Chess Tournaments Calendar: July 2020

Chess Tournaments Calendar: July 2020‎

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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.

JULY 2020

Date Event Location
June 18-July 20 FIDE Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship
The FIDE Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship is an online competition for any titled female player with an extended format that now consists of four separate stages.
July 10 Twitch Rivals: Chess Showdown
Chess.com and Twitch are teaming up once again to bring chess to the esports mainstream with a Europe vs. North America team event called Twitch Rivals: Chess Showdown to be held on Friday, July 10 at 1 p.m. Pacific time / 22:00 Central Europe. The prize fund is $15,000.
July 10-18 León Masters
Already for the 33rd time the Magistral Ciudad de León will be held, again as a four-player knockout with Leinier Dominguez, Alexei Shirov, Parham Maghsoodloo, and Jaime Santos Latasa. Chess.com is hosting the event online. (Rapid, blitz)
July 18-29 Biel Chess Festival
The annual festival in Switzerland will be held for the 53rd time. As one of the few major chess events not being canceled, the organizers plan on a limited program with a Grandmaster Tournament, a main tournament, and a youth tournament, including Swiss championships. (Classical)
Biel, Switzerland
July 21-August 5
Legends of Chess
The fourth event in the Magnus Carlsen Tour, with a prize find of $150,000.
Chess24
July 22-August 30
FIDE Online Olympiad
The FIDE Online Olympiad is a new major team competition to be held online among teams representing national federations and consisting of at least three females and two junior players.


AUGUST 2020

Date Event Location
July 22-August 30 FIDE Online Olympiad
The FIDE Online Olympiad is a new major team competition to be held online among teams representing national federations and consisting of at least three females and two junior players.
August 9-20 Grand Final
The final event in the Magnus Carlsen Tour, with a prize find of $300,000.
Chess24

SEPTEMBER 2020

Date Event Location
September 1 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players includes two back-to-back tournaments each for a $1,100 prize fund, one at 9 a.m. Pacific (18:00 CET) and one at 1 p.m. Pacific (22:00 CET), running 9 rounds each. (Blitz)
August 29-September 11 Sinquefield Cup
Originally part of the 2020 Grand Chess Tour, this edition with Carlsen, Ding, Nakamura, Vachier-Lagrave, Caruana, So, Grischuk, Aronian, Nepomniachtchi and Giri has not officially been canceled just yet. (Classical)
St. Louis, USA
September 23-October 3 Fall Chess Classic
The third of four events each year featuring international chess professionals comprised of two 10-player round robin tournaments with $36,000 in prize money. (Classical)
St. Louis, USA
September 25-27 PRO Chess League Finals
The top four teams will battle it out in semifinals and finals to determine the winner of this season. This year the on-site location will be in Sandefjord, Norway. (Rapid)
Sandefjord, Norway

OCTOBER 2020

Date Event Location
October 3-16 Altibox Norway Chess
The annual Norwegian super tournament in Stavanger. (Classical) This tournament was originally planned in June.
Stavanger, Norway
October 5-13 European Chess Club Cup (Open & Women)
The 36th European Club Cup and the 25th European Club Cup for Women will be held in Austria. (Classical)
Mayrhofen, Austria
October 6 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players includes two back-to-back tournaments each for a $1,100 prize fund, one at 9 a.m. Pacific (18:00 CET) and one at 1 p.m. Pacific (22:00 CET), running 9 rounds each. (Blitz)
October 22-26 European Women’s Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship
The annual speed chess championships for female European players. (Rapid, blitz)
Kyiv, Lviv, Ukraine

NOVEMBER 2020

Date Event Location
October 31-November 12 European Individual Women's Championship
A big Swiss of 11 rounds for the women's championship of Europe. This tournament was originally played in June.
Mamaia, Romania
November 3 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players includes two back-to-back tournaments each for a $1,100 prize fund, one at 9 a.m. Pacific (18:00 CET) and one at 1 p.m. Pacific (22:00 CET), running 9 rounds each. (Blitz)
November 5-18 World Senior Championship 2020
The world championship for players older than 50. (Classical)
Assisi, Italy
November 16-26 Winter Chess Classic
The last of four events each year featuring international chess professionals comprised of two 10-player round robin tournaments with $36,000 in prize money. (Classical)
St. Louis, USA

