Three chess Grand Masters from China, including the International Chess Federation (FIDE) women's world champion Xu Yuhua and her countrymen Bu Xiangzi and Wang Yue, have qualified for the men's World Cup against the world's 128 strongest players, FIDE's executive director David Jarrett told Xinhua on Monday.
Xu Yuhua, 29, obtained her automatic pass to the World Cup to be played at Khanty-Mansysk, Russia from November to December, since she is current women's world champion and because FIDE rules states "A competition described as a women's event is reserved for women players but women players are entitled to compete in events described as men's events, Jarrett added.
Bu Xiangzi, 22, and Wang Yue, 20, obtained their respective passes to the event in China's FIDE zonal, Jarrett added.
The Chinese chess players must confirm their World Cup participation before the deadline of on October 11 at the latest, Jarret said..
It is still possible for more players from China to qualify for the World Cup if they earn their passes at the Asian Continental Championship that will be held in the Philippines on September 19-29, Jarrett said.
The World Cup will be played on the elimination knockout system.
If current world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia wins the World Chess Championship Mexico-2007, being played in Mexico City and will conclude on September 30, he will be expected to face Bulgarian Veselin Topalov in a World Championship match format.
If Kramnik does not win, he will have the right to play a match against FIDE's Mexico-2007 world champion and World Cup's winner will play a match against Topalov.
The winners of the two matches will face each other in a match.
Xu Yuhua, 29, with 2502 FIDE rating, won her champion title at the Women's World Chess Championship at Ekaterimburgo, Russia, by defeating Russian Alisa Galiamova (2467 FIDE ranking), 3-0 in a four-game match. Galiamova decided to forfeit the fourth game since Xu's advantage was decisive.
Xu, besides being a women's Grand Master of chess, is a law graduate, living in southern China. She learned chess at the age of six.
"Vishwanathan "Vishy" Anand, current World Chess Champion Mexico-2007 contender and highest FIDE-rated player, has won the World Cup twice, once in Shenyang, China (2000) and another in Hyderabad, India (2002).