Chess Tournaments Calendar

 

FEBRUARY 2019

Date Event Location
February 5-16 Cairns Cup
A new round robin tournament for women, with Kosteniuk, Dzagnidze, Gunina, Khotenashvili, Paehtz, Sebag, Harika, Abdumalik, Krush and Zatonskih playing.
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 include Wei Yi, Vladimir Fedoseev, Wang Hao and Rauf Mamedov.
Moscow, Russia
February 20-24 Champions Showdown: The Kings
The 2019 Champions Showdown is 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. (Rapid, blitz)
St. Louis, USA
February 22-24 Bunratty Chess Festival
The traditional weekender in Buntarry, Ireland. (Classical)
Bunratty, Ireland

MARCH 2019

Date Event Location
March 3-14 World Team Championship
The biennial world championship among teams, with this year Russia, China, USA, Egypt, Ukraine, Georgia, Hungary, Armenia, Kazakhstan and India.
 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.
Prague, Czech Republic
March 16-29 European Individual Championship
23 spots for the FIDE World Cup are up for grabs in this traditionally big and strong open championship. (Classical)
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
March 22-30 Sharjah Masters
This open tournament in the UAE will be held for the third time.
Sharjah, UAE
March 18-April 1 U.S. Championships
The overall U.S. Championship and the U.S. Championship for women will again be played in the St Louis Chess Club.
St Louis, USA
March 31-April 10 Shamkir Chess
A new edition of the Vugar Gashimov Memorial.
Shamkir, Azerbaijan

APRIL 2019

Date Event Location
April 1-9 Dubai Open
The annual open tournament in the UAE.
Dubai, UAE
April 6-14 Bangkok Open
The annual open tournament in Thailand will be held for the 19th time.
Bangkok, Thailand
April 8-16 Reykjavik Open
This year the tournament takes place in the second week of April, again in the Harpa concert hall. (Classical)
Reykjavik, Iceland
April 10-23 European Women’s Individual Championship
The European individual championship for women.
Antalya, Turkey
April 15-25 World Senior Team Championship
Team championships for players both older than 50 and older than 65.
Rhodes, Greece
April 19-29 Grenke Chess Classic
This super tournament hasn’t been announced yet but is very likely to take place around the Easter weekend.
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Germany

 

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 in Sochi. (Classical.)
Sochi, Russia
May 3-9 Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament
The 24th edition of this Swedish event will be an eight-player all-play-all.
Malmo, Sweden
May 6-13 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. (Rapid, blitz)
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
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.
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. The location is yet to be announced.
 
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. Qualified players: Hou Yifan, Anna & Mariya Muzychuk, Kateryna Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Tan Zhongyi, Nana Dzagnidze and Valentina Gunina. First reserve: Aleksandra Goryachkina.
Kazan, Russia

 

JUNE 2019

Date Event Location
June 3-15 Altibox Norway Chess
The annual Norwegian super tournament will have a new twist this year: Players who draw their game will play an Armageddon game right after, forcing a decisive result. (Classical, rapid, blitz)
Stavanger, Norway
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.
Yaroslavl, Russia

 

JULY 2019

Date Event Location
July 11-25 2nd FIDE Grand Prix
The second of four GP tournaments this year co-organized by FIDE and World Chess. Two GP winners will qualify for the 2020 Candidates’ tournament.
 Jurmala/Riga, Latvia
July 13-21 Sparkassen Chess Meeting
The 47th edition of the annual tournament in Germany will again be held in the Orchestra Center in Dortmund and “Mr Dortmund” Vladimir Kramnik seems a likely participant, together with the Aeroflot qualifier and six other players. (Classical)
Dortmund, Germany
July 20-28 Xtracon Chess Open
The annual and very strong Danish open tournament.
Elsinore, Denmark
July 20-31 Biel Chess Festival
The annual festival in Switzerland is a few years older than Dortmund; it will be held for the 52nd time.
Biel, Switzerland
July 26-August 2 Grand Chess Tour: Paris Rapid & Blitz
The annual event held in the Canal+ studios in Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris. (Rapid, blitz)
Paris, France
July 26-August 4 British Championship
The British Championship is usually a fairly strong tournament as well. Defending champions are Michael Adams and Jovanka Houska.
Torquay, England

 

AUGUST 2019

Date Event Location
August 8-15 Grand Chess Tour: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz
The annual rapid and blitz event in the St. Louis Chess Club. (Rapid, blitz)
St. Louis, USA
August 15-30 Grand Chess Tour: Sinquefield Cup
The annual super tournament held in August in St. Louis again. (Classical)
St. Louis, USA
August 25-September 7 Champions Showdown: Chess 960
The second edition of the Chess960 matches in St. Louis.
St. Louis, USA

 

SEPTEMBER 2019

Date Event 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)
Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia

 

OCTOBER 2019

Date Event Location
October 9-20? Chess.com Isle of Man International
Another edition of the strongest open tournament in the world. Exact dates to be confirmed.
Douglas, Isle of Man
October 14-26 World Juniors & Girls U20
The annual World Championships for players under 20 years old.
New Delhi, India
 October 23-November 3 European Team Championship
The European championship for national teams. More information to follow. (Classical)
Batumi, Georgia

 

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.
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.
Bucharest, Romania
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.
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 Britan

 

DECEMBER 2019

Date Event Location
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.
 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 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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Past Chess Events:

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

 

DECEMBER 2018

Date Event Location
December 9-16 London Chess Classic
Hikaru Nakamura won the 2018 Grand Chess Tour and its $120,000 first prize after beating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the fourth blitz game of the final at the London Chess Classic. Fabiano Caruana came in third as he defeated Levon Aronian in their match. News report. (Classical, rapid, blitz)
London, UK
December 14-23 5th Sunway Sitges International
This strong open tournament in Sitges, close to Barcelona, was surprisingly won by Alvar Alonso ahead of e.g. Ernesto Inarkiev and Krishnan Sasikiran. News report(Classical)
Sitges, Spain
December 27-January 5 Rilton Cup
The 48th edition of the famous annual open tournament in Sweden.
Stockholm, Sweden
December 26-30 World Rapid & Blitz Championship
This year the tournament had a total prize fund of one million US dollars. The Rapid World Championship were won by Daniil Dubov and Ju Wenjun (News report) and the Blitz World Championships were won by Magnus Carlsen and Kateryna Lagno (News report). (Rapid, blitz)
St. Petersburg, Russia

 

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