This Saturday: Knighthood Online Blitz Open

by Shahid Ahmed
7/30/2020 – This Saturday, 1st August, will witness the biggest ever Online Blitz tournament in the history of ChessBase India. The Knighthood Online Blitz will have a total prize fund of ₹1,50,000 and the first prize of ₹40,000! And guess what? All the entry fees will be used for a good cause — to promote and support specially-abled chess players of India. The tournament is sponsored by a chess lover named Sujit Varghese. What's more, India's no.2 GM Vidit Gujrathi is also involved in the event and will play a simul against the age-group winners and specially-abled players on the 2nd of August 2020.

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The biggest ever Online Blitz event on ChessBase India

On 1st August 2020, the biggest ever prize fund event for an Online Blitz Open by ChessBase India will be held on Playchess. The "Knighthood Online Open" Blitz event will have a total prize fund of ₹150,000 with the first prize of ₹40,000. The aim of this tournament is two-fold. The first one is to provide a high quality event for the strong players in this lockdown, and secondly all the money that will be collected via entry fees will be donated for the betterment of specially-abled chess (blind, physically disabled, deaf and mute). And guess what? GM Vidit Gujrathi will play a simul against the age-category winners as well as top five winners of the specially-abled category.

One Man Army - Sujit Varghese

Who is Sujit Varghese and why is he supporting chess in such a big way?

Sujit Varghese is a management professional and a chess lover. He currently lives in the UAE, but grew up in Gujarat. Ever since he was a young boy, he has been interested in chess. Speaking to ChessBase India, Sujit said:

My father and I used to spend several hours playing chess. There were times when we used to be up all night challenging each other into playing several games of chess. However, we were then in a small town in Gujarat and getting coaching wasn't very easy. My interest took a backstage during the initial stages of my career. Later the corporate chess tournaments helped to re-ignite the passion I had for chess.

Although Sujit wasn't able to professionally play chess tournaments, what he learnt from chess has stayed with him forever.

Chess has helped me through several phases in life — teaching me discipline, being persistent and to never give up. I have been involved in several CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) programs and always wanted to be involved in some initiative on a personal level also. ChessBase India has provided me this opportunity with this tournament that will help in raising funds for specially-abled chess players.

Date: Saturday 1st August 2020
Time: 8.00 p.m. IST
Time control: 3 mins + 0 sec increment
Number of rounds: 9
Total Prize fund: ₹150000

Venue: Vishy Anand Arena in Playchess under ChessBase India room

Main Prizes

1st 40000
2nd 25000
3rd 15000
4th 10000
5th 5000

6th - 10th ₹2500 each

11th -20th ₹1000 each

Best Specially Abled players:  Top 5 will get ₹1000 each

Category prizes: Best U-19, U-16, U-14, U-12, Rating 1000-1300, 1301-1600, 1601-1900, 1901-2100 and Best Unrated (Total nine categories) will get the following prizes each

1st 1000
2nd 800
3rd 700

One player will be eligible for one higher prize only and prizes will not be shared. For Rating category prizes, Standard Rating as on 1st July will be considered for prizes. A player without a Standard Rating will be considered as an unrated player. Players without a FIDE ID will have to e-mail their date of birth certificate by 31st July 2020.

No draw before 30th move

From this tournament onwards in all events organized by ChessBase India, 'Draw offer' before the completion of 30th move is not allowed. If a draw is agreed before the completion of 30th move, 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 in all boards.

Special attraction

Age-group and Specially Abled category prize winners will get to play against India no.2 Vidit Gujrathi on Sunday 2nd August at 6 p.m. IST in three separate simuls. Once the tournament ends the players who have won and are selected to play against Vidit will be notified.

Note: Age-group prizes cannot be claimed by titled (CM to GM and WFM to WGM) players.

Entry fees

The entry is FREE for all GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. So register as fast as you can by emailing us mentioning your name, FIDE ID and Playchess ID to

For everyone else the entry fee is ₹500, and for ChessBase Premium Account holders the entry fee is ₹400. For foreigners the entry fee is €10. Entry is free for Specially Abled players. Physically Handicapped, Blind and Deaf players need to produce their disability proof certificate. Entry will close on 31st July at 8 p.m. IST. Organizer reserves the right to reject any entry without assigning any reason.

Non-ChessBase Premium Account users ₹500

ChessBase Premium Account users ₹400

Players list Name Playchess ID Rating
1 GM Aravindh Chithambaram hitter1999 2641
2 GM Jose Martinez Eduardo Js3131 2620
3 GM S L Narayanan NarayananSL 2618
4 GM Abhimanyu Puranik Pabh 2584
5 GM D Gukesh Gk06 2563
6 GM Raunak Sadhwani Devil1234 2545
7 GM Diptayan Ghosh Diptayan 2541
8 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J2d 2535
9 GM Jakhongir Vakhidov Uzbektiger95 2533
10 GM Visakh N R Visakh 2516
11 GM Shardul Gagare IndianKing97 2514
12 GM Harsha Bharathakoti RACEKING 2509
13 GM Debashis Das Debashisdas 2501
14 GM Girish Koushik gak_chess 2498
15 IM Krishna CRG crg 2478
16 IM Harshit Raja Johncking 2472
17 IM Arghyadip Das Arghyadip 2453
18 IM Bharath Subramaniyam H Harishankkar 2437
19 IM Aronyak Ghosh STRANGE 2436
20 IM Fernando Fernández altomisayoc 2435
21 GM M S Thejkumar msthej 2433
22 IM Sayantan Das Ambitious 2431
23 IM Neelash Saha Gamechanger 2413
24 GM Laxman R R LAXMAN 2411
25 IM Raja Rithvik R MasteredUI 2408

Shahid Ahmed is the senior coordinator and editor of ChessBase India. He enjoys covering chess tournaments and also likes to play in chess events from time to time.


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