General Mar 1, 2017 | 7:58 PMby Colin McGourty

2017 Chess Calendar

2017 is a chess year without a World Championship match or an Olympiad, but it’s set to be packed with events. We have the World Cup, the World and European Team Championships as well as two major competing series. After the FIDE Grand Prix in 2016 was postponed all four events are set to be crammed into 2017, alongside five Grand Chess Tour events. Then, of course, we have all the traditional events, including Tata Steel Chess and the Gibraltar Masters this January.

Many traditional events such as Shamkir Chess, the Bilbao Masters or the Qatar Masters are missing from this list, since we don't yet have news on when they'll take place in 2017, while we're also, for instance, missing the many Chinese events we can expect to fill out the chess calendar. We'll continue updating the calendar throughout the year.

Current and upcoming tournaments:

April 2017

April 18 - 27 | Poikovsky Karpov Tournament | Poikovsky, Russia

The 18th edition of the Anatoly Karpov Tournament in the oil-rich Siberian town of Poikovsky is a 10-player round-robin. It featuring many players who've competed in multiple editions such as Emil Sutovsky and Viktor Bologan as well as newcomers Daniil Dubov, David Anton and Sergey Zhigalko.

Links: official website, chess24

April 19 - 27 | Reykjavik Open | Reykjavik, Iceland

This major 10-round open is celebrating its 32nd edition, with players such as Anish Giri, Dmitry Andreikin, Baadur Jobava, Alexey Shirov and Gata Kamsky already confirmed.

Links: official website, chess24

April 21 - 30 | Shamkir Chess | Shamkir, Azerbaijan

The Gashimov Memorial returns for a 4th edition, with the 10-player single round-robin set to feature Wesley So, Vladimir Kramnik, Sergey Karjakin, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Teimour Radjabov, Mickey Adams, Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Radek Wojtaszek and Veselin Topalov.

Links: official website, chess24 | reports: 1-2

April 22 - May 5 | Chinese Championships | Xinghua, China

The Chinese Open and Women's Championships are both 12-player round-robins, with Wei Yi the top seed in the Open section.

Links: Open | Women

April 29 - May 1 | German League, Final Weekend | Berlin, Germany

The 2016-17 German League (Schachbundesliga) is an immensely strong 16-team round-robin. In each round, held over seven weekends, eight players represent each team. The final weekend sees all the teams converging in Berlin for the last three rounds, which include a likely title clash between favourites Baden-Baden (Caruana, MVL, Aronian, Anand, Svidler...) and title-holders Solingen (Giri, Harikrishna, Rapport, Ragger, Van Kampen...).  

Links: Bundesliga websiteBerlin websitechess24

April 30 - May 11 | Russian Team Championship | Sochi, Russia

One of the world's strongest team events sees Russian teams compete for local honours and a place in the European Club Cup.

Links: official website

May 2017

May 10-14 | TePe Sigeman & Co | Malmo, Sweden

This 6-player single round-robin is taking place in the Hipp Theatre in Malmo with new joint sponsor TePe. The line-up is attacking, featuring Pavel Eljanov, Baadur Jobava, Nigel Short, Nils Grandelius, Erik Blomqvist and Harika Dronavalli. 

Links: official website

May 11 - 22 | Moscow FIDE Grand Prix | Moscow, Russia

The 2nd stage of the 2017 FIDE Grand Prix series that will determine two players for the 2018 Candidates Tournaments. Each of the four tournaments is a 9-round Swiss Open with 18 players drawn from the 24 participants. Each player is required to play three events.

May 11 - 22 | Asian Individual Championship | Chengdu, China

The significance of this event has grown in importance given the rise of China and especially India as chess superpowers.

May 18 - 28 | French Top 12 Team Championship | Chartres, France

Another strong team event, with 12 teams and many international stars battling it out over 11 rounds to become the 2017 French Team Champions.

May 26 - June 4 | 6th Chinese Women's Masters | Wuxi, China

A 10-player women's round-robin event. 

May 26 - June 6 | 52nd Capablanca Memorial | Cuba

The 52nd edition of the tournament in memory of Cuban World Chess Champion Jose Capablanca will feature Leinier Dominguez and Vassily Ivanchuk. Once again the Elite round-robin will be accompanied by a Premier round-robin and an open tournament.

Links: official website

May 29 - June 10 | European Championship | Minsk, Belarus

The European Individual Championship will again be a battle both for the prestige of becoming European Champion and for one of 22 places up for grabs in the World Cup.

June 2017

June 5 - 17 | Altibox Norway Chess | Stavanger, Norway

Not a bad line-up... | photo: Altibox Norway Chess

The 5th edition of the Norwegian supertournament is again a 10-player round-robin and, at the moment of writing, those ten players are the ten highest rated in the world... Beat that!   

