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    2019 FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship

    Nepo is the first through the cast of thousands to qualify to QF stage 1.
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    Thanks for letting us know about this.

    I see it's a silly knockout format. Nakamura and Caruana are seeded into the quarterfinals, while Carlsen is seeded into the semifinals.
    “The destructive capacity of the individual, however vicious, is small; of the state, however well-intentioned, almost limitless. Expand the state and that destructive capacity necessarily expands, too, pari passu.”—Paul Johnson, Modern Times, 1983.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    Thanks for letting us know about this.

    I see it's a silly knockout format. Nakamura and Caruana are seeded into the quarterfinals, while Carlsen is seeded into the semifinals.
    Yes that's right, the early qualifying stage was open to any punter on chess.com, titled players got seeded in later. Nepo was very critical of the format in his post-game interview v Harikrishna, particularly of why Naka got a wildcard and he didn't. I can see his point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by road runner View Post
    Yes that's right, the early qualifying stage was open to any punter on chess.com, titled players got seeded in later. Nepo was very critical of the format in his post-game interview v Harikrishna, particularly of why Naka got a wildcard and he didn't. I can see his point.
    If shuffle chess is supposed to be better than the real thing it seems inconsistent to seed by real ratings and titles at all. Presumably the point of seeding Fabi and Naka is to maintain American interest for commercial reasons - the prize fund is quite substantial so the sponsors wouldn't want three people and a dog following it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Rout View Post
    If shuffle chess is supposed to be better than the real thing it seems inconsistent to seed by real ratings and titles at all. Presumably the point of seeding Fabi and Naka is to maintain American interest for commercial reasons - the prize fund is quite substantial so the sponsors wouldn't want three people and a dog following it.
    So I think that the official reason was not ratings par se but the previous results of WC matches (FR and standard). Though having a couple of Americans probably doesn't hurt, as you say.

    The Quarterfinals will be a three-day event. Hikaru Nakamura as former FR champion, and Fabiano Caruana, as previous classical chess title challenger, join the six qualifiers at this stage. ...

    3.8. Semifinals and Finals:
    Three winners from Quarterfinals and current champion, Magnus Carlsen
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