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Upcoming Tournaments in April 2019

by Shahid Ahmed - 24/03/2019

Chess universe always has so many tournaments going on and the month of April is absolutely stacked. Which tournaments to play, which tournaments to follow, where are your favorites playing and how to get the details. We have everything you need to know in this article. From official tournaments to strong masters tournament, must see tournaments to tournaments in India, we bring all details of the most awaited ones in April. The month starts off with Dubai Open and Asian Youth, followed by 19th edition of Bangkok Chess Club Open which is Asia's one of the most popular tournament. Then we have GAMMA Reykjavik Open in Iceland and the super strong Grenke Open where Anand, Carlsen and many other World Class players will be seen in action in Grenke Chess Classic.

Asian Youth, Dubai Open, BCC Open, Grenke, Reykjavik, Grenke and IBCA World Championship are the major tournaments in April 2019

Official tournaments:

First let's go through the major Official tournaments in the month of April 2019.


Asian Youth

Official logo | Photo: Tournament Circular

On 1st April 2019, we have Asian Youth 2019 starting at Kaluthara, Sri Lanka. Find all details here.

Richmond Castle is a must see place if you are in Kalutara | Photo: Youtube

If you long for beaches, then Calido Beach is the best option in Kalutara | Photo: Travelkalutara

8th National Schools

National school is a relatively new national event for kids | Photo: Tournament circular

8th National Schools will take place at Raipur, Chattisgarh from 3rd - 7th April. Find all details here.

Swami Vivekananda Sarobar is a huge attraction in Raipur | Photo: Pinterest

Energy Park in Raipur can be an edifying experience for the kids | Photo: Ghumakkarth

14th IBCA Individual World Championship for Blind and Visually Impaired 2019

Five-time National A Champion Kishan Gangolli will lead the Indian campaign | Photo: Tournament Circular

14th IBCA Individual World Championship will take place at Cagliari, Sardinia in Italy. Find all details here.

Cagliari Cathedral | Photo: Wikipedia

Museo Archeologico Nazionale | Photo: Wikipedia

World School Championship 2019

Last year over 20 players took part representing our country and Lakshana Subramanian won Gold in under-7 age group | Photo: Tournament Circular

World School Chess Championship will take place in Antalya, Turkey from 17th to 27th April 2019. Find all details here.

Duden Waterfalls | Photo: Goturkeytourism

Hadrians Gate | Photo: Wikipedia

There are more official tournaments in April like World Teams Senior, European Individual Women Championship and more. The details can be found here.


Masters and Open tournaments:


21st Dubai Open 2019

April is full of Masters and Open tournaments. The first one starts on the very first day of April.

The tournament will witness 84 Indians participating in this year's edition which makes more than half of the total player count | Photo: Tournament Circular

21st edition of Dubai Open will take place from 1st - 11th April. It will witness a strong line-up. Total 35 GMs, 24 IMs, 4 WGMs and 7 WIMs are slated to take part from 34 different countries. India as a contingent will have the biggest presence as 84 Indians are taking part this year. For more details, check here.

Top seed will be Wang Hao, who is on a roll these days. He won 9th HDBank International Open and 1st Hail International Rapid consecutively | Photo: HDBank Official album

Sethuraman will lead the Indian charge | Photo: Niklesh Jain

19th BCC Open

Bangkok Chess Club Open is one of the most famous tournaments in Thailand | Photo: Official site

19th BCC Open will witness the return of the current FIDE Vice-President GM Nigel Short who has won this tournament three times before. 7 GMs and 3 IMs from India are slated to take part in this edition. For more details, visit here.

Winning BCC Open for the fourth time is something the former World Championship Challenger GM Nigel Short would absolutely like | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The Indian campaign will be led by reigning National Rapid Champion GM M R Lalith Babu | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The author of this article will be present at the event to bring you extensive coverage of the event.

GAMMA Reykjavik Open

GAMMA Reykjavik Open is a well known strong tournament with a historical significance | Photo: Official site

We all certainly want to play the tournament which was first won by 'The Magician of Riga' Mikhail Tal. It was also won Vassily Smyslov a decade later. Among Indians, Pentala Harikrishna, Abhijeet Gupta and Baskaran Adhiban are the ones who have won this tournament. For more details, click here.

Gawain Jones who recently won an individual and team Silver medal at World Teams 2019 will be the top seed | Photo: David Llada

Abhijeet Gupta is in a terrific form after winning the Cannes Open 2019. He would like to become the first Indian to have Reykjavin Open twice | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Grenke Chess Open 2019

Official logo | Photo: Official site

The biggest attraction of playing in Grenke Chess Open 2019 is the fact that both Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand will be seen in action in Grenke Chess Classic. Grenke Chess Open is arguably one of the strongest open chess tournaments of today. Last year's surprise Grenke Open winner 14-year old IM Vincent Keymer will play with the World's Best in Grenke Classic. Find all details about the tournament here.

Carlsen will be seen in action on the board for the first time since his seventh Tata Steel Chess triumph at Wijk Aan Zee | Photo: Alina L'Ami

Everyone's favorite Vishy Anand will also play in this event | Photo: Amruta Mokal


There are various other State Championships, State level and National level Classical and Rapid tournaments which can be found here. If you are an organizer then you can submit your tournament also, by clicking on 'Submit your tournament' button.


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