The 2011 FIDE World Cup starts tomorrow (or in a couple of days), with the 128 participants due to arrive in Khanty-Mansiysk. There are a couple of days of acclimatisation/welcoming ceremonies, with the action getting under way on the 28th of August. Apart from the difficulty in getting there, the venue and the host city should once again be excellent, assuming they match the quality of the 2010 Olympiad.
The Oceania representative is GM Zong Yuan Zhao. His first round opponent is 28th seed Evgeny Tomashevsky (Rus), who while being a tough opponent, is probably easier than Magnus Carlsen, who Zhao had to play last time he participated in this event.
The tournament website has all the information on the event, and as an added bonus, has a downloadable pairing tree chart, for those of you running your office tipping competition.