The Grand Chess Tour Returns In 2021 – Chessbase News

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12/11/2020 The Grand Chess Tour (GCT) is scheduled to return in 2021 and will feature five tournaments and a format that was originally planned for the 2020 edition of the tour. Tour participants will compete for a total prize fund of $1.275 million over the course of the 2021 season.

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Press Release, Saint Louis, MO, December 10, 2020

Following the success of the 2019 Superbet Rapid and Blitz tournament in Bucharest, the Romanian capital will host the first classical event of the 2021 season in June. The 2021 Sinquefield Cup will be in August and will conclude the final leg of the tour. Between the two classical events are three rapid and blitz events, Paris, France, Zagreb, Croatia and Saint Louis, USA.There will not be a GCT Finals tournament in 2021; the final tour standings will be decided based on the GCT points each tour player accumulates over the course of the five tournaments.

Event dates have been coordinated with FIDE to ensure that there will be no clashes with FIDEs major events including the conclusion of the Candidates tournament, the World Championship Match and the expanded FIDE World Cup.The major sponsors of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour are the Superbet Foundation, Vivendi SA, Colliers International and the Saint Louis Chess Club.

The full tour participants will play in both classical events as well as intwo of the three rapid and blitz events. Ten wildcards will be extended toselected players to participate in the rapid and blitzevents. The full schedule for the 2021 GCT season (including arrival and departure days) is as follows:

1. Superbet Chess Classic Romania: June 3 - 15, 2021, Bucharest, Romania2. Paris Rapid & Blitz: June 16 - 23, 2021, Paris, France3. Croatia Rapid & Blitz: July 5 - 12, 2021, Zagreb, Croatia4. St Louis Rapid & Blitz: August 9 - 16, 2021, St. Louis, Missouri USA5. Sinquefield Cup: August 16 28, 2021, St. Louis, Missouri USA

Tour invitations have been extended to the selected participants and further announcements regarding the final composition of the 2021 field and season will be made as they become available.

The Grand Chess Tour is a circuit of international events, each demonstrating the highest level of organization for the world's best players. The legendary Garry Kasparov, one of the world's greatest ambassadors for chess, inspired the Grand Chess Tour and helped solidify the partnership between the organizers. All Grand Chess Tour 2021 events will comply with local and regional COVID-19 restrictions.For more information about the tour, visit

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