2019 FIDE World Cup Regulations
1.1. The FIDE World Cup 2019 (hereinafter referred to as World Cup) is organized from September 9th to October 4th 2019.
1.2. Governing Body is the World Chess Federation (FIDE).
1.3. FIDE Global Strategy Commission (hereinafter referred to as GSC) is in charge for preparing regulations, communicating with the Organizer and the participants, conducting inspections.
1.4. The body responsible for adopting and changing these rules is the FIDE Presidential Board, upon recommendation by GSC.
1.5. At any time, any circumstance or unforeseen situation not covered in these regulations shall be referred to the FIDE President for final decision.
2.1. Players qualify for World Cup by the following paths:
I. Reigning World Champion.
II. Winner, runner-up and two (2) other semi-finalists of the FIDE World Cup 2017 – four (4) players.
III. Reigning Women's World Champion.
IV. World Junior Champions U-20 of 2017 & 2018 – two (2) players.
V. Qualifiers from the Continental Championships and Zonals (see Annex 2) – ninety-two (92) players:
a) Continental Championships and Zonals 2018.
b) Continental Championships and Zonals 2019.
VI. Highest rated players from the average of the twelve (12) standard FIDE rating lists - eighteen (18) players, who have not qualified by path from I to V.
For the purpose of deciding the eighteen (18) qualifiers by rating, the average ELO from the twelve (12) standard FIDE rating lists from August 2018 to July 2019 is used. In case of equality, two decimals are taken into consideration. If the numbers are still equal then the total number of rated games in all 12 standard rating periods is decisive: the player with the bigger number of games qualifies.
A player who appears inactive at least once in the twelve standard FIDE rating lists from August 2018 to July 2019 is not eligible.
VII. Highest placed player of the ACP Tour 2018, who have not qualified by path from I to VI.
VIII. Nominees of the FIDE President – five (5) players.
IX. Nominees of the Organizer – four (4) players.
Full regulations here: