Chess Tournaments Calendar - [Updated September 2019]

Chess Tournaments Calendar - [Updated September 2019]‎

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Chess.com's overview of the strongest chess events of the year. Missing an event? Please let us know in the comments.

SEPTEMBER 2019

Date Event Games Location
September 9-October 2 FIDE World Cup
The bi-annual knockout tournament that provides two players for the next Candidates' Tournament. (Classical, rapid, blitz)
LIVE Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia

OCTOBER 2019

Date Event Location
October 1  Speed Chess Championship: Nakamura vs. Dobrov
The 2019 Speed Chess Championship continues with Hikaru Nakamura vs. Vlad Dobrov at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern, 18:00 CEST). (Blitz, bullet)
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October 1 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
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October 2 Speed Chess Championship: Mamedyarov vs. So
The 2019 Speed Chess Championship continues with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs. Wesley So at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern, 18:00 CEST). (Blitz, bullet)
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October 3 Speed Chess Championship: Aronian vs. Firouzja
The 2019 Speed Chess Championship continues with Levon Aronian vs. Alireza Firouzja at 7 a.m. Pacific (10 a.m. Eastern, 16:00 CEST). (Blitz, bullet)
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October 3 Speed Chess Championship: Grischuk vs. Artemiev
The 2019 Speed Chess Championship continues with Alexander Grischuk vs. Vladislav Artemiev at 10:30 a.m. Pacific (13:30 a.m. Eastern, 19:30 CEST). (Blitz, bullet)
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October 1-13 World Youth U14, 16, 18 Championship
The world championship for youth (open and women) in age categories under 14, 16 and 18 years old. (Classical)
Mumbai, India
October 10-21 FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss
This year the open tournament in Isle of Man will serve as FIDE's first Grand Swiss. The winner will qualify for the 2020 FIDE Candidates' Tournament. (Classical)
Douglas, Isle of Man
October 12 Global Chess Festival
The annual Global Chess Festival, organized by Judit Polgar to promote chess world wide, will be held in the Hungarian National Gallery this year.
Budapest, Hungary
October 14-26 World Juniors & Girls U20
The annual World Championships for players under 20 years old. (Classical)
New Delhi, India
 October 23-November 3 European Team Championship
The European championship for national teams. More information to follow. (Classical)
Batumi, Georgia
October 27-November 3 FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship
Qualifiers join Caruana, Nakamura, Carlsen and others to play the quarterfinals, semifinals & finals of the first official Fischer Random world championship sanctioned by FIDE.
Bærum, Norway

NOVEMBER 2019

Date Event Location
November 4-18 3rd FIDE Grand Prix
The third of four GP tournaments this year co-organized by FIDE and World Chess. Two GP winners will qualify for the 2020 Candidates' tournament. (Classical)
Hamburg, Germany 
November 4-11 Grand Chess Tour: Superbet Rapid & Blitz
The first edition of a rapid & blitz event as part of the GCT, to be held in Bucharest. (Rapid, blitz)
Bucharest, Romania
November 5 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
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November 9-17 European Club Cup (Open & Women)
The European championship for club teams. More information to follow. (Classical)
Montenegro
November 20-27 Grand Chess Tour: Tata Steel Rapid & Blitz
The second edition of the rapid and blitz event in Kolkata will be under the umbrella of the Grand Chess Tour. (Rapid, blitz)
Kolkata, India
November 30-December 10 Grand Chess Tour: London Chess Classic
The finals of the Grand Chess Tour will form the main event of the annual London Chess Classic. (Classical, rapid, blitz)
London, Great Britain

DECEMBER 2019

Date Event Location
November 30-December 10
Grand Chess Tour: London Chess Classic
The finals of the Grand Chess Tour will form the main event of the annual London Chess Classic. (Classical, rapid, blitz)
London, Great Britain
December 2-15 FIDE Women's Grand Prix
The second of four Women's GP tournaments as part of the new women's world championship cycle.
Monaco
December 3  Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
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December 10-24 4th FIDE Grand Prix
The fourth and final GP tournament this year co-organized by FIDE and World Chess. Two GP winners will qualify for the 2020 Candidates' tournament. (Classical)
 Tel-Aviv, Israel
December 12-22 Sunway Sitges Open
The 6th edition of this strong open tournament in Sitges, close to Barcelona. More information to follow. (Classical)
Sitges, Spain

JANUARY 2020

Date Event Location
January 7 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
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January 10-26 Tata Steel Chess Tournament
The traditional super tournament at the start of the year. More information will be added later. (Classical)
Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands
January 20-30 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival
The traditional super strong open tournament at the start of the year. More information will be added later. (Classical)
Gibraltar
January-March PRO Chess League
The fourth season of the league, Chess.com's flagship team tournament with many of the world's strongest grandmasters playing. (Rapid)
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FEBRUARY 2020

Date Event Location
February 4 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
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MARCH 2020

Date Event Location
March 1-14 FIDE Women's Grand Prix
The third of four Women's GP tournaments as part of the new women's world championship cycle.
Lausanne, Switzerland
March 3 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
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APRIL 2020

Date Event Location
April 7 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
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MAY 2020

Date Event Location
May 2-15 FIDE Women's Grand Prix
The fourth and last Women's GP tournament as part of the new women's world championship cycle.
Sardinia, Italy
May 5 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
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JUNE 2020

Date Event Location
June 1-13 Altibox Norway Chess
The annual Norwegian super tournament in Stavanger.
Stavanger, Norway
June 2 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
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JUNE 2020

Date Event Location
July 7 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
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July 18-29 Biel Chess Festival
A few years older than Dortmund, the annual festival in Switzerland will be held for the 53rd time. (Classical)
Biel, Switzerland

Past Chess Events:

SEPTEMBER 2019

Date Event Location
September 2-5 Champions Showdown Chess9LX
The Saint Louis Chess Club brought together eight of the top chess players in the world, including legendary world champion Garry Kasparov, to play in the Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX. News report. (Rapid, blitz)
St. Louis, USA
September 2 Speed Chess Championship: Ding Liren vs. Sam Shankland
The 2019 edition of the Speed Chess Championship took off with Ding Liren vs. Sam Shankland. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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September 3 Speed Chess Championship: Vachier-Lagrave vs. Wei Yi
The Speed Chess Championship continued with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave playing the winner of the Junior Speed Chess Championship, Wei Yi. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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September 3 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
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September 4 Speed Chess Championship: Nepomniachtchi vs. Danielian
The 2019 Speed Chess Championship continued with Ian Nepomniachtchi vs. the winner of the Women's Speed Chess Championship, Elina Danielian. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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September 6 Speed Chess Championship: Duda vs. Giri
The 2019 Speed Chess Championship continued with Jan-Krzysztof Duda vs. Anish Giri. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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September 10-23 FIDE Women's Grand Prix
The first of four Women's GP tournaments, as part of the new women's world championship cycle, was won by Humpy Koneru. News report. (Classical)
Skolkovo, Russia

AUGUST 2019

Date Event Location
August 6 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month was won by Vlad Dobrov. (Blitz)
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August 8-15 Grand Chess Tour: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz
The annual rapid and blitz event in the St. Louis Chess Club with the regular GT participants and wildcards Yu Yangyi, Leinier Dominguez and Richard Rapport was won by Levon Aronian. News report(Rapid, blitz)
St. Louis, USA
August 15-30 Grand Chess Tour: Sinquefield Cup
The annual super tournament held in August in St. Louis was won by Ding Liren, who defeated Magnus Carlsen in the playoff. News report(Classical)
St. Louis, USA

