Judit Polgar’s Global Chess Festival returns this weekend with chess24 offering a way to get involved by hosting a star-studded Arena Tournament and our on-going #ChessConnectUs game.

The annual event, sponsored by Morgan Stanley, boasts a world-famous line-up of speakers and a strong emphasis on examining the big questions facing chess.

It kicks off this Saturday, October 9, in Budapest, Hungary, with a series of interactive exhibitions, speeches and an all-inclusive educational chess summit. The event will be available in a hybrid form for the first time.

chess24 is joining the party by hosting a special 3-minute blitz Arena Tournament with prizes up for grabs at 18:00 CEST on Saturday. Super GMs Sergey Karjakin and Jorden van Foreest are playing, and so can you.

In the run-up to the event, Grandmaster Polgar also teamed up with chess24 to put on the #ChessConnectsUs game featuring herself, former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik and a series of well-known players.

English Women’s International Master Rita Atkins will also demonstrate practical ways of incorporating chess into mathematics classes and international chess coach Jesper Berger will argue against the belief that chess can only develop children with exceptional capabilities and show that it can be surprisingly beneficial for children suffering from learning disabilities.

Other guests include the Spanish psychologist Fernando Moreno, the renowned journalist Leontxo García and Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.

FIDE will also be represented by Dana Reizniece-Ozola, the chess governing body’s managing director, and Deputy President Bachar Kouatly.

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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

Oct 11, 2019

Teimour Radjabov is winner of the 2019 FIDE World Cup

Teimour Radjabov, one of the almost forgotten men of modern chess, has scored the greatest triumph of his career by beating top seed Ding Liren in tiebreaks to win the 2019 FIDE World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk. World Champion Magnus Carlsen called the Azerbaijan grandmaster “an absolutely deserved winner” after Teimour ended a sequence of draws by winning both 5-minute blitz games against Ding Liren. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave said it was “very good to end on a high note” after he snatched third place by outplaying Yu Yangyi in the first two games of day.

And here’s our incredibly high-powered commentary on the final day. For Game 1 Jan Gustafsson was joined by 8-time Russian Champion Peter Svidler before World Champion Magnus Carlsen commentated from Game 2 onwards:

And on that note, it’s time to end our coverage of the 2019 FIDE World Cup. We hope you enjoyed it and will stick around for all the upcoming events, including, of course, the chess24 Banter Blitz Cup!

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the 2019 World Cup games with computer analysis on chess24
  • Khanty World Cup 1.1: Rise of the teen stars
  • Khanty World Cup 1.2: A Svidler masterpiece
  • Khanty World Cup Round 1 Tiebreaks: Shankland & Adams out
  • Khanty World Cup 2.1: Nakamura and Wei Yi lose
  • Khanty World Cup 2.2: Naka out as Firouzja stars
  • Khanty World Cup Round 2 Tiebreaks: Giri survives Armageddon
  • Khanty World Cup 3.1: Seven on the brink
  • Khanty World Cup 3.2: No way back
  • Khanty World Cup Round 3 Tiebreaks: Xiong knocks out Giri
  • Khanty World Cup 4.1: A bad day for the USA
  • Khanty World Cup 4.2: So, Svidler and Nepo out
  • Khanty World Cup Round 4 Tiebreaks: Xiong wins thriller
  • Khanty World Cup QF 1: Who wants to win an exchange?
  • Khanty World Cup QF 2: Ding & Radjabov reach semifinals
  • Khanty World Cup QF Tiebreaks: Aronian & Vitiugov crash out
  • Khanty World Cup SF: Radjabov crushes MVL’s dream
  • Khanty World Cup SF Tiebreaks: Ding Liren does it again
  • Khanty World Cup Final 1: A normal day
  • Khanty World Cup Final 2: Ding Liren strikes
  • Khanty World Cup Final 3: Never write off Radjabov!
  • Khanty World Cup Final 4: Tiebreaks it is!
Nov 24, 2020

Skilling Open 2: Karjakin beats Carlsen

Anish Giri drew all 5 games on Day 2 of the Skilling Open, but that was enough to retain the sole lead after Sergey Karjakin took down Magnus Carlsen in the final round of the day. Of the 8 highest classically rated players only Levon Aronian would currently miss out on the knockout stage, with his replacement a certain Hikaru Nakamura. Hikaru fell to a tactical blow from Liem Quang Le in the first game of the day but beat Ian Nepomniachtchi in the last, after karma came back to bite Nepo for three 14-move draws in a row with the white pieces.

The action starts each day at 17:45 CET (11:45 ET) and you can follow it all live here on chess24 with multiple commentary streams in different languages.

Read more on chess24
Skilling’s official coverage

See also:

  • Champions Chess Tour website
  • All the Skilling Open Preliminary games with computer analysis
  • The King’s Gambit: Magnus Carlsen launches $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour
  • What’s new in the Champions Chess Tour?
  • Nakamura and Firouzja complete Skilling Open lineup
  • Introducing the new Skilling Open commentary teams
  • Skilling Open 1: Giri leads mouse-slipping Carlsen