Key matchups are on tap for the FIDE World Cup. While most of the top seeds moved on, they will face stiffer tests in round two. Judit Polgar will start her first match today against Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu of Romania. This tournament may see the rise by a number of young players.
By contrast, players like Teimour Radjabov and Ruslan Ponomariov seem like veterans compared to some of the participants. One such player to watch is the unheralded 15-year old Yu Yangyi of China (right). Yu has slipped under the radar since being elevated from an untitled straight to the GM title. He has done so by quietly scoring good results since 2004.