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Nihal, Pragg and Andriasian headline the 1st Saturday Online Blitz tournament

by Shahid Ahmed - 20/03/2020

ChessBase India presents the first edition of five series of Saturday Online Blitz Tournament on 21st March at 8 p.m. IST (2:30 p.m. GMT). It will witness the participation of 16 GMs, 22 IMs, 3 WGMs and 3 WIMs from all across the globe. For the first time we have opened the tournament to players from all over the world and currently we have players India, Armenia, Azerbaijain, Bangladesh, Colombia, England, Ireland, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore and USA. Total Prize fund for each of the five tournaments will be ₹10000, with a first prize of ₹5000. The winner of the five events, the Circuit Champion will win an extra ₹10000. Last few hours to go to register if you haven't yet. Photo: Various sources

16 GMs, 22 IMs are slated to take part in First edition of Saturday Online Blitz Tournament

ChessBase India presents the first of five, Saturday Online Blitz tournament which will take place on this Saturday 21st March 2020 at 8 p.m. IST. Total 16 GMs, 22 IMs, 3 WGMs and 3 WIMs have confirmed their participation.

Date: Saturday, 21st March 2020

Time: 8.00 p.m. IST

Time control: 3+0

Number of rounds: 9

Total Prize fund: ₹10000

Venue: Premium Tournaments in Playchess under ChessBase India room


Azerbaijan no.3 super strong GM Gadir Guseinov will be the top seed | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Reigning Asian Blitz Champion GM Nihal Sarin will be the top seed | Photo: Alina l'Ami

Reigning World Youth Under-18 Champion GM R Praggnanandhaa will be among the top seeds | Photo: Amruta Mokal

GM Karthikeyan Murali | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Armenian GM Zaven Andriasian will be making his ChessBase India Online Blitz debut | Photo: Harry Gielen

GM Abhimanyu Puranik has won a ChessBase Online Blitz event before | Photo: Amruta Mokal

GM Gukesh D is in terrific form as he won two back to back events in Denmark and France

GM Erigaisi Arjun is a regular at ChessBase India Online Blitz events and he has won a few | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

GM Elshan Moradiabadi of USA will be making his ChessBase India Online Blitz debut | Photo: ChessBase India archives

India's 65th GM Raunak Sadhwani loves to play blitz | Photo: Amruta Mokal

GM Diptayan Ghosh has won two ChessBase Online Blitz events | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM Srinath Narayanan | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Stany G A | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM Visakh N R will be among the top seeds | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Indonesia's latest GM Novendra Priasmoro | Photo: ChessBase India archives

ChessBase India Blitz regular Laxman is the first GM to confirm | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Krishna CRG | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

IM Arjun Kalyan | Photo: Amruta Mokal

IM Harshit Raja | Photo: Niki Riga

IM Ravi Teja S is a successful coach too | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Leon Luke Mendonca | Photo: Sagar Shah

IM Rahul Srivasthav P | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Mitrabha Guha | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Rathanvel V S | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Aditya Mittal | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Aronyak Ghosh | Photo: Amruta Mokal

IM Koustav Chatterjee | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Reigning 1st SAARC Champion IM Nubairshah Shaikh | Photo: Amruta Mokal

IM Mehar Chinna Reddy | Photo: ChessBase India archives

IM Himal Gusain | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Neelash Saha | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Kushager Krishnater | Photo: ChessBase India archives

IM Muthaiah Al | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Raahil Mullick | Photo: Niki Riga

IM Krishna Teja N | Photo: Sagar Shah

One of the newly minted IMs of the country Saksham Rautela | Photo: ChessBase India archives

IM Anuj Shrivatri | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Former National Blitz Champion IM D K Sharma | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Praveen Kumar | Photo: Amruta Mokal

WGM R Vaishali has had a fantastic 2019 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

WGM S Meenakshi | Photo: Amruta Mokal

WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Karnataka's first WIM Isha Sharma | Photo: Hinduja Reddy

WIM Priyanka Nutakki | Photo: Niklesh Jain

WIM Angela Franco | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Entry is closed


Details of the online tournament:

Main Prize:


The entry fee for the event is FREE. However you need to have a ChessBase Premium Account to be eligible to participate. Please make sure that your account is valid beyond 21st March 2020, else the room and the tournament director will decline your entry. If you do not have a premium account, get one from below. You will receive a serial key and the steps to make your account premium in your email address. Make your account premium and then register through the google form given below. The last date for entry is 21st of March 2020 until 3 p.m.

