* Any player who wins an event
outright shall be awarded 13 Tour
Points. If 1st place is determined
by playoff, they earn 12 points.
Tour Prize Fund
Event Prize Fund
Invitations: The organizers of the Grand
Chess Tour started with the January 2015 FIDE Rating
List and sought players that demonstrate the highest
levels of sportsmanship and professionalism. We
invited the top-10 players in the world, eight of
whom have confirmed their participation.
Event Commitment: The nine players have
agreed to participate in all three 2015 Grand Chess
Tour Events. A tenth player will be selected as a
wildcard to each individual event by the organizing
Points: Players will earn Tour Points
based on their final standing in each event. Players
with the most Tour Points at the end of the Grand
Chess Tour earn extra prize money for their overall
performance across all three events
At the conclusion of the Grand Chess Tour, the
top-three players (by Tour Points) will take home an
Drawing of Lots: Drawing of
lots will be determined by a blitz tournament at
Norway Chess 2015. Pairing numbers will be reversed
at the Sinquefield Cup, and the London Chess Classic
will draw lots randomly.
Arbitration: Should any GCT
regulations require interpretation or clarification,
arbitration shall be performed by the Arbitration
Committee, comprised of one representative from each
2016 Qualification: The
top-three players from the 2015 Grand Chess Tour, as
well as the reigning World Champion, qualify
automatically for the 2016 Grand Chess Tour.
Where not otherwise specified, each
event shall follow the FIDE Laws of Chess.
Control: 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by
the rest of the game in 1 hour with a 30-second
increment from move 41.
Players are competing for an overall prize fund of
$300,000 in each event