2019 Côte d’Ivoire Rapid & Blitz

The 2019 Cote d’Ivoire Rapid & Blitz is one of four new events that will be joining the Grand Chess Tour roster in 2019. The tournament has been made possible by a partnership between Vivendi SA, Canal+ Group and the Pullman Abidjan Hotel. The tournament will be the first stop on the 2019 Grand Chess Tour and will be the first tournament on the African continent to ever feature the participation of the reigning world chess champion. Participants will compete over 9 rounds of rapid chess and 18 rounds of blitz chess for a total prize fund of $150,000.

DATES

May 8 - 12, 2019

VENUE

Pullman Abidjan Hotel

FORMAT

10 Player Round Robin

COMMENTATORS

GM Yannick Pelletier, IM Tanya Sachdev, GM Alejandro Ramirez and GM Maurice Ashley.

PRIZE FUND

$150,000

 

The 5-Star Pullman Hotel in Abidjan has just been fully renovated and will serve as the playing venue for Africa’s first Grand Chess Tour tournament.

 

Participants

Magnus

Carlsen

Hikaru

Nakamura

Maxime

Vachier-Lagrave

Liren

Ding

Wesley

So

Ian

Nepomniachtchi

Sergey

Karjakin

Yi

Wei

Veselin

Topalov

Bassem

Amin

 

Schedule

Rapid

Time (GMT)

May 8

Time (GMT)

May 9

Time (GMT)

May 10

17.00

Round 1

17.00

Round 4

17.00

Round 7

18.30

Round 2

18.30

Round 5

18.30

Round 8 

20.00

Round 3

20.00

Round 6

20.00

Round 9

 

Blitz

Time (GMT)

May 11

Time (GMT)

May 12

14.00

Round 1

14.00

Round 10

14.30

Round 2

14.30

Round 11

15.00

Round 3

15.00

Round 12

15.30

Round 4

15.30

Round 13

16.00

Round 5

16.00

Round 14

16.30

Round 6

16.30

Round 15

17.00

Round 7

17.00

Round 16

17.30

Round 8

17.30

Round 17

18.00

Round 9

18.00

Round 18

 

 

18.30

Playoffs / Prizegiving