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Grand Chess Tour 2022

The Grand Chess Tour 2022 in magnificent fashion with $1.4 million total prize fund allocated between 5 events. It will once again feature 2 classical chess tournaments and 3 rapid & blitz tournaments spanning across Europe and United States. With the addition of an new event in Warsaw, Poland, fans can look forward to another entertaining and thrilling season.

Leading off the 2022 Grand Chess Tour will be the Superbet Chess Classic held in Bucharest, Romania. Following last year’s popular classical framework, the tournament will host ten players competing in a classical round-robin struggle for the $350,000 in prize money. Replay: Grand Chess Tour 2021 Superbet Classic / Live games / Mamedyarov wins Grand Chess Tour Romania 2021

DATESMay 3 – 15, 2022
LOCATIONBucharest, Romania 
FORMAT10 Player Round Robin
PRIZE FUND$350,000
PlacePrize
1st$100,000
2nd$65,000
3rd$48,000
4th$32,000
5th$26,000
6th$21,000
7th$18,500
8th$16,000
9th$13,000
10th$10,500

The new season will start with a classical tournament in Romania; followed by three rapid & blitz tournaments in Paris, Croatia, and Warsaw; and will conclude with the final classical event, the Sinquefield Cup. 

  1. Superbet Chess Classic Romania: May 3 – 15, 2022, Bucharest, Romania
  2. Superbet Rapid & Blitz Poland: May 17 – 24, 2022, Warsaw, Poland
  3. SuperUnited Rapid & Blitz Croatia: July 18 – 25, 2022, Zagreb, Croatia
  4. Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz: August 24 – 31, 2022, St. Louis, Missouri USA
  5. Sinquefield Cup: August 31 – 13, 2022, St. Louis, Missouri USA

Grand Chess Tour 2022 participants

1.    GM Wesley So, winner of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour and winner of the 2021 Paris Rapid & Blitz.
2.    GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, runner-up winner of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour, 2021 Sinquefield Cup winner, and 2021 Croatia Grand Chess Tour winner.
3.    GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, third place winner of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour and 2021 Superbet Chess Classic Romania winner.
4.    GM Alireza Firouzja, first year as a GCT full tour player, ranked number 2 in the world, and among one of the 2022 World Championship Candidates.
5.    GM Fabiano Caruana, ranked number 4 in the world and among one of the 2022 World Championship Candidates.
6.    GM Ian Nepomniachtchi, ranked number 5 in the world, the 2021 World Championship Challenger, and among one of the 2022 World Championship Candidates.
7.    GM Levon Aronian, contender for the 2022 World Championship Candidates.
8.    GM Richard Rapport, contender for the 2022 World Championship Candidates.
9.    GM Leinier Dominguez, first year as a GCT full tour player and contender for the 2022 World Championship Candidates.

The wildcard participants for the three rapid and blitz events scheduled to take place in Warsaw, Zagreb, and Saint Louis will be announced as they become available.

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