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.