The biennial, epic knockout event in the world of chess - the time for the World Cup has arrived. Just like in 2009, when 2012 World Championship challenger Boris Gelfand won through the 7 rounds as top seed, the drama will unfold in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. The pairings tree (PDF) can be downloaded from here.
Top 8: Karjakin, Kamsky, Le Quang Liem, Andreikin,
Vachier-Lagrave, Wojtaszek, Malakhov, Wang Yue
Top 4: Kamsky, Le Quang Liem, Vachier-Lagrave, Wang Yue
Final: Vachier-Lagrave beats Kamsky
Top 8: Karjakin, Kamsky, Ponomariov, Adams,
Ivanchuk, Radjabov, Navara, Morozevich
Top 4: Kamsky, Adams, Radjabov, Morozevich
Final: Morozevich beats Adams
Top 8: Polgar, Ivanchuk, Ponomariov, Svidler,
Navara, Radjabov, Grischuk, Gashimov
Top 4: Svidler, Grischuk, Ivanchuk, Ponomariov
Final: Svidler beats Grischuk
Top 8: Karjakin, Kamsky, Le Quang Liem, Adams,
Vachier-Lagrave, Mamedyarov, Navara, Morozevich
Top 4: Kamsky, Adams, Vachier-Lagrave, Morozevich
Final: Kamsky beats Morozevich
The Oceania region is represented by our very own GM Zong-Yuan Zhao [seeded 101 out of 128], who is up against Russian Super-GM Evgeny Tomashevsky  in Round 1.
"Partly for being a mostly positional player, partly for wearing glasses and being well-educated, Tomashevsky, in spite of his young age, earned himself the nickname "Professor" among the chessplayers."
To try and prepare against such a strong opponent, we can only wonder how difficult it must be to think about anything else in the 2 months between when the pairings are released, and actually sitting opposite the player in a distant venue.
The official tournament website is at http://chess.ugrasport.com/ .
Games are at 7pm AEST.