DECEMBER 2020

Date Event Location
December 1 Titled Tuesday
Our weekly blitz event for titled players includes two back-to-back tournaments each for a $1,100 prize fund, one at 9 a.m. Pacific (18:00 CET) and one at 1 p.m. Pacific (22:00 CET), running 9 rounds each. (Blitz)
December 3-6 European Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2020
The annual speed chess championships for European players. (Rapid, blitz)
Krakau, Poland
December 8-21 European Individual Championship
22 spots for the FIDE World Cup were up for grabs in this traditionally big and strong open championship. (Classical)
Terme Olimia, Slovenia

JANUARY 2021

Date Event Location
January 15-31 Tata Steel Chess Tournament
The 83rd edition of the traditional chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. (Classical)
Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands


FEBRUARY 2021

Date Event Location

MARCH 2021

Date Event Location

APRIL 2021

Date Event Location
Women's World Cup
A knockout tournament with 64 female players. Both finalists qualify for the FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament to be held in the first half of 2021. (Classical, rapid, blitz)
Minsk, Belarus




Past Chess Events:

JUNE 2020

Date Event Location
June 2 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was won by Vladislav Artemiev. News report(Blitz)
June 5-19 Chess.com PogChamps
The inaugural Chess.com PogChamps featured 16 of Twitch's most-followed streamers. Over two weeks, top streamers like Boxbox, Voyboy, and yassuo competed for their share of $50,000 in prizes. GM Hikaru Nakamura, WFM Alexandra Botez, and Chess.com's IM Danny Rensch provided commentary. News report. (Rapid)
June 6 PNWCC jackpot
The Pacific Northwest Chess Center (PNWCC) is hosting Jackpot Blitz tournaments with big cash prizes for a small entry fee, every week at 11 a.m. Pacific (20:00 CEST). 
June 6-14 Clutch Chess 2
A new Clutch Chess event, won by Magnus Carlsen ahead of Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Levon Aronian, Alexander Grischuk, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Leinier Dominguez, and Hikaru Nakamura. News report.
Lichess
June 9 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was won by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. News report. (Blitz)
June 12-13 World Stars Sharjah Online International Chess Championship 2020
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Pentala Harikrishna, Jeffery Xiong, Amin Bassem, and Salem Saleh represented the four biggest continents (Europe, Americas, Asia & Africa) playing a double round-robin with 10+3 games for a $10,000 prize fund.
ICC
June 13 PNWCC jackpot
The Pacific Northwest Chess Center (PNWCC) is hosting Jackpot Blitz tournaments with big cash prizes for a small entry fee, every week at 11 a.m. Pacific (20:00 CEST). 
June 16 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was won by Vladimir Fedoseev. News report. (Blitz)
June 18-July 20 FIDE Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship
The FIDE Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship is an online competition for any titled female player with an extended format that now consists of four separate stages.
June 19-July 26 Women's Super League
A brand new team championship for players from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, and Romania.
June 20 PNWCC jackpot
The Pacific Northwest Chess Center (PNWCC) is hosting Jackpot Blitz tournaments with big cash prizes for a small entry fee, every week at 11 a.m. Pacific (20:00 CEST). 
June 23 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was won by Dmitry Andreikin. News report. (Blitz)
June 27 PNWCC jackpot
The Pacific Northwest Chess Center (PNWCC) is hosting Jackpot Blitz tournaments with big cash prizes for a small entry fee, every week at 11 a.m. Pacific (20:00 CEST). 
June 30 Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix
Our blitz event for titled players with a $2,500 prize fund. It's a 10-round Swiss followed by an eight-player knockout. This edition was won by Girgoryi Oparin. News report. (Blitz)

