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Vishy Anand in Grand Chess Tour 2016

by Priyadarshan Banjan - 08/04/2016

Following a not so memorable GCT 2015, Anand suffered a ridiculously surreal debacle at the Gibraltar Open. But that is the thing with Anand when the chips are down — you think he is done and crushed, think this is it, and he, out of nowhere, starts playing at his best, as if on demand. In its official press release, the Grand Chess Tour announced the list of superstars who will be competing in the 2016 edition, and Anand is going for the prize, once again! A quick summary.

    

GRAND CHESS TOUR ANNOUNCES FIELD FOR 2016 SEASON

The Grand Chess Tour announced today that the world’s top-ten ranked players will compete in the 2016 Tour. Nine of the top-ten will compete in all four tournaments: Rapid and Blitz in Paris and Brussels-Leuven, the Sinquefield Cup and the London Chess Classic. World Champion Magnus Carlsen will compete in as a wildcard in both the Paris and Brussels-Leuven stops.

 

“It's great news that the Grand Chess Tour have expanded with two new tournaments in Paris and Brussels,” said Carlsen. “I'm looking forward to playing both. Unfortunately, due to a very busy schedule, I won't be able to play in Saint Louis or London this year. Hopefully, I will get a new chance to fight for the GCT title again next year.”

 

In addition to the nine players, each tournament will have a wildcard entry. The wildcard for Saint Louis will be Ding Liren and another wildcard in Paris will be Laurent Fressinet. The London wildcard will be determined at a later date. The Grand Chess Tour will feature the world’s top players competing for over one million dollars in a mixture of traditional, rapid and blitz events in four countries.

Players participating in all four tournaments are shown below: 

2016 Grand Chess Tour Field

Title

First Name

Last Name

FIDE Rating

Jan 2016

Residence

GM

Vladimir

Kramnik

2801

Russia

GM

Fabiano

Caruana

2787

USA

GM

Anish

Giri

2798

Netherlands

GM

Hikaru

Nakamura

2787

USA

GM

Maxime

Vachier-Lagrave

2785

France

GM

Levon

Aronian

2792

Armenia

GM

Veselin

Topalov

2780

Bulgaria

GM

Wesley

So

2773

USA

GM

Viswanathan

Anand

2784

India

Average Rating

2787

 


Indian star Viswanathan Anand will play in the second edition of the Grand Chess Tour

“The class and strength of the field this year is truly remarkable, said Michael Khodarkovsky, Grand Chess Tour spokesperson. Chess fans around the world will be able to see and enjoy the greatest players compete in these four tournaments during the year.”

 

In the GCT 2015, Anand had performed remarkably well in the Norway super tournament but then faltered in the Sinquefield Cup, ending miserably with his woozy performance in London.

All the four tournaments in the GCT 2016 will be broadcast online and can be seen at grandchesstour.org.

 

The 2016 Grand Chess Tour season will include rapid and blitz tournaments in Paris and Brussels-Leuven in addition to the Sinquefield Cup and London Chess Classic.

 

2016 Grand Chess Tour

Location

Date

Prize Fund

GCT Rapid and Blitz

Paris, France

June 7th - 13th  

$150,000

GCT Rapid and Blitz

Brussels-Leuven

June 15th – 21st  

$150,000

Sinquefield Cup

Saint Louis, USA

August 4th – September 16th

$300,000

London Chess Classic

London, England

December 8th – December 20th  

$300,000

Bonus Pool

2016

$150,000

Total Prize Funds for Grand Chess Tour

2016

$1,050,000

Participating tournaments are identified as the gold standard for international event organization, setting the model for player conditions, prize funds, and spectator experience. Each of the events will cater to live audiences, as well as offer streaming broadcasts complete with grandmaster commentary.

 

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Following a not so memorable GCT 2015, Anand suffered a ridiculously surreal debacle at the Gibraltar Open 2016. But that is the thing with Anand when the chips are down — you think he is done and crushed, think this is it, and he, out of nowhere, starts playing at his best, as if on demand. He recently showed that at Zurich and Moscow in spite of his age. He didn't win the tournaments but did enough to make the world sit up and take note, yet again.

 

Links:

Official Website: www.grandchesstour.org.

 

ChessBase India will be covering Vishy Anand's journey through the Tour in great detail, with an exclusive analysis of his games and entertaining write-ups to go with it.