Grand Chess Tour announces 2021 return with Superbet as sponsor
The Grand Chess Tour (GCT) has just announced its highly-anticipated 2021 return along with the itinerary, resuming after its mandatory 2020 hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic that brought all events to a halt.
Known as the most prestigious chess tour series in the entire world, the GCT sees FIDE’s 12 leading ‘Grandmasters’ and wild card entries compete in five tournaments, featuring ‘classical’ and ‘rapid&blitz’ (10-and-3 minute clocks) game formats.
The main partner of the GCT 2021 tour was revealed to once again be Romanian bookmaker Superbet, with its ‘Superbet Foundation’. Established in 2019 by company founder Vlad Ardeleanu, the Superbet Foundation’s main goal is to support and promote Romanian sports activities. The bookmaker remarked that Romania ranked as 22nd out of 186 in the FIDE (International Chess Federation) rankings.
In support of the growing ambitions of Romanian chess, the Superbet Foundation sponsored the GCT’s Rapid&Blitz Tournament in Bucharest in 2019.
Following the massive success in 2019, the GCT will start its tour hosting Romania’s first-ever classical chess tournament from 3-15 2021 in Bucharest, and will be featuring a championship prize pool of $325,000.
The other GCT European tournament destinations include Paris and Zagreb, with the international series building up to the hosting of the legacy ‘Sinquefield Cup’ at the heritage Saint Louis Chess Club (16-28 August 2021). The Superbet Foundation will be joined by French media group Vivendi SA and Canadian investment fund Colliers International as the main partners of the GCT 2021.
In 2019, the GCT series made it onto international news headlines, as the tour champion Ding Liren became the first ever chess player to beat Norwegian Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen since 2007.