Chess World Cup Begins…..

The 2015 World Cup is upon us. Being hosted in the North Flame Tower (Fairmont Hotel) in Baku, the massive 128 player Knock Out event brings some of the best in the world, as well as qualifiers from every region of the globe. The top seeds will have relatively easy games, but the middle matches will be extremely close. We bring you the regulations, pairings, and some opening impressions. All eyes would be on our very own IM Oladapo Adu playing black against Super GM Veselin Topalov.

The format is rather simple. The player’s will play two games against each other, one with white and one with black. In case of a tie, a third day will be used for tiebreaks: colors will be drawn and the day will start with two rapid games (25+10). If still tied, colors will be redrawn and two quick games (10+10) will be played. If still tied, colors will be redrawn and two blitz games will be played (5+3).

If this is still drawn the the players shall play a single decisive sudden death game. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

The action starts at 15:00 Baku time, which is 6 a.m. New York and 11:00 in London.

The prize fund is as follows:

  • Round 1 losers: 64 x USD 6,000 (net 4,800) USD 384,000
  • Round 2 losers: 32 x USD 10,000 (net 8,000) USD 320,000
  • Round 3 losers: 16 x USD 16,000 (net 12,800) USD 256,000
  • Round 4 losers: 8 x USD 25,000 (net 20,000) USD 200,000
  • Round 5 losers: 4 x USD 35,000 (net 28,000) USD 140,000
  • Round 6 losers: 2 x USD 50,000 (net 40,000) USD 100,000
  • Runner-up: 1 x USD 80,000 (net 64,000) USD 80,000
  • World Cup winner: 1 x USD 120,000 (net 96,000) USD 120,000

Total: USD 1,600,00

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