FIDE Announces World Cities Championships

  • SonofPearl
  • on 04.10.12, 09:01.

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FIDE announces the qualifiers to the coming World Cities Team Championship for the Sheikh Zayed Cup scheduled 21-29 December 2012 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.

Olympiad champion Armenia will lead 32 city teams in the $150,000 knock-out format championship.

Host United Arab Emirates joins qualifiers from the World Team Championship, Continental teams and 25 top zonal teams from the Istanbul Olympiad.

The tournament is organized by the Al Ain Chess Club, headed by Asian Chess Federation president Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan, on behalf of FIDE, Asian Chess Federation and UAE Chess Federation.

Attached are the regulations and flyer outlining the pairing system. Teams will be grouped by rating into 8 groups of 4 teams each who will play a single round robin. The top two qualify into the knockout Round of 16 followed by exciting Quarterfinal and Semifinal matches, and the climactic Final showdown.

Qualified federations should accomplish and return the attached Entry Form with passport copies and ID photos for visa application. Deadline for registration is 31st October. Otherwise reserves from other countries shall be invited. Deadline for submission of names of players is 15th November. Visas shall be issued by email.

The qualified federations are:

1 Olympiad Champion Armenia
2 World Team Champion Hungary - 5th (after Armenia, China, Ukraine, Russia)
3 European Champion Germany
4 American Champion Brazil
5 Asian Cities Champion Kazakhstan - 2nd (after China)
6 African Champion Egypt
7 Host Country UAE
8 Zone 1.1 Netherlands - 6th
9 Zone 1.2 Slovenia - 25th
10 Zone 1.3 Sweden - 16th
11 Zone 1.4 Romania - 8th
12 Zone 1.5 Serbia - 14th 
13 Zone 1.6 Russia
14 Zone 1.7 Latvia - 28th
15 Zone 1.8 Azerbaijan - 10th
16 Zone 1.9 Ukraine
17 Zone 2.1 United States Of America
18 Zone 2.2 Canada
19 Zone 2.3 Cuba - 11th
20 Zone 2.4 Peru - 55th
21 Zone 2.5 Argentina - 22nd
22 Zone 3.1 Iran - 61st
23 Zone 3.2 Bangladesh - 33rd
24 Zone 3.3 Vietnam - 7th
25 Zone 3.4 Uzbekistan - 24th
26 Zone 3.5 China
27 Zone 3.6 Australia - 32nd
28 Zone 3.7 India
29 Zone 4.1 Tunisia - 75th
30 Zone 4.2 Uganda - 90th (after Egypt)
31 Zone 4.3 South Africa - 62nd
32 New Zone 4.4 Nigeria - 96th


Regulations (pdf)

Entry Form (doc)

World Cities Flyer (pdf)



Excerpts from the regulations:

The FIDE World Cities Championship shall be held at two-yearly intervals among teams representing cities with a maximum of one city per country. Qualified National Federations are eligible to play with their national team members representing a city.

The teams are made up of 4 players plus 1 reserve and 1 captain.  32 teams shall be divided into 8 groups of 4 teams each according to their seed number. In these pairings teams who play each other in the Group RR are not scheduled to meet again until the final.

Time control for the event is 90 min/40 moves +30 min/end, with 30 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1. Each match will be scored by match points as used in the FIDE Olympiad. Winner will get 2 points, a draw will give each team 1 point, and a loss is scored as 0 points.

A total of $150,000 in cash prizes shall be awarded for the World Cities Championship for the Sheikh Zayed Cup as follows:

  • 16 eliminated from Round Robin Groups receive $2,500 each
  • 8 qualifiers to Round of 16 receive $4,000 each
  • 4 Quarterfinalists receive $5,000 each
  • Fourth Place receives $10,000
  • Third Place receives $12,000
  • Second Place receives $15,000
  • Champion receives $21,000

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  • vor 4 Jahre


    @ SonofPearl: Thanks !

  • vor 4 Jahre


    @ Arman S - tiebreak details are in the regulations (follow the link in the article).

    @MikyZ -  a list of the zones is here.

  • vor 4 Jahre


    That is an interesting idea which could fill the "christmas gap".

    Also the format of the WCC which strongly reminds me of the soccer champions league is very interesting. A little bit disappointing is the prize money though (all the patricipating chess players get more or less the sum a soccer player of Manchester City earns in a week if he plays or not) . Although it is fairly distributed among the teams which survive the first round, it is so little that I do not expect many of the top GMs to skip their christmas holydays for playing in the UAE. Maybe if they could assemble a strong team with winning chances and solid help of their national federations...

    Does anybody know if there is an available list of the chess zones? Thanks in advance.



  • vor 4 Jahre

    GM LittlePeasant

    This baffles me in so many different levels.  So many levels...

  • vor 4 Jahre


    What about draws during the knockout stage?

  • vor 4 Jahre


    France :(

  • vor 4 Jahre

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    This is very entertaining. I have pictured a potential team of Moscow citizens:

    1. Kramnik (2795), #3 on the FIDE rating list

    2. Karjakin (2780), #6

    3. Morozevich (2758), #10

    4. Grischuk (2752), #12

    5. Jakovenko (2732), #23

    Won't happen, of course.

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