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World Cup Update: Nakamura Passes, Friedel in Print E-mail
September 19, 2009
GM Josh Friedel, Photo Betsy Dynako
FIDE updated the list of participants for the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, 20 November - 15 December 2009. The only change to the American roster from CLO's last update is that popular CLO writer GM Josh Friedel will play, replacing GM Hikaru Nakamura, who declined his spot to play in the London Chess Classic (December 7-15). Friedel wrote an article about missing out on the World Cup spot in Brazil and he also originally lost out in the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship by one place. "It's a relief to get the spot," Friedel told CLO. Josh has never played in a knockout before and says he is looking forward to it as, "the knockout is a good format for underdogs like me." 

American World Cup Qualifiers

Defending champion Gata Kamsky
U.S. Championship runner-up GM Robert Hess
Olympians GM Alexander Onischuk, GM Yury Shulman and GM Varuzhan Akobian
Continental 09 champion GM Alexander Shabalov
Continental 08 Champ GM Jaan Ehlvest
Continental 09 spot GM Alexander Ivanov
GM Josh Friedel
2009 U.S. Junior Champion IM Ray Robson