2019 Grand Chess Tour Participants Announced

Magnus Carlsen, Photo Lennart Ootes

Saint Louis, MO, February 7, 2019 – The Grand Chess Tour is pleased to confirm the names of the twelve players that will be competing as full tour participants in 2019. They are as follows:

# Name FED URS (Rank) FIDE (Rank)
1 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2859 (1) 2835 (1)
2 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2806 (2) 2749 (16)
3 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2796 (3) 2780 (6)
4 Caruana, Fabiano USA 2794 (4) 2828 (2)
5 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2792 (5) 2817 (3)
6 Ding, Liren CHN 2788 (6) 2813 (4)
7 Aronian, Levon ARM 2782 (7) 2767 (10)
8 So, Wesley USA 2779 (8) 2765 (11)
9 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2778 (9) 2763 (13)
10 Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2776 (10) 2753 (15)
11 Giri, Anish NED 2765 (14) 2783 (5)
12 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2761 (16) 2773 (8)

* Ratings per the URS™ and FIDE Classic rating lists as at January 1, 2019 (selection date)

The only player to decline his invitation was GM Vladimir Kramnik following the announced of his retirement from professional chess at the end of January 2019. He was replaced by GM Sergey Karjakin who accepted his full tour invitation as the first alternate.

The process of finalising the allocation of players to individual events has already commenced and further announcements regarding the participant lists for each event as well as the selection of wildcards will be made in due course.

MEDIA CONTACT
Mr. Michael Khodarkovsky
Grand Chess Tour Spokesperson
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 201 317 8581

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