2007 World Cup Chess Championship

FIDE - Fédération Internationale des Échecs

Playing Hall, Hotel Yugorskaya Dolina
(Khanty Mansiysk, Russia)

The 2007 World Cup Chess Championship is currently in full swing. A total of 128 players gathered in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia to vie for a chance to face former FIDE Champion Veselin Topalov next year. The competition has been hated thus far but most of the favorites have been able to hold their positions. There will be some “upsets” but Vassily Ivanchuk remains the odds-on favorite.

Players from Asia, Africa, Latin America and other non-European nations will be looking to break the mold of European dominance of chess. That may not happen in this tournament, but China is definitely a force to be reckoned with. This tournament always produces breakthrough performances as it did when Rustam Kasimjanov took the title in 2004.

ChessBase Coverage

Khanty-Mansiysk: Shirov fails to equalise, 11 December 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: Kamsky draws first blood, 13 December 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: First game drawn, 11 December 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: Shirov through in the tiebreaks, 11 December 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: Gata Kamsky in the Final, 10 December 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: both semifinal games drawn, 9 December 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: Sergey Karjakin advances to semifinals, 8 December 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: Carlsen, Kamsky and Shirov through, 7 December 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: Carlsen and Shirov win first quarterfinal game, 6 December 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: Aronian, Svidler, Bareev knocked out, 5 December 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: Karjakin and Cheparinov win, Carlsen holds Adams, 4 December 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: Ponomariov, Shirov and Carlsen score, 3 December 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: Top seed Ivanchuk knocked out, 2 December 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: Shirov, Carlsen, Adams through, 1 December 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: Round three game one annotations, 30 November 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: Cheparinov, Adams, Kamsky win, 30 November 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: Ivanchuk, Carlsen, Ponomariov through, 30 November 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: Ponomariov equalises, Radjabov knocked out, 28 November 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: Ponomariov and Radjabov lose first game, 28 November 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: Gurevich knocks out Kaidanov, 26 November 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: Favourites make it through, Nigel Short falters, 26 November 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: when giants stumble, 26 November 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: The best-laid plans of men and mice?, 25 November 2007
Khanty-Mansiysk: Upsets galore in Round one of the World Cup, 24 November 2007

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Dr. Daaim Shabazz is the creator and webmaster of The Chess Drum. He serves as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds an MBA in Marketing and a doctorate in International Affairs & Development. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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