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FIDE World CUP KO pairings - andyburnett - 11-08-2013

Can anyone explain the rationale behind the pairings for this tournament? Is there a reason why top v bottom in a 128 player field should be used? It always seems incredibly unfair to me (but I may be missing some inherent logic?!)

1 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2813 Markov, Mikhail KGZ 2304
2 G., Akash m IND 2340 Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2796
3 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2784 Bwalya, Gillan f ZAM 2341
4 Bjelobrk, Igor m AUS 2341 Grischuk, Alex. g RUS 2785
5 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2772 Ali, Sebbar m MAR 2371

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60 Lupulescu, Const. g ROU 2634 Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2660
61 Zvjaginsev, Vadim g RUS 2659 Swiercz, Dariusz g POL 2654
62 Kobalia, Mikhail g RUS 2651 Khismatullin, Denis g RUS 2653
63 Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2662 Beliavsky, Alex. g SLO 2651
64 Istratescu, A. g FRA 2646 Lysyj, Igor g RUS 2648


Re: FIDE World CUP KO pairings - Andy Howie - 11-08-2013

Pretty standard for a seeded KO tournament. You normally get 1v128 2 v 127 etc etc


Re: FIDE World CUP KO pairings - Alan Jelfs - 11-08-2013

That's roughly how snooker, darts and tennis do their seeded draws, isn't it?


Re: FIDE World CUP KO pairings - andyburnett - 11-08-2013

OK, so it's standard practice - but is it fair? Or is it fairest?? Or...?


Re: FIDE World CUP KO pairings - Alan Jelfs - 12-08-2013

andyburnett Wrote:OK, so it's standard practice - but is it fair? Or is it fairest?? Or...?

Well, it's fairer for the 65th seed to be playing the 64th seed to see who is actually the better than having the 65th seed playing the number one.


Re: FIDE World CUP KO pairings - Graham Kerr - 18-08-2013

andyburnett Wrote:OK, so it's standard practice - but is it fair? Or is it fairest?? Or...?
I think the idea behind it is to give that little bit more reward for reaching the top by getting theoretically easier games en route to the final.
I agree that it seems a little odd for chess competitions, whether it's fair or not probably depends on where in the draw you land...

I dunno the reasons for it in this tourney, perhaps they're trying to somehow spice things up and gain interest from the non-chess fraternity?