Links: official website

June 18 - 27 | World Team Championship | Khanty-Mansiyk, Russia

Both the Open and Women's World Team Championship are being held in the same venue in 2017, though the prestigious biennial team event will face tough competition from the other events it clashes with. The 10-team round-robin features the best international teams and has often been considered tougher than the Olympiad due to the absence of weaker teams.  

June 21 - 25 | Paris Grand Chess Tour | Paris, France

The 1st stage of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour features three days of rapid and two days of blitz chess as some of the world's best players compete for a $150,000 prize fund and Grand Chess Tour points. This event features six of the nine tour regulars - Carlsen, MVL, So, Nakamura, Caruana and Karjakin, who are joined by four wild cards - Grischuk, Mamedyarov, Topalov and Bacrot.

The Grand Chess Tour schedule for 2017

Links: official website

June 24 - July 5 | Russian Championship Higher League | Russia

This fiercely competitive open is a qualifying tournament for the Russian Championship Superfinal.

Links: official website

June 26 - July 3 | Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour | Leuven, Belgium

The second stage of the Grand Chess Tour in Leuven Town Hall once again follows hot on the heels of the event in Paris and has exactly the same format and $150,000 prize fund. This event features six of the nine tour regulars - Carlsen, MVL, So, Anand, Nepomniachtchi and Aronian, who are joined by four wild cards - Kramnik, Giri, Ivanchuk and Jobava.

Links: official website

July 2017 

July 3 - 16 | Geneva FIDE Grand Prix | Geneva, Switzerland

The 3rd stage of the 2017 FIDE Grand Prix series that will determine two players for the 2018 Candidates Tournaments. Each of the four tournaments is a 9-round Swiss Open with 18 players drawn from the 24 participants. Each player is required to play three events.

July 8 - 19 | 8th Hainan Danzhou GM Tournament | Danzhou, China

The 8th edition of the grandmaster tournament in Danzhou on the Chinese island of Hainan will again be a 10-player round-robin. Last year's edition was won by Ian Nepomniachtchi.

July 15 - 23 | Sparkassen Chess Meeting | Dortmund, Germany

This year's Dortmund super tournament, the 45th edition, will be dedicated to 10-time winner Vladimir Kramnik, who is celebrating 25 years since he first played the event.

Kramnik-Buhmann was many people's game of 2017, even though it ended in a draw! | photo: official website

Links: official website

July 29 - August 6 | British Championship | Llandudno, UK

In 2017 the British Championship is being held in Llandudno, Wales and is a shorter 9-round event.

Links: official website

July 31 – August 12 | Sinquefield Cup | Saint Louis, USA

The 5th edition of the Sinquefield Cup is again a classical 10-player single round-robin taking place in the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. It serves as the third stage of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour and boasts a $300,000 prize fund as well as the tour points on offer. A wild card player will join the tour regulars Carlsen, Aronian, MVL, So, Nakamura, Caruana, Nepomniachtchi, Karjakin and Anand.

Links: official website

August 2017

August 1 - 14 | Russian Championship Superfinal | Russia

The final event of the Russian Championships will determine the 2017 Russian Open and Women's Champions.

Links: official website

August 13 - 20 | Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz | Saint Louis, USA

This new event on the 2017 Grand Chess Tour will follow on from the 2017 Sinquefield Cup in the same venue and feature the same rapid and blitz format and $150,000 prize fund as the events in Paris and Leuven earlier in the year. Again there will be four wildcards.

Links: official website

August 14 - 22 | 24th Abu Dhabi Masters | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The Abu Dhabi Masters is a 9-player Swiss open taking place in the Abu Dhabi Chess and Culture Club. The top prize is $13,000.

Links: official website

August 21 - 31 | World Cadets Championship | Poços de Caldas, Brazil

This event features the World Youth Championships for the Under 8, U10 and U12 age groups for both boys and girls.

September 2017

September 1 - 25 | Chess World Cup | Batumi, Georgia

The biennial World Cup is a 128-player knockout consisting of six rounds of two-game knockout matches (with rapid and blitz playoffs where required) followed by a four-game final - which will be held in Tbilisi. The winner earns $120,000, while both finalists qualify for the 2018 Candidates Tournament.

We can safely say the final is unlikely to live up to Svidler-Karjakin in the 2015 World Cup in Baku!

September 12 - 20 | French Championship | France

Matthieu Cornette and Sophie Milliet are the reigning French Champions.

September 16 - 26 | World Youth Championship (U14-18) | Montevideo, Uruguay

The Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 World Youth Championships for both boys and girls are 11-round events taking place in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo.

October 2017

October 1 - 16 | World Junior Championship | Tarviso, Italy

The most prestigious junior event of 2017 is the Open World Junior Championship and the Girls event that accompanies it, open to players ages 20 and below.

