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Grand Chess Tour wildcards for Abidjan and Paris

Grand Chess Tour wildcards for Abidjan and Paris

Saint Louis, MO, March 12, 2019 The Grand Chess Tour (GCT) has opted for a mix of youth and experience in selecting the six wildcards that will participate in the forthcoming rapid and blitz tournaments in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire and Paris, France. The following six players have accepted wildcard invitations and will showcase their talents alongside the seven full tour participants in each event.

Event Cote d’Ivoire Rapid & Blitz Paris Rapid & Blitz
Date May 6 – May 13 July 26 – August 2
1 Yi, Wei  Grischuk, Alexander 
2 Topalov, Veselin  Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 
3 Amin, Bassem  Dubov, Daniil 

The selections are consistent with the approach that will be adopted for all GCT events this year. While former FIDE World Champion GM Veselin Topalov and GM Alexander Grischuk are no strangers to the Tour, the other four wildcards will all be making their debut appearances at a GCT event. 

GM’s Wei Yi, Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Daniil Dubov represent the very best of a growing group of emerging junior players while GM Bassem Amin is the reigning African Individual Champion as well as the number one ranked player from the African continent. He will become the first player from Africa to participate in a GCT tournament when he participates in the tournament in Abidjan in May.

The full fields for these two rapid and blitz tournaments are now finalized and are as follows:

# Cote d’Ivoire Rapid & Blitz Paris Rapid & Blitz
1 Carlsen, Magnus Nakamura, Hikaru
2 Nakamura, Hikaru Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
3 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime Caruana, Fabiano
4 Ding, Liren Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
5 So, Wesley Nepomniachtchi, Ian
6 Nepomniachtchi, Ian Giri, Anish
7 Karjakin, Sergey Anand, Viswanathan
8 Yi, Wei Grischuk, Alexander
9 Topalov, Veselin Duda, Jan-Krzysztof
10 Amin, Bassem Dubov, Daniil

Both tournaments are sponsored by Vivendi SA, a French mass media conglomerate headquartered in Paris. In addition, the Paris Rapid and Blitz tournament also benefits from the support of Colliers International, a leading global real estate services and investment management company. 


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