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The Chess World Cup 2023 just started and we have prepared for you top 50 players on the list as free chess database for you. The 206-player single-elimination chess tournament is being played now in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 30 July to 24 August 2023. It will be the 10th edition of the Chess World Cup. The top three finishers in the tournament will qualify for the 2024 Candidates Tournament. The tournament will be held in parallel with the Women's Chess World Cup 2023.

Chess World Cup Format

The tournament will be an 8-round knockout event, with the top 50 seeds given a bye directly into the second round. The losers of the two semi-finals will play a match for third place. The players who finish first, second, and third will qualify for the Candidates Tournament 2024, which will be a tournament to decide the challenger for the next World Championship.

Each round will consist of classical time limit games on the first two days, plus tie-breaks on the third day if required. The time limits will be as follows:

Two classical time limit games: 90 minutes, plus a 30-minute increment on move 40, plus a 30-second increment per move from move 1, per player.
If the match is tied after the classical games, players will play two rapid chess games, with 25 minutes plus a 10-second increment per move, per player.
If the match is still tied, players then will play two more rapid chess games, with 10 minutes plus a 10-second increment per move, per player.
If the match is still tied, players then will play two blitz games, with 5 minutes plus a 3-second increment per move, per player.
If the match is still tied, a single blitz game, with 3 minutes plus a 2-second increment per move, will be played to decide the match. A drawing of lots will determine which player plays white. If drawn, the players will switch colors and play again, until a decisive result is obtained.

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source: https://worldcup2023.fide.com/

 

Opening Master's Chess Database World Cup 2023 Men

We have prepared the Top 50 GMs playing on this World Cup plus their counterparts (=191 players in total - all GMs indexed, name normalised, corrected). Totalling 55,315 powerful games. (Source= OM OTB 2023 07 with 9,7 million human OTB chess games). For subscribers it is already in OM GOLEM folder. Both in CBV and PGN format.

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What can you learn from currently the most powerful chess database of Grand Masters?

The World Cup brings the best of the best from chess. They are all in Baku, Azerbaijan now trying to become the next World Cup Winner and secure the ticket to the Candidates tournament. You can learn and study all their games. All of them. You can see for example how Magnus Carlsen scores as white 68%. Or how he played against Hikaru Nakamura or Wesley So. You can review and study his opening repertoire as White or Black and learn that his opening 1.d4 d5 2.c4 was played 128x, last played 2023 and success of 70%. Did you know that Hikaru played as white 1.Nf3 Nf6, 218 games and scored 73%? Checkout the top three favorites of the tournament but don't miss the other 50. 

TOP 50 GMs FIDE

Focus was on the top 50 Grandmaster and their games with other Grandmasters. In order to reduce the size of the players, we have eliminated the counterpart players with less than 100 games. (in this database you will see some games with Gary Kasparov (191) but this is because he was actively playing against one of the top 50, (otherwise main OM OTB includes 2689 of his games).

The OM Chess World Cup chess database includes 191 GM players and 55,315 chess games.

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1. Magnus Carlsen

White: 2078 Games White scores well (68%).
Black: 2065 Games Black scores well (58%).

Opponents

Hikaru Nakamura 179.5/315 +44 315 Games
Wesley So 113/187 +39 187 Games
Fabiano Caruana 104.5/162 +47 162 Games
Anish Giri 73/120 +26 120 Games
Ian Nepomniachtchi 65/112 +18 112 Games

Repertoire - White

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 N=233, Last played 2023, 64%
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 N=149, Last played 2023, 65%
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 N=130, Last played 2023
1.d4 d5 2.c4 N=128, Last played 2023, 70%
1.c4 N=192, Last played 2023, 69%
1.Nf3 N=161, Last played 2023, 68%

Repertoire - Black

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 N=155, Last played 2023, 45% =>2788 Reference
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 N=160, Last played 2023, 44% =>2781 Reference
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 N=143, Last played 2023, 44% =>2801 Reference
1.d4 d5 2.c4 N=149, Last played 2023, 35% =>2736 Reference
1.Nf3 N=172, Last played 2023, 40% =>2748 Reference

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World Chess Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, Photo Credit: FIDE

2. Hikaru Nakamura

White: 2299 Games White scores well (66%).
Black: 2254 Games Black scores well (57%).

Opponents

Magnus Carlsen 135.5/315 -44 315 Games
Wesley So 162/287 +37 287 Games
Ian Nepomniachtchi 78/135 +21 135 Games
Anish Giri 72/119 +25 119 Games
Jan Krzysztof Duda 63.5/98 +29 98 Games

Repertoire - White

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 N=153, Last played 2023, 56%
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 N=151, Last played 2023, 62%
1.Nf3 d5 N=306, Last played 2023, 69%
1.Nf3 Nf6 N=218, Last played 2023, 73%
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 N=186, Last played 2023, 60%
1.c4 N=139, Last played 2023, 66%

Repertoire - Black

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 N=180, Last played 2023, 52%
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 N=168, Last played 2023, 46%
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 N=169, Last played 2023, 51%
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 N=169, Last played 2022, 44%
1.Nf3 N=170, Last played 2023, 41%
1.c4 N=136, Last played 2023, 40%

Fabiano Caruana

White: 1422 Games White scores averagely (56%).
Black: 1400 Games Black scores above average (50%).

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Opponents

Hikaru Nakamura 91/211 -29 211 Games
Magnus Carlsen 57.5/162 -47 162 Games
Wesley So 70.5/154 -13 154 Games
Anish Giri 38.5/75 +2 75 Games

Repertoire - White

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 N=103, Last played 2023, 56%
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 N=112, Last played 2023, 58%
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 N=87, Last played 2023, 55%
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 N=138, Last played 2023, 57%
1.c4 N=126, Last played 2023, 62%
1.Nf3 N=95, Last played 2023, 49%

Repertoire - Black

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 N=129, Last played 2023, 52%
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 N=129, Last played 2023, 52%
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 N=113, Last played 2023, 53%
1.d4 d5 N=92, Last played 2023, 53%
1.Nf3 N=164, Last played 2023, 52%
1.c4 N=122, Last played 2023, 43%

You can watch and analyse every player. So you didn't make it to the World Cup but competing in your nationals? Why don't you study deep your line up and prepare for the players you can potential meet during the match? Surprise them with your opening.

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