Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Grand Chess Tour - Paris Rapid and Blitz Starts Wednesday

There was a preliminary Pro-Am mini-tournament today that was not won by Garry Kasparov. The real excitement starts tomorrow however, with ten of the world's strongest competing for a piece of the $1.2 million 2017 Grand Chess Tour prize fund.

The players are Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Sergei Karjakin, Fabiano Caruana, and wildcards Alexander Grischuk, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Veselin Topalov, and Etienne Bacrot.

Apart from the American who I always root for, it would be nice to see Topalov on form and hopefully Carlsen will give us some exciting chess. Even though the world champion was uncharacteristically blown out of Norway Chess in the classical section, he did take first place in the blitz tournament.

In case you are wondering what exactly the Grand Chess Tour is there's an excellent write-up here at Chess24.

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