General May 5, 2020 | 11:41 AMby Colin McGourty

Online Nations Cup starts today

The FIDE Online Nations Cup starts today, with six teams battling it out in rapid chess for the next six days. The world’s Top 10, except for Magnus Carlsen and Alexander Grischuk, will be in action, with the Chinese team, led by Ding Liren and including Women’s no. 1 Hou Yifan, the favourites, followed closely by a European team led by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Levon Aronian. The other teams are India (Vishy Anand), USA (Hikaru Nakamura), Russia (Ian Nepomniachtchi) and Rest of the World (Teimour Radjabov, with Alireza Firouzja on Board 2).

The Online Nations Cup is an invitational team tournament for teams of six players. Four play in each match, including at least one woman, with the other two players in reserve. The teams play each other team twice (switching colours) over the first five days, before the top two teams play a final match where the winner gets $24k and the loser $12k. Each team also receives $24k simply for taking part.

The team pairings are as follows (we’ll add the individual games when they’re available):

The action starts at 15:00 CEST each day, but whether we’ll be able to cover it properly here on chess24 depends on FIDE and providing a live PGN of the games. This seems an essential part of any serious online event organised by FIDE in these times (we provided everyone interested with a live PGN for the Magnus Carlsen Invitational), but it’s currently unclear if that will be the case here.

The team line-ups are as follows (we’ve given the average rating of the highest rated four players in rapid chess, taking into account that one woman must play in each line-up):

1. China | Average rating: 2740 | Team Captain: Ye Jiangchuan

1GMDing Liren2836
2GMWang Hao2750
3GMWei Yi2752
4GMHou Yifan2621
5GMYu Yangyi2738
6GMJu Wenjun2610

2. Europe | Average rating: 2736 | Team Captain: Garry Kasparov

1GMMaxime Vachier-Lagrave2860
2GMLevon Aronian2778
3GMJan-Krzysztof Duda2774
4GMAnna Muzychuk2533
5GMAnish Giri2731
6GMNana Dzagnidze2447

3. Russia | Average rating: 2697 | Team Captain: Alexander Motylev

1GMIan Nepomniachtchi2778
2GMVladislav Artemiev2769
3GMSergey Karjakin2709
4GMAleksandra Goryachkina2502
5GMDmitry Andreikin2740
6WGMOlga Girya2471

4. USA | Average rating: 2695 | Team Captain: John Donaldson

1GMHikaru Nakamura2829
2GMFabiano Caruana2773
3GMLeinier Dominguez Perez2786
4GMIrina Krush2392
5GMWesley So2741
6IMAnna Zatonskih2327

5. Rest of the World | Average rating: 2643 | Team Captain: Arkady Dvorkovich

1GMTeimour Radjabov2758
2GMAlireza Firouzja2703
3GMBassem Amin2608
4GMMariya Muzychuk2506
5GMJorge Cori2599
6IMDinara Saduakassova2412

6. India | Average rating: 2640 | Team Adviser: Vladimir Kramnik

1GMViswanathan Anand2751
2GMSantosh Gujrathi Vidit2636
3GMPentala Harikrishna2690
4GMHumpy Koneru2483
5GMB. Adhiban2624
6GMHarika Dronavalli2450

The games start at 15:00 CEST and may be live here on chess24!

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