World Cities Chess Championship history
The Al-Ain Chess Club offered to host the newly created World Cities series from 2012 until 2020. The FIDE World Cities Championship shall be held at two-yearly intervals among teams representing cities with a maximum of one city per country. Qualified National Federations are eligible to play with their national team members representing a city. 32 teams shall be divided into 8 groups of 4 teams each according to their seed number. In these pairings teams who play each other in the Group RR are not scheduled to meet again until the final.
A total of $150,000 in cash prizes shall be awarded for the World Cities Championship for the Sheikh Zayed Cup.
Apparently, the series has no connection with the World Cities
events held back in 1997 and 1999.