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World Cup 2009 participants

Kosteniuk, Wesley So, and Akobian among the confirmed players

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Today at 14:00 CET the final list for the participants in the World Cup in Khanty Mansiysk will be known. 128 players from all over the world will finalize their contract of participation in the World Chess Championship 2010-2011 cycle.

Several unofficial lists have come up in the previous months. However, it is highly unlikely to have some of the players in the final list. Besides, there are players who qualified by both rating and / or various Zonal Chess events, thus, leaving spot for substitutes.

GM Kosteniuk will participate in the 2009 edition of the World Cup. She has qualified as a World Women Champion and has accepted the invitation to the event. GM Wesley So confirmed his presence at Khanty Mansiysk in front of Filipino media as well, while GM Akobian has given an affirmative answer weeks ago on his website, thus decipating any doubts about a parallel WC.

Through the day we will keep revealing interesting names for Khanty Mansiysk. Stay tuned with for the full official lists of the World Cup!

Update: full list available here.

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