After Aronian had to withdraw, three more top favourites stumbled at the World Cup in Sochi: Caruana was eliminated by Jumabayev, Giri by Abdusattorov and Mamedyarov by Martirosyan. To qualify for the next Candidates Tournament they will have to try the Grand Swiss in October and the Grandprix in spring 2022. Caruana also lost his second spot in the live rating list to Ding Liren, and Carlsen is right now the only life-rated player above 2800. Meanwhile the parallely held Women World Cup is getting little attention.
- 10 Jul – 08 Aug 2021: FIDE World Cup