*** The World Chess City Hall Of Fame (WCC-HOF) ***

101 Cities with regularly repeated (current or past) international chess events of major importance you should know (from Abu Dhabi and Amsterdam to Zagreb and Zurich)

Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Baden-Baden, Baku, Banja Luka, Bangkok, Barcelona, Batumi, Beersheba, Beijing, Belgrade, Berlin, Bled, Biel, Bilbao, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Bucharest, Budapest, Bugojno, Cappelle-la-Grande, Carlsbad, Chennai (former Madras), Copenhagen, Dallas, Danzhou, Doha, Dortmund, Dresden, Dubai, Edmonton, Elista, Gausdal, Geneva, Gibraltar (in Catalan Bay or spanish: La Caleta), Groningen, Hastings, Havana, Isle of Man (in Douglas, Port Erin, et al.), Istanbul, Jakarta, Khanty-Mansiysk, Kiev, Las Palmas, Las Vegas, Leiden, León, Linares, Ljubljana, London, Lone Pine (California), Lucerne, Lugano, Lund, Madrid, Malmö, Manila, Mar del Plata, Mariánské Lázně (Marienbad), Mérida (Yucatán), Monaco (in Monte Carlo), Moscow, Nanjing, New York, Novi Sad, Odessa, Ostende, Palma de Mallorca, Pardubice, Paris, Philadelphia, Plovdiv, Polanica-Zdrój, Poikovsky, Prague, Reggio Emilia, Reykjavik, Riga, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Saint Louis (Missouri), Saint Petersburg (former Petrograd, Leningrad), San Francisco, San Sebastián (or basque: Donostia), São Paulo, Sarajevo, Shamkir, Skopje, Sochi, Sofia, Stavanger, Stockholm, Tallinn, Tilburg, Warsaw, Vienna, Wijk aan Zee (and Beverwijk), Yerevan, Zagreb, Zurich

≈ 400+ Cities with a honorable mention
(completing all hosting cities of a Chess Olympiad, WTCC or ETCC, including also each city which held an adult male or female World Chess Championship match or at least a single game in it)

