. Plenty of them had been invited by the FIDE President himself. Amongst these younger gamers are GMs Nihal Sarin, Praggnanandhaa R., Gukesh D., and likewise IM Abhimanyu Mishra, who’s still trying to interrupt Karjakin’s document of changing into the youngest-ever grandmaster.
Vishy Anand Star Commentator
The entire seasoned gamers and younger abilities, a lot of them with Indian roots, might be taking part in below the watchful eye of Anand. The five-time world champion might be checking in every day within the Chess.com broadcast ranging from July 23.
Girls’s World Cup
For the primary time, there will even be a Girls’s World Cup held alongside the primary occasion. This match will characteristic 103 of the very best feminine gamers competing for a $676,250 prize fund. It additionally begins on July 12 however has one much less spherical. Due to this fact, the ultimate finishes on August 3.
The most important names taking part in within the ladies’s part are GMs Kateryna Lagno, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Mariya Muzychuk, Anna Muzychuk, Harika Dronavalli, Tan Zhongyi, Valentina Gunina, Nana Dzgagnidze, Anna Ushenina, and Antoaneta Stefanova.
Three days per spherical
The format of the FIDE World Cup is 2 customary (classical) video games and within the case of a 1-1 tie, a tiebreak on the third day. Not like in earlier editions, the ultimate will even see solely two customary video games and never 4. A tiebreak can go as much as seven video games: two 25|10, two 10|10, two 5|3, and an armageddon recreation the place White will get 5 minutes and Black will get 4 minutes and draw odds.