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Upcoming tournaments in February 2020

by Shahid Ahmed - 31/01/2020

Perhaps the month of February 2020 will be one of the most quiet months in terms of tournaments as March will have both Candidates and Women's Grand Prix. Cairns Cup will witness the clash of two World Champions - Ju Wenjun and Humpy Koneru along with eight other players in a 10-player Round Robin event. National Team Championship for both Open and Women will take place from 7th - 13th February. Prague Chess Festival is the first major tournament of this month which will feature both India no.2 and 3, Vidit Gujrathi and Harikrishna Pentala Harikrishna in action from 11th - 21st of the month. 34th Cannes Chess Festival will see Gukesh as the spearhead for the Indian contingent. Last year Abhijeet Gupta won the 33rd edition. The month will end with Aeroflot Open which is one of the strongest tournament of the year.

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 February, you will get to see all the tournaments from 1st of February 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 February. 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 February 2020

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2020 Cairns Cup

Tournament logo | Photo: Official site

The second edition of Cairns Cup will witness a strong line up of women across the world including the newly crowned World Rapid champion Humpy Koneru and India no.2 Harika Dronavalli. This will also be the first event for Ju Wenjun after defending her World title successfully few days ago. For more details, click here.

It will be Ju Wenjun's first tournament since her successful World title defence | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili / FIDE

Humpy's first tournament since winning the World Rapid title at Moscow, Russia | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Prague International Chess Festival 2020

The tournament logo | Photo: Official site

The first major event of February is Prague International Chess Festival 2020. The event features Masters, Challengers, Futures and a few other sections. This year the Masters section will witness India no.2 and 3, Vidit Gujrathi and Pentala Harikrishna in action along with eight other players. For more details, visit here.

After a fantastic World Rapid and Blitz, Vidit would like to start the decade on a high note | Photo: Amruta Mokal

This will be Harikrishna's first tournament of the year | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Grand Chess Tour

International Chess Open Graz 2020

Tournament logo | Photo: Official site

The strong open tournament has already 19 GMs, 24 IMs confirmed their participation. Over 350 players are slated to take part combining all groups. The Indian contingent will be led by GM Karthikeyan P. For more details, click here.

Former Commonwealth Gold medalist GM Karthikeyan P will be the highest rated event | Photo: Amruta Mokal

34th International Cannes Games Festival 2020

Cannes Chess Club logo | Photo: Cannes Chess Club

Mr.Commonwealth Abhijeet Gupta won 33rd Cannes Chess International Open last year. This year the tournament will be headlined by former World Junior Champion Lu Shanglei. The Indian charge will be led by Gukesh and Shyam Sundar M. For more details, click here.

Gukesh had an okay outing at Gibraltar Masters 2020 | Photo: John Saunders

Shyam Sundar's first tournament of the year will be in France | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Aeroflot Open 2020

Aeroflot Open

Aeroflot Open is well known for being one of the strongest open tournament of the year where the 'Open B' is for rated below 2550. 'Open A' is headlined by Vladislav Artemiev. Among the Indians, Adhiban Baskaran and Sethuraman SP will be the spearheads. For more details, visit here.

Adhiban would like to make his mark at Aeroflot Open 2020 | Photo: Niki Riga

Sethuraman S P would like to continue his momentum from Binhai Cup | Photo: Sethuraman

National Teams 2020

National Teams 2020 will take place at Ahmedabad, Gujarat | Photo: Tournament Circular

PSPB has dominated the National Teams in both Open and Women section for two consecutive years. Can they make it a hat-trick? For more details, click here for Open and Women.

PSPB has been dominant in both Open and Women section for the past two consecutive years | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

There are various other State, State level and National level Standard, Rapid and Blitz Rating and International tournaments all over the world including India in the month of February 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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