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By Jennifer Shahade   
November 8, 2007
WCClead.jpgCheck out the World Cup (Khanty-Mansiysk,Russia Nov.22-Dec.18) pairings. American players Akobian, Becerra, Ivanov Kaidanov, Kamsky, Kudrin, Onischuk, Shabalov and Shulman will compete for the most second most prestigious world title. The tournament is structured as a knockout, with the higher rated players playing the lowest rated players in the first round. Gata Kamsky should therefore, theoretically have the "easiest" pairing of all the Americans. However, Gata has drawn the new surprise World Junior Champion from Egypt, Ahmed Adly. While Gata is still a big favorite, this is definitely not the easiest opponent from this rating range. Meanwhile, Shabalov, Shulman, Kaidanov are in the middle of the pack, so they all drew players within 50 points of their own ratings. Sergei Kudrin has the toughest first round pairing- he's playing Francisco Vallejo Pons, the 25-year-old 2650+ GM from Mallorca, Spain.  For more information, check the official website.

American Pairings in the World Cup:

 Gata Kamsky(USA, 2714)- Ahmed Adly (Egypt, 2494, World Junior Champion)
Alexander Onischuk (USA,2674)- Zaven Andriasian (Armenia, 2546)
Sergei Kudrin (USA, 2563)- Francisco Vallejo Pons (Spain, 2660)
 Alexander Ivanov (USA, 2565)- David Navara (Czech Republic, 2656)
Julio Becerra Rivero (USA, 2568)- Evgeny Bareev (Russia, 2653)
Varuzhan Akobian (USA, 2585)- Michael Roiz (Israel, 2644)
Gregory Kaidanov (USA,2597)- Mikhail Gurevich (Turkey, 2627)
 Alexander Shabalov (USA, 2626)- Dusko Pavaosovic (Slovenia, 2597)
 Yuri Shulman (USA, 2616)- Rafael Leitao (Brazil, 2601)

