Li Tian will play against former World Champion at the 2017 FIDE World Cup today

Sophian A. 3rd Sep 2017 Event


Malaysian number one, IM Yeoh Li Tian will play against the former World Champion GM Viswanathan Anand of India at the 2017 Tbilisi FIDE World Chess Cup today.

Li Tian will start with the white pieces in his first game. The first round will kick-off at 3:00 PM local time. World Champion Magnus Carlsen and other top players like Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, and Hikaru Nakamura will also be playing with white while big names like Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Wesley So and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov start with black.

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Malaysian chess created a history after Li Tian became the first player in the country had qualified for the World Cup after he won a very strong Zonal 3.3 Championships held in March this year. He is the first Malaysian to win the Zonal Championships. Li Tian also earned his first Grandmaster norm in the competition.

The Tbilisi FIDE World Cup takes place in Hualing Hotel, Tbilisi, Georgia from 3rd to 27th September. 128 top players will be playing in this 6 rounds knock-out competition. The final will be played in 4 games.

Technical meeting of the 2017 Tbilisi FIDE World Chess Cup | Photo by

The rate of play is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and then 30 minutes for the rest of the game plus 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. If the game's score is tied, the players will have to play two Rapid games with 25 minutes plus 10 seconds bonus, then two games of 10 minutes plus 10 seconds, followed by two blitz games of 5 minutes plus 3 seconds. The final tie-breaker shall be an Armageddon match where white will have 5 minutes and Black is 4 minutes. A draw is considered a win for black.

The total prize fund for the Championship is RM 6.8 million and the finalists will qualify for the 2018 Candidates Tournaments.

The President and the Committee of Malaysian Chess Federation are wishing IM Yeoh Li Tian a successful and enjoyable World Cup Chess 2017!