World Cup Competition

Quality Chess will send a box of 20 books to your home, wherever in the world that may be. 10 of them chosen by you, 10 of them chosen by us. All you have to do is to predict some results in the World Cup. We will contact the winner once the World Cup is over and organize the shipment of the prize.

Hurdle Questions: In order for us to quickly reduce the number of emails to check, only participants who get the three initial questions right will proceed to the second round of scoring. The points scored here will count in the second round (unless otherwise stated, a correct answer is worth one point).

A: What will the most common opening move be in round 1 (excluding playoffs): 1.e4 or 1.d4 or neither?

B: Which of these home players will go further: Rauf Mamedov or Eltaj Safarli? (if knocked out at same stage then which one has played more moves is the tiebreak)

C: Which opening will be more common in round 3 (excluding playoffs)? Najdorf or Catalan or tie?

Main Competition Questions:

1. Who will win the World Cup (3 points)?

2. How many top seeds (1-64) will be knocked out in round 1?

3. How many round 2 matches will end in Armageddon Blitz?

4. Predict the four semi-finalists. (2 points per correct answer)

5. How many quarter finalists will be rated over 2730?

6. Which non-GM will go furthest? (total number of moves if all 13 are eliminated at the same stage)

7. Which round will Levon Aronian reach?

8. How many 1-1 draws will Michael Adams have?

9. How many Black wins will there be in round 4 (excluding playoffs)?

10. Predict the score: Radjabov – Sevian

11. Predict the score: Robson – Vovk

12. Predict the score: Fier – Granda Zuniga

13. How many Russians will there be in round 3?

14. Who will be the youngest quarter finalist?

15. How many non-European players will make it to the 4th round?

16. Which female player will go furthest?

17. How many Chinese players will lose in round 2?

18. How many players seeded 110-128 will be whitewashed in round 1 (2-0)?

How to enter: Send an email to WorldCup@qualitychess.co.uk at latest an hour before the start of round 1, on Friday 11th September 2015. The email must have the following information and no more(!):

Name and Rating – in the subject header of the email

Answers written like this:

A. answer

B. answer

C. answer

1. answer

2. answer

And so on. For names only give surnames.

Any attachments or any other diversion from the format leads to automatic exclusion.

Rules clarification: This is a fun, no-fee, friendly competition with the idea of enjoying the World Cup as a chess community. Quality Chess staff will pick the winner based on adherence with the process and with brutal fairness. Any mistake made in the process by a QC member of staff will be unintentional, yet all entry fees will be refunded if a mistake can be pointed out. There is no entry fee, of course…

If we get a feeling that the same person has entered more than once, we will ignore the person. The same goes for if we think someone is a relative of a chess player and not a chess player themselves. One player, one try.

If we work out an easy way to technically do so, we will add entries to the subscriber list for our newsletter. It is easy to unsubscribe, so fear not…

65 thoughts on “World Cup Competition”

  1. Wow, winner takes it all …

    Is it one address, one participant or could my wife participate as well? She’s a chess player, in fact a former team mate of John Shaw, if I remember correctly.

  2. Question 15 may need some clarification. I have (at the moment) assumed the same countries adopted as “european” by UEFA in football.

  3. “if knocked out at the same stage, the one who has played more moves is the tiebreak”

    does this include moves played in the first match? would it extend to playoffs in round one and two?

  4. What counts as a Catalan? 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Qc2 d5 8.Rd1 c6 – this is a closed Catalan, right?

  5. Haha, just entered. Not a chance of winning but will make it a bit more fun… Who’d have thought I’d be paying so much attention to the games of Vovk! 🙂

  6. time to start dreaming which books to get. I already have

    Polgar 1 + 2 + 3
    Yusupov 1 boost
    Yusupov 1 build
    Marin A spanish rep
    Marin Beating the open games
    Tactimania
    QC Puzzle book
    Understanding chess tactics
    Learn from the Legends
    The secret life
    Chess structures
    San Luis 2005

    and will choose…..

    Gelfand
    Petrosian
    Karpov 1 + 2
    Tal 1 + 2
    Mating the castled
    Dragon books 1 + 2
    Positional chess sacrifices

    cant wait 😉

  7. @Lars Ekholm, did you study those books :).

    I have aprox 30 QC books, and finished only one completly and two of them are in process of finishing :(.