MAY 2020

Date Event Location
May 5 Titled Tuesday
Our (now weekly!) blitz event for titled players was won by GM Anton Demchenko. (Blitz)
May 5-10 FIDE Chess.com Online Nations Cup
A team competition with Russia, USA, Europe, China, India, plus a team representing the "Rest of the World." China won the event. News report. (Rapid)
May 12 Titled Tuesday
Our (now weekly!) blitz event for titled players was won by Hikaru Nakamura. (Blitz)
May 14 IM Not A GM Speed Chess Championship
IM Kashlinskaya defeated IM Coleman in the IM Not A GM Speed Chess Championship. (Blitz, bullet)
May 15-30 European Internet Championship
The European Chess Union organized its first online championship, hosted by Chess.com. Alexey Sarana of Russia won the top group. News report. (Rapid)
 May 16 IM Not A GM Speed Chess Championship
IM Bartholomew defeated IM Shahade in the IM Not A GM Speed Chess Championship. (Blitz, bullet)
May 19 Titled Tuesday
Our (now weekly!) blitz event for titled players was again won by Hikaru Nakamura. (Blitz)
May 23 IM Not A GM Speed Chess Championship
IMs Bartholomew beat Kashlinskaya in the final of the IM Not A GM Speed Chess Championship. News report(Blitz, bullet)
May 26 Titled Tuesday
Our (now weekly!) blitz event for titled players was won by GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov. (Blitz)
May 26-29 Clutch Chess
Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Leinier Dominguez, and Hikaru Nakamura played in a new knockout format with two semifinal matches of 12 games. Games 1-4 and 7-10 of the matches were scored traditionally while games 5, 6, 11 and 12, the final two games each day, were worth extra points and bonus prize money for a decisive result. So won the event. News report. (Rapid)
Lichess

APRIL 2020

Date Event Location
April 7 Titled Tuesday
Our (now weekly!) blitz event for titled players starting 10 a.m. Pacific Time (19:00 Central Europe) with a $1,600 prize fund. It's a 9-round Swiss. (Blitz)
April 10-11 Man vs. Machine: Smerdon vs. Komodo
Resuming our Man vs. Machine series, Chess.com is hosting a match April 10 & 11 at 5 p.m. Pacific between Australian grandmaster David Smerdon and Komodo. The chess engine will be playing with knight odds.
April 11 Team India COVID-19 Simul
Six of India's best players, including Vishy Anand, will offer simultaneous exhibitions on Chess.com to support the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund.
April 11 PNWCC jackpot
The Pacific Northwest Chess Center (PNWCC) is hosting Jackpot Blitz tournaments with big cash prizes for a small entry fee, every week at 11 a.m. Pacific (20:00 CEST). 
April 14 Titled Tuesday
Our (now weekly!) blitz event for titled players starting 10 a.m. Pacific Time (19:00 Central Europe) with a $1,600 prize fund. It's a 9-round Swiss. (Blitz)
April 15 Abu Dhabi Super Blitz Challenge
A blitz tournament for titled players, organized by the Abu Dhabi Chess & Culture Club, supported by the Abu Dhabi sport council and hosted by Chess.com. First prize: $5,000. (Blitz)
April 17-26 Sunway Sitges International Online Chess Open
The first-ever classical open tournament played online will start Friday, April 17 on Chess.com. Open to anyone with a FIDE ID, the tournament is a 9-round Swiss at a classical time control. (Classical)
April 18 PNWCC jackpot
The Pacific Northwest Chess Center (PNWCC) is hosting Jackpot Blitz tournaments with big cash prizes for a small entry fee, every week at 11 a.m. Pacific (20:00 CEST). 
April 18-19 FIDE Candidates Countries Youth Online Chess Tournament
A team tournament among China, France, Netherlands, Russia, and USA. Each plays with a team of their top-five youth players (three boys and two girls) under 16 years old. There will be five rounds of 10+2 chess.
April 20-24 Chess.com Doubles Championship
Chess.com is launching the first-ever Doubles Chess Championship, where friends can team up and fight for their share of a $10,000 prize fund. 
April 21 Titled Tuesday
Our (now weekly!) blitz event for titled players starting 10 a.m. Pacific Time (19:00 Central Europe) with a $1,600 prize fund. It's a 9-round Swiss. (Blitz)
April 18 PNWCC jackpot
The Pacific Northwest Chess Center (PNWCC) is hosting Jackpot Blitz tournaments with big cash prizes for a small entry fee, every week at 11 a.m. Pacific (20:00 CEST). 
April 26 Adopt-a-Danny
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Danny Rensch will once again team up for a special event to help raise awareness for adoption, contributing all donated proceeds to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
April 28 Titled Tuesday
Our (now weekly!) blitz event for titled players starting 10 a.m. Pacific Time (19:00 Central Europe) with a $1,600 prize fund. It's a 9-round Swiss. (Blitz)
April 1-9 Dubai Open
The annual open tournament in the capital of the Emirate of Dubai.
 This tournament has been canceled due to the coronavirus.
Dubai, UAE
April 7-16 Sharjah Masters
The fourth edition of this strong open tournament will take place at the Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club. The first prize is $15,000. 
(Classical) This tournament has been postponed due to the coronavirus.
Sharjah, UAE
April 8-24 U.S.Championships
America's national chess championship and championship for women. 
(Classical) This tournament has been postponed due to the coronavirus.
St. Louis, USA
April 9-13 Grenke Chess Open
The largest open tournament in the world is held alongside the Grenke Chess Classic during Easter weekend. 
(Classical) This tournament has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.
Karlsruhe, Germany
April 11-20 Grenke Chess Classic
The annual top tournament in Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden is a 10-player round-robin. Confirmed players: Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Viswanathan Anand. 
(Classical) This tournament has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Germany
April 11-19 Bangkok Open
The annual open tournament in Thailand will be held for the 20th time. (Classical) This tournament has been postponed due to the coronavirus.
Bangkok, Thailand
April 17-24 Reykjavik Open
The Reykjavik Open 2020 will be held for the 35th time from April 16th till April 24th, 2020 in Harpa, the 28.000 sq. m. concert and conference hall at the harbor in Reykjavik. 
(Classical) This tournament has been canceled due to the coronavirus.
Reykjavik, Iceland
April 29-May 5 TePe Sigeman & Co. Chess Tournament
The 25th edition of this Swedish event is an eight-player all-play-all with Anatoly Karpov, Nils Grandelius, Alexei Shirov, David Navara, Le Quang Liem, Harika Dronavalli, Jorden van Foreest and Nihal Sarin. 
(Classical) This tournament has been canceled due to the coronavirus.
Malmo, Sweden

