Brace yourselves for an exciting year on the chessboard (and online).

2024 will be the year of the Chess Olympiad, Candidates and Women Candidates, amongst other top level events! Whom are you rooting for?

2023 Calendar 

 

January

Roquetas Chess Festival | January 2nd – 7th

9-round Swiss classical tournament held in Roquetas de Mar, Spain.

Featuring GMs Karen H. GrigoryanLi Min Peng and Vitaliy Bernadskiy among others.

Official Website | Broadcast

 

European Women’s Blitz Championship 2023 | January 12th

13-round Swiss blitz tournament held in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Featuring GMs Alexandra KosteniukBella Khotenashvili and Antoaneta Stefanova among others.

Official Website | Broadcast

 

European Women’s Rapid Championship 2023 | January 13th – 14th

11-round Swiss rapid tournament held in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Featuring GMs Pia Cramling, Alexandra Kosteniuk and Bella Khotenashvili among others.

Official Website | Broadcast

 

Charlotte Open | January 13th – 15th

6-round Swiss classical tournament held in Charlotte, USA.

Featuring GMs Emilio CordovaJianchao Zhou and Julio Catalino Sadorra among others.

Official Website | Broadcast

 

Tata Steel Masters | January 13th – 28th

14-player round-robin rapid tournament held in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands.

Featuring GMs Ding LirenIan Nepomniachtchi and Alireza Firouzja among others.

Official Website | Broadcast

 

Tata Steel Challengers | January 13th – 28th

14-player round-robin rapid tournament held in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands.

Featuring GMs Hans Moke NiemannMustafa Yilmaz and Anton Korobov among others.

Official Website | Broadcast

 

Floripa Chess Festival | January 20th – 28th

10-round Swiss classical tournament held in Florianópolis, Brazil.

Featuring GMs Aryan TariAlexandr Fier and Jose Fernando Cuenca Jimenez among others.

Official Website | Broadcast

 

Hit Open | January 26th – February 2nd

9-round Swiss classical tournament held in Nova Gorica, Slovenia.

Featuring GMs Ferenc BerkesMatej Sebenik and Pier Luigi Basso among others.

Official Website | Broadcast

 

February

International Chess960 Festival | February 9th – 11th

9-round Swiss rapid tournament held in Berlin, Germany.

Featuring GMs Matthias BluebaumErik Van den Doel and Dmitrij Kollars among others.

Official Website

 

Portimão Chess Festival | February 11th – 18th

9-round Swiss classical tournament held in Portimão, Portugal.

Featuring GMs Eduardo Iturrizaga BonelliIvan Ivanisevic and Kevin Spraggett among others.

 

Chess Open Graz | February 17th – 23rd

9-round Swiss classical tournament held in Graz, Austria.

Featuring GMs Abhijeet GuptaJergus Pechac and Bartosz Socko among others.

Official Website

 

Cambridge International Open | February 19th – 24th

9-round Swiss classical tournament held in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Featuring GMs Michael AdamsFrancesco Sonis and Sergei Tiviakov among others.

Official Website

 

FIDE World Fischer Random Championship | February 19th – 25th

8-player Group & Knockout stages rapid tournament.

Official Website

 

Cannes Festival International des Jeux | February 19th – 25th

9-round Swiss classical tournament held in Cannes, France.

Official Website

 

Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games | February 24th – March 6th

TBD

Official Website

 

Prague Chess Festival Masters | February 27th – March 7th

10-player round-robin classical tournament held in Prague, Czech Republic.

Featuring GMs Vincent KeymerPraggnanandhaa R and Vidit Gujrathi among others.

Official Website

 

Prague Chess Festival Challengers | February 27th – March 7th

10-player round-robin classical tournament held in Prague, Czech Republic.

Featuring GMs Abhijeet GuptaJergus Pechac and Bartosz Socko among others.

Official Website

March

Cappelle la Grande Open | March 2nd – 8th

9-round Swiss classical tournament held in Cappelle-la-Grande, France.

Featuring GMs Maxime LagardeKrishnan Sasikiran and Emre Can among others.

Official Website

 

Reykjavik Open | March 15th – 21st

9-round Swiss classical tournament held in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Featuring GMs Abhimanyu PuranikXiangyu Xu and Matthieu Cornette among others.

Official Website

 

La Roda Open | March 27th – 31st

9-round Swiss classical tournament held in La Roda, Spain.

