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2022 Grand Chess Tour: All The Information

2022 Grand Chess Tour: All The Information

NathanielGreen
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The 2022 Grand Chess Tour is an annually recurring series of over-the-board chess tournaments featuring some of the very best grandmasters in the world. This year features a prize fund of $1,400,000 with events held in Romania, Poland, Croatia, and the United States.

Schedule of Events

  • May 3-15: Superbet Chess Classic Romania
  • May 17-24: Superbet Rapid & Blitz Poland
  • July 18-25: SuperUnited Rapid & Blitz Croatia
  • August 24-31: St Louis Rapid & Blitz
  • August 31-September 13: Sinquefield Cup

Players

Below are the nine full participants of the Tour, all of whom are rated in the top 20 players in the world. Each plays in both classical events as well as two out of the three rapid & blitz events:

The remainder of each field is filled out with wildcards, which have been announced for the first two events (as of April 25):

Format

The 2022 Grand Chess Tour consists of two classical tournaments and three rapid & blitz tournaments. Each event has a separate prize fund and there are additional prizes for the top three players in the overall tour. The overall standings are determined by a points system based on the standings in each individual event.

The classical events are each a single round-robin of nine rounds. Players receive 1 point for a win and a ½-point for a draw. The time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, and 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment throughout.

The rapid & blitz events consist of nine rounds of rapid and 18 rounds of blitz. In rapid, players receive 2 points for each win and 1 point for a draw. In blitz, players receive 1 point for each win and a ½-point for a draw. Rapid games are played at a 25+10 time control and blitz games are played at a 5+2 time control.

The tiebreak regulations are outlined at the GCT website.

Grand Chess Tour Points

Grand Chess Tour participants receive points based on the final standings of each individual event.

Place GCT Tour Points
1st 13*
2nd 10
3rd 8
4th 7
5th 6
6th 5
7th 4
8th 3
9th 2
10th 1

*12 points if a tiebreak is needed to determine the winner.

Results

After the first event of the Tour concludes we will post the standings here.

Prizes

The total prize fund of the 2022 Tour is $1.4 million, an increase of $175,000 over 2021.

Classical Events

Both classical tournaments have a $350,000 prize fund, including $100,000 for first place:

  • 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

Rapid & Blitz Events

Each rapid & blitz tournament has a $175,000 prize fund:

  • 1st: $40,000
  • 2nd: $30,000
  • 3rd: $25,000
  • 4th: $20,000
  • 5th: $15,000
  • 6th: $11,000
  • 7th: $10,000
  • 8th: $9,000
  • 9th: $8,000
  • 10th: $7,000

Grand Chess Tour Overall Winners

An additional $175,000 in prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the overall Tour:

  • 1st: 100,000
  • 2nd: 50,000
  • 3rd: 25,000

Community Contest

For the Superbet Chess Classic Romania, community members are invited to participate in our Guess The Result contest for the chance to win cash! Any Chess.com member can vote on which player to win each round of the event. Just go to our GCT Romania Events page, enter the game you want to vote on and cast your vote to have a chance at winning one of the prizes below at the end of the tournament:

Place Prize
1st $300
2nd $200
3rd $100
4th-5th 6-month Diamond membership
6th-10th 1-month Diamond membership

Voting ends after move 10 each round, so act quickly!

NathanielGreen
Nathaniel Green

Nathaniel Green is a staff writer for Chess.com who writes articles, player biographies, Titled Tuesday reports, video scripts, and more. He has been playing chess for about 30 years and resides near Washington, DC, USA.

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