MARCH 2020

Date Event Location
March 1-14 FIDE Women's Grand Prix
The third of four Women's GP tournaments, part of the new women's world championship cycle, was won by GM Nana Dzagnidze. News report(Classical)
Lausanne, Switzerland
March 3 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly blitz event for titled players includes two back-to-back tournaments each for a $1,100 prize fund, one at 9 a.m. Pacific (18:00 CET) and one at 1 p.m. Pacific (22:00 CET), running 9 rounds each. (Blitz)
March 4-10 Nutcracker
"Princes" Andrey Esipenko, Semen Lomasov, Alexey Sarana and Daniil Yuffa fought against "Kings" Boris Gelfand, Evgeniy Najer, Alexei Shirov and Evgeny Tomashevsky. News report(Classical)
Moscow, Russia
March 5-15 World Seniors Team Championship
The team championship for teams of players older than 50 was prematurely finished after seven rounds because of the coronavirus crisis. News report(Classical)
Prague, Czech Republic
March 6-12 HDBank Masters
The annual and very strong open tournament will celebrate its 10th edition. 
(Classical) This tournament has been postponed due to the coronavirus.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
March 11-April 5 FIDE Candidates' Tournament
The eight-player, double round robin that will determine the next opponent of Magnus Carlsen has Kirill Alekseenko, Fabiano Caruana, Ding Liren, Anish Giri, Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Maxime-Vachier-Lagrave and Wang Hao. The second half has been postponed due to the coronavirus. News report. (Classical)
Yekaterinburg, Russia
March 18-26 Spring Chess Classic
The first of four events each year featuring international chess professionals comprised of two 10-player round robin tournaments with $36,000 in prize
money. (Classical) This tournament has been postponed due to the coronavirus.
Saint Louis, USA

