Big online blitz with 40 GMs and IMs

by ChessBase
5/8/2020 – Suffering withdrawal? No visits to the chess club? So how about taking part in a giant blitz tournament. It is all virtual on the Playchess server, where you can play against more than twenty GMs, twenty IMs and many other titled players who have confirmed their participation so far. Amongst them are some the brightest young supertalents in the world, There is a prize fund of Rs. 101,000. Watching and playing is free of charge. Make this a Saturday full of chess!

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On this Saturday 9th May, Playchess will host the biggest ChessBase India Online Blitz event with a total prize fund of Rs. 101,000 (first prize of Rs 20,000). So far over 20 GMs, 20 IMs, WGMs and WIMs have registered ten different countries across the world.

The tournament will take place on Playchess server

  • Date: Saturday 9th May 2020
  • Time: 8.00 p.m. IST
  • Time control: 3 mins each (no increment)
  • Number of rounds: 10
  • Total Prize fund: Rs.101,000
  • Venue: Vishy Anand Arena in Playchess under ChessBase India room
  • Full details are available here.

The tournament is organized by Central India's largest educational hub IPS Academy, Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The entire prize fund is also sponsored by the educational institute. The tournament will have ten rounds with a time control of 3 minutes per game with no increment.

Entry is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. For everyone else, Rs. 500 (US$7) for ChessBase Premium subscribers and Rs. 600 (US$8) for ChessBase Non-Premium subscribers. International players can make the payment via Paypal and then write a mail to confirming their entry. The proceeds from the entire entry fee collected will go to charity. 50% to the PM CARES Fund, while the other 50% will be instituted as a scholarship for a deserving chess player under the ChessBase India Foundation.

The blitz tournament is dedicated to the memory of a great chess player:

Mir Sultan Khan was the strongest master of his time from Asia. Through this event, we want to raise awareness of what a great player Sultan Khan was, and make an appeal to FIDE to consider granting him the GM title posthumously.

According to the website which calculates historical chess ratings, Khan was for at least a couple of years among the world’s top ten players, and ranked no.6 in the world at his best. In 1950, when FIDE first awarded the titles of International Grandmaster and International Master Sultan Khan had not played for 15 years. Although FIDE awarded titles to some long-retired players who had distinguished careers earlier in their lives, such as Ossip Bernstein, Ernst Grünfeld, Boris Kostic, Géza Maroczy, Jacques Mieses, Akiba Rubinstein, Friedrich Sämisch, Savielly Tartakower, and Milan Vidmar, it never awarded any title to Sultan Khan. It would be fitting if he were given some recognition for his achievements.

Participating players

Here's a list of the top 20 players (of 150 registered so far) taking part in the Sultan Khan Blitz:

You will find a full list and many player portraits on the ChessBase India announcement page. Hope you will be able to join the fun!

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