GCT 2024: Gukesh, Pragg and Abdusattorov full tour participants

by ChessBase
2/23/2024 – The Grand Chess Tour announced today the players selected to compete in the full 2024 tour. Joining the likes of Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are three rising stars who had not been ‘regulars’ in the tour previously: Gukesh D (pictured), Praggnanandhaa R and Nodirbek Abdusattorov. The first event of the series kicks off on May 6 in Warsaw, Poland. | Photo: Grand Chess Tour

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Field of elite players to compete for $1.5 million purse

Press release by the Grand Chess Tour

Grand Chess Tour (GCT), a leading global circuit of international tournaments featuring the world’s best players, announced today the players selected to compete in the full 2024 tour:

Player Name Country URS rating FIDE rating
Fabiano Caruana USA 2789 2804
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2766 2732
Wesley So  USA 2765 2757
Gukesh Dommaraju IND 2719 2743
Ian Nepomniachtchi FIDE 2774 2758
Alireza Firouzja FRA 2743 2760
Anish Giri NED 2758 2762
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa IND 2759 2747
Nodirbek Abdusattorov UZB 2759 2744

* Ratings as of February 2024

Full tour player invitations for the 2024 GCTs edition were extended to nine players. Three players qualified by finishing 1st through 3rd in the 2023 Grand Chess Tour. The remaining six were invited based on a number of factors, including URS rating, FIDE rating, fighting spirit and sportsmanship.  
The full tour participants will play in both classical events as well as in two of the three rapid and blitz tournaments. The wildcard participants for the three rapid and blitz events scheduled to take place in Warsaw, Zagreb and Saint Louis will be announced as they become available. 
The 2024 tour schedule consists of five tournaments as follows:

  • Superbet Poland Rapid & Blitz: May 6-13, 2024 in Warsaw, Poland
  • Superbet Romania Classic: June 24-July 6, 2024 in Bucharest, Romania
  • SuperUnited Croatia Rapid & Blitz: July 8-15, 2024 in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz: August 10-17, 2024 in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
  • Sinquefield Cup: August 17-31, 2024 in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Tour participants will compete for a recently increased prize purse of $1.5 million over the course of the 2024 season. The prize fund for each of the two classical tournaments will be $350,000 and $175,000 per event for rapid and blitz. In addition, a bonus prize fund totalling $275,000 will be awarded.

The prize fund is provided by the 2024 Grand Chess Tour major sponsors, Superbet Foundation and The Saint Louis Chess Club, both non-profit organizations that support chess education and the mission to expand the game of chess to a worldwide audience.

Visit more information, visit grandchesstour.org.

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