Chess calendar: August 2019

by ChessBase
8/11/2019 – Three strong opens in Abu Dhabi, Netherlands and Latvia kicked off the month, but the main attraction in August will be coming from Saint Louis, where a Rapid & Blitz tournament and the Sinquefield Cup will take place one after another. Strong national championships in Russia and France are also on the menu. You'll find all of these events and more covered in our live games broadcast area and we'll also be providing News coverage.

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Top-notch chess in Saint Louis

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.

August 2nd - August 10th: Abu Dhabi Masters (Abu Dhabi, UAE)

The 26th Abu Dhabi Masters is a 9-round Swiss open for players with a FIDE rating of at least 2100. First prize is $13,000. Players receive 90 minutes for the entire game plus 30-seconds per move starting from move one.

After a bad run which led his rating to plummet to 2584, Baadur Jobava claimed clear first place with a commanding 8 out of 9 score. He finished the event with a 2908 rating performance. The young Uzbek GM Nodirbek Yakubboev (rated 2575) ended up in sole second place.


August 3rd - August 10th: Hogeschool Zeeland Open (Vlissingen, Netherlands)

This annual open in the south of the Netherlands has attracted many future top stars over the years. Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game plus 30-seconds per move starting from move one.

Rating favourite Gata Kamsky won the event after scoring 7½ points. Four players collected 7 points, but Loek van Wely had the best tiebreak score.

Final standings (top 10)



August 5th - August 11th: RTU Open (Riga, Latvia)

The Riga Technical University Open is a 9-round Swiss tournament. Players receive 90 minutes for the entire game plus 30 seconds per move starting from move one. 

Local hero Igor Kovalenko is the top seed, while big delegations from India, Germany and Russia have also arrived in the Latvian capital.

Current standings (top 10)



August 6th - August 8th: Leko vs. Morozevich (Abu Dhabi, UAE)

Two fan-favourites faced each other in a rapid and blitz match organized in Abu Dhabi. Former World Championship challenger Peter Leko defeated the ever-entertaining Alexander Morozevich 5 to 1 in the Rapid and 6½ to 3½ in the Blitz. Morozevich's lack of practice in the professional circuit might have had something to do with his defeat.

The event took place at the Sofitel Hotel. 

Final results


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August 10th - August 18th: Iberoamerican Championship (Linares, Spain)

The 7th edition of the Iberoamerican Chess Championship takes place in Linares, Spain. The tournament is a 9-round Swiss open. A total of 103 players from seventeen different Latin American countries and three countries from the Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal and Andorra) are participating. 

Current standings (top 10)



August 10th - August 22nd: Russian Superfinals (Votkinsk, Russia)

The Open championship is being held for the 72nd time and the Women's Championship isn't far behind, being contested for the 69th time. The two tournaments will be held in parallel with 12 participants each at the same venue, in the Udmurt Republic. The tournaments will start in Wotinsk on the grounds of the Peter Tchaikovsky Museum and then will move, on August 13th, to the International Friendship Center in Izhevsk, the capital of the Republic of Udmurtia.

The tournament is part of the program "Chess in Museums", which has been carried out by the Russian Chess Federation together with the Timchenko Foundation since 2012. 

Current standings - Open


Current standings - Women



August 10th - August 14th: St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (St. Louis, USA)

The fourth leg of the 2019 Grand Chess Tour is the third 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 Leinier Dominguez, Yu Yangyi and Richard Rapport. The winner of the two first legs (and all other events he participated in this year) Magnus Carlsen is in the line-up.

Current standings - Rapid



August 17th - August 25th: French Championships (Chartres, France)

The Open and Women's French Championships are ten-player single round-robin tournaments, which will take place this year in Chartres, the capital of the Eure-et-Loir department. Tigran Gharamian and Pauline Guichard are the defending champions.

Open tournament: 

  1. Edouard Romain 2647 
  2. Fressinet Laurent 2625
  3. Gozzoli Yannick 2614 
  4. Lagarde Maxime 2599
  5. Feller Sebastien 2591 
  6. Gharamian Tigran 2586 
  7. Moussard Jules 2576 
  8. Maze Sebastien 2559 
  9. Cornette Matthieu 2548 
  10. Favarel Julien 2366

Women's tournament:

  1. Milliet Sophie 2415
  2. Guichard Pauline 2409
  3. Leconte Maria 2245
  4. Navrotescu Andreea-C 2233
  5. Maisuradze Nino 2197
  6. Safranska Anda 2187
  7. Haussernot Cecile 2178
  8. Broly Mathilde 2177
  9. Monpeurt Cyrielle 2171
  10. Thomas Anysia 2159


August 17th - August 28th: Sinquefield Cup (St. Louis, USA)

The second classical event of the 2019 GCT will feature all twelve "tour regulars" and a whopping USD $325,000 prize fund. The 12-player round-robin has a single rest day after round five, which makes for a challenging contest for the top stars.

Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So and Viswanathan Anand will join the regular tour players from the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz.


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