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Predict the results of Indians at World Cup 2019 and win an autographed DVD by Vladimir Kramnik

by Sagar Shah - 10/09/2019

The World Cup 2019 is here and we are quite excited! That's the reason why we are launching a contest where you have to predict how the ten Indian participants will perform at the World Cup 2019. If you are able to guess correctly with regards to the exit of each of the ten Indian players then you win an autographed copy of Mega Database 2019 by 14th World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. In this report apart from the contest we bring you the first round match ups of all the ten Indian players and also the impressions from the opening ceremony held on 9th of September. The live games begin at 3.30 p.m. IST on 10th and you can follow the games on the page!

What are your predictions?

One of the biggest chess bonanzas of 2019 - the World Cup is going to begin from today, 10th of September. We have ten Indians taking part. It's a 128 player event with seven knock outs. And we have a special contest for all of you. So what is the prize of the contest?

It's the Mega Database 2019 DVD personally autographed by the 14th World Champion Vladimir Kramnik!

This DVD was signed by Kramnik at the recently concluded Kramnik Microsense India Chess Progam that was held in France

What are the rules of the contest?

The rules are very simple:

1. You have to guess as to which round each of the ten Indian players will go to at the World Cup 2019.

2. The answers should be mentioned in the comments

3. The format should be:

Harikrishna 5 (This means that you think Harikrishna will reach round 5 and will be knocked out in the 5th round)

Nihal 4 (This means you think Nihal will reach round 4 and will be knocked out in the 4th round)

You have to write this for all ten Indian players. They are: Harikrishna, Vidit, Ganguly, Adhiban, Sethuraman, Abhijeet, Karthikeyan, Nihal, Narayanan SL, Aravindh 

4. The last date of entry is 10th September 2019 until midnight

5. The person who is able to guess all the 10 players journey in the World Cup 2019 will win Kramnik's autographed Mega Database 2019 DVD!

Pairings in tree format

Here's the entire tree for the first half for you to make an educated guess!

The tree for the second half

Harikrishna (2738) vs Yuri Gonzalez (2558)

Harikrishna has a very unique pairing. He takes on the same opponent he had last year in the first round of the World Cup 2017. And mind you, it was a very tense match that went on for six long games after Harikrishna emerged as the winner.

Vidit Gujrathi (2718) vs Alan Pichot (2600)

The young Argentinian GM is not one to be taken lightly, But we all know what a class act Vidit Gujrathi is!

Surya Ganguly (2658) vs Vladimir Fedoseev (2664)

Fresh from his Belt and Road success Surya Ganguly can fancy his chances against Vladimir Fedoseev. But one must remember that at one point Fedoseev had an Elo of nearly 2720!

Adhiban (2639) vs Iturrizaga (2626)

The Venezuelan no.1 Eduardo Iturrizaga is a positionally strong player, but will be able to withstand the wrath of the beast?

Karthikeyan (2610) vs Inarkiev (2693)

Karthikeyan is the man who recently played a stunning queen sacrifice to Alireza Firouja. Can his magic continue at the World Cup as well?

Abhijeet Gupta (2609) vs Anton Korobov (2679)

Abhijeet Gupta is a big match player. If he is in good form he can beat just about anyone! Anton Korobov is a strong opponent, but with Abhijeet you never know!

Sethuraman (2624) vs Tamir Nabaty (2658)

If there is one Indian who has consistently performed well at the World Cups, then it would be Sethuraman SP. In 2015 and in 2017 in both the editions Sethu had been able to beat Harikrishna and advance to round 3 where he lost to Mamedyarov and Anish Giri respectively. 

Nihal Sarin (2610) vs Jorge Cori (2676)

When Magnus was 15 years old, he made his debut at the World Cup 2005 against Levon Aronian. Well, Nihal is also 15 years old and faces Peruvian no.1 Cori Jorge. Will Nihal be able to advance to round 2?

S.L. Narayanan (2611) vs Anton David Guijarro (2674)

S.L. Narayanan is also making his debut at the World Cup. From his posts on Twitter it seems as if he is having a great time there. In the first round itself he faces a strong opponent in the form of David Anton Guijarro.


Aravindh Chithambaram (2609) vs Michael Adams (2694)

Adams is a class act as we all know! But age is on Aravindh's side and it could be quite possible that he would pull off an upset!

So keep in mind our contest and do comment about all the ten Indian players in the comments section below!

The World Cup is a seven-round knock-out event, with a total prize fund of USD $1.6 million and a first prize of USD $110,000. 


The matches from rounds one to six consist of two classical games with a time control of 90 minutes for 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 tiebreaks will be played the next day, with the following time controls:


Two games with a time control of 25 minutes for the game and 10-second increments per move (25'+10").

If the score remains tied, two games with a time control of 10'+10".

If the score remains tied, two games with a time control of 5'+3".

If the score remains tied, an Armageddon game: The player who wins the drawing of lots chooses the colour. White has 5 minutes for the game; Black has 4 minutes. An increment of 2 seconds per move is used from move 61. White needs a win to advance to the next round.

Opening Ceremony:

The opening ceremony of the FIDE World Cup took place in the Arts Center for Gifted Children of the North on September 9. It started with a chess-themed laser show followed by “Heart of taiga” dance performance with the colourful introduction of countries participating in the event.

A chess themed dance! | Photo: World Cup 2019 official team

A laser show! | Photo: World Cup 2019 official team

Let the battle begin! | Photo: World Cup 2019 official team

When the king is caught in a net! | Photo: World Cup 2019 official team

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, speaking on behalf of the International Chess Federation, congratulated the players on the start of the World Cup, and thanked the organizers – Government of Ugra and Governor Natalya Komarova – for hosting such an important tournament. | Photo: World Cup 2019 official team

Arkady Dvorkovich: “We are all familiar with a wonderful chess tradition of Ugra, the region that organized almost all the most important chess tournaments, including the Olympiad. It is wonderful that this region develops chess for everyone regardless of occupation or age. Still, everybody loves to watch games of the strongest players, and the strongest players are present here tonight. I wish you excellent play and best of luck, and declare the 2019 FIDE World Cup open!” Mr. Dvorkovich also announced that on September 8 FIDE Presidential Board approved a bid for the 2020 Candidates Tournament from Yekaterinburg and Russian Chess Federation.

For the drawing of lots, Ding Liren, the highest-rated player of the tournament, was assisted by Chief Arbiter Ashot Vardapetyan two actors dressed as chess kings. The Chinese grandmaster picked a black piece. Therefore, all players with odd numbers will be playing Black in the first game of the first rounds. | Photo: World Cup 2019 official team

A press briefing with Natalya Komarova, Pavel Kolobkov, and Arkady Dvorkovich took place after the conclusion of the opening ceremony. | Photo: World Cup 2019 official team

Natalya Komarova, Governor of Ugra: “In chess community, FIDE World Cup is strongly associated with Khanty-Mansiysk. Four out of nine World Cups were carried out in Ugra, and today we are starting the fifth one. One can safely call Khanty-Mansiysk home of this tournament. The organizers do their best to make our guests feel at home.

Live Games will begin at 3.30 p.m. IST

The first games of the FIDE World Cup will be played on Tuesday, September 10. The playing venue is the Ugra Chess Academy (Loparev street, 6).


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.

Live Games:

Completed Games

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