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Sat May 4, 2019, 07:20 AM

On Chess: Grand Chess Tour Kicks Off In Africa

The fifth edition of the Grand Chess Tour (GCT) promises to be bigger, better and more international than ever. The tour has been expanded to eight tournaments spread over four continents. The number of tour participants has been increased to 12 players now fighting for a record prize fund of $1.75 million. The 2019 GCT will employ a combination of formats that have been used previously, combining classical chess with rapid and blitz, as well as an exciting finale in London at the end of the year.

Croatia GCT and the Sinquefield Cup are both classical tournaments with five rapid and blitz tournaments to be held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Paris; St. Louis; Bucharest, Romania; and Kolkata, India. The tour will include 12 confirmed participants who will play in both classical events and in three of the rapid and blitz events. There will be a total of 14 wildcards across the five rapid and blitz events.


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