General Sep 25, 2019 | 3:35 PMby Colin McGourty

2019 Chess Calendar

Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian will aim to defend their Tata Steel and Gibraltar Masters titles as 2019 gets off to a traditional start. This year there's no Olympiad or World Championship match, but the World Cup awaits in September, as well as other biennial events such as the World and European Team Championships. The $1.5 million Grand Chess Tour is expanding into Asia and Africa, while Altibox Norway Chess will be one to watch as it trials Armageddon games after classical draws. There's a new women's supertournament as well as a Candidates Tournament to decide Ju Wenjun's next World Championship opponent.

This 2019 Chess Calendar is of course a work in progress, since we don't yet have the dates or details for many events, including those of the Grand Chess Tour. Please let us know in the comments if we've left out any major events which have already been announced.

Current and upcoming tournaments:

October 2019

October 2 - 12 | World Youth Championship | Mumbai, India

The annual World Youth Championship for the Under 14, U16 and U18 age categories.

Links: official website, chess24: U14, G14, U16, G16, U18, G18

October 10 - 21 | FIDE Grand Swiss | Isle of Man

This year the 9-round Swiss on the Isle of Man will be a 160-player event to determine a single place in the 2020 Candidates Tournament to select Magnus Carlsen's next challenger. It might still be sufficient to finish second, however, since Magnus himself will play.

Links: official website, chess24

October 15 - 25 | World Junior Championship | New Delhi, India

The most prestigious prize in junior chess, with players 20 and under competing in 11-round open and women's tournaments to determine the 2019 World Junior Champions. 

Links: official website, chess24: Open, Girls

October 14 - 21 | Russian Rapid and Blitz Championship | Sochi, Russia

A week in which Russian players battle it out in both individual and team rapid and blitz tournaments. Traditionally Vladislav Artemiev wins almost everything. 

Links: official website, chess24: Rapid Open/Women, Blitz Open/Women

October 24 - November 2 | European Team Championship | Batumi, Georgia

A 9-round biennial team event open to all the European Chess Federations. The defending champions are Azerbaijan, in the open category, and Russia, among the women.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov led Azerbaijan to gold in 2017 on Crete | photo: Niki Riga, official website

Links: official website, chess24: Open, Women

October 27 - November 2 | Fischer Random 2019 | Bærum, Norway

After a match between Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura was held in 2018 the plan this year is to expand and hold a World Championship style event open to all online before a knockout tournament takes place in Norway. The World Champion will be seeded through to the semi-final stage.  

Links: official website

November 2019

November 5 - 17 | FIDE Grand Prix Leg 3 | Hamburg, Germany

The third leg of the new FIDE Grand Prix series. Each leg is a 16-player knockout with a €130,000 prize fund, with an additional €280,000 on offer based on the overall standings after all four events. The main goal is to win one of two qualifying places for the 2020 Candidates Tournament.

Links: official website

November 6 - 10 | Superbet Rapid & Blitz | Bucharest, Romania

The sixth leg of the new-look 12-player Grand Chess Tour is a 5-day rapid and blitz tournament. The tour regulars play in three of the five rapid and blitz events and both classical tournaments. 

Links: Grand Chess Tour

November 10 - 16 | European Chess Club Cup | Ulcinj, Montenegro

The annual open and women's European Club Cups are open to qualifying club teams from across Europe. In 2018 Peter Svidler let St. Petersburg-based Mednyi Vsadnik to victory despite losing his first 4 games. 

Links: official website

November 12 - 23 | World Senior Championship | Bucharest, Romania

The World Individual Senior Chess Championship is help in open and women's categories for players aged 50+ and 65+. 

Links: official website

November 20 - 27 | Tata Steel India Rapid & Blitz | Kolkata, India

The seventh leg of the new-look 12-player Grand Chess Tour is a 5-day rapid and blitz tournament. The tour regulars play in three of the five rapid and blitz events and both classical tournaments. 

