Almost every elite chess player is heading for the Georgian capital of Tbilisi for the FIDE World Cup, a 128 player knockout with a $1,280,000 prize fund (?998,000) that qualifies two players for the Candidates tournament next year which decides who will be Magnus Carlsen’s next challenger. Play begins on Sunday. For the first time, England has three representatives, with Michael Adams qualifying on rating while David Howell and Gawain Jones made it through after fine performances at the European Individual Chess Championships at Minsk in June. Each first round match is the best of two Classical chess games with Rapid tie breaks followed by Blitz if required. Each round is played over three days. The 2015 World Cup final was one of the most dramatic chess matches in recent times. Peter Svidler eventually lost to …

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