  8. @k.r. A few i studied from start to end like tactics from scratch and the Yusupov books. Some I read from start to end but will keep comming back to actually study, like the Polgar trilogy and Marian Learn from the Legends. Some I browse for pleasure, San Luis, or I browse to find material for teaching (tactimania, Puzzle book, chess structures, secret life – but actually also the Polgar books have so many nice examples to use for teaching).

  9. Hello, what does “at latest an hour before the start of round 1, on Friday 11th September 2015” means? Does it mean we have to send our answers exactly an hour before the start of round 1?

  10. @Jacob Should I send another e-mail to tell my online handle and online rating ? I have put “unrated” in the mail header. I swear i play chess 😉

  11. boki :
    is the email address correct? got my mail back

    Yes, the email address is right. Please try sending again, or copy me in, and I’ll get it to the right place.

  12. Amey Sanjay Dandekar

    Can Quality Chess books be made available in India? With the price in rupees(INR)? Because converting dollars/euros to rupees makes it a hefty sum. I just keep visiting your site and not buy anything. Rs.500-1000 per book is manageable, but all foreign published books cost a few thousands. 🙁 I am yearning to buy Attacking manuals, Practical Chess Defense and Grandmaster Prep series.

  13. @Amey Sanjay Dandekar
    We have been looking at Asian options for years, but so far nothing has come to fruition. We did have a dealer at some point, at reasonable prices, but as the rupee depreciated he became unwilling to raise his prices. And as the cut we got was really small, it went from close to pointless to straight down pointless.

    But we will continue to look at serious options.

  14. I have also entered the competition. Let the World Cup begin!

    And if, in round two, we observe Safarli playing on a few dozen moves despite being a full Queen down, don’t look at me, okay? 😉

  15. Jacob Aagaard :
    @Amey Sanjay Dandekar
    We have been looking at Asian options for years, but so far nothing has come to fruition. We did have a dealer at some point, at reasonable prices, but as the rupee depreciated he became unwilling to raise his prices. And as the cut we got was really small, it went from close to pointless to straight down pointless.
    But we will continue to look at serious options.

    http://www.citadelchessworld.com/bookstore/
    here is a bookstore but Alll QC books are out of stock . i would have bough every QC book Except opening if they have Stocks

  16. Ray :
    Since I have almost all QC books, I won’t participate

    @Ray
    I also have a lot of them, but I’ve planned to donate most of them (if I win), to the public library in my town or to a local chess club. You can do the same 🙂

  17. I entered, fingers crossed.
    Does anyone really think a non-GM can go to round 2?
    The seeding means that they face the tougest opponents right? So I’m guessing which of the top 13 is the most positional player and likely to take the longest to win.

  18. Drats! Seems like I underestimated the time shift from Baku. I sent my mail only half an hour before the round … 🙁
    I guess I should start a totally unconnected discussion about the zero tolerance rule …

    But I’ll wait for e4, Safarli and Najdorf before I get really mad at myself.

  19. @Matt
    Yus! First hurdle passed!
    Mamedov already through to round 2 … 🙂
    (Though Safarli can still go through)
    Now let me see those Catalans in round 3!

  20. Oh my God, I have just seen this funny competition after one week without checking QC blog…. what a pity, although I would have answered 1.d4 and be out anyways

  21. Hi GMs Shaw and Aagard… I learned a great deal from the Excelling at Chess series.

    Will you guys please publish a GM rep NIMZO-INDIAN book? I will buy it if you do.

    Thanks for considering this…

  22. C: Which opening will be more common in round 3 (excluding playoffs)? Najdorf or Catalan or tie?

    So, Catalan by transposition is Catalan? (ie 1. c4 Cf6 2. g3 e6 3. Bg2 d5 4. d4) Najdorf that degenerates into Scheveningen is Najdorf (according to ECO this is a Scheveningen: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Be2 a6 7. O-O Qc7 8. f4 Nc6 but you can obviously play it via Najdorf, just transposing e6 and a6 moves).

    The easier for everybody would be to define it as the ECO classification (hence if the variation escapes the Najdorf, bad luck, and if it enters the Catalan via Kramnik move order, then it is a Catalan), but I may be biased as I’ve voted for the Catalan, where is it easier to enter and harder to leave.

  23. Today one Najdorf and one Catalan, so my only chance is that both games yesterday that went for the Najdorf get disqualified as Schevenningens and the Catalan hybrid is counted as Catalan… so yes, I did not make it :'(

  24. I think we have all answers now except Question 1, 4 and 14

    and What is the answer of
    C: Which opening will be more common in round 3 (excluding playoffs)? Najdorf or Catalan or tie?

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