Links: Grand Chess Tour

November 21- 23 | Chinese Chess League | China

A 12-team double round-robin league held in six venues over the course of eight months. Most of the players are Chinese but there's a significant foreign presence during each round.

Links: official websitechess24

December 2019

December 1 - 9 | London Chess Classic | London, UK

The London Chess Classic will host the finals of the Grand Chess Tour. The prize fund for the final four players in the tour has been raised to $350,000, with $150,000 for 1st place and $100,000 for 2nd.  We can also expect major accompanying events such as the British Knockout Championship.

Links: official website

December 3 - 14 | 2nd FIDE Women's Grand Prix | Monaco

This 12-player round-robin is the 2nd of four Women's Grand Prix events that will determine two places in the 2021 Women's Candidates Tournament. The series consists of 16 players who compete in 3 of the 4 events. The top prize is 15,000 euros, with another 20,000 euros for the overall winner of the series. 

December 10 - 24 | FIDE Grand Prix Leg 4 | Tel-Aviv, Israel

The fourth leg of the new FIDE Grand Prix series. Each leg is a 16-player knockout with a €130,000 prize fund, with an additional €280,000 on offer based on the overall standings after all four events. The main goal is to win one of two qualifying places for the 2020 Candidates Tournament.

Links: official website

December 11 - 15 | European Rapid and Blitz Championship | Tallinn, Estonia

In recent years the European Rapid and Blitz Championship has featured as a warm-up for the World Rapid and Blitz held later in December. 

December 13 - 22 | Sunway Chess Open | Sitges, Spain

An ambitious open tournament that has been growing year by year and attracting some top players. 

Links: official website

Completed tournaments:

January 2019

January 12 – 27 | Tata Steel Chess | Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands

Magnus Carlsen, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ding Liren, Anish Giri, Vladimir Kramnik and Vishy Anand head the field for the 13-round Tata Steel Masters, with the debut of Sam Shankland in a major traditional supertournament a particular highlight. The 81st edition of the tournament also features Praggnanandhaa, Vincent Keymer and more of the world's top juniors playing in the Challengers.   

Links: official website, chess24: MastersChallengers | Reports: preview12345678910111213

January 23 – February 1 | Gibraltar Masters | Gibraltar

Levon Aronian will attempt to defend his title in this year's Gibraltar Masters, but he'll face tough opposition from Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Wesley So, Yu Yangyi and Hikaru Nakamura. The 10-round open also features some of the world's best women, starting with reigning Women's World Champion Ju Wenjun. 

Links: official websitechess24 | Reports: preview1-34-8910

January 26 – February 3 | Moscow Open | Moscow, Russia

The event in the Moscow Russian State Social University is one of the world’s largest chess festivals, with multiple tournaments usually attracting in the region of 1,500 players.

Links: official websitechess24

February 2019

February 6 - 16 | Cairns Cup | Saint Louis, USA

This year sees the launch of a female version of the Sinquefield Cup, with 10 of the world's best women competing in an event named after Jeanne Sinquefield, whose maiden name is Cairns. 

Links: official websitechess24

February 20 - 24 | Champions Showdown: The Kings | Saint Louis, USA

The Champions Showdown is an opportunity for five US chess players (Leinier Dominguez recently switched federation) to play individual matches against selected opponents. They play 12 rapid games and 24 blitz games over five days for a $60,000 prize fund in each match. The matches are:

  • Nakamura vs. Duda 
  • Caruana vs. Harikrishna 
  • So vs. Navara 
  • Dominguez vs. Topalov 
  • Shankland vs. Rapport

Links: official websitechess24

February 22 - 24 | Bunratty Chess Festival | Bunratty, Ireland

A weekend open tournament whose relaxed atmosphere usually helps attract some top players. 

Links: official websitechess24

February 19 - 28 | Aeroflot Open | Moscow, Russia

The 17th edition of one of the world's most formidable open tournaments is again taking place in the Cosmos Hotel in Moscow. The main event is intended for players rated 2550 and over, meaning there are no easy games. The winner qualifies for the Dortmund supertournament in July.

