Chess calendar: February 2020

by ChessBase
2/1/2020 – Two strong tournaments that are about to celebrate their second editions will take place in February — the Cairns Cup in Saint Louis, an elite-level tournament for top female players, and the Prague Festival, modelled after the Tata Steel Chess Masters and Challengers. The highly competitive Aeroflot Open, a massive festival in Graz and a fun-filled weekender in Bunratty will also keep chess fans entertained. | You'll find all of these events and more covered in our live games broadcast area Live.ChessBase.com and we'll also be providing News coverage.

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These are the major events on the chess calendar for February 2020, 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.


February 7th - 17th: Cairns Cup (Saint Louis, United States)

Cairns Cup 2020For the second time, the Saint Louis Chess Club will host the Cairns Cup, an elite level tournament for top female players from around the world. Inspired by its mission to further promote the game of chess to females, the Chess Club aptly chose the name Cairns Cup in honour of co-founder Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield’s maiden name.

The nine-round classical event will not only be one of the largest prize funds for a women's tournament — it also promises to be the strongest female tournament ever held in the world. The top three finishers will receive $45,000, $35,000, and $25,000 respectively.

Valentina Gunina won the inaugural edition in 2019, while Women's World Champion Ju Wenjun tops the field this year:

#

Name

Rating

Federation

1

Ju Wenjun

2584

China

2

Humpy Koneru

2580

India

3

Mariya Muzychuk

2552

Ukraine

4

Kateryna Lagno

2552

Russia

5

Harika Dronavalli

2518

India

6

Nana Dzagnidze

2515

Georgia

7

Alexandra Kosteniuk

2504

Russia

8

Valentina Gunina

2461

Russia

9

Irina Krush

2422

United States

10

Carissa Yip

2418

United States

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February 12th - 21st: Prague Chess Festival (Prague, Czech Republic)

Prague International Festival 2020The second edition of the Prague Masters and Challengers round-robin tournaments are set for mid-February. The tournaments, which are modelled after the Tata Steel Chess Masters and Challengers, aim to find a permanent home on the chess calendar, positioned as the second major round-robin event of the year.

The round-robin Masters tournament will definitely take centre stage. Russian grandmaster Nikita Vitiugov will attempt to reclaim his victory in the Masters tournament from 2019, but Jan-Krzysztof Duda, the runner-up of the Hamburg FIDE Grand Prix, will be the top seed by rating.

The field of the Masters includes six 2700+ rated players:

# Name FED Year of Birth Rating

1

Jan-Krzysztof Duda

POL

1998

2758

2

Nikita Vitiugov

RUS

1987

2747

3

Wei Yi

CHN

1999

2725

4

Harikrishna Pentala

IND

1986

2724

5

Vidit Santosh Gujarathi

IND

1994

2721

6

David Navara

CZE

1985

2707

7

David Antón Guijarro

ESP

1995

2685

8

Nils Grandelius

SWE

1993

2683

9

Samuel Shankland

USA

1991

2683

10

Markus Ragger

AUT

1988

2670

The number one position in the Challengers will be taken up by Nijat Abasov from Azerbaijan:

# Name FED Year of Birth Rating

1

Nijat Abasov

AZE

1995

2655

2

Andrey Esipenko

RUS

2002

2636

3

Mateusz Bartel

POL

1985

2636

4

Jorden Van Foreest

NED

1999

2632

5

Kacper Piorun

POL

1991

2623

6

Jan Krejčí

CZE

1992

2578

7

Van Nguyen

CZE

2001

2548

8

Hannes Stefanson

ISL

1972

2546

9

Tadeáš Kriebel

CZE

1995

2516

10

Lukáš Černoušek

CZE

1983

2461

 
Links

February 14th - 21st: International Chess Open Graz (Graz, Austria)

Graz Chess Open 2020

The capital city of Styria and Austria's second-largest city after Vienna will host a large festival which includes three nine-round open tournaments and a weekend event. The main 'A group' is reserved to players with a rating above 2000 plus women and players under 18 years old with a rating above 1900.

Currently, fourteen players with a 2500+ rating have registered to participate, with top seeds Bartosz Socko and José Eduardo Martínez actually over 2600. The complete list of registrants includes no fewer than 178 players in the main group.

Last year's edition was won by Armenian GM Hrant Melkumyan.

Links 

February 19th - 27th: Aeroflot Open (Moscow, Russia)

Aeroflot Open 2020

The Aeroflot Open Chess Festival, which is popular throughout the world, will be held in February 2020 for the 18th time. This time the festival has a guaranteed prize fund amounting to EUR 140,000 (taking into account the prizes for the Blitz Tournament).

The venue of the tournament, as usual, will be the "Cosmos" hotel in Moscow. The festival consists of three open tournaments, each of which is a nine-round Swiss event.

A very strong contingent is already registered to participate, with thirty 2600+ players and fifty grandmasters in the mix. Top seed is world number 23 Vladislav Artemiev, while last year's winner Kaido Kulaots is only the 53rd seed. The top 15 registrants so far:

No. Name Rtg
1 Artemiev Vladislav 2731
2 Sargissian Gabriel 2689
3 Sjugirov Sanan 2674
4 Kovalev Vladislav 2660
5 Mamedov Rauf 2659
6 Sarana Alexey 2656
7 Adhiban B. 2654
8 Jumabayev Rinat 2646
9 Rakhmanov Aleksandr 2645
10 Sethuraman S.P. 2638
11 Narayanan.S.L 2637
12 Abdusattorov Nodirbek 2635
13 Paravyan David 2629
14 Deac Bogdan-Daniel 2626
15 Durarbayli Vasif 2625

...73 players

Links

February 21st - February 23rd: Bunratty Chess Festival (Bunratty, Ireland)

Bunratty Chess Festival 2020

The 27th edition of the three-day annual fun-filled tournament in Ireland will be held at the beautiful Bunratty Castle Hotel, which has been the tournaments home since 2010.

The tournament is divided in four sections, with the Masters reserved for 2000+ rated players. Traditionally, strong British players take the time to go enjoy the relaxed environment of the event while fighting for a first prize of €1,000. One round will be played on Friday the 21st, three on Saturday and two on Sunday. 

The 2019 edition was won by Luke McShane, who was followed by Mark Hebden and Nigel Short in the standings table. At the moment, Short is the highest-rated registered player, with Matthew Turner, Elisabeth Paehtz, Simon Williams and Keith Arkell making up the top five.

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