Top-notch rapid and blitz action in Kolkata!

by ChessBase
8/30/2023 – The Indian edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament returns for a much-anticipated fifth edition. Once again, a women’s event and a men’s event will take place one after the other. World champion Ju Wenjun will head the women’s field, while five international grandmasters will face the likes of Gukesh and Praggnanandhaa in the men’s tournament.

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Gaining momentum

The fifth edition of Tata Steel Chess India will take place from August 31 to September 9 at the Bhasa Bhawan Auditorium of the majestic National Library in Kolkata.

Top international grandmasters will join Indian rising stars and Viswanathan Anand — as the ambassador and advisor of the tournament — to enrich this year’s competition. Anand had declared last year, when the women’s event was added to the program:

I am extremely delighted that today chess is considered as a mainstream sport. Tournaments like Tata Steel Chess India, where our young players fight it out with international grandmasters, really helps the cause of producing newer champions.

Today, India is considered as a chess powerhouse, with both men and women excelling in the sport. The introduction of the women’s tournament with equal prize money as the men category is a welcome move and an excellent initiative, and we hope it is as well-received by the chess enthusiasts. Chess is and should be an equal sport.

Remarkably, the prize fund for both the men’s and women’s categories will be equal.

The format

Two tournaments: a women’s event and an open event.
The tournament will be played in two formats: rapid and blitz. 

Rapid tournament

A single 10-player round-robin, with 3 rounds per day. The time control is 25 minutes for the entire game, with an increment of 10 seconds from move 1.

Blitz tournament

A double 10-player round-robin, with 9 rounds per day. The time control is 3 minutes with an increment of 2 seconds from move 1.


  • Women’s rapid tournament: August 31 - September 2
  • Women’s blitz tournament: September 3-4
  • Men’s rapid tournament: September 5-7
  • Men’s blitz tournament: September 8-9



Tata Steel Chess India 2023

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Tata Steel Chess India 2023

Playing venue

Bhasha Bhawan, National Library of India
Belvedere Road, Block A, Kolkata

The tournament is open to spectators. Tickets will not be sold: passes will be available at the venue on first-come-first-serve basis on the days of the tournament.


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