You can also go for ChessBase 15, as that comes with free 3 months of ChessBase Premium Account!

People who live in regions not served by ChessBase India can get 1-month or 12-month accounts from the ChessBase Shop.

The good news is that if you become a ChessBase Account Premium Member, you not only get free entries to five blitz tournaments, but you also get 12 amazing features, which are explained in this video by IM Sagar Shah

Total circuit points

For each tournament these are the points that you will receive:

Place Points
1st 10
2nd 9
3rd 8
4th 7
5th 6
6th 5
7th 4
8th 3
9th 2
10th 1


At the end of the five events the points will be added and the one who comes out on top with the maximum cumulative points gets a special prize of Rs.10,000. So you have the possibility to win in all Rs.35,000 in all of the five tournaments combined.


For registration queries contact:

Mr. Shahid Ahmed (Tournament director) - 9038139510

Email -

• We request all players to check their internet connection before the tournament. Minimum requirement should be at least 2 mbps. No phone calls/messages will be entertained once the tournament starts from 8 p.m. IST onwards. All queries must be resolved before the tournament.

Upcoming events:

March Masters ChessBase India Online Blitz Tournament on 29th March 2020 - Total Prize fund ₹50000, First Prize ₹10000. Registration has started. FREE entry for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. Open to all players across the world. Click here to register.

ChessBase India presents 2nd Saturday Online Blitz Tournament on 28th March 2020 - Prize structure - Same as first edition. Registration will start after the conclusion of 1st Saturday Online Blitz event. Open to all players across the world. Those who have said yes in the google form for the first Saturday edition, need not register, others will have to.

