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World Champion and GCT Champion to play in Africa and Asia as part of the 2019 Grand Chess Tour

World Champion and GCT Champion to play in Africa and Asia as part of the 2019 Grand Chess Tour 

Saint Louis, MO, February 19, 2019 – The Grand Chess Tour (GCT) is pleased to announce that the 2019 GCT tournament roster has been finalised and the schedule will see World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen and 2018 GCT Champion Hikaru Nakamura participating in the rapid and blitz events in both Africa and Asia. The twelve full tour players will participate in the following events with scheduling having been finalised in cooperation with FIDE to avoid direct clashes with the Grand Prix series.

Event Cote d’Ivoire R&B Paris R&B St Louis R&B Superbet R&B Tata Steel India R&B
Date May 6 – 13 July 26 – August 2 August 8 – 15 November 4 – 11 November 20 – 27
City Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire Paris, France St Louis, USA Bucharest, Romania Kolkata, India
1 Carlsen, Magnus Nakamura, Hikaru Carlsen, Magnus Caruana, Fabiano Carlsen, Magnus
2 Nakamura, Hikaru Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  Nakamura, Hikaru
3 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime Caruana, Fabiano Caruana, Fabiano Aronian, Levon Ding, Liren
4 Ding, Liren Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar So, Wesley Aronian, Levon
5 So, Wesley Nepomniachtchi, Ian Ding, Liren Karjakin, Sergey So, Wesley
6 Nepomniachtchi, Ian Giri, Anish Aronian, Levon Giri, Anish Nepomniachtchi, Ian
7 Karjakin, Sergey Anand, Viswanathan Karjakin, Sergey Anand, Viswanathan Giri, Anish
8 Wildcard (TBC) Wildcard (TBC) Wildcard (TBC) Wildcard (TBC) Anand, Viswanathan
9 Wildcard (TBC) Wildcard (TBC) Wildcard (TBC) Wildcard (TBC) Wildcard (TBC)
10 Wildcard (TBC) Wildcard (TBC) Wildcard (TBC) Wildcard (TBC) Wildcard (TBC)

All twelve full tour participants will also participate in the Croatia GCT tournament and in the Sinquefield Cup before the top four qualifiers proceed to the season ending GCT Finals in London in December.


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