Online chess tournament on Playchess

by ChessBase
9/18/2020 – On Saturday September 19, 2020, there will be another big tournament on Playchess, organised by ChessBase India, with a Rs.50,000 ($ 680 or €575) prize fund. Time control: 3 mins + 0 second increment, number of rounds: 10. Expect strong GM and IM participation – highest rated GM so far: 2611. Entry is FREE for all, irrespective of title, rating or location, but you can donate to a worthy cause – to help a well-loved coach who is fighting for his life.

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The tournament is organized by ChessBase India. Its purpose is to raise funds for a well-known and well-loved chess trainer, K. Durgesh, co-founder of the Tattva Chess Academy. On August 3rd the 39-year-old suffered a major cerebral stroke. Following a successful brain surgery Durgesh tested positive for Covid-19. Hospital bills have piled up, exceeding his financial resources. 

The entire prize fund is sponsored by Sushrutha Reddy, a friend and admirer of the chess trainer. 

However, a ray of hope has come in these dark hours from fellow chess players and chess coaches, who have assembled to fight beside Durgesh and raise funds to meet the increasing costs of his medical treatment. Until Thursday, September 17 a total sum of Rs.566,583 has been collected. 

You can help by donating here:

Alternatively you can donate via the UPI ID - chessbaseindia-1@okhdfcbank, for donors without an Indian card, can make their donations via Paypal here. Players outside India who would like to participate can donate to the above mentioned upi id or via Paypal and write an email to mentioning their name, contact number and Transaction ID to confirm their entry.

The Durgesh Online Fundraiser Blitz

The entire prize fund is sponsored by Sushrutha Reddy, a friend and admirer of the chess trainer. 

  • Date: Saturday 19th September 2020
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. IST (= 17:30 Moscow, 16:30 Europe,  10:30 New York – check out the time in your location)
  • Time control: 3 min + 0 second increment
  • Number of rounds: 10
  • Venue: Vishy Anand Arena in Playchess
  • Total Prize fund: Rs. 50,000 – first prize of Rs. 10,000

No draw before 30th move: in all events organized by us, draw offers before the completion of 30th move are not allowed. In case of violation the player who offered the draw will be given a loss in that round irrespective of tournament situation. This rule has been enforced to see fighting games on all boards.

All players should check their Internet connection before the tournament. Minimum requirement is 2 mbps. Each player is responsible for their internet connection, organizers will not be held responsible for any players connectivity issues. All games will be thoroughly checked for cheating/impersonation. Anyone adapting any unfair means will be removed from the tournament and will not be allowed to participate in future events on Playchess.

How to play a tournament?

1. Download the free Windows software of Playchess

Firstly you have to download the free native Windows software from here. If you have Mac OS or Mac Computer, then you have to use some VMWare to run it as Playchess Desktop Client has native support on Windows OS only.

The tournament cannot be played via mobile or tablet device. All players must update the Playchess software to the latest version before the tournament.

2. Login or Create account

After you have installed the Client. You must log in.

Enter your Playchess username and password if you have one. (Note, for all the ChessBase Account Premium members, your login credentials will work). If you do not have a Username, you must click on "Create New Player Name" and create a new account. Alternatively, you can also create it here. This is free and gives you access to Playchess for a few days. 

The tournament will take place in the Vishy Anand Arena in the ChessBase India room. Registered players should be online and logged into Playchess at least 45 minutes before the start of the tournament to confirm your entries on 5th of September.

Click on the ‘Players’ Tab and then click on ‘Join Event’. The Sysop (Tournament Director) will accept your entry.

More details on the tournament are to be found here.


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