JULY 2019

Date Event Location
June 24-July 9 Croatia Grand Chess Tour
The first edition of one of the GCT's classical tournaments, held in Zagreb, Croatia, was won by Magnus Carlsen. News report(Classical)
Zagreb, Croatia
June 26-July 5 Russian Championship Higher League
This strong open tournament always serves as the qualifier for the Russian Championship Superfinal later in the year. (Classical)
Yaroslavl, Russia
June 29-July 7 Danzhou GM Tournament
The 10th edition of the annual super GM tournament in China was won by Richard Rapport. (Classical)
Danzhou, Hainan, China
July 2 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
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July 5-13 American Continental Championship
This 11-round Swiss is open to players from the Americas. The prize fund is $20,000 prize and the top four players not otherwise qualified will qualify for the 2019 FIDE World Cup.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
July 9 Junior Speed Chess Championship: QF1
In the first Junior Speed Chess Championship quarterfinal Firouzja defeated Sevian. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
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July 10 Junior Speed Chess Championship: QF2
In the second Junior Speed Chess Championship quarterfinal Wei Yi defeated Van Foreest. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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July 10-20 U.S. Championships for Juniors, Girls & Seniors
Once again the Saint Louis Chess Club is hosting the U.S. Championships for juniors and girls, and this year also for senior players.
St. Louis,
USA
July 11 Junior Speed Chess Championship: QF3
In the third Junior Speed Chess Championship quarterfinal Maghsoodloo defeated Sarana. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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July 11-25 2nd FIDE Grand Prix
The second of four GP tournaments this year co-organized by FIDE and World Chess, was won by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. News report(Classical)
 Jurmala/Riga, Latvia
July 13-21 Sparkassen Chess Meeting
The 47th edition of the annual tournament in Germany was won by Leinier Dominguez. Richard Rapport, Teimour Radjabov, Daniel Fridman, Kaido Kulaots, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu and Ian Nepomniachtchi also played. News report(Classical)
Dortmund, Germany
July 16 Junior Speed Chess Championship: QF4
In the fourth Junior Speed Chess Championship quarterfinal Xiong defeated Gledura. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
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July 17 Isle of Man Qualifier
Four male and four female players, who qualified via the April, May, June and July Titled Tuesday tournaments, will fight for two spots in the FIDE Grand Swiss in Isle of Man. Stanislav Bogdanovich and Marie Sebag won. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
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July 18 Junior Speed Chess Championship: SF1
In the first Junior Speed Chess Championship semifinal Xiong defeated Maghsoodloo. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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July 20-28 Xtracon Chess Open
The annual and very strong Danish open tournament was won by Praggnanandhaa R. News report(Classical)
Elsinore, Denmark
July 20-31 Biel Chess Festival
A few years older than Dortmund, the annual festival in Switzerland was held for the 52nd time and won by Vidit Gujrathi. News report(Classical)
Biel, Switzerland
July 26-August 2 Grand Chess Tour: Paris Rapid & Blitz
The annual event, this year held at the Vivendi headquarters in Paris, was won by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. News report. (Rapid, blitz)
Paris, France
July 26-August 4 British Championship
At the British Championships defending champions Michael Adams and Jovanka Houska retained their titles. (Classical)
Torquay, England
July 28 Junior Speed Chess Championship: SF2
In second Junior Speed Chess Championship semifinal Wei Yi defeated Alireza Firouzja. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
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July 29-August 6 Belt and Road China Hunan International Chess Open
This new Swiss open tournament in China with an impressive prize fund was won by Surya Ganguly, won took home $50,000. (Classical)
Changsha city, China

