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The World Chess Cup will take place in Khanty-Mansiysk
from September 9 to October 4, 2019. The prize pool for the tournament comprises $1,6 million.
The agreement to hold the FIDE World Chess Cup 2019 in Khanty-Mansiysk was concluded during the Moscow Open-2019 on February 4, 2019. It was signed by the FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and the President of the Ugra Chess Federation Vasily Filipenko.
2000
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The history of the World Chess Cup began in 2000 when the World Chess Federation (FIDE) organized its first tournament having this name, and in 5 years it got its present format with 128 strongest international chess players competing by the knock-out system.
Date
September 1-17
2000
Place
Shenyang,
China
Winner
Viswanathan
Anand
The number of possible winners falls by one half after each round. Thus, only two remained players will compete in the final match. Both finalists of the World Chess Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk will take part in the Candidates Tournament 2020, and its winner will fight for the main chess title against the current world champion Norwegian Magnus Carlsen.
2002
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Date
October 9-22
2002
Place
Hyderabad,
India
Winner
Viswanathan
Anand
The World Chess Cup in 2005 was played with the time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 15 minutes till the end of the game and an incremental time of 30 seconds per each move. Tie breaks consisted of two rapid chess games (25 minutes each + 10 seconds per move); followed by two blitz games if required (5 minutes + 10 seconds per move); followed by a single Armageddon chess game if required (white has 6 minutes and must win, black has 5 minutes and only needs to draw).
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2005
Date
November 26 –
December 18
2005
Place
Khanty-Mansiysk,
Russia
Winner
Levon
Aronian
2007
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In 2007 Khanty-Mansiysk hosted the strongest international chess players again. The tournament was of the same format as the previous one. It is notable that all the participants did get prize, which was $6,000 for the 128th place and $120,000 for the first place. This time the fortune favored Gata Kamsky from the USA who didn’t suffer any loss throughout the entire tournament and beat Alexey Shirov in the final match.
Date
November 22 –
December 16
2007
Place
Khanty-Mansiysk,
Russia
Winner
Gata
Kamsky
Two years after, Boris Gelfand celebrated the victory in the World Chess Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk when he beat Sergey Karjakin in the semifinal match and Ruslan Ponomariov in the final one.
2009
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Date
November 20 –
December 15
2009
Place
Khanty-Mansiysk,
Russia
Winner
Boris
Gelfand
Players from 46 countries took part in the fight for the main trophy of the World Chess Cup in 2011. Being the organizer of the competition the Ugra region nominated a team of four players – two from Surgut and two from Khanty-Mansiysk.
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2011
Date
August 26 –
September 21
2011
Place
Khanty-Mansiysk,
Russia
Winner
Peter
Svidler
2013
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The final of the 2013 World Cup in Tromsø saw two Russian players. The event was won by the 14th world champion Vladimir Kramnik, who defeated Dmitry Andreikin 2.5–1.5 in the final match.
Date
August 10 –
September 4
2013
Place
Tromsø,
Norway
Winner
Vladimir
Kramnik
Two years later there were again two Russian grandmasters fighting for the World Cup in Baku. This time these were Sergey Karjakin and Peter Svidler who showed an admirable game. Karjakin won it with the score 6-4, given that he had been losing with the score 0-2 after 2 classic games. And this was a real miracle that he managed to equal the score and then to beat Svidler during the tie-break.
2015
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Date
September 10 –
October 5
2015
Place
Baku,
Azerbaijan
Winner
Sergey
Karjakin
In 2017, the event was held in Tbilisi. Levon Aronian beat Ding Liren from China with the same result as he got in Khanty-Mansiysk 12 years before.
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2017
Date
September 2 – 28
2017
Place
Tbilisi,
Georgia
Winner
Levon
Aronian
2019
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In 2019 Khanty-Mansiysk will host the World Chess Cup for the fifth time. Levon Aronian from Armenia won the tournament in the capital of Ugra region in 2005, Gata Kamsky from the USA – in 2007, Boris Gelfand from Israel – in 2009, Peter Svidler from Russia – in 2011. The reigning World Chess Cup champion is Aronian.
The FIDE World Chess Cup 2019 can be treated as a rehearsal of the largest international tournament, which is the World Chess Olympiad. It will take place in Khanty-Mansiysk in 2020. The city will welcome over 3,000 players, officials and guests. Thousands of people all over the world will watch the “intellectual battles” between the best chess players of the planet.