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Upcoming tournaments in August 2019

by Shahid Ahmed - 30/07/2019

The month of August is absolutely stacked. National Youth starts off on the very first day of the month, followed by Abu Dhabi Chess Festival from 2nd August. National under-9 pawns off on 3rd, then Athens of the East GM tournament makes their debut on 10th. Grand Chess Tour brings their fourth rapid and blitz tournament in Saint Louis on 10th August, followed by star studded Sinquefield Cup starting on 15th August. World Cadets take place in two different location this time, Belarus and China. Hyderabad hosts their first GM tournament from 20th, the very same day National Amateur also sets in motion.

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 at 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 August, you will get to see all the tournaments from 1st of August 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 August. 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.

The tournaments in August 2019

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26th Abu Dhabi Chess Festival 2019 official logo | Photo: Official site

26th Abu Dhabi Chess Festival 2019

The first major tournament of August takes place from 2nd and 10th of August. Total 48 GMs and 29 different countries are taking part. The Indian charge will be lead by GM Murali Karthikeyan and India's current Triple Crown champion GM Aravindh Chithambaram. They will battle each other in Rapid and Blitz format of the game.. Find details about the tournament here.


Murali Karthikeyan is known to deliver at strong tournaments  | Photo: Amruta Mokal

India's triple crown champion and Commonwealth 2019 silver medalist GM Aravindh Chithambaram | Photo: Sagar Shah

Riga Technical University Open 2019

After Riga GP, the hometown of the famous World Champion will witness one of the strongest open tournament of the month | Photo: Official site

Riga Technical University Open 2019 will take place from 5th - 11th August in Riga, Latvia, the birthplace of 'The Magician of Riga' Mikhail Tal. India's GM G N Gopal and GM M R Lalith Babu will be top players participating in the tournament. Find all details here.

GM G N Gopal will be the spearhead of India at Riga Open 2019 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Former National champion GM M R Lalith Babu will also be seen in action | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

2019 Saint Louis GCT Rapid and Blitz

The fourth event of Grand Chess Tour 2019 is Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz | Photo: Official site

Carlsen won the first and second one of this year's GCT. The third one is still in progress | Photo: Official site

Grand Chess Tour will have its fourth event of the year and third in the faster format in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA. Anand has decided to skip this one. It will be interesting to see if Carlsen can win his third GCT event of the year when a total prize fund of $150000 is up for grabs. Find all details here.

Anand skips this event, Nakamura is not returning to defend his title. Carlsen plays this event for the first time in 2019. A new champion is guaranteed to be crowned | Photo: Official site

Sinquefield Cup 2019

Sinquefield Cup official logo | Photo: Official site

Sinquefield Cup will take place immediately after Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz from 15th - 29th August 2019. Last year's edition witnessed a dramatic finish as there was a three-way tie at the end and all three Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana and Levon Aronian were declared champions. The 2019 edition will be extended to 11 rounds for the first time in history with an increased prize fund of $325000. Find all details here.

Will we witness another epic finish this time? 12 of World's top 20 will be in action in the clash of the titans | Photo:Official site

World Cadet 2019

World Cadet 2019 will take place in two different countries | Photo: Tournament regulations

World Cadet 2019 Rapid and Blitz format will take place at Minsk, Belarus from 15th - 19th August 2019, while the classical format will take place at Weifang, Shandou, China from 20th August - 2nd September. For more details about Rapid and Blitz click here, and for the standard/classical format, visit here.

National Youth under-25

28th edition of National Youth under-25 will take place at Jammu in Jammu and Kashmir from 1st - 7th August 2019. For more details, visit here.

National under-9

33rd National under-9 open and girls is slated to take place at Ahmedabad, Gujarat from 3rd - 11th August 2019. For more details, click here.

National Amateur

The 8th National Amateur will take place from 20th - 25th August at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. For more details, click here.

Athens of the East GM tournament

Madurai in Tamil Nadu will host it's first GM tournament | Photo: Tournament Circular

When the top seed of the tournament is Mr. Commonwealth GM Abhijeet Gupta, you know the tournament is definitely going to be a strong one and a tournament to watch out for. 12 GMs, average rating 2110 and 10 country participation will definitely make this tournament a successful debut. For more details about the tournament, click here.

Top seed of the tournament is none other than GM Abhijeet Gupta | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Venkatesh will be the second highest rated Indian at the tournament | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Tetrasoft Hyderabad GM tournament

Tetrasoft Hyderabad will host the first GM tournament in the city of pearls | Photo: Tournament circular

Hyderabad will get its first GM tournament in the form of Tetrasoft GM tournament which is slated to take place from 20th - 27th August 2019. For more details, click here.

IM P Shyam Nikhil is the highest rated Indian in the starting line-up | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The Blitz King GM Laxman R R will be the other Indian who will lead the Indian campaign along with Shyam | Photo: Niklesh Jain


There are various other District, State Championships, State level and National level and International tournaments all over the world in the month of August 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.

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