The Legendary World Champions Garry Kasparov and Viswanathan Anand Join Croatia Grand Chess Tour as Wildcards

 For more information, please contact:
Rebecca Buffington
GCT Public Relations


The Legendary World Champions Garry Kasparov and Viswanathan Anand
Join Croatia Grand Chess Tour as Wildcards


June 10, 2021 – The Grand Chess Tour (GCT) has confirmed the field for the Croatia Grand Chess Tour leg that will include four full tour participants and seven wildcards. With legendary World Champions Garry Kasparov and Vishy Anand as well as the World Championship title challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi from Russia the Croatia Grand Chess Tour promises to be action packed.

For the Rapid & Blitz Tournament in Zagreb, similarly to the Paris Grand Chess Tour, the GCT also selected to feature split wildcards where Garry Kasparov will play the blitz portion of the tournament, while Croatian Grandmaster Ivan Saric will be fighting it out in the rapid games. Their combined score will be used to determine final standings. Croatia Grand Chess Tour will include 9 rounds of rapid chess and 18 rounds of blitz chess for a total prize fund of $150,000.

The Croatia Grand Chess Tour will feature quite unique competition," said GCT Executive Director, Michael Khodarkovsky. "Fans can expect five days of exhilarating chess demonstrated by the famed world champions, like Garry Kasparov and Vishy Anand, as well as a new wave of the top players like the 2021 World Chess Champion Challenger, Ian Nepomniachtchi and the 2021 champion of the prestigious super tournament in Wijk aan Zee, 22 years old Dutch Grandmaster Jorden Van Foreest."

The confirmed field for Croatia Grand Chess Tour is as follows:


Player Name

Player Type


FIDE Rating

URS Rating


Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime

Full Tour Player


2758 2797


Grischuk, Alex

Full Tour Player

RUS 2777 2782


Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar

Full Tour Player

AZE 2770 2768


Giri, Anish

Full Tour Player





Kasparov, Garry (Blitz) Wildcard RUS/CRO 2812 2636


Anand, Viswanathan Wildcard IND 2753 2764


Nepomniachtch, Ian Wildcard RUS 2789 2788


Saric, Ivan (Rapid) Wildcard CRO 2648 2659


Duda, Jan-Krzysztof Wildcard POL 2683 2726


Korobov, Anton


UKR 2729 2748


Van Foreest, Jorden Wildcard NED 2701 2651

The exclusive tournament broadcast will be streamed live on,, and



About the Grand Chess Tour™ 

The Grand Chess Tour is a circuit of international events, each demonstrating the highest level of organization for the world's best players. The legendary Garry Kasparov, one of the world's greatest ambassadors for chess, inspired the Grand Chess Tour and helped solidify the partnership between the organizers.

The GCT is sponsored by the Superbet Foundation, Vivendi, Colliers International, Kasparovchess, Croatia Grand Chess Tour, and the Saint Louis Chess Club. All Grand Chess Tour 2021 events will comply with local and regional COVID-19 restrictions. For more information about the tour, please visit