Thе Grand Chess Tour 2017 will be held in Paris and Leuven.
The 2017 GCT Rapid tournament in Paris will be broadcast on the CANAL+ SPORT channel in France. The show will feature a daily highlights package of the best games from each the five days play. Each show will last for one hour and will be aired nightly at 23.30 between June 21st and June 25th inclusive. The shows will be hosted by the CANAL+ television journalist Pauline Sanzey.
The four event level wildcards in each tournament will join the six full tour participants to complete the ten player fields that will fight for the US$150,000 prize fund in each event. The wildcards and full tournament fields for the two tournaments are as follows:
|#||Paris GCT Rapid (Paris, France)|
21 - 25 June, 2017
|YourNextMove Rapid (Leuven, Belgium)|
28 June - 2 July, 2017
|TP||Magnus Carlsen (NOR)||Magnus Carlsen (NOR)|
|TP||Hikaru Nakamura (USA)||Wesley So (USA)|
|TP||Wesley So (USA)||Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA)|
|TP||Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA)||Viswanathan Anand (IND)|
|TP||Sergey Karjakin (RUS)||Ian Nepomniachti (RUS)|
|TP||Fabiano Caruana (USA)||Levon Aronian (ARM)|
|WC||Alexander Grischuk (RUS)||Vladimir Kramnik (RUS)|
|WC||Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE)||Anish Giri (NED)|
|WC||Veselin Topalov (BUL)||Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR)|
|WC||Etienne Bacrot (FRA)||Baadur Jobava (GEO)|
TP = Tour Participant; WC = Wildcard
The playing schedule is set out below with all round times listed in Central European Summer Time (GMT/UCT+2).
Rapid (21st – 23rd June)
Blitz (24th – 25th June)
Playoffs / Prizegiving
The Grand Chess Tour is a circuit of international events, each demonstrating the highest level of organization for the world's best players. The Tour was created in partnership between the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (Sinquefield Cup) and Chess Promotions, Ltd. (London Chess Classic). The legendary Garry Kasparov, one of the world's greatest ambassadors for chess, inspired the Grand Chess Tour and helped solidify the partnership between the organizers.