Predict the results of Indians at World Cup 2019 and win an autographed DVD by Vladimir Kramnik
The World Cup 2019 is here and we are quite excited! That's the reason why we are launching a contest where you have to predict how the ten Indian participants will perform at the World Cup 2019. If you are able to guess correctly with regards to the exit of each of the ten Indian players then you win an autographed copy of Mega Database 2019 by 14th World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. In this report apart from the contest we bring you the first round match ups of all the ten Indian players and also the impressions from the opening ceremony held on 9th of September. The live games begin at 3.30 p.m. IST on 10th and you can follow the games on the page!
What are your predictions?
One of the biggest chess bonanzas of 2019 - the World Cup is going to begin from today, 10th of September. We have ten Indians taking part. It's a 128 player event with seven knock outs. And we have a special contest for all of you. So what is the prize of the contest?
What are the rules of the contest?
The rules are very simple:
1. You have to guess as to which round each of the ten Indian players will go to at the World Cup 2019.
2. The answers should be mentioned in the comments
3. The format should be:
Harikrishna 5 (This means that you think Harikrishna will reach round 5 and will be knocked out in the 5th round)
Nihal 4 (This means you think Nihal will reach round 4 and will be knocked out in the 4th round)
You have to write this for all ten Indian players. They are: Harikrishna, Vidit, Ganguly, Adhiban, Sethuraman, Abhijeet, Karthikeyan, Nihal, Narayanan SL, Aravindh
4. The last date of entry is 10th September 2019 until midnight
5. The person who is able to guess all the 10 players journey in the World Cup 2019 will win Kramnik's autographed Mega Database 2019 DVD!
Pairings in tree format
Harikrishna (2738) vs Yuri Gonzalez (2558)
Vidit Gujrathi (2718) vs Alan Pichot (2600)
Surya Ganguly (2658) vs Vladimir Fedoseev (2664)
Adhiban (2639) vs Iturrizaga (2626)
Karthikeyan (2610) vs Inarkiev (2693)
Abhijeet Gupta (2609) vs Anton Korobov (2679)
Sethuraman (2624) vs Tamir Nabaty (2658)
Nihal Sarin (2610) vs Jorge Cori (2676)
S.L. Narayanan (2611) vs Anton David Guijarro (2674)
Aravindh Chithambaram (2609) vs Michael Adams (2694)
The World Cup is a seven-round knock-out event, with a total prize fund of USD $1.6 million and a first prize of USD $110,000.
The matches from rounds one to six consist of two classical games with a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move. The finals and the match for the third place consist of four classical games. If the score is tied after the classical games, rapid and, if necessary, blitz tiebreaks will be played the next day, with the following time controls:
Two games with a time control of 25 minutes for the game and 10-second increments per move (25'+10").
If the score remains tied, two games with a time control of 10'+10".
If the score remains tied, two games with a time control of 5'+3".
If the score remains tied, an Armageddon game: The player who wins the drawing of lots chooses the colour. White has 5 minutes for the game; Black has 4 minutes. An increment of 2 seconds per move is used from move 61. White needs a win to advance to the next round.
The opening ceremony of the FIDE World Cup took place in the Arts Center for Gifted Children of the North on September 9. It started with a chess-themed laser show followed by “Heart of taiga” dance performance with the colourful introduction of countries participating in the event.
Arkady Dvorkovich: “We are all familiar with a wonderful chess tradition of Ugra, the region that organized almost all the most important chess tournaments, including the Olympiad. It is wonderful that this region develops chess for everyone regardless of occupation or age. Still, everybody loves to watch games of the strongest players, and the strongest players are present here tonight. I wish you excellent play and best of luck, and declare the 2019 FIDE World Cup open!” Mr. Dvorkovich also announced that on September 8 FIDE Presidential Board approved a bid for the 2020 Candidates Tournament from Yekaterinburg and Russian Chess Federation.
Natalya Komarova, Governor of Ugra: “In chess community, FIDE World Cup is strongly associated with Khanty-Mansiysk. Four out of nine World Cups were carried out in Ugra, and today we are starting the fifth one. One can safely call Khanty-Mansiysk home of this tournament. The organizers do their best to make our guests feel at home.
Live Games will begin at 3.30 p.m. IST
The first games of the FIDE World Cup will be played on Tuesday, September 10. The playing venue is the Ugra Chess Academy (Loparev street, 6).
Rounds 1-3 – September 10-18
Rounds 4-6 – September 20-28
Final and Match for 3rd place – September 30 – October 4
Rest days: September 19 and 29.
(All rounds start at 3 pm local time)
The total prize fund of the tournament: 1,600,000 USD.