The 2015 World Cup begins in Baku on Friday, with 128 players aiming to qualify for the Candidates Tournament, and pocket some prize money at the same time. The event has attracted a very strong field, with Veselin Topalov seeded No 1, Hikaru Nakamura at 2 and the recent Sinquefield Cup winner Lev Aronian seeded no 9(!). The Oceania representative, IM Max Illingworth (AUS) is in the bottom half of the pairings, and plays Pentala Harikrishna (14 seed) in the first round.
Play starts at 3pm Baku time which is a fairly pleasant 8pm Canberra time. The official website is http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/ and you should be able to get live coverage from there.