It’s official. The first 2018 Calgary Chess Grand Tour is starting September 4th and will continue for 15 weeks till December 11th. It will be based on the same format as the successful and popular Calgary Chess Grand Prix that took place earlier this year and was won by FM Dale Haessel. It will be CFC/FIDE rated tournament with 90/30 time controls and refreshments. There will be three Legs of five games each. One “Leg” is equivalent to one tournament. Only 2/3 best results will count toward the final standings. This way players will not be penalized if they miss one leg or if they have a particularly bad result in one of the Legs. The prizes will be same as in the Grand Prix with minimum $1000 in total prizes plus $400 to the winner of the Tour. There will be separate Leg Prizes as well.