Chess World Cup

The Chess World Cup is the name given to a number of different chess tournaments. The format and significance of the tournaments has changed over the years.

In 1988/9, 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.

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, in the same style as the 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2004 FIDE World Championships.

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