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FIDE World Cup

The 2021 FIDE World Cup starts on July 12 at 5 a.m. Pacific / 14:00 Central Europe in Sochi, Russia. It marks the return of over-the-board chess on a global scale after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of many sporting events. Elite players from all over the world will compete for a part of the $1,892,500 prize fund and two spots in the 2022 Candidates Tournament. For the first time in history, FIDE will also be hosting the Women's World Cup. The event will feature 103 of the best female players competing for a $676,250 prize fund.