Aachen, Abano Terme, Acqui Terme, Adelaide, Adelboden, Ajaccio (Aiacciu), Al Ain, Albena, Albert (Somme), Alicante, Almaty (former Alma-Ata), Alushta, Altona, Andorra (in La Massana), Ankara, Antakya (Hatay), Antalya, Antwerp, Arandjelovac, Arbon, Arco, Arnhem, Aruba, Arvier, Ascona, Ashdod, Asunción, Astana, Astrakhan, Athens, Atlantic City, Auckland, Augsburg, Augusta (Georgia), Baarn, Bad Aibling, Bad Elster, Bad Harzburg, Bad Kissingen, Bad Lauterberg, Bad Homburg, Bad Nauheim, Bad Niendorf, Bad Pistyan, Bad Ragaz, Bad Wörishofen, Baden (Argovia), Baden near Vienna, Bahrain (in Manama), Banyoles, Baltimore, Baguio City, Balatonfüred, Bamberg, Barmen, Basel, Bastia, Bath, Bayamo, Bayreuth, Bazna, Belfort, Benidorm, Berg en Dal, Bergamo, Bermuda, Bern, Bhubaneswar, Birmingham, Bishkek (former Frunze), Blackpool, Bognor Regis, Bogotá, Bonn, Borjomi, Bournemouth, Bradford, Brasilia, Bratislava, Bratto, Breda, Breslau, Brighton, Bristol, Brissago, Brno (Brünn), Brunnen, Budva, Bunratty, Burgdorf, Bursa, Büsum, Cairo, Cala Galdana, Calvià, Camagüey, Cambridge Springs (US), Canberra, Cannes, Caorle, Cap d'Agde, Caracas, Caxias do Sul, Cazorla, Cham (near Zug), Cheltenham, Chengdu, Chicago, Chisinau, Chur, Cienfuegos, Clermont-Ferrand, Cleveland, Coburg, Cologne, Córdoba, Cork, Costa Brava, Costa del Sol, Coventry, Crete, Curaçao, Davos, Debrecen, Decin, Deizisau, Delft, Denpasar, Denver, Dilijan, Donetsk, Dos Hermanas, Drammen, Dublin, Dubna, Dubrovnik, Duisburg, Dundee, Durban, Düsseldorf, Echternach, Eersel, Eindhoven, Elenite, Enghien-les-Bains, Ermelo, Esbjerg, Essen, Évian, Folkestone, Foros, Fortaleza, Frankfurt, Freiburg im Breisgau, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Giessen, Gijon, Glasgow, Gotha, Gothenburg, Gouda, Graz, Gstaad, Guernsey, Gyor, Gyula, Haarlem, Haifa, Halkidiki (Chalkidiki), Halle (Saale), Hamburg, Haninge, Hannover, Harare, Harlingen, Heidelberg, Helsinki, Heraklion (Iraklion), Herceg Novi, Hilversum, Holguín, Hollywood, Hong Kong, Hoogeveen, Horgen, Hyderabad, Il Ciocco, Innsbruck, Irkutsk, Izmir, Jaén, Jermuk, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Jurmala, Kapstadt, Kapfenberg, Karlovy Vary, Karlsruhe, Kazan, Kecskemet, Kemeri, Kharkiv, Khartoum, Kiel, Kislovodsk, Kolkota, Kraków, Krefeld, Krems, Krynica, Kuala Lumpur, Lake Hopatcong (US), Laoag, Lausanne, Leamington Spa, Leeuwarden, Leuven, Lenk, Lenzerheide, Leysin, Leipzig, Liechtenstein (in Mauren, Schaan, Triesen, et al.), Liège, Lisbon, Liverpool, Locarno, Lodz, Lopota, Los Angeles, Luhansk (former Voroshilovgrad), Luhačovice, Luxembourg City, Lviv, Lyon, Kiev, Madonna di Campiglio, Mainz, Malaga, Malta (in Valletta, Sliema, et al.), Manchester, Mannheim, Mardin, Margate, Maribor, Marseille, Matanzas, Mazatlán, Medellín, Medias, Memphis, Mendrisio, Merano, Mérida (Esp), Metz, Mexico City, Milan, Minsk, Mondariz, Montecatini Terme, Montevideo (and Carrasco district), Montilla, Montpellier, Mont Pélérin, Montreal, Montreux, Morelia, Münchenstein, Munich, Mürren, Næstved, Nalchik, Netanya, Neuhausen, New Delhi, New Orleans, Neuchâtel, Ningbo, Nice, Nijmegen, Nikšić, Nottingham, Noordwijk, Novgorod / Veliky Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Nuremberg, Oakham, Oberhausen, Ohrid, Olot, Opatija, Orense, Oslo, Ostersund, Ostrava (Mährisch-Ostrau), Paignton, Paks, Palau (Porto Mannu, Sardinia), Pamplona, Pärnu, Pasadena, Pécs, Petrópolis, Pfäffikon, Pforzheim, Pitsunda, Poděbrady, Podgorica (former Titograd), Poreč / Parenzo, Porto Carras, Portorož, Potrero de los Funes Circuit (San Luis, Arg), Porz (city district of Cologne), Pula, Pune, Ptuj, Quebec, Quilmes, Raach, Rabat, Radebeul, Ramsgate, Recife, Riehen (near Basel), Rijeka, Rio Hondo, Rishon LeZion, Rogaška Slatina, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Rosario, Rostov-on-Don, Rotterdam, Rovinj, Royan, Salzburg, Saltsjöbaden, Saint John (Can), Saint Vincent (Aosta Valley, Ita), San Antonio (US), San Bernardino (Sui), San Juan (Puerto Rico), San Lorenzo del Escorial (Esp), San Luis (Mex), San Remo (Ita), Sanghi Nagar, Santa Fé (Arg), Santa Monica (US), Santiago de Chile, Santo Domingo (Dom Rep), Satka, Scarborough, Scheveningen, Szczawno-Zdrój, Seattle, Seville, Semmering, Sharjah, Shenyang (former Mukden), Shenzhen, Sibenik, 's-Hertogenbosch, Siegen, Singapore, Skara, Skelleftea, Skien, Sliac, Solsona, Solingen, Sombor, Sousse, Southdean, Southsea, Spijkenisse, Stein am Rhein, Stepanakert, Stip, Stuttgart, Subotica, Sukhumi, Surabaya, Surakarta (Solo), Suzdal, Świnoujście (Swinemünde), Sveti Stefan, Sydney, Szeged, Szczawno-Zdroj, Szentgotthárd, Szirák, Taizhou, Tarragona, Tarvisio, Tashkent, Taxco, Tbilisi, Teesside, Tehran, Tel Aviv, Telavi, Teplice-Šanov, Ter Apel, Terrassa, The Hague, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Tokyo, Toluca, Toronto, Torremolinos, Travemünde, Trencianske Teplice, Triberg, Trieste, Tripoli, Trnava, Tromsø, Tsaghkadzor, Tunbridge Wells, Tunis, Turin, Tuzla, Ujpest, Ulan Bator, Uppsala, Ushuaia, Utrecht, Valencia, Vancouver, Varadero, Varese, Varna, Växjö, Vejstrup, Velden, Venice, Viborg, Villafranca de los Barros, Villingen, Vilnius (Wilna), Viña del Mar, Vinkovci, Vlissingen, Volgograd, Voronezh, Vratsa, Vrbas, Vrnjačka Banja, Vrsac, Waddinxveen, Washington, Wellington, Wenzhou, Wiesbaden, Winnipeg, Winterthur, Yaroslav, Ybbs, Yekaterinburg (former Sverdlovsk), Yogyakarta, Yopal, Zaandam, Zaanstreek, Zafra, Zalaegerszeg, Zandvoort, Zeist, Zlín, Zug, Zwolle

 Note: the focus is on international  events, thus many chess cities from USA, USSR / Russia, England, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands or former Yugoslavia are not yet listed. And a special spotlight is on still recurring chess tournaments, that’s why eg. the city of Nottingham (with a legendary tournament in 1936, but no other major chess events) is not prominently recorded, or to name a recent example, Stavanger (area) is listed above Tromsø. 

Warning:
This listing is a best-effort,
 with a subjective component, no offense intended