JUNE 2019

Date Event Location
May 29-June 17 FIDE Women's Candidates' Tournament
The very first edition of the Candidates' for women was won by head of Aleksandra Goryachkina Anna & Mariya Muzychuk, Kateryna Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Tan Zhongyi, Nana Dzagnidze and Valentina Gunina. News report(Classical)
Kazan, Russia
June 3 Junior Speed Chess Championship
Sam Sevian won his Junior Speed Chess Championship vs. Nihal Sarin. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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June 3-15 Altibox Norway Chess
The annual Norwegian super tournament was won by Magnus Carlsen. There was a new twist this year as players who drew their game played an Armageddon game right after, forcing a decisive result. News report(Classical, rapid, blitz)
Stavanger, Norway
June 4 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
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June 11 Junior Speed Chess Championship
Alexey Sarana won his Junior Speed Chess Championship match vs. Andrey Esipenko. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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June 14 Junior Speed Chess Championship
Jeffery Xiong won his Junior Speed Chess Championship match vs. Anton Smirnov. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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June 17 Junior Speed Chess Championship
Parham Maghsoodloo won his Junior Speed Chess Championship match vs. Luca Moroni. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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June 18 Junior Speed Chess Championship
Benjamin Gledura won his Junior Speed Chess Championship match vs. Awonder Liang. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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June 18-28 2019 Summer Chess Classic
The second of four tournaments each year with three 6-player double round robins Over the course of 11 days, the competitors will battle for $75,000 in prize money. The A group has GMs Gawain Jones, Jeffery Xiong, Sam Shankland, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Dariusz Swiercz and Le Quang Liem.
St. Louis, USA
June 20 Women Speed Chess Championship: Semifinal 1
In the first semifinal of the Women Speed Chess Championship Elina Danielian defeated Harika Dronavalli. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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June 23 Women Speed Chess Championship: Semifinal 2
In the second semifinal of the Women Speed Chess Championship Valentina Gunina defeated Alexandra Kosteniuk. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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June 18-28 2019 Summer Chess Classic
The second of four tournaments each year with three 6-player double round robins Over the course of 11 days, the competitors will battle for $75,000 in prize money. The A group has GMs Gawain Jones, Jeffery Xiong, Sam Shankland, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Dariusz Swiercz and Le Quang Liem.
St. Louis, USA
June 23-July 2 Netanya International Chess Festival
Dominguez, Svidler, Dubov, Rodshtein, McShane, Nabaty, Gelfand, Eljanov, Postny and Smirin play in the Netanya Masters. The festival takes place in the VIP main hall of the Netanya Football stadium.
Netanya, Israel
June 24-July 9 Croatia Grand Chess Tour
The first edition of one of the GCT's classical tournaments to be held in Zagreb, Croatia. (Classical)
Zagreb, Croatia
June 26-July 5 Russian Championship Higher League
This strong open tournament always serves as the qualifier for the Russian Championship Superfinal later in the year. (Classical)
Yaroslavl, Russia
June 27 Women Speed Chess Championship: Final
The grand final of our first Women Speed Chess Championship was won by Elina Danielian. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
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June 29-July 7 Danzhou GM Tournament
The 10th edition of the annual super GM tournament in China, won by Yu Yangyi last year. (Classical)
Danzhou, Hainan, China