List of players: Name Playchess ID Rating
1 GM Guseinov Gadir Gguseinov 2665
2 GM Nihal Sarin Nihalsarin 2640
3 GM R Praggnanandhaa chessworld1 2608
4 GM Karthikeyan Murali fighter64 2606
5 GM Zaven Andriasian ZavenGrozny 2606
6 GM Abhimanyu Puranik pabh 2584
7 GM Gukesh D Gk06 2563
8 GM Erigaisi Arjun Indian-Lion 2559
9 GM Elshan Moradiabadi GM Abadi 2555
10 GM Raunak Sadhwani devil1234 2545
11 GM Diptayan Ghosh Diptayan 2541
12 GM Srinath Narayanan NSRINATH 2540
13 GM Stany G A Stany G A 2522
14 GM Visakh N R Visakh 2516
15 GM Novendra Priasmoro bocah_sakit 2489
16 IM Krishna C R G crg 2478
17 IM Arjun Kalyan Arjunkalyan 2477
18 IM Harshit Raja Johncking 2472
19 IM Ravi Teja S Ravi Teja S 2469
20 IM Leon Luke Mendonca boobyfisher 2458
21 IM Rahul Srivasthav P rahulsrivathsav 2457
22 IM Mitrabha Guha babysnake 2445
23 IM V S Rathanvel vsr64 2445
24 IM Aditya Mittal vinniethepooh 2438
25 IM Aronyak Ghosh STRANGE 2436
26 IM Koustav Chatterjee KoustavChatterjee1 2435
27 IM Nubairshah Shaikh CREATOR 1198 2423
28 IM Mehar Chinna Reddy C H Mehar 2422
29 IM Himal Gusain rajdhani express 2414
30 FM L R Srihari lsr 2414
31 IM Neelash Saha gamechanger 2413
32 Sammed Shete champion111 2412
33 GM Laxman Rajaram LAXMAN 2411
34 IM Kushager Krishnater kushu_attack 2410
35 IM Muthaiah Al gamechanger64 2400
36 WGM R Vaishali rvaishali2001 2393
37 IM Raahil Mullick Raahi07 2386
38 FM Pranav Anand Lightsaber 2381
39 IM N Krishna Teja N_Krishna teja 2378
40 IM Saksham Rautela Kcnock 2377
41 CM Shahil Dey ShahilDey 2376
42 FM Vatsal Singhania qscrgn 2370
43 Shantanu Bhambure Defence1234 2367
44 IM Anuj Shrivatri Anuj Shrivatri 2350
45 Pranav V pranav_vip 2348
46 R Ashwath Csk 2340
47 FM Nikhil Dixit nikhildixit98 2321
48 Ajay Karthikeyan skkeyan 2315
49 FM Siddharth Jagadeesh Siddharthjagadeesh 2312
50 Rohith Krishna Srohithkrishna 2304
51 Saurabh Anand Saurabh19 2304
52 Kaustuv Kundu Kaustuv Kundu 2301
53 Aditya Samant adityass 2297
54 IM D K Sharma kakdela 2289
55 FM Aaryan Varshney Aaryan Varshney 2277
56 WIM Isha Sharma MissPhoenix 2276
57 FM Dushyant Sharma Dushu2930 2270
58 Elliot Papadiamandis Elliot Papadiamandis 2269
59 Vedant Panesar Brainboy123 2266
60 WIM Priyanka Nutakki Priyanka Nutakki 2263
61 Mithil Ajgaonkar Mithil 2263
62 WFM Savitha Shri B Savithashri 2261
63 Tanmay Chopra tanmay1234 2260
64 Abhishek Das kabababu 2258
65 FM Suyog Wagh suyu28 2245
66 FM Gahan MG karnatakangahan 2229
67 Rajarishi Karthi cool64chess 2207
68 Prasannaa S IndigoChess 2200
69 Aradhya Garg Aradhya 2198
70 Michael Joseph Pagaran mykelpagz 2192
71 Rohit S rohit2007 2189
72 WGM S Meenakshi meenu24 2171
73 WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty Rojalin 2168
74 IM Praveen Kumar Srinivasan 2158
75 Anustoop Biswas Stark11 2126
76 FM C J Arvind Junosource 2123
77 Ramu Kandi Agasthya 2117
78 Adarsh Tripathi ADARSHK-123 2115
79 Sarvesh Kumar.A Chessencounter 2115
80 Sibi Visal R kravisibi 2114
81 Sanket Chakravarty SymbolX 2106
82 Sambit Panda Sambit_Panda1979 2102
83 Samrug Narayanan pigson7th 2100
84 Shreyas Royal Sr09 2096
85 Namitbir Singh Walia NAMITBIR 2093
86 Saptorshi Gupta saptorshi 2092
87 WIM Angela Franco angychess 2089
88 Manish Parmar DCA 2084
89 Garv Gaur garvgaur1008 2083
90 Uttam Sharma R uttamchess 2077
91 Zia Tahsin Tajwar Tahsinzia 2071
92 Aaditya Dhingra Aaditya13 2038
93 Sandeep Sethuraman bouncyegg 2037
94 Naveen Jain kobemagic 2032
95 Muralikrishna Gangaraju Muralikrishna 2026
96 K N Gopal
97 Niklesh Jain Niklesh 2012
98 Aarav Dengla Hitchthestars 2010
99 Sharan Rao THE_COOL_GUY 1992
100 Atri Chattopadhyay Atri Chattopadhyay 1989
101 Ilamparthi A R ilamparthi 1989
102 Siddharth Sabhari Shankar MrRetired 1984
103 Sayan Bose Bosesayan28 1978
104 Sai Alagappan S DearFamousEnergy 1959
105 Ruttumbara Bidhar unicorn5 1952
106 Nilsu Pattnayak BITUNILSU 1948
107 Arka Sengupta Arkasg007 1937
108 Avinash Ramesh avinashonfire 1933
109 Ojasva Singh Ojasva01 1933
110 Sanchit Anand devil_sanchit 1933
111 Kannan Sa NextWC 1927
112 Saimanivannan N R SAIMANIVANNAN 1926
