Zone 2.1: 'The Frank K Berry 2007 US Championships took place May 15th - 23rd 2007 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Alexander Shabalov defeated Sergey Kudrin in the final round to win on 7/9 half a point clear of Alexander Onsichuk.' [TWIC655]
...How many players qualified into the World Cup? The info page on the Official Site (Monroi.com) says, 'The tournament also qualifies five players into the upcoming FIDE World Cup championship cycle (with ties broken by computer tiebreaks if necessary).' Is that confirmed on the FIDE site? Yes, it is. Under the FIDE Handbook I found Cycle for the Individual World Championship, which points to...
01. World Championship General Provision
...This page says that Zone 2.1, the USA, is entitled to five men and three women. The document appears to be out of date because it doesn't mention the continental championships, which have largely replaced the zonals as qualifiers. While I'm on the subject of the FIDE Handbook, I'll mention two other references...
05 Regulations for the World Chess Championship Tournament
06. Regulations for the World Chess Championship Cycle 2007 - 2009
...The first link concerns the upcoming tournament in September at Mexico City. The second link concerns Khanty-Mansiysk 2007 and beyond. It appears that I stumbled on the 'Regulations for the World Chess Championship Cycle 2007 - 2009' as it was being updated. The first time I looked at the page it was blank. A few minutes later it was available, but horribly formatted. A little later, as I was writing this post, it looked much better.
While I was searching for the qualifying info, I found a press release about the Presidential Board Meeting, held 26-28 January 2007. Two paragraphs are relevant to the World Championship...
'4. World Cup 2007 The final contract between FIDE and the Organizer of the World Cup 2007 to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk region has been signed. The preparation for the 2007 event has been made in the proper manner and the Cup will take place at November 23-December 14th, 2007 in Ugra, Siberia, Russia. The website of the 2007 World Cup is: www.ugra-chess.ru'
'6. Other tournaments and bids for tournaments The Presidential Board reviewed preparations and decided on bids regarding the following chess tournaments:-
- Women’s World Chess Championship 2008 will be held on March 8-25th, 2008 in Prague, Czech Republic
- World Junior Chess Championship 2008 will be held on August 2-16th, 2008 in Ankara, Turkey
- World Youth U-16 Chess Championship 2008 will be held on August 15-24th, 2008 in Ankara, Turkey
- World Amateur Chess Championship 2007 will be held on August 10-19th, 2007 in Predeal, Romania'
...The web site for the 2007 World Cup doesn't yet show anything interesting.