206 players will compete in the FIDE Chess World Cup in Azerbaijan in 2023.
Here is all the information you need to know about the single-elimination competition’s 10th iteration.
When is the FIDE Chess World Cup?
From July 29 to August 25, 2023, Baku, Azerbaijan, will host the FIDE Chess World Cup. From July 29 to August 22, there will be a Women’s World Cup.
The 1/6 open and 1/8 women’s games will begin on August 9 according to the FIDE website.
The first through fourth rounds of the competition have already concluded, and round five will start on August 12 and last through August 14.
August 15 will mark the start of round six, which will end on August 17, and August 18 will be a free day for competitors.
The first day of Round 7 is scheduled for August 19, and the final and the match for third place are scheduled for August 26.
The final ceremony is scheduled for August 24. The top three competitors will earn a spot in the 2024 Candidates Tournament.
In 2022, who won the FIDE Chess World Cup?
Three chess competitions made up the FIDE Grand Prix 2022, which took place between 4 February and 4 April 2022.
Hikaru Nakamura and Richárd Rapport, who came in first and second, earned spots in the Candidates Tournament 2022, which served as the last round of qualification for the World Chess Championship 2023.
At the most recent competition, which took place in Berlin, Germany, Hikaru Nakamura emerged victorious.
The 35-year-old Nakamura is a five-time U.S. Chess Champion, a Twitch streamer, a YouTube content creator, a grandmaster of chess, and the current World Fischer Random Chess Champion.
He was a chess prodigy who became the youngest American grandmaster at age 15 at that time.
Nakamura is the tenth-highest-rated player in history with a peak rating of 2816.
How much is the prize pool?
The total prize pool for the competition is $2.5 million, of which $1,834,000 will go to the Open division and $676,250 to the Women’s division.
The prize pool for any chess match ever played will be the highest at the 2023 FIDE World Cup.
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