The inaugural Grand Chess Tour of 2015 was a circuit of three events in which the format and conditions of each tournament were identical. For 2016, we have enhanced the experience by adding rapid and blitz events in Paris and Leuven in addition to the classical games in Saint Louis and London. In 2017, the St Louis Rapid and Blitz event was also added to the tour roster.

The rapid and blitz tournaments each carry a prize fund of $150,000 whilst the prize fund at the classical tournaments is $300,000 per event. An additional Tour prize fund of $150,000 is awarded to the top 2 players based on their total Tour Points.

The total prize pool on offer over the course of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour is $1,200,000.

We plan and execute some of the best chess events in the world. From organization and amenities to the spectator experience, we show chess as it's meant to be enjoyed.

The Sinquefield Cup and the London Chess Classic are the "gold standard" of professional chess events. With the addition of the Rapid and Blitz events in Paris, Leuven and St Louis, we hope to increase the experience for both the players and spectators alike.

Sinquefield Cup and the London Chess Classic are the "gold standard" of professional chess events. With the addition of the Paris Grand Chess Tour and YourNextMove rapid and blitz events, we hope to increase the experience for both the players and spectators alike.

An initial roster of nine players was created based upon the rules published on the GCT website. The Initial Roster consisted of the three top finishers in the 2016 GCT, and the next three highest rated players by average FIDE rating over the 2016 calendar year, and three players that were selected by the GCT Advisory Board. Details were announced in the press release which is available here. GM Vladimir Kramnik declined his invitation as a full tour participant and was replaced by GM Levon Aronian.

Wildcards are selected by the GCT Advisory Board in consultation with the local organizers for each event. Wildcards should enhance the event by bringing something special. Players who are at or near their peak strength, who are improving rapidly, and who bring a high level of professionalism and sportsmanship are some of the characteristics we look for in potential wildcards.

With a focus on the highest levels of organization and spectator experiences, the Grand Chess Tour is unique in recent history. Nearly 30 years ago, the GMA held a circuit of top tournaments between 1988 and 1989 with similar goals and ambitions. The 2017 circuit is the third annual Grand Chess Tour and continues to evolve and exceed expectations.

All the events are open to the public and you can follow all the action in-person by visiting any of the tournament venues while the events are in progress.

If you want to follow the action online, then GrandChessTour.org is the place to be as we carry daily news and broadcasts from all the events, including live-streaming commentary during play at all four tournaments. 


We are actively working to identify other organizers and sponsors that share our vision for the future of chess, particularly in countries that can help "the game of kings" become a truly global sport.

Ultimately, the Grand Chess Tour plans to hold at least one major international event on every continent, including Africa and Asia.