October 2 - 6 | Russian Rapid and Blitz Championships | Sochi, Russia

The Olympic city of Sochi is once again hosting the fiercely competitive Russian speed chess events.

Links: official website

October 7 - 15 | European Club Cup | Manavgat, Turkey

The big annual European club event is again a 7-round open where teams compete over six boards. Alkaloid (Ding Liren, Andreikin, Eljanov and co.) will be looking to defend their title.

October 27 - November 7 | European Team Chess Championship | Crete, Greece

The biennial team event for European chess federations saw a golden double for the Russian men's and women's teams when the event was last held in Reykjavik in 2015.

November 2017

November 6 - 19 | World Senior Championship | Acqui Terme, Italy

The 2017 World Senior events for men and women in 50+ and 65+ categories is taking place in the same Italian spa town in which it was held in 2015.

November 15 - 26 | Palma de Mallorca FIDE Grand Prix | Palma de Mallorca, Spain

The 4rd and final stage of the 2017 FIDE Grand Prix series that will determine two players for the 2018 Candidates Tournaments. Each of the four tournaments is a 9-round Swiss Open with 18 players drawn from the 24 participants. Each player is required to play three events.

November 29 - December 11 | London Chess Classic | London, UK

The final leg of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour, with the same 10-player classical round-robin and $300,000 prize fund as the Sinquefield Cup. The tour regulars Carlsen, Aronian, MVL, So, Nakamura, Caruana, Nepomniachtchi, Karjakin and Anand will be joined by a wild card, while the $150,000 overall Grand Chess Tour prizes will also be decided.

Links: official website

December 2017

December 14 - 18 | European Rapid and Blitz Championships | Katowice, Poland

Four days of rapid and blitz chess in which the 2017 European Rapid and Blitz Champions will be decided in two big open tournaments.

Completed tournaments:

January 2017

January 14 - 29 | Tata Steel Chess | Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands

Carlsen and Karjakin will meet again in Wijk aan Zee | photo: official website 

The 79th edition of the traditional curtain raiser to the chess year features the World Champion and his recent Challenger in a 14-man field: Carlsen, So, Karjakin, Aronian, Giri, Nepomniachtchi, Harikrishna, Eljanov, Wojtaszek, Andreikin, Rapport, Wei Yi, Van Wely and Adhiban. The Challengers also has 14 players and includes World Junior Champion Jeffery Xiong. 

Games: official website, chess24: Masters | Challengers 
Reports: Preview12345678910111213

January 24 - February 2 | Tradewise Gibraltar Masters | Gibraltar

The 15th edition of the Gibraltar tournament features Top 10 players Caruana, MVL and Nakamura in a 250-player 10-round open. The top prize is £23,000, while the £15,000 on offer for the top woman has again attracted Women's World Champion Hou Yifan and a host of other top female players.

15 years of chess on the rock | image: official website

Links: official websitechess24 | Reports: 23-56-78-910

January 26 – February 6 | Moscow Open | Moscow, Russia

The traditional event in Moscow has seen 1,500 players take part in eight separate tournaments in recent years, with the top open event attracting dozens of titled players.

Links: official website, chess24: Open | Women

February 17 - 28 | Sharjah FIDE Grand Prix | Sharjah, UAE

The 1st stage of the 2017 FIDE Grand Prix series that will determine two players for the 2018 Candidates Tournament. Each of the four tournaments is a 9-round Swiss Open with 18 players drawn from the 24 participants. Each player is required to play three events.

Links: official websitechess24 | Reports: 12-34-56-78-9

February 2017

February 11 - March 3 | Women’s World Chess Championship | Tehran, Iran

This 64-player knockout will produce a new Women's World Champion, since reigning champ Hou Yifan has chosen not to take part. The Iranian venue has proved controversial, with Nazi Paikidze, Irina Krush and Mariya Muzychuk among the players to drop out citing concerns about security and the local laws requiring women to wear a hijab.

Links: official websitechess24 | Reports: 12345678910

February 21 - March 1 | Aeroflot Open | Moscow, Russia

This 15th edition of this 9-round open in the Cosmos Hotel in Moscow will again attract a formidable field in its top section reserved for players rated 2500 and above. The total guaranteed prize fund is EUR 140,000, with the winner qualifying for the Dortmund supertournament.    

Links: official websitechess24 | Final report

March 2017

March 12 - 17 | 7th HDBank Masters | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Wei Yi is the star attraction of the 7th edition of the HDBank Masters, a 9-round Swiss open. He'll face competition for the $13,000 top prize from the likes of local hero Le Quang Liem. 

Links: official websitechess24 | reports: 1-34-9

March 21 - 29 | Polish Championships | Warsaw, Poland

The 2017 Polish Open and Women's Championships are 10-player round-robins taking place in a new venue. 

