Chess calendar: September 2019

by ChessBase
9/2/2019 – A key tournament in the yearly calendar will keep chess fans entertained during most of September, as the FIDE World Cup kicks off on the 9th in Khanty-Mansiysk. Before that, Garry Kasparov will face Fabiano Caruana in a Chess960 match-up, while the first leg of the Women's Grand Prix will start in Moscow almost concurrently with the stellar event of the month. 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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All eyes on the World Cup

These are the major events on the chess calendar for September 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.

September 2nd - September 5th: Champions Showdown - Chess 9LX (Saint Louis, United States)

Using the same format as in 2018, four Chess 960 matches will take place. The event, dubbed Chess 9LX (Roman numerals are in use), will include the presence of none other than living legend Garry Kasparov. The match-ups:

  • Fabiano Caruana vs. Garry Kasparov
  • Wesley So vs. Veselin Topalov
  • Leinier Dominguez vs. Peter Svidler
  • Hikaru Nakamura vs. Levon Aronian

The regulations are the same as last year. Six rapid games at G/30 with a 10-second delay and fourteen blitz games at G/5 with a 5-second delay will decide the winners. Each round will begin with the same starting position on all boards, and new positions will be drawn after every fourth game. The players will be able to prepare for their games, but they are not allowed to use electronic devices.


September 9th - October 4th: FIDE World Cup (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia)

Two spots at the 2020 Candidates Tournament will be up for grabs at the 128-player single-elimination chess tournament. The highest-rated players in the world will battle against qualifiers from four continents (Africa, America, Asia and Europe) in the gruelling 26-day event.

The matches from round one to round six consist of two classical games with a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move. The finals and the match for the third place consist of four classical games. If the score is tied after the classical games, rapid and, if necessary, blitz tiebreaks will be played the next day. 

The top eight seeds are Ding Liren, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Wesley So, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Levon Aronian, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Leinier Dominguez.


September 10th - September 23rd: Skolkovo FIDE Women's Grand Prix (Moscow, Russia)

The 2019/2020 FIDE Women's Grand Prix series kick off at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre located within the Mozhayzky District in Moscow, Russia. It will be the first of four twelve-player single round-robin events which will give out two tickets to play in the 2021 Women's Candidates Tournament.

World champion Ju Wenjun and challenger to the crown Aleksandra Goryachkina will be facing each other in the Russian capital. All twelve participants:

  • Ju Wenjun
  • Aleksandra Goryachkina
  • Humpy Koneru
  • Kateryna Lagno
  • Alexandra Kosteniuk
  • Valentina Gunina
  • Harika Dronavalli
  • Alina Kashlinskaya
  • Pia Cramling
  • Antoaneta Stefanova
  • Elisabeth Paehtz
  • Marie Sebag


September 10th - September 18th: Fall Chess Classic (Saint Louis, US)

The 2019 Fall Chess Classic is the third of four tournaments each year featuring international chess professionals. The Fall Chess Classic consists of two ten-player round robin tournaments. Over the course of ten days, these competitors will battle for more than $30,000 in prize money and gain valuable experience in top-level events.

The main GM-tournament will feature the following line-up:

  • Swiercz, Dariusz (2670)
  • Melkumyan, Hrant (2661)
  • Lenderman, Aleksandr (2654)
  • Ipatov, Alexander (2650)
  • Durarbayli, Vasif (2626)
  • Van Foreest, Jorden (2626)
  • Akobian, Varuzhan (2618)
  • Smirin, Ilia (2605)
  • Bortnyk, Olexandr (2602)
  • Robson, Ray (2653)


September 11th - September 13th: World Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships (Salobreña, Spain)

The 3rd FIDE World Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships will be held in the conference building of the Hotel Salobreña Suites in Salobreña, Spain, about 100 km away from Malaga. Eleven-round rapid and blitz tournaments will take place in the U-14, U-16 and U-18 categories (open and women's).


September 21st - September 29th: 77th Nona Gaprindashvili Cup (Tbilisi, Georgia)

The Nona Gaprindashvili Cup is a nine-round open tournament to be held in Georgia's capital. The usual FIDE time control for this kind of events will be in use: 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes until the end of the game and 30-second increments from move one. 

The recently crowned French champion Maxime Lagarde is the first seed, followed by top Georgian grandmasters Levan Pantsulaia, Luka Paichadze and Mikheil Mchedlishvili. See the full list of registered players here


September 27th - October 5th: City of Barcelona Open (Barcelona, Spain)

For the first time, the 'Ciutat de Barcelona' tournament will be open to all, after having organized a Schveningen match in 2018 and a round-robin from 2004 until 2017. The stellar event of summer in Catalonia will feature two nine-round Swiss events to be played concurrently, with Group B open to those with an Elo rating below 2000. The venue will be the "Espai Bota, Recinte Fabra i Coats", a historic building of the Sant Andreu district.

So far, three 2600+ players have registered to participate: Gata Kamsky from the United States, Alexander Donchenko from Germany and Ivan Ivanisevic from Serbia. See the full list of registered players here.


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