Because of global pandemic conditions, the Grand Chess Tour (GCT) has announced its 2021 schedule, returning to action from its 2020 hiatus.
Recognised as the most prestigious tour series in world chess, the GCT sees FIDE’s 12 leading ‘Grandmasters’ and wild card entrants playing in five game formats featuring’ classical ‘and’ rapid&blitz ‘(10-and-3 minute clocks).
Romanian bookmaker Superbet has announced that its ‘Superbet Foundation’ will again serve as the GCT 2021 tour’s primary partner.
The Superbet Foundation, founded by company founder Vlad Ardeleanu in 2019, aims to support and encourage Romanian sports activities. Romania was 22nd out of 186 in the FIDE (International Chess Federation) rankings, the bookmaker noted.
The Superbet Foundation funded the GCT Rapid&Blitz Tournament in Bucharest in 2019 to support the rising ambitions of Romanian chess.
Following the success of 2019, the GCT will kick off its tour to host Romania’s first-ever classical chess tournament in Bucharest from 3-15 2021, with a $ 325,000 championship prize pool.
Paris and Zagreb have been reported as the other European tournaments destinations of the GCT, with the international series culminating in hosting the legacy ‘Sinquefield Cup’ at the Saint Louis Chess Club Heritage (16-28 August 2021).
As principal partners of GCT 2021, the Superbet Foundation joins the French media company Vivendi SA and the Canadian investment fund Colliers International.
In 2019, when tour champion Ding Liren became the first chess player to defeat Norwegian Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen since 2007, the GCT series captured international news headlines.