World Cup Starts in Khanti Mansiysk Print
Saturday, 24 November 2007 00:00
126 participants of the World Cup arrived in Khanty Mansiysk on November 23 (Zamora withdrew because of illness and Izoria could not travel due to problems with visa). The competition will be carried out as planned, from November 24 to December 18. The winner of the World Cup earns the right to challenge the former world champion Veselin Topalov in a match. Alexander Filippenko, Governor of the Khanty-Mansy autonomous region, and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE President, greeted participants. Visit official web site and watch Games live. Read more. 126 participants of the World Cup arrived in Khanty Mansiysk on November 23 (Zamora withdrew because of illness and Izoria could not travel due to problems with visa). The competition will be carried out as planned, from November 24 to December 18. The winner of the World Cup earns the right to challenge the former world champion Veselin Topalov in a match.

The players’ technical meeting started at 6 pm in CTC `Yugra-Classic`, and at 7 pm the official opening ceremony of the World Cup took place. Alexander Filippenko, Governor of the Khanty-Mansy autonomous region, and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE President, greeted participants and guests of the tournament.

After that, Faik Gasanov, the Chief Arbiter of the tournament, invited on stage Vassily Ivanchuk, the top seed of the competition and the World Blitz champion. Vassily made the drawing of lots, and picked up a white pawn, which means that all the players with odd numbers had White in the first game of Round One.

The first round began 3 pm local time. The games can be followed live on the official website of the World Cup.

Please download:
1. The list of qualifiers.
2. Round 1 pairings list.

Visit official web site and Games.







FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov signing authographs together with Governor Alexander Filippenko in Khanti Mansiysk before the start of the World Cup.

 
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