Grand Chess Tour Wildcards for Abidjan and Paris

Saint Louis, MO, March 12, 2019 – The Grand Chess Tour (GCT) has opted for a mix of youth and experience in selecting the six wildcards that will participate in the forthcoming rapid and blitz tournaments in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire and Paris, France. The following six players have accepted wildcard invitations and will showcase their talents alongside the seven full tour participants in each event.
EventCote d’Ivoire Rapid & BlitzParis Rapid & Blitz
DateMay 6 – May 13July 26 – August 2
1Yi, WeiGrischuk, Alexander
2Topalov, VeselinDuda, Jan-Krzysztof
3Amin, BassemDubov, Daniil
The selections are consistent with the approach that will be adopted for all GCT events this year. While former FIDE World Champion GM Veselin Topalov and GM Alexander Grischuk are no strangers to the Tour, the other four wildcards will all be making their debut appearances at a GCT event. 

GM’s Wei Yi, Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Daniil Dubov represent the very best of a growing group of emerging junior players while GM Bassem Amin is the reigning African Individual Champion as well as the number one ranked player from the African continent. He will become the first player from Africa to participate in a GCT tournament when he participates in the tournament in Abidjan in May.

The full fields for these two rapid and blitz tournaments are now finalised and are as follows:
#Cote d’Ivoire Rapid & BlitzParis Rapid & Blitz
1Carlsen, MagnusNakamura, Hikaru
2Nakamura, HikaruVachier-Lagrave, Maxime
3Vachier-Lagrave, MaximeCaruana, Fabiano
4Ding, LirenMamedyarov, Shakhriyar
5So, WesleyNepomniachtchi, Ian
6Nepomniachtchi, IanGiri, Anish
7Karjakin, SergeyAnand, Viswanathan
8Yi, WeiGrischuk, Alexander
9Topalov, VeselinDuda, Jan-Krzysztof
10Amin, BassemDubov, Daniil

Both tournaments are sponsored by Vivendi SA, a French mass media conglomerate headquartered in Paris. In addition, the Paris Rapid and Blitz tournament also benefits from the support of Colliers International, a leading global real estate services and investment management company. 

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