The International Chess Federation Releases Names of Qualifiers for the 2019 Chess World Cup


FIDE publishes the list of players qualified for the World Cup 2019. The Chess World Cup 2019 is a 128-player single-elimination chess tournament to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from 9 September to 4 October 2019. The finalists of the tournament will qualify for the Candidates Tournament for the World Chess Championship 2020.

The tournament is a 7-round knock-out event. The matches from round 1 to round 6 consists of two classical games with a time control of 90 minutes per 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 tie breaks are played the next day. Two games are played with a time control of 25 minutes per game plus 10 seconds increment. In the case of a tie, they are followed by two games with a time control of 10 minutes per game plus 10 seconds increment. If the score is still tied, two blitz games follow (5 minutes plus 3 seconds increment). Finally, a sudden death game is played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. White has 5 minutes per game and Black has 4 minutes, with an increment of 2 seconds per move starting from move 61. White needs a win to advance to the next round. The two top finishers who have not secured qualification for the Candidates Tournament get a spot in that tournament.

Each of the first six rounds takes three days: one day each for the two regular time limit games, then the third day for tie breaks, if required. The final round has four days of regular time limit games, then the fifth day for tiebreaks, if required.

The total prize fund is US$ 1,600,000, with the first prize of US$ 110,000.

Source:, Wikipedia.


  1. IM Daniel Anwuli qualifies along with 3 other IMs and an FM to play in a sea of 123 GMs; It’s going to be war!

    My advice to Danny boy is go look at Dings last 50 games and prepare his opening lines with help from a trainer!

    Best of luck Danny Boy!


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