Links: official websitechess24 | Report

March 2019

March 1 - 3 | Chess Bundesliga Central Rounds | Berlin, Germany

The German Chess League (Schachbundesliga) is a 16-team all-play-all event that features some of the world's best players, including Fabiano Caruana and Vishy Anand. Most weekends teams are split in venues across Germany, but for three rounds a year they all come together in one venue. This year that will again be Berlin, for Rounds 9-11, while the Women's Bundesliga will have its season finale. On Saturday 2nd there's also the 2nd edition of the Emanuel Lasker Blitz Tournament. 

Links: Berlin websiteSchachbundesliga websitechess24 | Report

March 2 - 10 | Spring Chess Classic | Saint Louis, USA

The Saint Louis Chess Club continues its tradition of organising strong round-robin tournaments for players currently at a level slightly below the world elite, and this edition is topped by the one and only Vassily Ivanchuk, who turns 50 a week after the event. 

Links: official website, chess24: A GroupB Group

March 5 - 14 | World Team Championship | Astana, Kazakhstan

The World Team Championship is a biennial team tournament whose all-play-all format among 10 teams means that it can be tougher to win than the Olympiad. The teams eligible to play are in the open section are China, Azerbaijan, Iran, USA, Egypt, Russia, Poland, England, Kazakhstan and India. And in the women's section: Russia, China, USA, Egypt, Ukraine, Georgia, Hungary, Armenia, Kazakhstan and India.

Links: official website, chess24: OpenWomen, Reports: 12-34-56-78

March 6 - 16 | Prague International Chess Festival | Prague, Czech Republic

A new event on the chess calendar organised by the Novoborsky Chess Club. 2700 players (and club members) Harikrishna, David Navara and Radek Wojtaszek are already confirmed for the 10-player Masters Tournament, while there will also be a 10-player Challengers event, with the winner qualifying for the Masters in 2020.   

Links: official website, chess24: MastersChallengers, Reports: 12-56-9

March 7 - 13 | 9th HDBank International | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A strong 9-round open tournament whose participants in 2019 include Wang Hao, Ivan Cheparino, Loek van Wely, Gukesh and Antoaneta Stefanova.

Links: official websitechess24

March 18 - 29 | European Individual Championship | Skopje, FYROM

The European Championship is a prestigious event in its own right, but nowadays it mainly functions as a qualifier for the World Cup. 22 places are up for grabs in the knockout tournament later in the year.

Links: official websitechess24 | Reports: 1-56-910-11

March 20 - April 1 | US Chess Championship | Saint Louis, USA

For years now the US Chess Championship and US Women's Chess Championship have been the strongest, most lucrative and most professionally broadcast national chess championships. Leinier Dominguez is making his debut alongside Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura and defending champion Sam Shankland now that his switch from the Cuban to the US Chess Federation is complete.  

Links: official website, chess24: Open | Women, Reports: Preview1-23-45-678-910-11

March 22 - 30 | Sharjah Masters | Sharjah, UAE

The 3rd edition of the Sharjah Masters is again a 9-round open with $15,000 on offer for first place. Wang Hao, Le Quang Liem and Vladimir Fedoseev start as the top seeds. 

Links: official websitechess24

March 31 - April 8 | Shamkir Chess | Shamkir, Azerbaijan

The 6th edition of the Vugar Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir will again this year feature both 3-time winner Magnus Carlsen and 2-time winner Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. They're joined by Ding Liren, Anish Giri, Viswanathan Anand, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Veselin Topalov and David Navara in a 9-round classical round-robin.

Links: official websitechess24 | Reports: 123456789

April 2019

April 1 - 9 | Dubai Open | Dubai, UAE

The 21st Dubai Open is a 9-round open with a $13,000 top prize, with many of the players, such as top seeds Wang Hao, Le Quang Liem and Maxim Matlakov, making the very short trip straight from the Sharjah Masters.

