Leading off the 2022 Grand Chess Tour will be the Superbet Chess Classic held from 3-15 May in Bucharest, Romania. The series of the Grand Chess Tour 2022 events will follow with three rapid & blitz tournaments in Paris, Croatia, and Warsaw; and will conclude with the final classical event, the Sinquefield Cup.
Following last year’s popular classical framework, the Grand Chess Tour Romania 2022 will host ten players competing in a classical round-robin struggle for the $350,000 in prize money. The novelty is that the Grand Chess Tour events becomes part of the World Championship cycle.
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Nine players to compete in the first 2022 Grand Chess Tour event are the full tour players, while the wild card went to the best-rated domestic player Bogdan-Daniel Deac.
Superbet Chess Classic participants:
|#||Player Name||Player Type||Country||FIDE Rating|
|1||Alireza Firouzja||Full Tour Player||FRA||2804|
|2||Levon Aronian||Full Tour Player||USA||2785|
|3||Fabiano Caruana||Full Tour Player||USA||2781|
|4||Wesley So||Full Tour Player||USA||2778|
|5||Shakhriyar Mamedyarov||Full Tour Player||AZE||2776|
|6||Ian Nepomniachtchi||Full Tour Player||FIDE||2773|
|7||Richard Rapport||Full Tour Player||HUN||2762|
|8||Maxime Vachier-Lagrave||Full Tour Player||FRA||2761|
|9||Leinier Dominguez||Full Tour Player||USA||2756|
The Winner of the event will get 12 GCT points, as well as the money prize of 100.000$. Any player who wins a GCT event outright (without the need for a playoff) will earn a bonus GCT Tour Point for the outright victory and the total of 13 GCT points for winning the tournament from the tour.
The three players who score the most GCT Tour Points over the course of the 2022 season will become the 2022 GCT winners and will receive the bonus payment of 175.000$ in total.