28 August 2019

Updates for the Current Cycle

The 2019 World Cup starts next month, and the 2019 Grand Swiss takes place the following month. I updated both pages with FIDE announcements made after the post FIDE Starts the New Cycle (May 2019), for which I created them. The web site for the World Cup is also up and running.

Official site:


The official site has a History page that starts with this curious paragraph:-

The history of the FIDE World 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.

According to my records, the first FIDE World Cup was 2005 Khanty-Mansiysk, won by GM Aronian. That Fide.com 'History' page gives no more details about the so-called '2000 FIDE World Cup'. The first event with details is given as:-

Date: 9-22 October 2002
Place: Hyderabad, India
Winner: Viswanathan Anand

The second event with details is 2005 Khanty-Mansiysk, followed by World Cups every two years. I don't recall the 2002 Hyderabad tournament and will have to research it.

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