Chess calendar: July 2019

by ChessBase
7/4/2019 – Classical, rapid and blitz, oh my. There's a ton of top chess this month from China and across Europe to the USA. Find your favourite players and follow along all month in our live games broadcast area and we'll also be providing News coverage as well. A handy reference, updated every few days!

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A jam-packed July

These are the major events on the chess calendar for July 2019, with links to their official sites. When live games are available, we'll also add these along with any links to our News page coverage of each tournament.

June 30th - July 7th: 10th Danzhou Super-GM Tournament (Danzhou, China)

Chinese logoThe 10th Hainan Danzhou Tournament runs through July 7th with both top Chinese players and elite international guests: Vladislav Artemiev, Yu Yangyi, Richard Rapport, Wei Yi, Wang Hao, Vidit, Bassem Amin and Ernesto Inarkiev.

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July 5th - 7th: León Masters (León, Spain)

Leon logoA short rapid and blitz knockout tournament featuring Vassily Ivanchuk, Nihal Sarin, Parham Maghsoodloo and Jaime Santos.

Two semi-final matches will take place on Friday and Saturday. The winners will then play the final on Sunday, July 7th. Each match will consist of four rapid games (20 minutes for the whole game, with 10-second increments from move one), which, in case of a draw, will be followed by blitz encounters (5 minutes + 3-second increments).


July 10th - 21st: US Junior Championship (Saint Louis, USA)

Junior logoTop American junior talent compete for big prizes. The Open, hosted at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis for the tenth consecutive year, and Girls tournaments run in parallel. In addition to the prize fund, the sole first place winner of both Championships will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship to be used at the institution of his or her choice.

Awonder Liang (Elo: 2592) is the top seed. The current U.S. Women’s Champion, Jennifer Yu, participates in the Open, while 15-year old Carissa Yip (Elo: 2285) is the number one seed in the U.S. Junior Girls.


July 11th - 25th: FIDE Grand Prix Leg 2 (Riga, Latvia)

World Chess logoThe second leg of the new FIDE Grand Prix series, a 16-player knockout Each tournament has a €130,000 prize fund, with the series as a whole having an additional prize fund of €280,000, plus a qualifying spot for the 2020 Candidates Tournament. Ian Nepomniachtchi won the first leg in Moscow.


July 13th - 21th: Sparkassen Chess-Meeting (Dortmund, Germany)

Sparkassen logoThe defending champion, Ian Nepomniachtchi, has been playing well as the 47th edition of the traditional chess tournament in Dortmund approaches. "Mr. Dortmund" Vladimir Kramnik, a 10-time winner, will be missed since he retired from classical tournament play. Instead the field has Teimour Radjabov, Lenier Dominguez, Richard Rapport, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Daniel Fridman and Kaido Kulaots, who qualified by winning the Aeroflot Open


July 20th - 28th: Xtracon Chess Open (Elsinore, Denmark)

This annual Danish open usually fields a large number of titled players. 


July 21th - 31st: Biel International Chess Festival (Biel, Switzerland)

Biel logoBiel is switching to a new format, what they call "a triathlon", combining classical, rapid and blitz.

Last year World Champion Magnus Carlsen was the favourite, but Shakhriyar Mamedyarov got the better of him. Carlsen is out of the roster this year, as is 'Shak', so heading the 8-player field for the 52nd edition will be Sam Shankland, followed by Vidit Gujrathi, Jorge Cori, Peter Leko, Parham Maghsoodloo, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Sebastian Bogner (last year’s Swiss Champion), and Nico Georgiadis.


July 26th - August 4th: British Chess Championship (Torquay, England)

British logoThe British Championship is in its 106th edition this year with defending champion Mickey Adams aiming to win for the seventh time. Among the women IM Jovanka Houska took her eighth title in 2018.

Grandmaster David Howell, Nicholas Pert and Simon Williams are among the top players on the entrants list.


July 27th - August 1st: Paris Rapid & Blitz (Paris, France)

The third 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. The wild cards for this event are Alexander Grischuk, Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Daniil Dubov.


Correction July 5th: Mamedyarov is not among the field in Biel this year, despite winning in 2018.


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