Ivanchuk, Vassily (1) UKR 2787    -   Aderito, Pedro (128)                           ANG   2352
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (2) AZE 2752    -   Abdel Razik, Khaled  (127)                 EGY   2389
Radjabov, Teimour  (3) AZE 2742    -   Genba, Vladimir        (126)                  RUS   2413
Aronian, Levon (4) ARM 2741    -   Hobaica, Juan Pablo (125)                 ARG    2427
Shirov, Alexei (5) ESP 2739    -   Gwaze, Robert (124)                          ZIM     2429
Svidler, Peter (6) RUS 2732    -   Iturrizaga, Eduardo (123)                   VEN    2435
Adams, Michael (7) ENG 2729    -   Zugic, Igor (122)                                 CAN    2477
Alekseev, Evgeny (8) RUS 2716    -   Ismagambetov, Anuar (121)               KAZ   2480
Grischuk, Alexander (9) RUS 2715    -   Lima, Darcy  (120)                              BRA   2487
Carlsen, Magnus (10) NOR 2714 25  -   Zhao, Zong-Yuan (119)                       AUS   2491
Kamsky, Gata (11) USA 2714 9  -   Adly, Ahmed  (118)                             EGY   2494
Akopian, Vladimir (12) ARM 2713    -   Filippov, Anton  (117)                          UZB   2496
Jakovenko, Dmitry (13) RUS 2710    -   Rahman, Ziaur (116)                           BAN   2497
Ponomariov, Ruslan (14) UKR 2705    -   El Gindy, Essam (115)                        EGY   2503
Wang, Yue (15) CHN 2703    -   Pridorozhni, Aleksei (114)                   RUS   2506
Bacrot, Etienne (16) FRA 2695    -   Laylo, Darwin (113)                             PHI    2508
Karjakin, Sergey (17) UKR 2694    -   Matsuura, Everaldo (112)                    BRA    2511
Bu, Xiangzhi (18) CHN 2692    -   Kabanov, Nikolai (111)                        RUS   2512
Eljanov, Pavel (19) UKR 2691 20  -   Hossain Enamul (110)                         BAN   2514
Almasi, Zoltan (20) HUN 2691 14  -   Wen Yang (109)                                  CHN   2515
Malakhov, Vladimir (21) RUS 2690 15  -   Xu, Yuhua (108)                                  CHN   2517
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam (22) UZB 2690 14  -   Gopal, G.N. (107)                                IND    2520
Dominguez Perez, Lenier (23) CUB 2683    -   Iljushin, Alexei (106)                            RUS   2528
Van Wely, Loek (24) NED 2679    -   Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son (105)          VIE   2530
Landa, Konstantin (25) RUS 2678 15  -   Nevednichy, Vladislav (104)                 ROU  2531
Volokitin, Andrei (26) UKR 2678 5  -   Le, Quang Liem (103)                            VIE    2534
Rublevsky, Sergei (27) RUS 2676    -   Hera, Imre Jr. (102)                               HUN   2544
Onischuk, Alexander (28) USA 2674 20  -   Andriasian, Zaven (101)                        ARM   2546
Inarkiev, Ernesto (29) RUS 2674 15  -   Peralta, Fernando (100)                       ARG   2546
Zvjaginsev, Vadim (30) RUS 2674 8  -   Kunte, Abhijit (99)                                 IND    2547
Cheparinov, Ivan (31) BUL 2670    -   Gonzalez Zamora, Juan Carlos (98)      MEX   2552
Harikrishna, P. (32) IND 2668 24  -   Zhao, Jun (97)                                       CHN   2552
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter (33) ROU 2668 11  -   Amin, Bassem (96)                                EGY   2561
Tkachiev, Vladislav (34) FRA 2661 19  -   Balogh, Csaba (95)   HUN                     2561
Sasikiran, Krishnan (35) IND 2661 11  -   Zhigalko, Sergei (94)                             BLR   2562
Vallejo Pons, Francisco (36) ESP 2660    -   Kudrin, Sergey (93)                                USA   2563
Nikolic, Predrag (37) BIH 2657    -   Iljin, Artem (92)                                       RUS   2565
Navara, David (38) CZE 2656    -   Ivanov, Alexander (91)                           USA    2565
Sutovsky, Emil (39) ISR 2655    -   Zhou, Jianchao (90)                               CHN    2566
Fressinet, Laurent (40) FRA 2654    -   Flores, Diego (89)                                  ARG    2566
Bareev, Evgeny (41) RUS 2653    -   Becerra Rivero, Julio (88)                      USA    2568
Short, Nigel D (42) ENG 2649 27  -   Baramidze, David (87)                           GER    2569
Georgiev, Kiril (43) BUL 2649 21  -   Megaranto, Susanto (86)                        INA     2569
Volkov, Sergey (44) RUS 2648    -   Gajewski, Grzegorz (85)                         POL    2573
Socko, Bartosz (45) POL 2646 34  -   Georgiev, Vladimir (84)                           MKD   2576
Tomashevsky, Evgeny (46) RUS 2646 19  -   Mamedov, Rauf (83)                                AZE    2582
Motylev, Alexander (47) RUS 2645    -   Savchenko, Boris (82)                             RUS    2583
Zhang, Pengxiang (48) CHN 2644 38  -   Gagunashvili, Merab (81)                        GEO   2584
Roiz, Michael (49) ISR 2644 20  -   Akobian, Varuzhan (80)                          USA     2585
Tiviakov, Sergei (50) NED 2643 53  -   Ganguly, Surya Shekhar (79)                  IND      2585
Wang, Hao (51) CHN 2643 47  -   Markus, Robert (78)                               SRB      2586
Khalifman, Alexander (52) RUS 2643 10  -   Belov, Vladimir (77)                                 RUS     2587
Izoria, Zviad (53) GEO 2643 9  -   Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan (76)                  IRI       2591
Avrukh, Boris (54) ISR 2641    -   Milos, Gilberto (75)                                  BRA     2592
Naiditsch, Arkadij (55) GER 2639    -   Granda Zuniga, Julio E (74)                     PER    2592
Najer, Evgeniy (56) RUS 2635    -   Berg, Emanuel (73)                                  SWE    2593
Sakaev, Konstantin (57) RUS 2634    -   Vitiugov, Nikita (72)                                  RUS    2594
Gurevich, Mikhail (58) TUR 2627    -   Kaidanov, Gregory S (71)                      USA     2597
Shabalov, Alexander (59) USA 2626    -   Pavasovic, Dusko (70)                           SLO      2597
Shulman, Yuri (60) USA 2616    -   Leitao, Rafael (69)                                  BRA     2601
Rodshtein, Maxim (61) ISR 2615    -   Gustafsson, Jan (68)                              GER     2606
Laznicka, Viktor (62) CZE 2610    -   Macieja, Bartlomiej (67)                          POL     2606
Kozul, Zdenko (63) CRO 2609    -   Bruzon Batista, Lazaro (66)                   CUB     2607
Bartel, Mateusz (64) POL 2608 17  -   Galkin, Alexander (65)                           RUS     2608
 
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