The award-winning Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, the world’s leading year-round chess circuit, reaches its penultimate tournament with the Aimchess Rapid starting on Friday.
The eight-day event, the eighth leg of the $1.6 million Tour, will feature 16 world-class players including top grandmaster streamers such as Eric Hansen and Daniel Naroditsky.
Top of the bill is World Champion Magnus Carlsen who is going for a first hat-trick of tournament wins after securing number 1 spot in the last event, the Julius Baer Generation Cup and the FTX Crypto Cup before that.
Carlsen tops the Tour standings with $180,000 earned so far in the 2022 season. India’s teen sensation Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa sits second on the leaderboard with $106,000.
Five top prodigies will be among the big names hoping to stop Carlsen.
They are reigning World Rapid Champion Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Germany’s Vincent Keymer and a trio of Indian wonderkids in Arjun Erigaisi, Gukesh D and Aditya Mittal, who qualified via the MPL Indian Chess Tour.
The Aimchess Rapid is the last “Regular” tournament of the 2022 season with a prize pot of $150,000 before the end-of-season final event starts on November 14.
The tournament is supported by Aimchess, the online chess training tool that helps players improve faster by combining analytics from their own games with personalised lessons.
Every move will be streamed live and for free on chess24.com/tour and on chess24’s Twitch and YouTube channels.