The Chess World Cup refers to three different events over the years. Since 2000, it has been a major chess event organized by FIDE, the World Chess Federation. Since 2005, it has been a 128-player single-elimination chess tournament, forming part of the qualification for the World Chess Championship.
In 1988–1989, the Grandmasters Association organised a series of six high-ranking World Cup tournaments in the form of a 'Grand Prix'.
In 2000 and 2002 FIDE, the World Chess Federation, staged their "First Chess World Cup" and "Second Chess World Cup" respectively. These were major tournaments, but not directly linked to the World Chess Championship. Both the 2000 and 2002 events were won by Viswanathan Anand of India. Both tournaments began with a round-robin state, consisting of four groups of six players each. The top two players from each group were subsequently seeded into an eight-player single-elimination bracket.
Since 2005, a different event of the same name has been part of the World Chess Championship cycle. This event is being held every two years. It is a 128-player knockout tournament.
|Tournament (year)||City||Winner||Runner-Up||3rd Place||4th Place|
|World Chess Cup 2019||Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS)||-||-||-||-|
|World Chess Cup 2017||Tbilisi (GEO)||Levon Aronian||Ding Liren|| Wesley So |
|World Chess Cup 2015||Baku (AZE)||Sergey Karjakin||Peter Svidler|| Anish Giri |
|World Chess Cup 2013||Tromsø (NOR)||Vladimir Kramnik||Dmitry Andreikin|| Evgeny Tomashevsky |
|World Chess Cup 2011||Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS)||Peter Svidler||Alexander Grischuk||Vassily Ivanchuk||Ruslan Ponomariov|
|World Chess Cup 2009||Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS)||Boris Gelfand||Ruslan Ponomariov||Sergey Karjakin |
|World Chess Cup 2007||Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS)||Gata Kamsky||Alexei Shirov|| Magnus Carlsen |
|World Chess Cup 2005||Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS)||Levon Aronian||Ruslan Ponomariov||Étienne Bacrot||Alexander Grischuk|
|World Chess Cup 2002||Hyderabad (IND)||Viswanathan Anand||Rustam Kasimdzhanov|| Alexander Beliavsky |
|World Chess Cup 2000||Shenyang (CHN)||Viswanathan Anand||Evgeny Bareev|| Boris Gelfand |