Press Release

The Superbet Chess Classic Romania & Superbet Rapid & Blitz Poland Wildcards Announced

Saint Louis, MO, April 12, 2022 – The Grand Chess Tour (GCT) has confirmed the seven wildcard players for the Superbet Chess Classic Romania and the Superbet Rapid & Blitz Poland.

The first leg of the GCT, the Superbet Chess Classic Romania will include all nine full tour players and one wildcard player, Romanian Grandmaster Bogdan-Daniel Deac. The Superbet Chess Classic Romania is sponsored by Superbet Foundation, One United and First Bank and features a 10 player round-robin battle for a total of $350,000 in prize money.

The Superbet Rapid & Blitz Poland, the newest stop on the Tour, will feature four full-tour players and six wildcard players. This will be the first time for Grandmasters Kirill Shevchenko from Ukraine and Radoslaw Wojtaszek from Poland. Rounding out the wildcards will be former World Champion Viswanathan Anand from India, 2021 World Cup winner, Grandmaster Jan-Krzysztof Duda from Poland, Grandmasters Anton Korobov from Ukraine, and Constantin Lupulescu from Romania. The tournament is sponsored by the Superbet Foundation. The first rapid and blitz leg of the tour will feature a 10 player round-robin battle for a $175,000 prize fund.

“We are thrilled to partner once again with The Grand Chess Tour,” said Augusta Dragic, President of the Superbet Foundation. “This year, the Superbet Foundation has expanded their role and become the Grand Chess Tour’s strategic global partner in its worldwide endeavor to popularize the game of chess. We are pleased that the two of the best Romanian Grandmasters Bogdan-Daniel Deac and Constantin Lupulescu will join the other Grandmaster wildcards in these two upcoming tournaments and we look forward to presenting a show of bright minds within the elite chess world for the third consecutive year to Romania and for the first time to Poland.”

The field for the two upcoming international events are finalized and are as follows:

Super Chess Classic Romania May 4 – May 14, 2022

Player Name Player Type Country FIDE Rating URS Rating
1 Alireza Firouzja Full Tour Player FRA 2804 2781
2 Levon Aronian Full Tour Player USA 2785 2776
3 Fabiano Caruana Full Tour Player USA 2781 2793
4 Wesley So Full Tour Player USA 2778 2797
5 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Full Tour Player AZE 2776 2768
6 Ian Nepomniachtchi Full Tour Player FIDE 2773 2792
7 Richard Rapport Full Tour Player HUN 2762 2775
8 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Full Tour Player FRA 2761 2751
9 Leinier Dominguez Full Tour Player USA 2756 2748
10 Bogdan-Daniel Deac Wildcard ROU 2656 2652

Superbet Rapid & Blitz Poland May 18 – May 23, 2022

Player Name Player Type Country FIDE Rating URS Rating
1 Levon Aronian Full Tour Player USA 2785 2776
2 Fabiano Caruana Full Tour Player USA 2781 2793
3 Wesley So Full Tour Player USA 2778 2797
4 Richard Rapport Full Tour Player HUN 2762 2775
5 Viswanathan Anand Wildcard IND 2751 2751
6 Jan-Krzysztof Duda Wildcard POL 2750 2870
7 Anton Korobov Wildcard UKR 2695 2722
8 Radoslaw Wojtaszek Wildcard POL 2694 2710
9 Kirill Shevchenko Wildcard UKR 2652 2673
10 Constantin Lupulescu Wildcard ROU 2622 2638

The confirmed fields for the Superbet Rapid & Blitz Croatia, Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz, and the Sinquefield Cup will be announced when they become available.





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About the Superbet Foundation

Founded in 2019, Superbet Foundation is a nonprofit organization. Its role is to coordinate Superbet Group’s CSR activities and to connect with civil society organizations and the general public. Through its activity, the Foundation strives for a better world, with healthy and educated people and by supporting various projects it wants to inspire people to hold unbreakable moral values. It supports projects in domains like education, health, culture, performance in sport and, most notably, in chess. Since 2019, chess has become one of the backbones of Superbet Foundation by organizing its first tournament of the Grand Chess Tour in Bucharest. The Foundation is committed to turning GCT tournaments into a tradition for the Romanian and Polish chess communities. For more information, visit

About the Saint Louis Chess Club

The Saint Louis Chess Club is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for the community to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures.

Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Saint Louis Chess Club is committed to supporting those chess programs that already exist in area schools while encouraging the development of new in-school and after-school programs. For more information, visit

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