Links: official websitechess24

April 6 - 14 | Bangkok Chess Club Open | Bangkok, Thailand

The 19th edition of the Bangkok Chess Club Open is taking place in Bangkok itself this year, and is again likely to see our very own Jan Gustafsson play his annual tournament in the company of some other top players.  

Links: official websitechess24 | Report

April 8 - 16 | GAMMA Reykjavik Open | Reykjavik, Iceland

The 34th edition of the 9-round Reykjavik Open is again being held in the Harpa Concert Hall in Iceland's capital city. David Navara is among the confirmed participants. 

Links: official websitechess24 | Reports: 1-56-9

April 10 - 23 | European Women's Individual Championship | Antalya, Turkey

An 11-round tournament to decide the 2019 European Women's Champion and, most likely, qualifiers for the next Women's World Cup. 

Links: official websitechess24 | Reports: 1-6

April 18 - 22 | GRENKE Chess Open | Karlsruhe, Germany

The GRENKE Chess Open is a huge 9-round Swiss event taking place in the Congress Centre in Karlsruhe over the Easter weekend. The top seed so far this year is Nikita Vitiugov, with the winner taking home 20,000 euros and a place in the 2020 GRENKE Chess Classic. 

Links: official websitechess24

April 15 - 25 | World Senior Team Championship | Rhodes, Greece

A team tournament held in two categories, for players 50+ or 65+. Federations can submit multiple teams. 

Links: official website, chess24: 50+65+

April 17 - 27 | Shenzhen Masters | Shenzhen, China

The 3rd edition of the Shenzhen Masters is a 6-player double round-robin featuring Ding Liren, Anish Giri, Yu Yangyi, Dmitry Jakovenko, Harikrishna and Richard Rapport. 

Links: official websitechess24 | Reports: 1-23-10

April 20 - 29 | GRENKE Chess Classic | Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Germany

The GRENKE Chess Classic is a 10-player all-play-all supertournament featuring World Champion Magnus Carlsen and fellow stars Fabiano Caruana, Vishy Anand, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian and Arkadij Naiditsch. It's set to be a baptism of fire for 14-year-old Vincent Keymer, who qualified by winning the GRENKE Chess Open in 2018. The first 5 rounds will be played in Karlsruhe, before the final 4 rounds are played in Baden-Baden. chess24 will again be the official broadcaster of the event, with a commentary team of Jan Gustafsson and Peter Leko.

Links: official websitechess24 | Reports: Preview123456789

May 2019

May 1 - 10 | Russian Team Championship | Sochi, Russia

The strongest national team championship to take place at one time in one venue. Only the French Top 12 comes close to matching it. 

Links: official website | chess24: Premier League | Women | Higher League

May 3 - 9 | TePe Sigeman & Co. Chess Tournament | Malmö, Sweden

In 2019 this event will expand from 6 to 8 players, who compete over 7 rounds. The participants are Harikrishna, Ivan Saric, Nils Grandelius, Gawain Jones, Parham Maghsoodloo, Nihal Sarin, Tiger Hillarp and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu. The venue is changing to Malmö Live.

Links: official websitechess24

May 3 - 13 | Capablanca Memorial | Havana, Cuba

This will be the 54th edition of the traditional tournament held in memory of the legendary Cuban World Chess Champion Jose Raul Capablanca. Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexey Dreev and Adhiban are among the 6-player field for the 10-round event. 

Links: official website, chess24: GM | Open

May 7 - 12 | Cote d’Ivoire Rapid & Blitz | Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

The first leg of the new-look 12-player Grand Chess Tour is a 5-day rapid and blitz tournament taking place in Cote d'Ivoire, Africa. The tour regulars play in three of the five rapid and blitz events and both classical tournaments. The wild cards for this event are Wei Yi, Veselin Topalov and Bassem Amin.

