Qualifications for World Chess Cup kick off in Russia's Kazan

09:29, May 06, 2011      

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The qualification competitions for the World Chess Cup kicked off in Kazan, capital of Russia's Tatarstan republic, on Thursday.

The president of World Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said that chess players would participate in the qualifying tournament until May 26.

Eight players from Russia, Armenia, Bulgaria, Israel, U.S. and Azerbaijan participated in the qualifications. The winner will play against the current world champion Vishvanatan Anand from India, in the 12-game series in the first half of 2012.

On the eve of the competitions in Kazan, the first stone was laid in a basement of the future Chess Palace of the FIDE's International Chess Academy, the world's first establishment of the kind, Interfax news agency reported.

Source: Xinhua
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