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Sunday, August 21, 2011

World Chess Cup 2011 venue preview

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Hi everyone,

The Chess World Cup is coming up and we can look forward to some great action. has just carried a nice preview report about the venue. 

You can keep track of the official website at this link. It runs from August 26 to September 21. 
The Ugorian Chess Academy, venue of the World Chess Cup 2011, was built by OJSC 'Gazprom neft' through the program 'Gazprom for children'. The modern energy — conservative technologies and engineering solutions were used in the process of the construction of the building, they provided the complex with the multi-functional usage, and they allow to reduce the expenses for power consumption and conditioning of the building. The unique three-level building without sharp corners styled as a chess piece was built in the capital of Ugra during two years upon the project of the famous Dutch architect Erick Van Egeraat.

The venue of the World Chess Cup 2011

The construction activity started in 2008 and finished in 2010 as a part of the agreement about the cooperation between Ugra and OJSC 'Gazprom'. The Academy consists of two classrooms and one computer classroom with 25 tables and of a special transformer hall. The square of the building is 2,845 square metres which is occupied by classrooms and different halls equipped with the latest in hi-tech equipment. 

Almost the whole first floor is occupied with the transformer hall with 128 seats and service rooms. There is a fold stand for spectators, the size of it can be regulated. This building allows to organize the competitions of different level, about 300 chess players can play here at one and the same time.

In September 2010 the General Assembly and the 81st FIDE Congress took place in the Academy as a part of the 39th World Chess Olympiad.

In August 2011 the World Chess Cup 2011 will take place in the Ugorian Chess Academy. There will be a playing hall, FIDE representatives’ offices, an international office, a press-center, a hall of the game analysis and other departments of the Executive Directorate.

The World Cup 2011 is a long event, where the winner has to progress through seven consecutive match victories and possible tiebreaks to reach the top position. However, the competition also has one of the biggest prize funds, amounting to 1.6$ million.
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