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.