MAY 2019

Date Event Location
May 1-10 Russian Team Championship
The super strong national leagues (open and women) of Russia are always played in one, long week. This year it was held in Sochi and won by St. Petersburg. (Classical.)
Sochi, Russia
May 3-9 Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament
The 24th edition of this Swedish event was an eight-player all-play-all won by Gawain Jones ahead of Pentala Harikikrishna, Nils Grandelius, Parham Maghsoodloo, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Nihal Sarin and Tiger Hillarp Persson. (Classical) News report.
Malmo, Sweden
May 3-13 Capablanca Memorial
The elite group of the 54th edition was won by Vassily Ivanchuk ahead of Baskaran Adhiban, Sam Sevian, David Anton, Carlos Albornoz and Yuri Gonzalez. (Classical) News report.
Havana, Cuba
May 7 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly, 10-round Swiss (3 minutes + 2 seconds) for titled players only on the first Tuesday of every month. Prize fund: $1,500. First prize: $500. (Blitz)
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May 8-12 Grand Chess Tour: Ivory Coast Rapid & Blitz
For the first time, Africa will have a Grand Chess Tour event, to be held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. It was won by Magnus Carlsen. News report(Rapid, blitz)
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
May 8 Qualifier for 2019 Women Speed Chess Championship
This 10-round Swiss (3 minutes plus 1 second per move) for female titled players was won by GM Elina Danielian, who thus qualified for our very first Women Speed Chess Championship (see below). (Blitz) News report.
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May 14-18 IMSA World Masters
This year's chess event, as part of the International Mind Sports Association Championships, includes rapid & blitz chess for 16 male and 16 female players. (Rapid)
Hengshui, China
May 16 Junior Speed Chess Championship
Our very first Junior Speed Chess Championship takes off with Jorden van Foreest (Netherlands) vs Aryan Tari (Norway). Van Foreest won. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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May 16-30 1st FIDE Grand Prix
The first of four GP tournaments this year co-organized by FIDE and World Chess. Two GP winners will qualify for the 2020 Candidates' tournament. (Classical)
Moscow, Russia 
May 18-28 French Team Championship
Behind the Russian and German leagues, the French team championship is probably the third strongest in the world.(Classical)
Brest, France
May 21 Junior Speed Chess Championship
The Junior Speed Chess Championship continues with Alireza Firouzja (Iran) vs Jose Martinez (Peru). Firouzja won. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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May 22 Women's Speed Chess Championship: Lagno vs Danielian
Our very first Women Speed Chess Championship takes off with top seed Kateryna Lagno facing the qualifier from the Swiss event on May 8. Danielian won. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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May 25-26 Lindores Abbey Chess Stars Tournament
The Lindores Abbey Distillery in Scotland will host the Lindores Abbey Chess Stars Tournament and bring the game of kings back to the abbey after 500 years. Magnus Carlsen won ahead of Ding Liren, Sergey Karjakin and Viswanathan Anand. News report. (Rapid)
Lindores, Scotland
May 26 Women's Speed Chess Championship: Kosteniuk vs Zatonskih
The third match of the Women Speed Chess Championship goes between Alexandra Kosteniuk of Russia and Anna Zatonskih of USA. Kosteniuk won. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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May 27 Women's Speed Chess Championship: Gunina vs Krush
The fourth match of the Women Speed Chess Championship goes between Valentina Gunina of Russia and Irina Krush of USA. Gunina won. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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May 29-June 17 FIDE Women's Candidates' Tournament
The very first edition of the Candidates' for women, as recently announced by FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich. Players: Anna & Mariya Muzychuk, Kateryna Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Tan Zhongyi, Nana Dzagnidze, Valentina Gunina, Aleksandra Goryachkina. (Classical)
Kazan, Russia
May 30 Women's Speed Chess Championship: Harika vs Sebag
In the second match of the Women Speed Chess Championship Harika Dronavalli of India defeated Marie Sebag of France. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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May 31 Junior Speed Chess Championship: Wei Yi vs Praggnanandhaa
In the third Junior Speed Chess Championship match Wei Yi (China) defeated Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu (India). News report(Blitz, bullet)
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APRIL 2019

Date Event Location
March 31-April 9 Gashimov Memorial
The fifth edition of the Vugar Gashimov Memorial. Top seed Magnus Carlsen finished two points ahead of the field. News report(Classical)
Shamkir, Azerbaijan
April 1-9 Dubai Open
The annual open tournament in the UAE was won by Maxim Matlakov. (Classical)
Dubai, UAE
April 3-7 Chess.com Bullet Chess Championship
Chess.com's inaugural Bullet Chess Championship had a total prize pool of $15,000 and included Swiss qualifiers, a round robin qualifier and a knockout stage. Hikaru Nakamura defeated Oleksandr Bortnyk in the final. News report(Bullet)
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April 6-14 Bangkok Open
The annual open tournament in Thailand, held for the 19th time, was won by German GM Jan Gustafsson. News report(Classical)
Bangkok, Thailand
April 8-16 Reykjavik Open
This year the tournament took place in the second week of April, again in the Harpa concert hall. It was won by Romanian GM Constantin Lupulescu. News report(Classical)
Reykjavik, Iceland
April 10-23 European Women's Individual Championship
The European individual championship for women. The top seeds were Aleksandra Goryachkina, Nana Dzagnidze and Bela Khotenashvili but it was won by Alina Kashlinskaya. News report(Classical)
Antalya, Turkey
April 15-25 World Senior Team Championship
Team championships for players both older than 50 and older than 65. (Classical)
Rhodes, Greece
April 17-27 Shenzen Masters
The "The Belt and Road" 2019 "DT News Cup" Shenzhen Longgang Chess Masters Tournament was a six-player double round robin won by Anish Giri ahead of Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Richard Rapport, Pentala Harikrishna and Dmitry Jakovenko. News report(Classical)
Shenzen, China
April 20-29 Grenke Chess Classic
This year the super tournament in both Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden was won by Carlsen ahead of Caruana, Aronian, Anand, Vachier-Lagrave, Svidler, Naiditsch, Vallejo and Keymer. News report(Classical)
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Germany

