18 September 2019

C29 Regulations for World Cup Qualifiers

The 2019 World Cup is currently taking place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. While I'm waiting for it to finish is a good time to start documenting the qualifying events. I'll follow the same procedure as in the previous cycle, starting with:-

The list of qualifiers for the current cycle was published over the summer in World Cup 2019 Qualifiers and Contract (fide.com). Using the details in the related PDF document, I developed the chart shown below. The left side of the chart shows qualifying paths which were not taken from a standalone tournament, plus a count of players who qualified via each path. The right side shows a count of the players who qualified via direct competition, either a continental championship or a zonal.

My procedure for the previous cycle continued with the following steps:-

In hindsight, I can't believe it took so many steps to document the zonals++, but so it seems.

11 September 2019

Zonal Qualifiers C01-C12 Wrapup

Continuing with last week's Zonal Qualifiers C01-C12 More++, I added the following to the relevant pages:-
  • Links from the various clipping pages to the corresponding qualifiers.
  • Links from the qualifiers to the corresponding interzonals.
  • Links to various explanatory pages.

Thus ends the small project I started with Zonal Qualifiers C01-C16 (May 2019). There is more I can do with these pages -- much more -- but it's time to tackle something else. The 2019 World Cup at Khanty-Mansiysk started this week and the qualifying paths for the current cycle (C29) need to be addressed.

04 September 2019

Zonal Qualifiers C01-C12 More++

Continuing with last month's Zonal Qualifiers C01-C12, the original data used to create the C01-C12 pages had additional details about the qualifying events in the twelve cycles. I added these details to the C01-C12 pages.

Some details are superficial; others require further research; all are appropriate to understanding a specific cycle. For pointers to all twelve pages, see the 'QP' links on the index of World Chess Championship Zonals.

28 August 2019

Updates for the Current Cycle

The 2019 World Cup starts next month, and the 2019 Grand Swiss takes place the following month. I updated both pages with FIDE announcements made after the post FIDE Starts the New Cycle (May 2019), for which I created them. The web site for the World Cup is also up and running.

Official site:


The official site has a History page that starts with this curious paragraph:-

The history of the FIDE World Cup began in 2000 when the World Chess Federation (FIDE) organized its first tournament having this name, and in 5 years it got its present format with 128 strongest international chess players competing by the knock-out system.

According to my records, the first FIDE World Cup was 2005 Khanty-Mansiysk, won by GM Aronian. That Fide.com 'History' page gives no more details about the so-called '2000 FIDE World Cup'. The first event with details is given as:-

Date: 9-22 October 2002
Place: Hyderabad, India
Winner: Viswanathan Anand

The second event with details is 2005 Khanty-Mansiysk, followed by World Cups every two years. I don't recall the 2002 Hyderabad tournament and will have to research it.

21 August 2019

Zonal Qualifiers C01-C12

Continuing with two recent posts:-

I added HTML titles etc., to make the 12 pages look like other pages in the zonal qualifier series. Then I added the links for the 12 pages to the index for the World Chess Championship : Zonals (near the bottom of the page). The data shown on each page is from different sources:-

  • Player : name as given on 'GMG data'

  • GMG data : see Zonal Qualifiers C01-C16 (May 2019) • NB: This data was originally organized by continent. That high-level information was lost during the creation of these C01-C12 pages. Non-specific designations like 'Zonal' and 'West Zonal' are to be understood within the context of a non-specified continent.

  • Zt : the zonal tournament as numbered on the corresponding 'Clippings' page; early cycles are marked '*' to indicate my (unofficial) numbering

  • IZ : the interzonal to which the player qualified

I'll add additional supplementary data -- IZ references, data legend -- to the 12 new pages as soon as I can.

14 August 2019

Zonal Qualifiers C01-C08

After creating the Zonal Qualifiers C01-C12 Crosstab, the next step was to produce the remaining detail pages:-

These have the same format as Zonal Qualifiers C09-C12, where I noted,

The other bells and whistles found on the existing pages will be added after I create similar pages for C01 through C08.

The next post should also serve as a common reference for all 12 new pages.

07 August 2019

Zonal Qualifiers C01-C12 Crosstab

After creating the pages for Zonal Qualifiers C09-C12 (July 2019), I set up the corresponding data for cycles C01 through C08. Since I didn't have time to create the pages for those cycles, I used the remaining time to get a bird's eye view of all the data.

Zonal Qualifiers by Cycle by Zone

C02 & C03 (left of red line) use unofficial zone numbering


  • The row with zone blank counts mostly seeded players. The row with zone '?' counts players where I couldn't determine the qualification path. Were there no seeded players in C04 and C05?

  • The count for 'C10 Z01' includes Z02 and Z03. The players from the three zones were combined into a single pool and distributed across four tournaments.

  • The count for 'C11 Z11' includes three players for Z11 (all YUG) and one for Z12. The zonal was split for the next cycle.