The Grand Chess Tour kicks off in Romania

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5/3/2022 – The Superbet Chess Classic Romania will be held in Bucharest, Romania at the Sheraton Hotel from May 5 to May 14. It will include all nine full tour players and one wildcard player, Romanian Grandmaster Bogdan-Daniel Deac. A star-studded field has Alireza Firouzja, Levon Aronian and Fabiano Caruana as the top seeds. | Photo: Lennart Ootes (2021)

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An all-star commentary team

Press release by the Grand Chess Tour

The Grand Chess Tour (GCT) has confirmed the commentary team and the arbiters for the Superbet Chess Classic Romania. The first leg of the Grand Chess Tour will feature a commentary team composed of Grandmasters Yasser Seirawan, Peter Svidler, Alejandro Ramirez and Cristian Chirila and Woman Grandmaster Anastasia Karlovich.

Chief Tour Arbiter IA David Sedgwick will be joined for the Superbet Chess Classic Romania with Chief Arbiter, IA Alin Campeanu, and IA Radu Chirila as Deputy Arbiter.

The Superbet Chess Classic Romania is sponsored by Superbet Foundation, One United and First Bank and features a 10-player round-robin battle for a total of $350,000 in prize money.

The Superbet Chess Classic Romania will be held in Bucharest, Romania at Sheraton Bucharest Hotel from May 5 - May 14, 2022 with rounds beginning daily at 15.00 EEST (14.00 CEST, 08.00 ET). It will include all nine full tour players and one wildcard player, Romanian Grandmaster Bogdan-Daniel Deac.

  Player Name Player Type Country FIDE Rating URS Rating
1 Alireza Firouzja Full Tour Player FRA 2804 2781
2 Levon Aronian Full Tour Player USA 2785 2776
3 Fabiano Caruana Full Tour Player USA 2781 2793
4 Wesley So Full Tour Player USA 2778 2797
5 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Full Tour Player AZE 2776 2768
6 Ian Nepomniachtchi Full Tour Player FIDE 2773 2792
7 Richard Rapport Full Tour Player HUN 2762 2775
8 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Full Tour Player FRA 2761 2751
9 Leinier Dominguez Full Tour Player USA 2756 2748
10 Bogdan-Daniel Deac Wildcard ROU 2656 2652

Fabiano Caruana, Bogdan-Daniel Deac

Fabiano Caruana facing Bogdan-Daniel Deac in the final round of the 2021 edition | Photo: Lennart Ootes

About the Grand Chess Tour™

The Grand Chess Tour is a circuit of international events, each demonstrating the highest level of organization for the world's best players. 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.  All Grand Chess Tour 2021 events will comply with local and regional COVID-19 restrictions. For more information about the tour, visit

About the Superbet Foundation

Founded in 2019, Superbet Foundation is a nonprofit organization. Its role is to coordinate Superbet Group’s CSR activities and to connect with civil society organizations and the general public. Through its activity, the Foundation strives for a better world, with healthy and educated people and by supporting various projects it wants to inspire people to hold unbreakable moral values. It supports projects in domains like education, health, culture, performance in sport and, most notably, in chess. Since 2019, chess has become one of the backbones of Superbet Foundation by organizing its first tournament of the Grand Chess Tour in Bucharest. The Foundation is committed to turning GCT tournaments into a tradition for the Romanian and Polish chess communities. For more information, visit

About the Saint Louis Chess Club

The Saint Louis Chess Club is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for the community to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures.

Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Saint Louis Chess Club is committed to supporting those chess programs that already exist in area schools while encouraging the development of new in-school and after-school programs. For more information, visit

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