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Above or below the line

04.04.2011 /   Andrejic, Vladica (2170)

Since the Individual European Championship ended, the main issue in Serbia was whether Ivanisevic qualify for the World Cup 2011. While the public says otherwise, I will give you my answer.

A few days ago Individual European Championship finished in Aix Les Bains (22.3-2.4.2011). The most successful Serbian player was Ivan Ivanisevic who finished on 27th place without defeat. Since this championship gives 23 invitations for the World Cup 2011, and some of players already have a spot, the issue in Serbia is whether Ivanisevic qualified or he is the first below the line.

After the completion of the tournament the first words gave a site ChessVibes in its paper, with explaination that Potkin, Svidler and Mamedov had already qualified and therefore new qualifiers are players to 26th place (Mcshane, Fridman and Motylev). Ivanisevic is the next, on the 27th place! My analysis explain that Ivanisevic qualifies too, because the Jakovenko already qualified. There is no official information, and everithing is copy of ChessVibes. Finally, the official website of the European Championship had written something today, but it is Chessvibes copy too.

According to the World Cup 2011 regulations the first spots gets World Champion, then four semi-finalists of the previous World Cup, Women's World Champion, and the last two World Junior Champions. After that there are 20 players by ratings, (average for lists of 1st July 2010 and 1st January 2011) without inactive players. If someone qualified otherwise, before 1.1.2011 list is published, then he disappears from the ratings qualifiers. Here is a table that will give 20 participants per rating.

In any case, according to my calculations, list of qualified players by rating is the following: Carlsen, Aronian, Topalov, Kramnik, Mamedyarov, Grischuk, Ivanchuk, Radjabov, Nakamura, Eljanov, Shirov, Svidler, Gashimov, Wang Hao, Leko, Wang Yue, Jakovenko, Kamsky, Bacrot, and Navara. This means that Jakovenko already qualified and opens up a place for Ivanisevic.

1Carlsen, Magnus #1282628142820
2Kasparov, Garry Inactive281228122812
3Anand, Viswanathan World Champion280028102805
4Aronian, Levon #2278328052794
5Topalov, Veselin #3280327752789
6Kramnik, Vladimir #4279027842787
7Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar #5276127722766.5
8Grischuk, Alexander #6276027732766.5
9Karjakin, Sergey Semifinal 2009274727762761.5
10Ivanchuk, Vassily #7273927642751.5
11Radjabov, Teimour #8274827442746
12Nakamura, Hikaru #9272927512740
13Eljanov, Pavel #10275527242739.5
14Ponomariov, Ruslan Semifinal 2009273427442739
15Gelfand, Boris Semifinal 2009273927332736
16Shirov, Alexei #11274927222735.5
17Svidler, Peter #12273427302732
18Gashimov, Vugar #13271927362727.5
19Wang, Hao #14272427312727.5
20Leko, Peter #15273427172725.5
21Wang, Yue #16271627342725
22Malakhov, Vladimir Semifinal 2009273227142723
23Jakovenko, Dmitry #17272627182722
24Movsesian, Sergei European Ch 2010272327212722
25Kamsky, Gata #18271327302721.5
26Bacrot, Etienne #19272027232721.5
27Nepomniachtchi, Ian European Ch 2010270627332719.5
28Navara, David #20273127082719.5
29Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime Junior 2009272327152719
30Almasi, Zoltan European Ch 2010271727192718
31Dominguez Perez, Leinier #21271627162716
32Vitiugov, Nikita #22272227092715.5
33Adams, Michael #23270627232714.5
34Caruana, Fabiano #24269727212709
35Jobava, Baadur European Ch 2010271027072708.5
36Morozevich, Alexander #25271527002707.5
37Fressinet, Laurent #26269727072702
38Tomashevsky, Evgeny European Ch 2010270826952701.5