113 Vansh Aggarwal twobrothers 1922
114 Kotepalli Sai Nirupama Saraswathii 1914
115 Jayachandra Srinivas Vellanki srinu1975 1916
116 Vignesh B ManofMass 1912
117 Harshit Pawar Harshit99 1909
118 Ishaan Bansal ishu98 1905
119 Anirudh Daga Aniedg 1878
120 Sher Singh sher2012 1876
121 Joel Paul Joelpaul 1864
122 Karthikeyan Jeyaprakasam Position 1860
123 Vaibhav Kalpaka VRK 1859
124 Akhilesh Nagare Nagareakhilesh 1846
125 Uma Maheswaran Palanisamy msdhoni7781 1842
126 Saketh Pedagandham Me N Chess 1841
127 Kedar Umesh Vaze Severusss 1839
128 Chirag Hosdurga garihc 1838
129 Aadit Bhatia aadit1728 1830
130 Sudarshan Bhat Sudarshan_Bhat 1813
131 Shree Ganesh Muthu Annamalai shreeganesh 1803
132 Anupam M Sreekumar Anupam_Chess 1798
133 Mayank Chakraborty Mayank Chkraborty 1796
134 Soumik Datta Soumik13 1792
135 Sibi Srinivas Einstein Sibieinstein 1775
136 Aanjaneya Phatak aanjaneya 1769
137 Pranav Sairam Sairam Ramabadra 1762
138 Vishvesh Kochrekar Vishveshk 1745
139 Abhay Bandewar Abhay 1722
140 Akash Tiwari Radeonxd 1718
141 Satvik Kapoor SATVIK_YGM 1717
142 Krishna Karthik Nerella kingslayer24 1713
143 Arnav Nehete Annchess123 1706
144 Debarghya Samanta tapa1964 1698
145 Jaiveer Mahendru Diamond06 1695
146 Devam Makwana nextmagnus 1694
147 Soumyajit Das Apply11 1683
148 Yash Bharadia Mahendra Bahubali 1675
149 Girish Bachikar giriadu 1670
150 Gautam De Edmatuag 1664
151 Arnab Kumar Mullick arnabkumarmullick 1655
152 Srujan Keerthan SrujanKeerthan 1647
153 Md Bashiq Imrose imsmd2007 1641
154 Tejash Jain unknownstar2500 1640
155 Nikunj Gupta Nikunjdelhi 1638
156 Ritabrata Chakraborty RITABRATAC 1622
157 Ritesh Dharmatti sorcererchess 1618
158 Manmay Chopra Manmay2007 1610
159 Neel Bhaskar neelb 1600
160 Dhruv Khosla Castle_64 1584
161 Vishnu Menon krishna06 1573
162 Muthu P Muthu2205 1572
163 R Raman RRAMAN 1571
164 Rahul Yadav rahulyadav 1570
165 Sadbhav Rautela Indian_Baghira 1552
166 Mrinmoy Rajkhowa Mrinmoy2010 1547
167 Rafael Ninan Renji RafaelRenji 1534
168 Mugesh B mugesh 1495
169 Swara Lakshmi S Nair sureknair 1477
170 Ashiya Begum Drunkenknight8 1476
171 Vinoth M Vinothm64 1466
172 Abhimanyu Singh touchndmove 1458
173 Viresh Sharnarthi
174 Ujjawal Bansal Ujjawalbansal 1442
175 Arunakirinathan Aruthran aruthran2006 1432
176 Hariharan Subramony sml_hari 1430
177 Anshul Mehta Anshulmehta 1420
178 Deepak Kumtakar dskumtakar777 1417
179 Saket Kumar saketkumar1979 1407
180 Amogh Vajandar gawand 1387
181 Varad Deo Kaisar64 1381
182 Samarth Sachin Kadam samarthkadam 1345
183 Ravish Chaudhary RavishChaudhary 1234 1332
184 Megh Shah thezugzwanger 1324
185 Kedar Korde KEDAR KORDE 1315
186 Sai Bharadwaj scarysquares64 1310
187 Dissanayake, D.M.S.L supershadow 1300
188 Shivank Mitra Shivank_Mitra 1293
189 Roshan Sethuraman speedysnail 1284
190 Pratish Raj rajpratish 1259
191 Manas Gaikwad SRUMANCHESS 1243
192 Soumitra Tambe soumitra1199 1239
193 Niranjan J Warrier niranjanjwarrier 1234
194 Devansh Chaudhury dev11 1231
195 Sarvad Senthil Sarvad64Squares 1226
196 Mahadev Savitha Viju V_j 1217
197 Prasanna Kumar KingsyPlayer 1209
198 Suryansh Verma Suryakhanal 1199
199 Ritwik Mallavarapu ritwik chess 1197
200 Rawat Dhanpal Singh DHANP_1983 1193
201 Shanjula Senthil Shanjusai 1176
202 Siddharth siddharth2003 1163
203 Aashrith Tatineni aashritht 1131
204 Abdul Kalam A ABDULKALAM2006 1120
205 Pruthviraj Deshmukh
206 Dharma Surendar Dharma surendar 1115
207 Kolla Bhaavan Ekalvya 1109
208 Mahadev Swathi Swathi32 1100
209 Archit Saigal architsaigal 1093
210 Swarali Hatvalne Girihats 1090
211 Shlok Sharnarthi
212 Sagnik Dutta sgnk 1040
213 Sai Srivardhan R Saisrivardhan 1037
214 Amit Mishra amitm55 0
215 Amit Rajeshirke amitshirke 0
216 Aravindh R Aravindh241997 0
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218 Dhrubajyoti Chowdhury 105307147 0
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220 Gautam Chintala vinnu2912 0
221 Mahadev Rushitha Haju Rudramma 0
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How to play tournament?