Featuring GMs Xiangyu XuKarthik Venkataraman and Carlos Daniel Albornoz Cabrera among others.

Official Website

 

Semana Santa San Vicente del Raspeig Open | March 27th – April 1st

9-round Swiss classical tournament held in San Vicente, Spain.

Featuring GMs Jules MoussardMaksim Chigaev and Leon Luke Mendonca among others.

Official Website

 

April

 

Menorca Open | April 2nd – 7th

9-round Swiss classical tournament held in Ciutadella de Menorca, Spain.

Featuring GMs Chithambaram AravindhThai Dai Van Nguyen and Aryan Chopra among others.

Official Website

 

Candidates Tournament | April 3rd – 25th

8-player double round-robin classical tournament held in Toronto, Canada.

Featuring GMs Ian NepomniachtchiFabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura among others.

Official Website

 

Women’s Candidates Tournament | April 3rd – 25th

8-player double round-robin classical tournament held in Toronto, Canada.

Featuring GMs Humpy KoneruAleksandra Goryachkina and Tingjie Lei among others.

Official Website

 

European Women’s Chess Championship | April 19th – 29th

11-round Swiss classical tournament held in Rhodes, Greece.

Official Website

 

World Cadet Rapid Championships | April 26th – 27th

11-round Swiss rapid tournaments held in Durrës, Albania.

Official Website

 

World Cadet Blitz Championships | April 28th

11-round Swiss blitz tournaments held in Durrës, Albania.

Official Website

 

May

 

European Senior Team Chess Championships | May 7th – 15th

9-round Swiss classical tournaments held in Brežice, Slovenia.

Official Website

 

Norway Chess | May 26th – June 7th

10-player round-robin classical tournament held in Stavanger, Norway.

Featuring GM Magnus Carlsen among others.

Official Website

 

June

 

World Junior U20 Championships | June 1st – 14th

TBD

 

Teplice Open | June 15th – 23rd

9-round Swiss classical tournament held in Teplice, Czech Republic.

Featuring GMs Karthik VenkataramanEvgeny Postny and Jiri Stocek among others.

Official Website

 

FISU World University Championship Mind Sports | June 25th – 30th

9-round Swiss tournaments held in Entebbe, Uganda.

Official Website

 

European Individual Chess Championship | June 30th – July 13th

TBD

Official Website

 

July

 

Biel International Chess Festival | July 13th – 26th

TBD

Official Website

 

August

 

Lewis Chess Legends | August 6th – 14th

9-round Swiss classical tournament held in Trondheim, Norway.

 

European Youth Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship | August 15th – 20th

TBD

 

European Youth Chess Championship | August 21st

TBD

European Amateur Chess Championship | August 24th – September 1st

 

September

 

45th Chess Olympiad | September 10th – 23rd

TBD

 

October

 

World Youth Chess Championships | October 22nd – November 2nd

TBD

 

November

 

Amsterdam Chess Open | November 1st – 3rd

TBD

 

December

 

Shenzhen Longgang Chess Masters | December 4th – 10th

TBD

Sep 10, 2016

U.S Masters Chess Championships Underway

The U.S. Masters Chess Championship is underway in Greensboro this weekend.

84 highly ranked players from around the world gathered for the 9-round tournament that stretches over two days.

Organizers and players say the centuries old game is still releveant today.Despite the quiet in the tournament room, it’s filled with intense competition.

Instead of extreme physicality like the Olympics, it’s mostly mental.

Kassa Korley is a player who representing the U.S. and Denmark, and has been playing chesse since he was 5.

People say in different sports, boxing and basketball, styles make fights, and it’s the same thing in chess, where everyone has a unique style,” said Korley. “You’re sort of playing against that style as well as playing the game.”

The intense concentration is reflected in the faces squared off across the chess boards.

The 23-year-old Korley has been playing chess since he was 5.

“I always loved games and competition, and chess was a really good way, environment to foster that interest,’’ said Korley.

84 highly-ranked players from over a dozen countries from around the world are competing in the U.S. Master’s Championship.

“Everybody here has obtained at least a Master’s Title, and you have to be quite good to get to that level,” said Walter High, the tournament organizer.

The championships consist of 9 rounds, played out over 5 days.

“The games can go to 5 to 6 hours apiece, so you can’t play more than 2 games in a day, because it just gets too exhausting,” said High.

