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Upcoming tournaments in January 2020

by Shahid Ahmed - 31/12/2019

Since 2019 was a packed year full of tournaments, the new year of the decade 2020 is supposed to be a well balanced calendar for all players. Women's World Championship starts on 3rd January at Shanghai, China and it will conclude on 26th January at Vladivostok, Russia. The 82nd edition of Tata Steel Masters will witness the new World Triple Crown champion Magnus Carlsen along with Vishy Anand and other Elite players in action. In the challengers section, Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Nihal Sarin will duke it out with other players. One of the strongest Open tournaments, Gibraltar International Chess Festival will start on 20th January. Delhi International Open brings the highest prize fund tournament to its 18th edition, Chennai International GM Open will step on its twelfth year. Photo: Various sources

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

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FIDE Women's World Chess Championship 2020

The tournament logo | Photo: FIDE

The first major event of the decade and of the year is FIDE Women's World Championship 2020. It will take place in Shanghai, China from 3rd-13th January and in Vladivostok, Russia from 14th-25th January in a series of twelve games. The first player to score 6.5 points will be the winner of FIDE Women's World Chess Championship 2020. While Ju Wenjun is the defending champion, Aleksandra Goryachkina won the Women's Candidates 2019 to be eligible to become the 'Challenger' for the Women's World title. For more details, visit here.

The Women's World Championship Match 2020 participants | Photo: FIDE

Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020

Tata Steel Chess at Wijk Aan Zee, Netherlands is an iconic tournament | Photo: Official site

Arguably one of the most iconic tournament to start a calendar year is Tata Steel Chess Tournament which has been won by Anand five times. The tournament which is also known as the 'Wimbledon of Chess' will host its 82nd edition. Seven time winner and current Triple Crown World Champion Magnus Carlsen will also be seen in action. In the Challengers section, Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Nihal Sarin will be seen in action among the Indians. For more details, click here.

After becoming World Triple Crown Champion for the second time in his career, 82nd Tata Steel Masters will be Carlsen's first tournament 2020 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Vishy Anand will be seen for the first time in action since Tata Steel Chess India Rapid and Blitz 2019 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

After a successful 2019 and the best finish among Indians at World Rapid 2019, Surya Sekhar Ganguly will be seen in the Challengers section | Photo: Lennart Ootes

After a fantastic performance at World Rapid 2019, Nihal would like to make a brilliant start of 2020 at Tata Steel Challengers | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Gibraltar International Chess Festival 2020

Gibraltar International Chess Festival is one of the strongest open tournaments of the year | Photo: Official site

Gibraltar International Chess Festival 2020 will be headlined by the French no.1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Candidates 2020 participants Hao Wang and Kirill Alekseenko will also be seen in action. Sasikiran Krishnan will lead the Indian charge. Newly crowned Women's World Rapid Champion will also be seen in action. For more details, click here.

After a fantastic yet too-close-yet-too-far 2019, MVL would like 2020 to be his year | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Sasikiran had a forgettable World Rapid and Blitz, that means a big performance is overdue | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Humpy had a fantastic 2019 by winning her maiden World title | Photo: Amruta Mokal

10th Sharjah International Cup for Women

Tournament logo

The 10th edition of Sharjah International Cup for Women will take place at Sharjah Chess Club from 4th-12th January 2020. Total Prize fund $16000 is up for grabs. We had already published an invitation article over two and a half months ago. For more details, visit here.

Defending champion Irina Bulmaga is the top seed | Photo: Official site

WIM Rucha Pujari will spearhead the Indian challenge | Photo: Amruta Mokal

18th Delhi International GM Open 2020

The highest prize fund tournament in India | Photo: Tournament Circular

The 18th edition of Delhi International Open GM tournament boasts a total prize fund of a mammoth ₹11100000. For more details, click here.

12th Chennai International GM Open 2020

Chennai GM Open turns 12 | Photo: Tournament Circular

The twelfth edition of Chennai International GM Open 2019 will take place from 18th-25th January 2019. Total 28 GMs and 14 IMs have already confirmed their participation from 20 countries across the globe. Top seed of the tournament will be Russian GM Pavel Ponkratov. For more details, click here.

Visakh N R will be the highest rated Indian in the tournament | Photo: Amruta Mokal

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