Links: Grand Chess Tourchess24 | Reports: Preview12345

May 11 - 19 | Polish Championships | Warsaw, Poland

Once again the Polish Open and Women's Championships are taking place in an impressive venue - the trading room of the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Will Radek Wojtaszek get revenge for Jan-Krzysztof Duda taking his title and Polish no. 1 spot last year?  

Links: official website, chess24: OpenWomen

May 14 - 18 | IMSA World Masters | Hengshui, China

The International Mind Sports Association event in 2019 features three days of rapid chess followed by two days of blitz. Each tournament has 16 players, with separate open and women's events. 

Links: official website, chess24: Open RapidWomen's RapidOpen BlitzWomen's BlitzReport

May 16 - 30 | FIDE Grand Prix Leg 1 | Moscow, Russia

The first leg of the new FIDE Grand Prix series. Each leg is a 16-player knockout with a €130,000 prize fund, with an additional €280,000 on offer based on the overall standings after all four events. The main goal is to win one of two qualifying places for the 2020 Candidates Tournament.

Links: official websitechess24 | Reports: PreviewR1.1R1.2R1TBQF1QF TiebreaksSF 1SF TiebreaksFinal 1Final Tiebreaks

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

A big team championship featuring the 12 best teams in France, who play each other over 11 rounds. 

Links: official websitechess24

May 25 - 26 | Lindores Abbey Chess Stars Tournament | Lindores, Fife, Scotland

Magnus Carlsen, Vishy Anand and Ding Liren are the confirmed players for a 2-day rapid tournament taking place in a very unusual venue - the Lindores Abbey Distillery in Scotland. The organisers note that monks played chess in the venue 500 years ago, and are releasing a special whisky to mark the event. 

Links: official websitechess24 | Reports: PreviewDay 1Day 2

May 31 - June 17 | FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament | Kazan, Russia

There's a revolution in women's chess, as an 8-player Candidates Tournament will now determine the next challenger for a match against Women's World Champion Ju Wenjun. The players are Anna and Mariya Muzychuk, Ekaterina Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Tan Zhongyi, Nana Dzagnidze, Valentina Gunina and Aleksandra Goryachkina, who qualified as the first reserve after Hou Yifan, currently studying at Oxford University, declined her invitation.

Who will play a match against Ju Wenjun for the Women's World Championship title? | photo: 

Links: official websitechess24 | Reports: 12-910-14

June 2019

June 3 - 14 | Altibox Norway Chess | Stavanger, Norway

This year's Altibox Norway Chess will be the first elite classical round-robin to trial a radical approach to the "problem" of draws in chess. A winner of a classical game gets 2 points, but if the game is drawn the players then immediately switch to Armageddon, with the winner getting 1.5 points and the loser 0.5 points. Magnus Carlsen is among the players confirmed to be taking part.    

The players can still make quick draws in 2019, but then they'll have to play even quicker Armageddon! | photo: Lennart Ootes, Altibox Norway Chess

Links: official website, chess24: BlitzMain Event, Reports: PreviewBlitz123456789

June 5 - 15 | 20th Karpov Tournament | Poikovsky, Russia

The 20th edition of the Anatoly Karpov tournament will again be a 10-player single round-robin this year, featuring Vladislav Artemiev, Dmitry Jakovenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Wang Hao, Krishnan Sasikiran, Rauf Mamedov, Anton Korobov, Ivan Saric, Vladislav Kovalev and Andrey Esipenko. 

Links: official websitechess24, Report

June 7 - 15 | Asian Continental Championships | Xingtai, China

The Asian Continental Championships are 9-round Open and Women's tournaments, with five players from the open event qualifying for the 2019 World Cup, while the winner of the women's event qualifies for the 2020 Women's World Cup. The top seeds in the open event are Vidit, Le Quang Liem, Adhiban, Firouzja and Maghsoodloo.

Links: chess24 | OpenWomenReport

June 18 - 28 | Summer Chess Classic | Saint Louis, USA

The Summer Chess Classic features three 6-player double round-robins, with the A Group approaching super-tournament status. It features Duda, Shankland, Gawain Jones, Le Quang Liem, Xiong and Swiercz.  

