Anand among wildcards at the Superbet Rapid & Blitz in Poland

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5/18/2022 – The Superbet Rapid & Blitz Poland will be held at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw on May 17-23. It will feature four full tour players and six wildcard players. The field will be headed by Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So and Levon Aronian. Vishy Anand and Jan-Krzysztof Duda are the highest-rated wildcards included in the mix. The first round of the Rapid Tournament starts 19 May, 14.00 CEST (8.00 EST, 12.00 UTC). | Photo: Lennart Ootes (Croatia GCT, 2019)

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The newest stop on the GCT

Press release by the Grand Chess Tour

The Superbet Rapid & Blitz Poland, the newest stop on the Grand Chess Tour, will feature four full-tour players and six wildcard players.

This will be the first time for grandmasters Kirill Shevchenko from Ukraine and Radoslaw Wojtaszek from Poland. Rounding out the wildcards will be former World Champion Viswanathan Anand from India, 2021 World Cup winner Jan-Krzysztof Duda from Poland, grandmaster Anton Korobov from Ukraine, and David Gravilescu from Romania.

The tournament is sponsored by the Superbet Foundation. The first rapid and blitz leg of the tour will feature a 10 player round-robin battle for a $175,000 prize fund.

“We are thrilled to partner once again with The Grand Chess Tour,” said Augusta Dragic, President of the Superbet Foundation. “This year, the Superbet Foundation has expanded their role and become the Grand Chess Tour’s strategic global partner in its worldwide endeavor to popularize the game of chess”. 

  Player Name Player Type Country FIDE Rating URS Rating
1 Fabiano Caruana Full Tour Player USA 2786 2793
2 Wesley So Full Tour Player USA 2766 2791
3 Levon Aronian Full Tour Player USA 2765 2777
4 Richard Rapport Full Tour Player HUN 2776 2779
5 Viswanathan Anand Wildcard IND 2751 2748
6 Jan-Krzysztof Duda Wildcard POL 2750 2777
7 Radoslaw Wojtaszek Wildcard POL 2696 2708
8 Anton Korobov Wildcard UKR 2671 2712
9 Kirill Shevchenko Wildcard UKR 2644 2666
10 David Gravilescu Wildcard ROU 2518 -

Wesley So, Levon Aronian

Wesley So and Levon Aronian tied for first place with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (who beat them in playoffs) at the Superbet Chess Classic in Romania | Photo: Lennart Ootes


Schedule

Date

Time*

Event

May 17

 

Player Arrival

May 18 2:00 PM

Opening Ceremony

     
May 19 2:00 PM

Rapid Round 1

3:30 PM

Rapid Round 2

5:00 PM

Rapid Round 3

     
May 20 2:00 PM

Rapid Round 4

3:30 PM

Rapid Round 5

5:00 PM

Rapid Round 6

     
May 21 2:00 PM

Rapid Round 7

3:30 PM

Rapid Round 8

5:00 PM

Rapid Round 9

     
May 22 2:00 PM

Blitz Day 1
(Every 30 minutes)

     
May 23 2:00 PM

Blitz Day 2
(Every 30 minutes)

6:30 PM

Playoffs (If Necessary)

 

Closing Ceremony

     
May 24  

Player Departure

*All Times are in Local Poland Time*

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 grandchesstour.org.

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 superchess.ro.

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 saintlouischessclub.org.


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