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2005 Fide World Cup (2008 cycle)

Although nothing prevented the already qualified players from competing in the World Cup, none of them decided to participate (Bacrot and Shirov were not yet fixed, since Kasparov and Kramnik still had time to change their minds). All other players who were't already qualified were there (including unlucky Ivanchuk and Gata Kamsky who came out of retirement in early 2005).

World Cup was played under the same format as 1998-2004 FIDE World Championships were played, only that all rounds consisted of a 2-game mini match, and that this time from round 4 onwards players weren't eliminated, but continued to play-off for places 1-16.

Tournament conditions:
  • tournament was played from November 27th to December 17th, 2005 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
  • tournament was a 7 round knock-out with 128 players; players were seeded according to the October 2005 rating list and then paired so that in the 1st round #1 seed plays the #128 seed, #2 vs. #127 and so on until #64 vs. #65. In 2nd round #1 plays #64, #2 vs. #63, and so on until #32 vs. #33. Same procedure applies for subsequent rounds. If a lower seeded player defeats the higher seed, it automatically gets his seed number.
  • time controls were 90 minutes for first 40 moves, then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds per move increment from move 1
  • in all rounds 2-game mini match was played
  • if the match was tied, 2 rapid (25min+10sec) games were played. If still tied, 2 blitz (5min+10sec) games were played. If still tied, an armageddon game was played (white has 6 minutes and must win, black has 5 minutes and only needs to draw)
  • in rounds 1-3 the loser is eliminated; in following rounds the loser plays-off for places
The Tournament

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See whole pairing tree here.

According to regulations, first 10 qualified for the Candidates. Since 3rd placed Bacrot qualified by rating, 11th placed Vladimir Malakhov took the final spot in the Candidates.

Among the qualifiers was a 15 year old prodigy Magnus Carlsen who became the youngest person to qualify for the Candidates (breaking Fischer's record - although the cycles are not comparable).