Links: official website, chess24: A GroupB GroupC Group

June 23 - July 2 | Netanya International Chess Festival | Netanya, Israel

This is the resurrection of a tournament once won by the likes of Bobby Fischer and Jan Timman. The Masters is a 10-player round-robin featuring Dominguez, Svidler, Dubov, Rodshtein, McShane, Nabaty, Gelfand, Eljanov, Postny and Smirin, while there will also be an open, with Anton Korobov currently the top seed. The games will be played in the Netanya Stadium, with a prize fund of $100,000 and $25,000 for first place in the Masters. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich appears to be one of the sponsors.  

Links: official website, chess24: MastersOpen

June 26 - July 7 | Croatia GCT | Zagreb, Croatia

The second leg of the new-look 12-player Grand Chess Tour is an 11-round classical tournament with a $325,000 prize fund. It's set to feature all of the regular tour players.  

Links: Grand Chess Tourchess24 | Reports: Preview12345678910

June 26 - July 5 | Russian Championship Higher League | Yaroslavl, Russia

The extremely tough qualifier for the Russian Championship Superfinal that will take place later in the year (dates and venue not yet announced). 

Links: official website, chess24: OpenWomen

June 29 - July 8 | 10th Danzhou Super-GM Tournament | Danzhou, China

This tournament on the South China Sea island of Hainan is an 8-player event featuring Vladislav Artemiev, Yu Yangyi, Richard Rapport, Wei Yi, Wang Hao, Vidit, Bassem Amin and Ernesto Inarkiev. 

Links: official websitechess24

July 2019

July 5 - 7 | León Masters | León, Spain

Vassily Ivanchuk, Nihal Sarin, Parham Maghsoodloo and Jaime Santos compete in a rapid and blitz knockout tournament with semi-finals on Friday and Saturday before a final showdown on Sunday. 

Links: official websitechess24

July 11 - 20 | US Junior Championship | Saint Louis, USA

Perhaps the world's best funded and broadcast junior championship, with a combined $30,900 in prize money for the two events. 17-year-old US Women's Chess Champion Jennifer Yu will play in the open section. 

Links: official website, chess24: Open | Girls

July 11 - 20 | US Senior Championship | Saint Louis, USA

A new event in Saint Louis offering ten 50+ US players the chance to compete for $50,000, with $12,000 for 1st place. 3-time US Champion Larry Christiansen starts as the top seed.

Links: official websitechess24

July 13 - 21 | Sparkassen Chess-Meeting | Dortmund, Germany

Ian Nepomniachtchi is the defending champion for the 47th edition of the traditional chess tournament in Dortmund. 10-time winner Vladimir Kramnik is missing after his retirement, with the field completed by Radjabov, Dominguez, Rapport, Wojtaszek, Nisipeanu, Fridman and Kaido Kulaots, who qualified by winning the Aeroflot Open. 

Links: official websitechess24 | Reports: 1, 2-4, 5-7 

July 12 - 24 | FIDE Grand Prix Leg 2 | Riga, Latvia

The second leg of the new FIDE Grand Prix series. Each leg is a 16-player knockout with a €130,000 prize fund, with an additional €280,000 on offer based on the overall standings after all four events. The main goal is to win one of two qualifying places for the 2020 Candidates Tournament.

Links: official websitechess24 | Reports: 1.11TBQF1QFTBSFF1F2FTB

July 20 - 28 | Xtracon Chess Open | Elsinore, Denmark

A big 10-round summer open that usually attracts some very strong players. 

Links: official websitechess24

July 21 - 31 | Biel International Chess Festival | Biel, Switzerland

The 2018 51st edition of the tournament in Biel saw Shakhriyar Mamedyarov win ahead of Magnus Carlsen and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. For the 52nd edition the 8-player field is Sam Shankland, Vidit, Cori, Leko, Maghsoodloo, Abdusattorov, Bogner and Georgiadis. They play each other once in classical and rapid chess and twice in blitz. 

