The 2019 FIDE World Cup starts today and speculations have been made that the tournament would be a fierce one.
The first round of the FIDE World Cup starts today the 10th of September 2019. 128 players from 47 countries will compete for the main trophy. The youngest participant is 14 years old, and the eldest is 53.
FIDE World Cup top seed Ding Liren got black at the colour draw during the opening ceremony in Khanty-Mansiysk. Ding and all the players with odd numbers will start with black pieces.
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.
The competition is organized by the Government of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra, International Chess Federation (FIDE), Ugra Chess Federation, and Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation.