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ChessBase India calendar has 89 tournaments listed for May 2019

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/05/2019

Which is the most powerful chess calendar in the world? Well, by sheer numbers and data you can see how the ChessBase India calendar is the best resource available out there for planning your events. Just in the month of May we have 89 tournaments on our calendar. In this article we tell you how the players and organizers can make the best use of our calendar. Some of the major events in the month of May are the 2019 Côte D’Ivoire Rapid & Blitz part of Grand Chess Tour 2019, FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow, Lindores Abbey tournament in Scotland featuring Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren, Women's Candidates, IMSA even in China, Sigeman & Co. in Sweden and our very own KIIT GM Open in Bhubaneshwar. 

For years players all across the world have been looking for a calendar that would meet their needs with regards to tournaments that are held all across the world. We, at ChessBase India, understand this requirement of the chess community. It is for this reason that we decided to launch a calendar which not only has all the Indian events, but tournaments all across the world.

So let's have a look at the above page carefully.

1. The url of the page is You can type it directly or you can go through the tabs on the top of the ChessBase India website.

2. When you open the calendar, the first tournament that shows you is from the current date. So if you open the calendar on 1st of May, you will get to see all the tournaments from 1st of May onwards.

3. If you would like to see the all the tournaments in the ChessBase India calendar, then click on the button "archives". You will get all the tournaments from November 2017 onwards

4. "Submit your tournament" is an extremely important button that we would like organizers all around the world to use. Once you click on it, the following page opens up:

As an organizer you need to fill in the details like Title of the tournament, venue, address, etc. and then submit the tournament.

Once the tournament is submitted, our team will have a look at it and if it meets with our criteria, the tournament will be approved and listed on the ChessBase India calendar.

5. We have developed certain search filters which will help you to navigate the huge number of tournaments with ease.

You can search using the dates, country, state, and also type of tournament and the currency

If you would like to search a specific word in the calendar we recommend that you use the ctrl+f function or you using the "Find on page" function on your mobile browser. This is something that we are working on and will develop a function soon within the calendar as well.


Here's a preview of all the action you can expect in the month of May. We request you to give us your feedback about the ChessBase India calendar and help us to create a powerful tool which will help the chess community.

Go to ChessBase India calendar

FIDE Grand Prix 2019, Women's Candidates, Lindores Abbey, Sigeman and Co. are some of the biggest tournaments of the month. Not to forget, India will have its own GM tournament - the KIIT Open 2019

Lindores Abbey Distillery

On the last weekend of May an unusual tournament will be played in Scotland. Four top players, Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand, Ding Liren, and a fourth player who is not yet known, will play a rapid tournament in the Lindores Abbey Distillery, once a famous monastery and perhaps the place where Scotch whisky had its origins. Read more about the tournament here.

Vishy Anand will be one of the participants at the Lindores Abbey tournament

IM Sagar Shah will be present at the tournament covering it for ChessBase and ChessBase India

2019 Côte D’Ivoire Rapid & Blitz

2019 Côte D’Ivoire Rapid & Blitz is one of the four new events... | Photo: Official site

...that is joining the Grand Chess Tour | Photo: Official site

On 8th May, African continent will host the first Grand Chess Tour event of the year for the very first time. It will also be the first time that a reigning World Champion will play in African continent. The tournament will be played in a 10-player round robin system. Find all details here.

Reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen has already won 3 Super tournaments this year. He will be looking to win the fourth one | Photo: Shamkir Chess 2019

When it comes to Rapid and Blitz, you can never count out the newly crowned US Champion and Grand Chess Tour 2018 winner, Hikaru Nakamura | Photo: Amruta Mokal

FIDE Grand Prix 2019 Moscow, Russia

Official logo | Photo: World Chess

On 16th May 2019 the quest to find the new World Championship contender begins via the first leg of FIDE Grand Prix 2019 at Moscow, Russia. For the first time ever it will be a knockout tournament. Find all details here.

Current World no.5 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov | Photo: Amruta Mokal

After winning Shenzhen Masters, Anish Giri would like to continue his momentum | Photo:

Women's Candidates Tournament 2019

The eight woman who will battle for an opportunity to challenge Ju Wenjun to become the new Women's World Champion | Photo: ChessBase archives

Women's Candidates Tournament 2019 will take place at Kazan, Russia from 29th May - 19th June. Find all details here.

Former Women's World Champion Mariya Muzychuk is the highest rated player among the candidates | Photo: Ugrachess

Kateryna Lagno would like to receive another opportunity to defeat the reigning Women's World Champion Ju Wenjun after losing to her in the finals of Women's World Cup 2018| Photo: Ugrachess

IMSA World Masters Championship 2019

The Event Emblem | Photo: IMSA World Official Site

2019 IMSA World Masters Championship will take place at Hengshui, China from 12th - 19th May. Find all details here.

GM Vidit Gujrathi will participate in this event in the open section | Photo: Prague Chess Festival

Harika will play in the women's section | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club

Men's list | Source: Tournament Regulations

Women's list | Source: Tournament Regulations

25th annual Tepe Sigeman Chess Tournament

May is full of strong tournaments. The first one starts on 3rd May at Malmö, Sweden.

Tepe Sigeman enters 25th year | Photo: Official site

25th edition of Tepe Sigeman will take place from 3rd - 9th May. Harikrishna will spearhead the Indian contingent whereas 14-year-old Nihal Sarin will be making his debut this year. For more details, check here.

Harikrishna is in fantastic form which we all witnessed at Shenzhen Masters 2019| Photo: Amruta Mokal

Nihal will be making his debut at Tepe Sigeman this year | Photo: Amruta Mokal

12th KIIT International Chess Festival 2019

The first series of GM tournaments in India this summer | Photo: Tournament Circular

Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology has hosted multitude of international events. The 12th edition of the International Chess Festival will be pawned off from 31st May and total prize money ₹2500000 will be up for grabs. For more details visit here.

Tajikistan no.1 GM Farrukh Amonatov is a regular in the Indian chess circuit | Photo: Amruta Mokal

There are various other State Championships, State level and National level Classical and Rapid tournaments, National under-13, National Rapid and Blitz in the month of May which can be found here.

For tournament organizers all across the world:

If you are an organizer then you can submit your tournament also, by clicking on 'Submit your tournament' button.

Travel, accommodation and visas

For any help regarding flight booking, planning, accommodation, contact ChessBase India Power:


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