The world’s greatest chess players kick off the 2022 Grand Chess Tour


Ten of the greatest chess players in the world, according to the FIDE ranking, including the best Romanian player at the moment, will face off next week, in Bucharest, in the first stage of the international Grand Chess Tour 2022 event. opening ceremony organized on May 4, 2022 will see the presence of a figurehead of world chess: Garry Kasparov, considered the best player of all time.

The first of five stages of the international event Grand Chess Tour, one of the most important chess tournaments in the world, will start next week in Bucharest. Ten chess grandmasters (GM) among the best players in the world, including the number 1 chess player in Romania (who received a wildcard for this stage) will compete in the Superbet Chess Classic Romania 2022 competition.

The 10 great chess players competing in the Bucharest competition are:

  • GM Alireza Firouzja (France) – classification 2n/a worldwide, in his first year of playing in GCT
  • GM Levon Aronian (USA) – 6and place worldwide, currently competing for a spot in the 2022 Candidates Tournament
  • GM Fabiano Caruana (USA) – 4and place worldwide, currently competing for a spot in the 2022 Candidates Tournament
  • GM Wesley So (USA) – winner of the GCT 2021 and the Paris Rapid & Blitz 2021 stage.
  • GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) – 3rd place in the GCT 2021 and winner of the Superbet Chess Classic Romania 2021
  • GM Ian Nepomniachtchi (FIDE) – 5th place in the world, challenger for the world title in WC 2021, currently competing for a place in the Candidates Tournament 2022
  • GM Richard Rapport (Hungary) – tenand place worldwide, currently competing for a spot in the 2022 Candidates Tournament
  • GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) – classification 2n/a in GCT 2021, winner of Sinquefield 2021 Cup and GCT Croatia 2021
  • GM Leinier Dominguez (USA) – Participate for the first time in the GCT, currently competing for a place in the Candidates Tournament 2022
  • GM Bogdan Deac (Romania) – the best Romanian chess player (ranked 59th in the world), obtained the title of International Grandmaster at only 14 years and 7 months, thus becoming the youngest world grandmaster at that time. He was first selected for the Romanian national team when he was 14 years old. In July 2019, he was named the 8th junior player in the world by FIDE.

Of strategic importance in establishing the best chess player in the world, the Bucharest competition will consist of classic chess matches where players compete in a tournament setting, against each other, and the winner will be decided based on the accumulated score. The prizes awarded at the Bucharest competition amount to $350,000.

The tournament will start on Wednesday, May 4 from 4:00 p.m. and will be marked by the extraordinary participation of multiple world champion, Garry Kasparov, as well as the executive director of the Grand Chess Tour – Michael Khodarkovsky, Romanian Prime Minister – Nicolae Ciucă, President of the Senate Romanian – Florin Cîțu, President of the Chamber of Deputies – Marcel Ciolacu, President of the Superbet Foundation – Augusta Dragic, all 10 players, as well as guests from various social and professional fields and from the media.

The event will begin with the presentation of the tournament and the players of this first stage, the draw of the participants, followed by a first chess move by the international Grand Master Garry Kasparov against a special guest, a question and answer session -answers for the media, and a series of special moments with guests, including the 10 Grandmasters and Garry Kasparov.

the opening ceremony of the chess tournament, conveying a message of confidence and hope, celebrating life and peace and universal values, while being a tribute to those who serve the greater good, under the slogan “Uniting Minds”, will be broadcast live on TVR 1and on the website

the chess competition will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Bucharest, from May 5 to 14, with a free day on May 10. Matches will start daily at 3 p.m. and end around 8 p.m. Each day of the competition will be launched with a first step taken by special guests, athletes, officials and various Romanian public figures.

The event is also open to the general public. All fans of this sport can book their tickets on and watch the 10 GMs battle it out, right there in the room. Tickets are available in limited numbers.

Access to media both in the opening ceremony and in the chess competition is exclusively based on accreditation. To participate, journalists are invited to apply for accreditation by completing the accreditation form and sending it to [email protected]before May 2, 2022, 1 p.m.

The Romanian Chess Federation is co-organizer and partner of the Bucharest competition with the Superbet Foundation. Romania currently ranks 27and out of 186 countries in the world, according to the FIDE rating.

Media partners: TVR 1, Prima Sport, Pro Sport, Sporturilor, Digi Sport, Rock FM,


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