18 October 2017

C28 Zonal Clippings 2016

After indexing the zonals for the current cycle, as documented a few weeks ago in C28 Zonals Indexed, I created a new page, Zonals 2016-2017 (C28), to collect crosstables and other clippings for the 27 events that qualified players into the 2017 World Cup. For now, the page has only clippings from TWIC for the three continental championships played in 2016, but the rest will follow soon. I added a link for the new page to the index of World Chess Championship Zonals and to the main index for the World Chess Championship.

11 October 2017

2017 World Cup Players

Continuing with my previous post, 2017 World Cup Results, I added links for the event to my four pages for the Index of Players covering all World Chess Championship events. According to my calculations, of the 128 players who participated in the latest tournament, 43 were taking part in a major World Championship event for the first time.

While documenting tiebreaks on my main blog for the previous World Cup, 2015 World Cup Tiebreak (October 2015), I counted the number of games played at each stage of the competition. Here is the same overview for the 2017 event.

The 'Tot' column shows the total number of games played in each round. The following columns show the number of games played for each stage of the round, tiebreaks starting at game three of each round (game five for the last round).


I have to solve a technical problem before adding the PGN file for the 2017 World Cup. I'll tackle that as soon as I can.

04 October 2017

2017 World Cup Results

I added crosstables for all seven rounds to my page on the 2017 World Cup. For the first time, I had considerable trouble to watch the games live. I'm not sure if it was the transmission service itself or something closer to home, but the signal for the live stream often dropped out.

Much of the interest in the event seemed to be for the two places in next year's Candidates tournament. Once that had been determined in the semi-final round, attention shifted to the Isle of Man Open, which overlapped the final round of the World Cup.

Congratulations to GM Aronian for his second victory in this very tough event; his first win was at the 2005 World Cup, Khanty-Mansiysk, which was the first of FIDE's World Cups. Congratulations to GM Ding Liren for his qualification into the Candidates tournament.

Still to do: Add the PGN game scores and add the names of the 128 players to the Index of Players.

27 September 2017

C28 Zonals Indexed

Continuing with C28 Zonals, I added the 27 events identified in that post to my page on the World Chess Championship Zonals. • Next step: Add clippings for all of the events.

20 September 2017

C28 Zonals

The previous post, C28 Regulations for World Cup Qualifiers, gave an overview of the different qualification paths for the 2017 World Cup, currently taking place at Tbilisi (Georgia). Using that as a starting point, I identified 27 events that served as World Cup qualifiers.

For a majority of those events, the following table gives a reference from The Week in Chess (TWIC). Where I could find no TWIC reference, I located a page giving results for the event.

0.0: (01, ACP)
1.0: TWIC 1124 (2016)
1.0: TWIC 1179 (2017)
1.3: TWIC 1182
1.7: (02, Baltics)
1.10: (03, Small nations)

2.0: TWIC 1126 (2016)
2.0: TWIC 1180 (2017)
2.1: TWIC 1170
2.2: TWIC 1183
2.3: TWIC 1178
2.4: TWIC 1173
2.5: TWIC 1175

3.0: TWIC 1126 (2016)
3.0: TWIC 1176 (2017)
3.1: TWIC 1183
3.2: (04)
3.3: TWIC 1165
3.4: TWIC 1181
3.5: TWIC 1131
3.6: TWIC 1159
3.7: TWIC 1152

4.0: TWIC 1184 (2017)
4.1: (05)
4.2: (06)
4.3: TWIC 1180
4.4: (07)

Vassily Ivanchuk Gets World Cup Wild Card | ACP

(02) FIDE President nominee:-
TWIC 1154 - Baltic Zonal Parnu Stage 2016
TWIC 1168 - Baltic Zonal Vilnius Stage 2017
TWIC 1181 - Baltic Zonal Liepaja Stage 2017

(03) FIDE President nominee:-
TWIC 1118 - European Small Nations 2016

GM Mollah Abdullah Al Rakib, WIM Hamid Rani Win Zone 3.2 Zonals

2017 Zonal 4.1 Chess Championships Open Section

2017 zone 4.2 individual championship open section

2017 Zone 4.4 Individual Championship - Open

13 September 2017

C28 Regulations for World Cup Qualifiers

The 2017 World Cup (Tbilisi, Georgia) is underway and has reached the fourth round as I write this. A few months ago, in the C28 portion of Notes on C06, C07, C27, and C28 (May 2017), I developed a roadmap for documenting the events that qualified the 128 players into the current World Cup.

FIDE published the list of qualifying players in World Cup 2017 - Player's Contract and Qualifiers (July 2017), which makes a good starting point. I loaded the list into a database and produced the following chart.

The left side of the chart lists ten basic qualifying paths (a-j) into the World Cup, along with a count of players who qualified via each path. The right side of the chart lists further qualification info and a count of the players who qualified via direct competition (paths d-h). The qualifying paths are described in the FIDE document, Regulations for the World Chess Cup 2017 (fide.com; 'Handbook :: Regulations for Specific Competitions'):-

3. World Cup 2017

3.1. Qualifiers - There are 128 qualifiers (in order of priority): World Champion + four (4) semi-finalists from the World Cup 2015, Women's World Champion, World Junior U-20 Champions 2015 & 2016, eighteen (18) rated players as described in 3.1.2, ninety (92) players from Continental Championships, the one (1) highest-placed participant of the ACP Tour who has not qualified with the previous criteria, two (2) FIDE President nominees, four (4) organiser nominees , three (3) qualifiers from FIDE-approved internet events. If there are no internet events, the spot(s) will be decided by the FIDE President after consulting the WCOC.

3.1.1. Replacements - World Champion, semi-finalists of the World Cup 2015, Women's World Champion, World Junior U-20 Champions and rated players can be replaced only from the average rating list. Continental and Zonal qualifiers will be replaced from their respective events, except that in the Zonal Tournament, the replacement must have scored 50% or more in the Zonal event. Otherwise the place passes to the Continental Championship. The average rating list has priority if a player qualifies either from the rating list or a zonal/continental event.

Next step: Add the the 25 events shown on the right side of the chart to my page on the World Chess Championship Zonals.

30 August 2017

Magnus in the Race to Challenge Magnus

Just after the 2017 Sinquefield Cup, Peter Doggers of Chess.com interviewed the World Champion.

Magnus Carlsen On Playing The World Cup (6:37) • 'Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Champion, discusses his participation in the FIDE World Cup in September in Tbilisi, Georgia.'

According to my records, Carlsen has played in knockout tournaments in three previous World Championship cycles:-

  • 2004 FIDE Knockout World Championship • Lost rd.1 to Aronian. This was the last title tournament using the knockout format; Kasimdzhanov won.
  • 2005 World Cup • Lost rd.4 to Bareev, but qualified for the Candidate matches, where he was eliminated in the first match by Aronian.
  • 2007 World Cup • Lost rd.6 to Kamsky, who went on to win.

If he reaches the final of the 2017 World Cup, he will have prevented all 64 players in his half of the elimination matches from qualifying into the Candidate tournament.