Carlsen's loss to Mamedyarov in Biel was one of only two classical defeats he suffered in the whole of 2018! The other was to Wesley So in Norway Chess | photo: Lennart Ootes, Biel Chess 2018 

Links: official website, chess24: GrandmasterMastersATO

July 26 - August 4 | British Chess Championship | Torquay, England

In 2018 the British Championship titles were won by 6-time champion Mickey Adams and 8-time champion Jovanka Houska. 

Links: official website, chess24: ChampionshipMajor Open

July 27 - August 1 | Paris Rapid & Blitz | Paris, France

The third leg of the new-look 12-player Grand Chess Tour is a 5-day rapid and blitz tournament. The tour regulars play in three of the five rapid and blitz events and both classical tournaments. The wild cards for this event are Alexander Grischuk, Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Daniil Dubov.

Links: Grand Chess Tourchess24 | Reports: PreviewDay 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5

August 2019

August 10 - 14 | St Louis Rapid & Blitz | St. Louis, USA

The fourth leg of the new-look 12-player Grand Chess Tour is a 5-day rapid and blitz tournament. The tour regulars play in three of the five rapid and blitz events and both classical tournaments. 

Links: Grand Chess Tourchess24 | Reports: Preview12345

August 10 - 22 | Russian Championship Superfinals | Izhevsk & Votkinsk, Russia

The 2019 Russian Championship Superfinals will take place in two venues in the Russian region of Udmurtia. Once again 12-player open and women's events will be held simultaneously.

Links: official website, chess24: Open | Women

August 16 - 29 | Sinquefield Cup | Saint Louis, USA

The fifth leg of the new-look 12-player Grand Chess Tour is now an 11-round classical tournament with a $325,000 prize fund. It's set to feature all the regular tour participants. 

Links: official websitechess24 | Reports: Preview1234567891011Tiebreaks

August 17 - 25 | French Chess Championship | Chartres, France

The 2018 edition of the French Championships gave us two surprise winners: Tigram Gharamian and Pauline Guichard.

Links: official website, chess24: OpenWomen

August 20 - September 2 | World Cadet Championship | Weifang, China

The annual World Youth Championships for the Under 8, U10 and U12 age categories.

Links: official website, chess24: U8U10U12G8G10G12

September 2019

September 2 - 5 | 2019 Champions Showdown: Chess960 | Saint Louis, USA

Garry Kasparov will once again be back at the chessboard to play in the $200,000 Champions Showdown. His opponent for six 30 minute, 10-second delay rapid games and 14 5+5 blitz games will be world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana. The other three matches are So-Topalov, Dominguez-Svidler and Nakamura-Aronian.

Links: official websitechess24 | Reports: Preview1234

September 11 - 22 | 1st FIDE Women's Grand Prix | Skolkovo, Moscow, Russia

This 12-player round-robin is the 1st of four Women's Grand Prix events that will determine two places in the 2021 Women's Candidates Tournament. The series consists of 16 players who compete in 3 of the 4 events. The top prize is 15,000 euros, with another 20,000 euros for the overall winner of the series. 

Links: official websitechess24

September 10 - October 4 | FIDE World Cup | Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia

The biennial World Cup is probably the most anticipated chess event of 2019, with 128 players set to compete for the title and two places in the 2020 Candidates Tournament. Apart from World Champion Magnus Carlsen and world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana (who already has a place in the Candidates) almost all the top players are in action, including world no. 3 and 2017 finalist Ding Liren. 

The World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk in 2019 is a prelude to the Olympiad being held in the same Siberian city in 2020 | photo:

Links: official websitechess24 | Reports: Preview1. 1Final 2Final 3Final 4Final 5

We'll keep this calendar updated throughout the year as new tournament details emerge. To watch all the games live check out our Live Tournaments page!

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