Chess calendar: April 2019

by ChessBase
3/31/2019 – There are many now-traditional events on the monthly calendar of global professional chess in April. You'll find all of these tournaments and more covered in our live games broadcast area and we'll also be providing News coverage as well. First up is Shamkir, which starts March 31st (so technically it's only mostly in April.

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Shamkir, Reykjavik and Grenke in focus

These are the major events on the chess calendar in April 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.

March 31-April 9: Shamkir Chess

World Champion Magnus Carlsen will return to Azerbaijan for the 6th edition of the tournament in memory of Vugar Gashimov, a 10-player round-robin set to begin on March 31st.

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The tournament's promo video

April 1-9: Dubai Open

The annual tournament in the UAE is now in its 21st year. The 9-round open offers a first prize of USD $13,000 and attracts top stars such as Le Quang Liem, Wang Hao and Maxim Matlakov, often making the short hop over from the Sharjah Masters.

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April 6-14: Bangkok Open

This annual tournament in Thailand is being held for the 19th time.

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April 8-16: GAMMA Reykjavik Open

The tournament takes place in the Harpa concert hall in the centre of the Icelandic capital. The tournament has been held since 1964 and annually since 2008. It now attracts upwards of 250 players each year.

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Harpa collageClick or tap to enlarge | Photos: Alina l'Ami

April 10-23: European Women's Individual Championship

This European championship for women takes place in Antalya, Turkey. Like the recently completed open European Championship, it's an 11-round tournament which will presumably determine a number of qualification spots for the next Women's World Cup.

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April 15-25: World Senior Team Championship

A trio of team championships (Open 50+, Open 65+, Women 50+) for players older than 50 and older than 65 held in Rhodes, Greece.

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Stories from 2018

April 17-27: Shenzhen Masters

A six-player double round-robin, now in its third edition, taking place in the Longgang District of Shenzhen, China. The top two Chinese players, Ding Liren and Yu Yangyi are joined by foreign grandmasters Anish Giri, Dmitry Jakovenko, Pentala Harikrishna and Richard Rapport. 

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April 19-29: Grenke Chess Classic

This is World Champion Magnus Carlsen's next tournament after Shamkir. The 6th edition of this tournament takes place in Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden, Germany. Carlsen, Caruana, Aronian, Anand, Vachier-Lagrave, Svidler, Naiditsch, Vallejo, Meier and Vincent Keymer face off in this nine round-robin.

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