While chess dates back to the 5th century, fans think it still has relevance today, even in the age of video games.

“It develops critical thinking,” said High. “You have to learn to plan ahead, you have to think about everything you do, and there are consequences for everything you do.”

Some 250 other players are competing in the N.C. Open.

While there are young and old faces, fans say it’s a skill you can continue to improve over the course of a lifetime.

“It’s really interesting to see your progress, and see how you develop,’’ said Korley. “I think that’s why people stick with it, because they see themselves as being better and everyone has a dream of becoming something more than what they already are.”

The Tournament runs through Sunday afternoon at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Greensboro.

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Sep 19, 2022

Julius Baer Generation Cup

Magnus Carlsen burst out of the blocks to take a 1pt lead on the opening day of the Julius Baer Generation Cup, the star-studded seventh leg of the $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.

The World Champion racked up an unbeaten 10/12 pts with wins over Arjun Erigaisi, Adhiban Baskaran and Liem Quang Le, with only Dutch No.1 Anish Giri preventing him from taking the maximum number of points.

You can play through all games from the Julius Baer Generation Cup on chess24.com Broadcast page.

“He’s really started on fire,” Grandmaster David Howell said in the commentary box. “Normally, we’re not used to seeing him this sharp in tournaments so soon. Normally, he steps up the gears as the days go on. Impressive stuff, scary for the rest of the field, maybe.”

He added: “It’s Magnus doing Magnus things.”

Carlsen played brilliant chess throughout the day, especially his games against Indian youngster Erigaisi and former World Blitz Champion Le were impressive.

Behind the favourite are four players on 9pts including the controversial American Hans Niemann who, with Carlsen, has been at the centre of a furore in the chess world over the last two weeks.

But Niemann showed he wasn’t going to let internet speculation get to him as he also had a strong day. Carlsen and Niemann are now set for a hotly-anticipated clash in Round 6 tomorrow.

It was Niemann who drew first blood in the tournament as the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour event got under way, by beating 53-year-old legend Boris Gelfand. Niemann went on to finish with an impressive three wins.

The legendary Israeli was in good spirits despite losing all his games.

“My main struggle was that I played horribly!” he said. “Hopefully I will play better next days,” he added, expressing gratitude for being invited.

Meanwhile, an intriguing first-round game between 17-year-old Praggnanandhaa and 53-year-old chess legend Vasyl Ivanchuk ended with two dramatic blunders and an amazing swindle for the youngster.

Ivanchuk was dominating his teenage opponent and looked set to strike the first blow for the older generation, but tragically first dropped a rook and then left a bishop hanging in time trouble.

The Ukrainian quickly shook off the loss in the next round, however, with a stylish win over the Croatian Ivan Saric to pick up his first 3pts. Clearly, the former world no. 2 was just warming up.

In Round 3, Ivanchuk’s famed genius shone through as the former world no. 2 left Giri stunned with the crushing 34. Bxf6+, which forced the Dutchman to resign instantly.

Then, Ivanchuk showed again he was still on top of his game with a Round 4 win over Poland’s World Cup winner Jan-Krzysztof Duda. His performance will bring a cheer from fans of the older generation of players taking part in this event.

he eight-day event runs from September 18 to 25 and features 16 world-class competitors spanning three generations of player.

Once the prelim is completed, the tournament will move to the knockouts before a two-day grand final.

Play begins at 18:00 CEST / 12:00 ET with live commentary available on chess24’s YouTube and Twitch channels.

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Jun 20, 2016

Live blitz here on news page

6/20/2016 – Leuven Day 4: After winning the Rapid leg and remaining competitive in the Blitz, Magnus Carlsen leads Leuven with 17 points. He is followed by Wesley So in second with 16 points, and Levon Aronian with 15.5. With nine rounds to go, it is still wide open.

 

The greatest chess tournament ever staged in Belgium, Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour, is taking place in the historic Town Hall of Leuven from Friday 17 June to Monday 20 June. The best chess players in the world at the moment will take part in the tournament: World Champion Magnus Carlsen, former World Champions Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik, as well as Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura, Aronian Levon, Wesley So and Veselin Topalov.

The players will compete in a Rapid Chess and Blitz Chess tournament during the four days. The prize money for the tournament is $150.000 (€134.100). Chess fans will be able to enjoy the experience of seeing the greatest players compete live in Leuven or watch the streaming broadcast, complete with grandmaster commentary.

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