Venue of play: 5-Star Fairmont HotelThe FIDE World Chess Cup, an integral part of the World Championship Cycle 2014-2016, is starting in no more than a day.

The long waited event will take place from September 10 – October 5, 2015, at the Grand Ballroom of Fairmont Baku Hotel*****, in Azerbaijani capital Baku.

There shall be six (6) rounds of matches comprising two (2) games per round, with the winners progressing to the next round, plus the final seventh (7th) round comprising of four (4) games.

World #3 Veselin Topalov (2816) heads the strong field of 128 players, including #4 Hikaru Nakamura (2814), #5Fabiano Caruana (2808), #6 Anish Giri (2793), Liren Ding (2782), Vladimir Kramnik (2777), Wesley So (2773), Alexander Grischuk (2771), Levon Aronian (2765), Sergey Karjakin (2762).

You can see Round 1 pairings and tournament scheme below… More

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