Russia expands World Cups

The next World Cup shall be played with 206 participants instead of 128 and the prize-fund increased to $1,89 million for the men, while there will be 103 participants and $676,000 at stake in the Women’s World Cup. The 50 respectively 25 top rated players shall be seated in round two of a k.o. Both events shall start on or around 10 July, and Sochi is mentioned by FIDE as the most likely venue.