FEBRUARY 2020

Date Event Location
January 25-February 2 Moscow Open
The annual and very strong open tournament in Russia's capital was won by Sergei Lobanov. (Classical)
Moscow, Russia
February 4 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly blitz event for titled players includes two back-to-back tournaments each for a $1,100 prize fund, one at 9 a.m. Pacific (18:00 CET) and one at 1 p.m. Pacific (22:00 CET), running 9 rounds each. (Blitz)
February 7-17 2nd Cairns Cup
For the second time, the Saint Louis Chess Club hosted the Cairns Cup, an elite-level tournament for the top female players from around the world for a $180,000 prize fund. Humpy Koneru won. News report(Classical)
St. Louis, USA
February 11-22 Prague Chess Festival
The second edition of this multi-event festival was won by Alireza Firouzja, who defeated Vidit Gujrathi in a playoff. News report(Classical)
Prague, Czech Republic
February 18-29 Aeroflot Open
The annual and very strong open tournament in Russia's capital sponsored by Russia's major airline was sensationally won by IM Aydin Suleymanli. News report(Classical)
Moscow, Russia
February 21 Speed Chess Championship FINAL
In the final of the 2019 Speed Chess Championship Hikaru Nakamura defeated Wesley So. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
February 21-23 Bunratty Chess Festival
The traditional weekender in Buntarry, Ireland was won by Nigel Short. News report(Classical)
Bunratty, Ireland

JANUARY 2020

Date Event Location
January 2-5 Puzzle Battle World Championship
As part of the expanded, improved and updated Puzzle Rush, Chess.com will launch a new Puzzle Battle World Championship to determine the best chess-puzzle solver on the planet.
January 3-26 Women's World Championship
Ju Wenjun retained her Women's World Chess Championship title after beating Aleksandra Goryachkina in a playoff. News report(Classical)
Shanghai/Vladivostok, China/Russia
January 5 Speed Chess Championship: Nakamura vs. Nepomniachtchi
In the 2019 Speed Chess Championship semifinal Hikaru Nakamura beat Ian Nepomniachtchi. News report(Blitz, bullet)
January 7 Titled Tuesday
Our monthly blitz event for titled players includes two back-to-back tournaments each for a $1,100 prize fund, one at 9 a.m. Pacific (18:00 CET) and one at 1 p.m. Pacific (22:00 CET), running 9 rounds each. (Blitz)
January 10-26 Tata Steel Chess Tournament
Fabiano Caruana won the 82nd edition two points ahead of Magnus Carlsen, with Alireza Firouzja and Jorden van Foreest also making their marks. News report. (Classical)
Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands
January 20-30 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival
David Paravyan was the surprise winner of the 18th edition of the Gibraltar Masters after beating Wang Hao in the final of the playoff. News report(Classical)
Gibraltar
January 25-February 2 Moscow Open
The annual and very strong open tournament in Russia's capital. (Classical)
Moscow, Russia
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)

DECEMBER 2019

Date Event Location
December 2-10 Grand Chess Tour: London Chess Classic
The finals of the Grand Chess Tour formed the main event of the annual London Chess Classic. Ding Liren ended up winning the tour. News report(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 was won by Alexandra Kosteniuk. News report. (Classical)
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)
December 4 Speed Chess Championship: Nakamura vs. Duda
In the 2019 Speed Chess Championship Hikaru Nakamura defeated Jan-Krzysztof Duda. News report(Blitz, bullet)
December 5 Speed Chess Championship: Artemiev vs. So
In the first semifinal of the 2019 Speed Chess Championship Wesley So defeated Vladislav Artemiev. News report(Blitz, bullet)
December 10-24 4th FIDE Grand Prix
The fourth and final GP tournament this year, co-organized by FIDE and World Chess, was won by Ian Nepomniachtchi. News report(Classical)
 Tel-Aviv, Israel
December 12-22 Sunway Sitges Open
The 6th edition of this strong open tournament in Sitges, close to Barcelona, was won by Anton Korobov. News report(Classical)
Sitges, Spain
December 26-30 FIDE World Rapid & Blitz
Officially called the King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Championships, this tournament had a prize fund of one million U.S. dollars. Magnus Carlsen and Humpy Koneru won the rapid championship (news report). Carlsen also won the blitz while Kateryna Lagno took gold in the women's section. News report(Rapid, blitz)
Moscow, Russia