Please ensure that you have a valid Playchess id and active ChessBase Premium Account subscription. You can create one here

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. Tournament cannot be played via mobile or tablet device.

Login or Create account

After you have installed the Client. You must login.

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 of cost and gives you free access to Playchess for a few days. 

The tournament will take place in the Premium Tournaments in the ChessBase India room. Registered players should be online and logged into Playchess at least 30 minutes before the start of the tournament to confirm your entries on 21st of March. 7.30 p.m. would be a good time.

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


ChessBase India has organized innumerable online events successfully. Here is some feedback about the quality of the events:


GM Vaibhav Suri, winner of 2nd ChessBase Online Blitz tournament

The tournament was conducted quite smoothly and a quite "fun Sunday" event. The participation of Adhiban & Sethuraman definitely added the spark to the event. I guess an Online Blitz Festival would be the next way to go (with different formats - Chess960, Bughouse, Bullet etc). Overall really happy with such events. Way to go!!


GM Laxman Rajaram, former National Blitz Champion

I thank the  Chessbase India team once more for their strenous and tireless endeavour to popularise blitz events in India. Considering the fact that the present day time control  even in classical format ( unlike the yesteryears)  demands quick reflexes and blitz skills  , I feel that the entire Chessbase India team is doing an exemplary and praiseworthy job. A boon for Indian chess !!!. Though my performance this time was not satisfactory ,I hope to excel and cherish more pleasant memories from my side in the forthcoming editions of Chessbase India blitz events.


IM Ravi Teja S, former National Challengers Champion

We (Ravi Teja&Anusha NLV) thoroughly enjoyed the was exciting!


Tushar Bohra, father of Kanishk Bohra

Thanks for enrolling Kanishk for the event. He had a great time playing the games. And a great overall experience.


D Gukesh, youngest GM of India

I am extremely happy to have participated in my first online blitz tmt conducted by ChessBase India and loved the experience and thrill. from the start to the finish its professionally conducted and got the rare opportunity to play several high-class players in a single event and looking forward for its next event


Priti Mahendru, mother of Jaiveer Mahendru

This was our second chessbase online blitz event. My son is 8 years and it was an absolute thrill for him to be playing against titled players ! Thanks a lot for organizing this. We look forward to more such events !


Kushagra Mohan

I was happy the way the tournament was conducted. No problems at all. You just keep increasing the prize money and that is a big improvement.Cannot hope for more.

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