Americans start 2021 FIDE World Cup and Women’s World Cup in Sochi, Russia



The 2021 FIDE World Cup takes place at three venues around Sochi, Russia. // credit Eric Rosen, FIDE

US Chess is represented by 17 US qualifiers for the 2021 FIDE World Cup and the first-ever Women’s World Cup, both events starting Monday in Sochi, Russia.

Version of the bracketology of the International Chess Federation, the 2021 World Cup is a knockout phase with 206 players offering two finalists not only a sumptuous fund of prizes, but also a qualification for the tournament of the candidates of the year. next. Since 2005, the fan-friendly event has been offered as part of the World Championships cycle and in 2021 celebrates FIDE’s full-scale return to the Board of Directors.

The World Cup is known for its marathon, a month-long survival of the fittest with winners not known until August 8. The 9th edition of this year’s event has even been enlarged, from 128 player fields and now increased to 8 rounds. This year also features the first-ever Women’s World Cup, featuring 103 women in the same seven-round knockout knockout format, and offering the same qualification to the Women’s World Championship cycle.


US General Manager Tatev Abrahamyan in the first round of the FIDE Women’s World Cup 2021. // photo Anastasia Korolkovat, FIDE

The seed for the 2021 World Cup is world champion Magnus Carlsen, who has just spent a decade on the FIDE world rankings. A World Cup victory is about the only thing left on Carlsen’s resume; he was famed for an early exit in the third round of his last appearance in 2017, and his biggest lead was to the last four at the age of 16 in 2007, although he was knocked out by the manager. American general Gata Kamsky in the semi-finals.

The seeds behind Carlsen are seven of the top 10 players in the world, including world number 2, US general manager Fabiano Caruana, on the other side of the fork. Absent from the top 10, Russian GM No. 4 in the world Ian Nepomniachtchi, winner of the 2021 Candidates who will challenge Carlsen in November; and US GM World No.9 Wesley So, who withdrew his invitation to the World Cup.

According to FIDE, the top 50 players in the bracket each received a pass in the first round, while the remaining 156 players began their quest on Monday. Along with Caruana, the other Americans receiving first-round exemptions are GM Leinier Dominguez Perez, Sam Shankland and Jeffery Xiong.


US General Manager Varuzhan Akobian in the first round of the 2021 FIDE World Cup in Sochi, Russia. // photo Eric Rosen, FIDE

Americans at the 2021 FIDE World Cup

Managing Director Fabiano Caruana, 2806 Goodbye

GM Leinier Dominguez-Pérez, 2758 Goodbye

Managing Director Sam Shankland, 2709 TODAY

Managing Director Jeffery Xiong, 2709 TODAY

Managing Director Alexandre Onischuk, 2649 against Iraqi director general Akar Ali Salih, 2274

Managing Director Samuel Sevian, 2647 vs. Malaysia GM Sumant Subramaniam, 2155

Director General Yaroslav Zherebukh, 2620 v Greece GM Evgenios Ioannidis, 2422

Managing Director Varuzhan Akobian, 2614 vs. Columbia General Manager Esteban Valderrama Quiceno, 2430

Director General Timur Gareyev, 2596 vs. Singapore Managing Director Jingyao Tin, 2482

Managing Director Elshan Moradiabadi, 2553 vs. Faroe Islands GM Helgi Dam Ziska, 2539

Managing Director Andrew Tang, 2538 against the director general of Uzbekistan Javokhir Sindarov, 2558

Managing Director Robert Hungaski, 2514 vs. Serbia GM Velimir Ivic, 2582

Managing Director Abhimanyu Mishra, 2485 vs. Georgia GM Baadur Jobava, 2603

Americans at the 2021 FIDE Women’s World Cup

WGM Carissa Yip, 2430 vs. Bangladesh WIM Sharmin Shirin Sultana, 2011

WGM Tatev Abrahamyan, 2352 vs. Bulgaria WGM Viktoria Radeva, 2335

WGM Gulrukhbegim Tokhirzhonova, 2344 vs. WGM Argentina Carolina Lujan, 2346

WGM Jennifer Yu, 2316 vs. Poland WGM Klaudia Kulon, 2363


American WGMs Jennifer Yu, Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova and Tatev Abrahamyan at the first-ever FIDE 2021 Women’s World Cup in Sochi, Russia. // photo Eric Rosen, FIDE

Each round is scheduled over three days, played in the form of matches of two matches alternating white and black the first two days. Matches are played with classic time control, using 90 minutes on the clock, plus an additional 30 minutes after 40 moves and a 30 second increment per move. If necessary, the third day is used for tiebreakers, starting with a quick time check in 25 minute and 10 second increments and decreasing through each of the four games and ending with Sudden Death of Armageddon.

Matches will begin daily at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time, with full rest days scheduled before Round 4 on Wednesday, July 21 and before Round 7 on Saturday, July 31. For full information on the 2021 FIDE World Cup and Women’s World Cup, visit the official website.


New Jersey General Manager Abhimanyu Mishra, 12, the youngest general manager in history, received a generic invitation from FIDE to compete in the 2021 World Cup. // photo Eric Rosen, FIDE

2021 FIDE World Cup Quick Links

Official website with live streaming

World Cup standings and results

Ranking and results of the Women’s World Cup


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