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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.



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Tournament (year) City Winner Runner-Up 3rd Place 4th Place
World Chess Cup 2019
 Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS)
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World Chess Cup 2017
 Tbilisi (GEO)
 Levon Aronian
 Ding Liren
 Wesley So
 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
World Chess Cup 2015
 Baku (AZE)
 Sergey Karjakin
 Peter Svidler
 Anish Giri
 Pavel Eljanov
World Chess Cup 2013
 Tromsø (NOR)
 Vladimir Kramnik
 Dmitry Andreikin
 Evgeny Tomashevsky
 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
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
 Vladimir Malakhov
World Chess Cup 2007
 Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS)
 Gata Kamsky
 Alexei Shirov
 Magnus Carlsen
 Sergey Karjakin
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
 Alexey Dreev
World Chess Cup 2000
 Shenyang (CHN)
 Viswanathan Anand
 Evgeny Bareev
 Boris Gelfand
 Gilberto Milos