World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the final round to win the 2019 GRENKE Chess Classic with a spectacular 7.5/9 that took him to 2875.2 on the live rating list. Afterwards Magnus commented that a 2900 rating has become at least a “half-attainable” goal. Fabiano Caruana finished 1.5 points back in clear second place, while Arkadij Naiditsch took third with a last round victory over Georg Meier.


See also:

  • GRENKE Chess Classic website
  • GRENKE Chess Open website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24: GRENKE Chess Classic | GRENKE Chess Open
  • Keymer to face Carlsen in GRENKE Chess Classic
  • Keymer vs. Carlsen in GRENKE Classic Round 1
  • GRENKE Chess 1: Carlsen “outlasts” Keymer
  • GRENKE Chess 2: Carlsen’s “once in a lifetime” win
  • GRENKE Chess 3: Svidler catches Carlsen
  • GRENKE Chess 4: Vishy joins Magnus
  • GRENKE Chess 5: 14-year-old Keymer grabs first win
  • GRENKE Chess 6: Carlsen opens up a 1-point lead
  • GRENKE Chess 7: Carlsen crushes Aronian
  • GRENKE Chess 8: Magnus leaves trail of destruction
Sep 08, 2019

2019 Chess Calendar

This 2019 Chess Calendar is of course a work in progress, since we don’t yet have the dates or details for many events, including those of the Grand Chess Tour. Please let us know in the comments if we’ve left out any major events which have already been announced.

Current and upcoming tournaments:

August 2019

August 20 – September 2 | World Cadet Championship | Weifang, China

The annual World Youth Championships for the Under 8, U10 and U12 age categories.

Links: official website, chess24: U8, U10, U12, G8, G10, G12

September 2019

September 2 – 5 | 2019 Champions Showdown: Chess960 | Saint Louis, USA

Garry Kasparov will once again be back at the chessboard to play in the $200,000 Champions Showdown. His opponent for six 30 minute, 10-second delay rapid games and 14 5+5 blitz games will be world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana. The other three matches are So-Topalov, Dominguez-Svidler and Nakamura-Aronian.

Links: official website, chess24

September 10 – October 4 | FIDE World Cup | Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia

The biennial World Cup is probably the most anticipated chess event of 2019, with 128 players set to compete for the title and places in the 2020 Candidates Tournament. Will World Champion Magnus Carlsen take part again after getting knocked out by Bu Xiangzhi in 2017?

Links: official website, chess24

September 11 – 22 | 1st FIDE Women’s Grand Prix | Skolkovo, Moscow, Russia

This 12-player round-robin is the 1st of four Women’s Grand Prix events that will determine two places in the 2021 Women’s Candidates Tournament. The series consists of 16 players who compete in 3 of the 4 events. The top prize is 15,000 euros, with another 20,000 euros for the overall winner of the series.

October 2019

October 2 – 12 | World Youth Championship | Mumbai, India

The annual World Youth Championship for the Under 14, U16 and U18 age categories.

Links: official website

October 10 – 21 | FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss | Douglas, Isle of Man

This year the 9-round Swiss on the Isle of Man will be a 160-player event to determine a single place in the 2020 Candidates Tournament to select Magnus Carlsen’s next challenger. It might still be sufficient to finish second, however, since Magnus himself will play.

Links: official website

October 15 – 25 | World Junior Championship | New Delhi, India

The most prestigious prize in junior chess, with players 20 and under competing in 11-round open and women’s tournaments to determine the 2019 World Junior Champions.

Links: official website

October 14 – 21 | Russian Rapid and Blitz Championship | Sochi, Russia

A week in which Russian players battle it out in both individual and team rapid and blitz tournaments. Traditionally Vladislav Artemiev wins almost everything.

Links: official website

October 24 – November 2 | European Team Championship | Batumi, Georgia

A 9-round biennial team event open to all the European Chess Federations. The defending champions are Azerbaijan, in the open category, and Russia, among the women.

Links: official website

October 27 – November 2 | Fischer Random 2019 | Bærum, Norway

After a match between Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura was held in 2018 the plan this year is to expand and hold a World Championship style event open to all online before a knockout tournament takes place in Norway. The World Champion will be seeded through to the semi-final stage.

Links: official website

November 2019

November 4 – 18 | FIDE Grand Prix Leg 3 | Hamburg, Germany

The third leg of the new FIDE Grand Prix series. Each leg is a 16-player knockout with a €130,000 prize fund, with an additional €280,000 on offer based on the overall standings after all four events. The main goal is to win one of two qualifying places for the 2020 Candidates Tournament.