MARCH 2019

Date Event Location
March 3-14 World Team Championship
Russia won the biennial world championship among teams, ahead of China, USA, Egypt, Ukraine, Georgia, Hungary, Armenia, Kazakhstan and India. News report(Classical)
 Astana, Kazakhstan
March 5-16 Prague International Chess Festival
The first edition of a brand new festival in the Czech capital. The top group includes players such as David Navara, Pentala Harikrishna and Richard Rapport but it was Nikita Vitiugov who won. News report(Classical)
Prague, Czech Republic
March 8 IM not a GM: Team Chess Battles
IMs Rozman and Rensch paired up against IMs Bartholomew and Pruess for the title of best "duo" of under-achieving chess professionals. News report.
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March 15 America vs France: Team Chess Battles
IM Rensch teamed up with GM Nakamura to take on a formidable duo from across the Atlantic, France's #1 rated chess player, GM Vachier-Lagrave with one of the biggest stars in "French Chess", Kevin Bordi (aka Blitzstream). News report.
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March 16-29 European Individual Championship
22 spots for the FIDE World Cup were up for grabs in this traditionally big and strong open championship. Vladislav Artemiev edged out Nils Grandelius on tiebreak. News report(Classical)
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
March 22-30 Sharjah Masters
This open tournament in the UAE was held for the third time, with a first prize of $15,000. There was a seven-way tie for first place. (Classical)
Sharjah, UAE
March 18-April 1 U.S. Championships
The overall U.S. Championship and the U.S. Championship for women were again played in the Saint Louis Chess Club. Hikaru Nakamura and Jennifer Yu are the new champions. News report(Classical)
St Louis, USA

FEBRUARY 2019

Date Event Location
February 5-16 Cairns Cup
A new round robin tournament for women, won by Valentina Gunina ahead of Kosteniuk, Dzagnidze, Khotenashvili, Paehtz, Sebag, Harika, Abdumalik, Krush and Zatonskih. News report. (Classical)
St Louis, USA
February 19-28 Aeroflot Open
The other annual and very strong open tournament in Russia's capital sponsored by Russia's major airline. Top players included Wei Yi, Vladimir Fedoseev, Wang Hao and Rauf Mamedov but outsider Kaido Kulaots won. News report. (Classical)
Moscow, Russia
February 20-24 Champions Showdown: The Kings
The 2019 Champions Showdown was an exhibition event featuring five individual matches with a $60,000 prize fund each: Hikaru Nakamura vs. Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Fabiano Caruana vs. Pentala Harikrishna, Wesley So vs. David Navara, Leinier Dominguez vs. Veselin Topalov and Sam Shankland vs. Richard Rapport. News report(Rapid, blitz) 
St. Louis, USA
February 22-24 Bunratty Chess Festival
The traditional weekender in Buntarry, Ireland. (Classical)
Bunratty, Ireland

JANUARY 2019

Date Event Location
January 11-27 Tata Steel Chess Tournament
The traditional super tournament at the start of the year was won by Magnus Carlsen ahead of Anish Giri. News report(Classical)
Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands
January 21-31 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival
The traditional super strong open tournament at the start of the year was won by Vladislav Artemiev. News report(Classical)
Gibraltar
January 26-February 3 Moscow Open
The annual and very strong open tournament in Russia's capital was won by Boris Savchenko with 7.5/9.
Moscow, Russia

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