128 player Knock Out tournament brings together the strongest players in the world, as well as qualifiers from every region of the globe and has an impressive prize fund of 1.6 million US dollars.
Participants include the World Champion and number one in rating list Magnus Carlsen, three former World Champions Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik and Ruslan Ponomariov, the winner of the previous World Cup in Baku, Sergey Karjakin. The participation of the 15 top players makes this event the strongest World Cup in history.
Who is your pick to win it all?
Top 15 by rating (Sept 2017)
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2827
2 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2804
3 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2803
4 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2802
5 Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2799
6 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2797
7 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2794
8 So, Wesley g USA 2792
9 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2788
10 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2781
11 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2780
12 Giri, Anish g NED 2777
13 Ding, Liren g CHN 2771
14 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2756
15 Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2750