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, was won by Alexander Grischuk. News report(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, held in Bucharest was won by Levon Aronian. News report. (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)
November 9-17 European Club Cup (Open & Women)
The 35th edition of European Club Cup was won by Obiettivo Risarcimento while the 24th edition of European Club Cup for Women was won by Nona. News report(Classical)
Montenegro
November 14 Speed Chess Championship: Aronian vs. Artemiev
In the 2019 Speed Chess Championship Vladislav Artemiev defeated Levon Aronian. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
November 18 Speed Chess Championship: Nepomniachtchi vs. Ding Liren
In the 2019 Speed Chess Championship Ian Nepomniachtchi defeated Ding Liren. News report(Blitz, bullet)
November 19 Speed Chess Championship: Vachier-Lagrave vs. So
In the 2019 Speed Chess Championship Wesley So beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
November 20-27 Grand Chess Tour: Tata Steel Rapid & Blitz
The second edition of the rapid and blitz event in Kolkata, now under the umbrella of the Grand Chess Tour, was won by Magnus Carlsen. News report(Rapid, blitz)
Kolkata, India

OCTOBER 2019

Date Event Location
October 1  Speed Chess Championship: Nakamura vs. Dobrov
In the 2019 Speed Chess Championship Hikaru Nakamura beat Vlad Dobrov. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
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)
October 2 Speed Chess Championship: Mamedyarov vs. So
In the 2019 Speed Chess Championship So beat Mamedyarov. News report. (Blitz, bullet)
October 3 Speed Chess Championship: Aronian vs. Firouzja
In the 2019 Speed Chess Championship continues with Levon Aronian beat Firouzja. News report(Blitz, bullet)
October 3 Speed Chess Championship: Grischuk vs. Artemiev
In the 2019 Speed Chess Championship Artemiev beat Grischuk. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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 served as FIDE's first Grand Swiss. The winner, Wang Hao, qualied for the 2020 FIDE Candidates' Tournament. News report(Classical)
Douglas, Isle of Man
October 12 Global Chess Festival
The annual Global Chess Festival, organized by Judit Polgar to promote chess world wide, was held in the Hungarian National Gallery this year.
Budapest, Hungary
October 14-26 World Juniors & Girls U20
Ukrainian GM Evgeny Shtembuliak and WIM Polina Shuvalova of Russia were the winners at the World Championships for players under 20 years old. News report(Classical)
New Delhi, India
 October 23-November 3 European Team Championship
The European championship for national teams was on by Russian in both the open and women's sections. News report. (Classical)
Batumi, Georgia
October 27-November 3 FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship
Wesley So won the first FIDE sanctioned Fischer Random World Championship. News report. (Slow rapid & rapid)
Bærum, Norway

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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
September 9-October 2 FIDE World Cup
The bi-annual knockout tournament that provides two players for the next Candidates' Tournament was won by Teimour Radjabov. News report. (Classical, rapid, blitz)
Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
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)
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)
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)
July 10 Junior Speed Chess Championship: QF2
In the second Junior Speed Chess Championship quarterfinal Wei Yi defeated Van Foreest. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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)
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)
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)
July 18 Junior Speed Chess Championship: SF1
In the first Junior Speed Chess Championship semifinal Xiong defeated Maghsoodloo. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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)
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)
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)
June 11 Junior Speed Chess Championship
Alexey Sarana won his Junior Speed Chess Championship match vs. Andrey Esipenko. News report(Blitz, bullet)
June 14 Junior Speed Chess Championship
Jeffery Xiong won his Junior Speed Chess Championship match vs. Anton Smirnov. News report(Blitz, bullet)
June 17 Junior Speed Chess Championship
Parham Maghsoodloo won his Junior Speed Chess Championship match vs. Luca Moroni. News report(Blitz, bullet)
June 18 Junior Speed Chess Championship
Benjamin Gledura won his Junior Speed Chess Championship match vs. Awonder Liang. News report(Blitz, bullet)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)

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)
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.
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.
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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