The FIDE Chess.com 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 chess.com 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):
The games start at 15:00 CEST and may be live here on chess24!
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