While the women's tournament has the top seven rated women the open event is weakened in particular by the absence of Radek Wojtaszek (playing in Sharjah) and Jan-Krzysztof Duda.

Links: official website, chess24 - OpenWomen | reports: 1

March 23 - April 2 | Longgang Shenzhen Masters | Shenzhen, China

Anish Giri, Mickey Adams, Ding Liren, Harikrishna, Yu Yangyi and Peter Svidler are playing a new 6-player double round-robin in the Longgang District of the Chinese city of Shenzhen, located just north of Hong Kong. The prize fund is $90,000, with the winner taking $20,000.

Anish Giri and Ding Liren are among the players in the new supertournament | photo: 

Links: official websitechess24 | reports: 12-34-5

March 23 - 31 | 1st Sharjah Masters | Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

The Arabian Peninsula now has yet another powerful open tournament, with the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club hosting this 9-round open with five 2700+ players and almost 40 2600+ players. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Radek Wojtaszek are the favourites to win the $15,000 top prize in the Masters tournament (for players rated 2100 and above).

Links: official websitechess24 | reports: 1-23-67-9

March 29 - April 10 | US Championships | St. Louis, USA

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis will once again be hosting the national championships for men and women, with Fabiano Caruana and Nazi Paikidze looking to defend their titles in the 12-player round-robins. It won't be easy, with Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura again both playing and fighting for the $50,000 top prize. The women's US Champion gets $25,000, with a combined prize fund of $294,000, plus $64,000 if anyone can manage the Fischeresque score of 11/11. Yasser Seirawan, Jennifer Shahade and Maurice Ashley are reunited in the live broadcast studio. 

Caruana won the 2016 US Championship, though the highlight was the 4-man blitz tournament with Caruana, So, Kasparov (!) and eventual winner Nakamura | photo: Lennart Ootes, St. Louis Chess Club

Links: official website, chess24 - OpenWomen | reports: 123456789101112

April 2017

April 3 - 11 | 19th Dubai Open | Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The 2017 Dubai Open is a 9-round Swiss open taking place in the Dubai Chess and Culture club. The prize fund is $50,000, with a top prize of $13,000.

Links: official websitechess24 | reports: 1

April 8 - 16 | 17th Bangkok Chess Club Open | Cha-am, Thailand

This 9-round open, this year being held in a Thai beach resort, features former champions Nigel Short and, of course, chess24's Jan Gustafsson.

The Bangkok Chess Club Open consistently has the best photo shoots... here with Nigel Short and Sophie Milliet | photo: official website

Links: official websitechess24

April 12 - 17 | Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge | Zurich, Switzerland

The 2017 Zurich Chess Challenge is being held in memory of Viktor Korchnoi. The main event features Kramnik, Anand, Nakamura, Nepomniachtchi, Svidler, Gelfand, Oparin and Pelletier playing seven rounds of neo-classical chess (45 min + 30 sec) followed by 7 rounds of rapid chess (10 + 5).

The 8-man line-up, after Oparin qualified from the Nutcracker Tournament and Gelfand was drafted in when MVL pulled out | photos: official website

Links: official website | reports: opening12-34-7

April 13 - 17 | Korchnoi Zurich Open | Zurich, Switzerland

The traditional Zurich Chess Challenge is this year accompanied by a 7-round Swiss open, with Alexei Shirov currently topping the line-up of the Masters section.

Links: official website

April 13 - 17 | GRENKE Chess Open | Karlsruhe

This huge 9-round Swiss open tournament over the Easter weekend boasts a €10,000 first prize in the top A Open. Etienne Bacrot, Maxim Matlakov, Richard Rapport and Aeroflot winner Vladimir Fedoseev are among the star players in action, with the GRENKE Chess Classic players in the same venue for their first three rounds.

Links: official website

April 10 - 23 | European Women's Chess Championship | Riga, Latvia

An 11-round open tournament in which the top European women compete not only for a first prize of EUR 75,000 but for 14 spots in the next Women's World Championship tournament.

Links: official websitechess24

April 15 - 22 | GRENKE Chess Classic | Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden, Germany

The biennial GRENKE Chess Classic is an 8-player single round-robin featuring World Champion and defending title holder Magnus Carlsen alongside Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian, Arkadij Naiditsch, Hou Yifan, Matthias Bluebaum and Georg Meier.

Links: official websitechess24 | reports: 123456 

April 17 - 21 | Chinese League (Rounds 1-4) | Shenzhen, China

The 2017 Chinese League is a 12-team event in which teams play each other twice over the course of a 22-round season. On each match day teams pick five players, two of them female, with a number of overseas stars likely to take part.

Links: official websitechess24

We'll of course be updating this list of tournaments as the year progresses, while if you know of any big events that are missing please let us know in the comments below! 

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