Links: official website

November 4 – 11 | Superbet Rapid & Blitz | Bucharest, Romania

The sixth leg of the new-look 12-player Grand Chess Tour is a 5-day rapid and blitz tournament. The tour regulars play in three of the five rapid and blitz events and both classical tournaments.

Links: Grand Chess Tour

November 10 – 16 | European Chess Club Cup | Ulcinj, Montenegro

The annual open and women’s European Club Cups are open to qualifying club teams from across Europe. In 2018 Peter Svidler let St. Petersburg-based Mednyi Vsadnik to victory despite losing his first 4 games.

Links: official website

November 12 – 23 | World Senior Championship | Bucharest, Romania

The World Individual Senior Chess Championship is help in open and women’s categories for players aged 50+ and 65+.

Links: official website

November 20 – 27 | Tata Steel India Rapid & Blitz | Kolkata, India

The seventh leg of the new-look 12-player Grand Chess Tour is a 5-day rapid and blitz tournament. The tour regulars play in three of the five rapid and blitz events and both classical tournaments.

Links: Grand Chess Tour

November 21- 23 | Chinese Chess League | China

A 12-team double round-robin league held in six venues over the course of eight months. Most of the players are Chinese but there’s a significant foreign presence during each round.

Links: official website, chess24

December 2019

December 1 – 9 | London Chess Classic | London, UK

The London Chess Classic will host the finals of the Grand Chess Tour. The prize fund for the final four players in the tour has been raised to $350,000, with $150,000 for 1st place and $100,000 for 2nd.  We can also expect major accompanying events such as the British Knockout Championship.

Links: official website

December 3 – 14 | 2nd FIDE Women’s Grand Prix | Monaco

This 12-player round-robin is the 2nd of four Women’s Grand Prix events that will determine two places in the 2021 Women’s Candidates Tournament. The series consists of 16 players who compete in 3 of the 4 events. The top prize is 15,000 euros, with another 20,000 euros for the overall winner of the series.

December 10 – 24 | FIDE Grand Prix Leg 4 | Tel-Aviv, Israel

The fourth leg of the new FIDE Grand Prix series. Each leg is a 16-player knockout with a €130,000 prize fund, with an additional €280,000 on offer based on the overall standings after all four events. The main goal is to win one of two qualifying places for the 2020 Candidates Tournament.

Links: official website

December 11 – 15 | European Rapid and Blitz Championship | Tallinn, Estonia

In recent years the European Rapid and Blitz Championship has featured as a warm-up for the World Rapid and Blitz held later in December.

December 13 – 22 | Sunway Chess Open | Sitges, Spain

An ambitious open tournament that has been growing year by year and attracting some top players.

Links: official website

Apr 23, 2021

Chess Classic starts Saturday

Magnus Carlsen faces his 2016 challenger Sergey Karjakin as the New in Chess Classic, the 5th event on the $1.5 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, kicks off on Saturday 24 April at 19:00 CEST. Other Round 1 clashes to watch out for include Nakamura-Mamedyarov, Firouzja-So and Duda-Praggnanandhaa, with the 15-year-old Indian prodigy making his debut on the full tour after qualifying through the Polgar Challenge. Once again it’s a cut-throat format of three days and 15 rounds of rapid chess to reduce the 16-player field to just 8 players for the knockout.

Ian Nepomniachtchi, Anish Giri and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who had automatic invitations to the New in Chess Classic as players in the Top 8 on the Tour, are of course absent, but that’s given a chance for other players. Polish no. 1 Jan-Krzysztof Duda, for instance, doesn’t see a problem with the late start time.

See also:

  • Meltwater Champions Chess Tour website
  • New in Chess Classic games with computer analysis and commentary: Prelims, Knockout
  • Anish Giri wins the 2nd Magnus Carlsen Invitational
  • Praggnanandhaa powers into Champions Chess Tour
  • Carlsen & co return for the New in Chess Classic
Dec 13, 2018

Carlsen commentated live the World Championship

Magnus Carlsen commentated live for 40 minutes with Jan Gustafsson during Day 2 of the Grand Chess Tour finals in London. The World Chess Champion went into detail on the recent match against Fabiano Caruana and shared his own views on how the World Championship system might be changed (spoiler alert: he’d increase the role of rapid chess!). He talked about his potential challengers, whether he’ll play a match at all, and even revealed that he’s soon going to make a debut as a Norwegian rap artist!

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