3rd ChessBase India Online Blitz tournament on 15th January

by Sagar Shah
1/14/2017 – The 3rd ChessBase India "Vishy Anand" online blitz tournament will be held on 15th of January 2017 at 13.30 server time (13.30 CET) on the Playchess server. The tournament is open to all the players of the world. The winner will win 12 months of ChessBase premium account along with Vishy Anand's DVD Vol.1+2. The second and third places will win nine and six months CB Premium Account + CBM 175. There are even more lucky prizes! Check out the article for more details.

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The 3rd ChessBase India online chess tournament will take place on the 15th of January 2017 at 13.30 server time (13.30 CET) in the Emanuel Lasker Arena on Playchess server. The tournament is held in the honour of the best chess player of India Viswanathan Anand.

We will be dedicating the events to top players of India and it makes complete sense to begin with the stalwart of Indian chess: Vishy Anand (picture by Amruta Mokal)

Where will the tournament be held?

The event will be held in the "Tournaments" room in the "Emanuel Lasker Arena" at 13.30 server time

The Emanuel Lasker Arena is open to all. The procedure to participate is explained later in the article.

Time Control:

It will be a nine round event with 3 mins + 2 second increment.


Winner:  12 months of ChessBase Account Premium Membership
2nd place:  9 months of ChessBase Account Premium Membership
3rd place:  6 months of ChessBase Account Premium Membership

As it is an event dedicated to five-time World Champion Vishy Anand the winner also gets Volume 1+2 of Anand's My career

Apart from nine and six months CB Premium account, second and third place also get the latest edition of ChessBase Magazine - CBM 175

Lucky Prizes:

Apart from the top three prizes there are also seven lucky prizes. The following places will win three months of ChessBase Premium Account:
10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, and 70th
The condition to claim the lucky prize is to play all the rounds of the tournament. If you have not played all the nine rounds, you won't get the prize.


Halsagar Chincholimath, chess trainer from Bangalore, India, will be the admin for the tournament and will ensure that the event is smoothly conducted.

How to play in the tournament?

1. Download the free windows software of playchess

Firstly you have to download the free native Windows software. You should go to play.chessbase.com and scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click on the Free Download button.

Login or create an account

After you have installed the Playchess client. You must login.

Enter your playchess username and password if you have one. (Note, for all the ChessBase Account Premium members, your login credentials will work). If you do not have a Username, you must click on "Create New Player Name" and create a new account. This is free of cost and gives you free access to Playchess for a few days. It is important that you register, because "guests" cannot access the tournament rooms.

On the right hand bottom corner you will see the different rooms. The tournament will be held in the Emanuel Lasker Arena. Click on the tab "games" on the top and then on "Join Event." The sysop will accept your entry.

Key points about the tournament:

  • 1. The tournament is open for all the players in the world.
  • 2. It will be held on 15th of January 2017 at 1.30 p.m. server and CET (6 p.m. IST)
  • 3. It is a nine round event with time control of 3 minutes + 2 second increment.
  • 4. It will be held in the room "Tournaments" in "Emanuel Lasker Arena."
  • 5. There are in all ten prizes: Winner gets twelve months of ChessBase Premium Account, which includes unlimited access to video library, Tactics trainer, cloud functions, openings trainer etc. Winner also wins Anand's DVDs and the second and third place get CBM 175.

Player's experience about the 2nd ChessBase India online blitz tournament

Sanjeev Nair was the winner of the 2nd ChessBase India online tournament held on 4th of December.

This is what Sanjeev had to say:
"Firstly, I'd like to laud the effort and the concept of having an online blitz tournament. It's a great initiative. Personally, I thought the event was well organised and expect more players in the upcoming tournaments. The games were of good quality and the level of opposition was decent as well. Overall, I'm pretty impressed and can't wait for the next event!"

Hemant Sharma, who has a blitz online rating of nearly 2600+, finished second

Hemant's experience:
"First of all, it was a great experience to play a tournament on playchess where most of the players were Indians.  Because usually in the server tournaments, there are not much Indians to be seen. And to say about the strength, the tournament was a strong one, because sometimes a player who is not so good in classical chess, plays wonderful blitz, like me. Altogether it was a really enjoying time, the tournament took only around 2 hours to finish, which is really good, as compared to a physical venue where in takes about 5-6 hours to conduct a 9-round Blitz."

See you all on 15th of January at 1.30 p.m. server time for the 3rd ChessBase India "Vishy Anand" online blitz event!

Sagar is an International Master from India with two GM norms. He loves to cover chess tournaments, as that helps him understand and improve at the game he loves so much. He is the co-founder and CEO of ChessBase India, the biggest chess news portal in the country. His YouTube channel has over a million subscribers, and to date close to a billion views. ChessBase India is the sole distributor of ChessBase products in India and seven adjoining countries, where the software is available at a 60% discount. compared to International prices.


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